Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Joseph O. Sai, P.E., Professor and Chair

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1982
M.S., University of California at Davis, 1976
B.S., University of Ghana, 1972

RESEARCH AREA AND INTERESTS

- Flood Protection Planning through structural and non-structural measures
- Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
- Hydrologic Modeling and River System Analysis 
- Wastewater Treatment and Disposal 
- Remediation of Contaminated Environments 
- Barrier Systems for Contaminant Containment 
- Design and Evaluation of Drainage Systems
- Design, Construction and Operation of Irrigation and Drainage Systems

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS

P.E., State of Texas

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

Faruqi, M. A., Sai, J., and Ghavami, P., Cognitive Aspects of Problem Solving and the Achievement of First-Year College Physics Students, Journal of Physical Review, September 8, 2008.

Joseph Sai, Thomas McGehee, and D. Srivastava, 2004. Stability of Vertically Stacked Red Mud Disposal Cells. Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, vol., 30(3): 144-151.

Faruqi, M. A. and J. O. Sai, 2003. Prediction of Compressive Strength by Modified Splitting Tests: A case of Concrete Cylinders. Texas Journal of Science 55(1) February 2003.

Sai, J. O., D. C. Anderson and B. T. Sullivan. 1993. Compatibility of compacted soils with municipal waste combustion ash leachates. Geotechnical Testing Journal, vol. 16(1): 108-114.

Sai, J. O. and D. C. Anderson, 1992. Barrier wall materials for containment of dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials, vol. 9(4): 317-330

Sai, J. O. and D. C. Anderson. 1991. Long-term effect of an aqueous landfill leachate on the permeability of a compacted clay liner. Hazardous Waste & Hazardous Materials, vol. 8(4): 303-312.

Refereed Chapters in a Book 

Sai, J.O. and D. C. Anderson. 1998. Section 10.2, Surface Impoundments. In: Standard Handbook of Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal, Harry M. Freeman, editor, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Book Reviewer for McGraw Hill: Fluid Mechanics-Fundamentals and Application by Yunus  Çengel and John Cimbala2, 006

Reviewed Chapter in Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 4th edition, published by Wiley and Sons, 2002(authors: Bruce Munson,, D. L., Young and T. H. Okiishi).

Sai, J.O. and D. C. Anderson. 1998. Section 10.4, Hazardous Waste Surface Impoundment Closure and Post-closure Care. In: Standard Handbook of Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal, Harry M. Freeman, editor, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Refereed Proceedings 

Faruqi, M.A., Sai, J., Bhadra, S., and Ghavami, P., Evaluation of a Practical Transfer Length Model for Composite Laminates Bonded to Concrete Structures for Strengthening Purposes, Composites-Innovative Materials for Smarter Solutions, March 23-25th, 2009, Paris, France.

Faruqi, M. A., Sai, J., Bhadra, S., and Ghavami, P., An Improved Young's Modulus for Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites, Leveraging Composites Technology for a Greener Future, Baltimore, MD, May 18-21, 2009.

Faruqi, M. A., Vassen, S.A., Sai, J., and S. Bhadra., Effect of Long-term Shear Stress on Epoxy at Concrete Surfaces Under Varying Temperatures, Global Material Technology Soaring to New Horizons, Wichita, Kansas October 19-22, 2009.

Faruqi, M. A., Sai, J., Estrada, H., and Shah, P., Comparison of Composite Slab Deflections Under Blast Loads Using A Simple Practical Analytical Model and a Procedure involving RISA-3D, Multifunctional Composites, Memphis, TN, September 8-11, 2008.

Natasha Fudge and Joseph Sai. Comparison of a Bioreactor and Traditional Subtitle Landfill C a South Texas Case Study, Proc. 18th International Conference on Solid Waste technology and Management (March 23 - 26, 2003)

Tom Ballou, Jr., Joe Sai, Tom McGehee, and William Rivera. 2002. Decision Making Tools for a Radical Shift in Bauxite Tailings Storage Strategy. Proc. Association of State Dam Safety Officials, April 29 - May 1, 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., Integrating Spreadsheet Applications into the Design of Anchored Sheetpiling Systems, Proceedings of the INTERTECH 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio, in June 2000.

Faruqi, M. A., M. A. Abudiab, and J. O. Sai, 1999. Professionalism - An Important Standard of Ethics. Proc. of the American Society for Engineering Education, Gulf-Southwest Section Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 7 - 9, 1999.

Sai, J. O. and P. T. Leelani. 1997. Incorporation of Computers in Design and Evaluation of Wastewater Treatment Plants. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Gulf-Southwest Section Meeting, Houston, TX, March 23 - 25, 1997.

Sai, J. O., Finch, R., and Amareni, G. 1996. A database for Determining Biodegradation Rates of Organic Compounds in Water. Proc. Of the American Society for Engineering Education, Gulf-Southwest Section Meeting, San Antonio, TX, March 27-29, 1996.

Non-refereed proceedings articles

Faruqi, M. A., Blank, G., and Sai, J., Behavior of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Strengthened Concrete Structures in Fire, 88th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, January 11-15, 2009, Washington, D.C.

Sai, J.O. 2002. Low-level radioactive waste containment system design, Proceedings of the 2002 NSF Chemical Engineering minority Faculty Workshop, Arlington, VA 2002

Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., Assessing Civil Engineering Program Criteria 2000, Texas Regional ASCE Spring Meeting in Corpus Christi, April 2003.

Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., The Assessment Process of the Civil Engineering Program at TAMUK Under the Engineering Criteria 2000 of ABET, ASCE Students Chapter at TAMUK in September 2002.

Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., TAMUK Effective Process for Assessment of High-Performing Educational Programs, Nueces Chapter of the TSPE Meeting in Corpus Christi on October 15, 2002.

Other Publications

Sai, J.O., McGehee, T, and Srivastava, D. 2002 Geotechnical Evaluation of Red Mud Stacking at the Copano Facility. Report to Sherwin Alumina Company, Corpus Christi, TX.

McGehee, T, Sai, J.O., Bhokare, A., and Mangam, S. 2003 Geotechnical and Groundwater Investigation of the Area near Bed and 2 Red Mud Impoundments, Facility 204, Copano Site. Report to Sherwin Alumina Company, Corpus Christi, TX.

Jones, Kim D., Storey, Beverly, Jesek, Debbie, and Sai, Joseph. Synthesis of New Methods for Sustainable roadside Landscapes. Report 0-5330-1, Project Performed in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. April 2007

Aguiniga, F., Matakis, K., Estrada, H., Sai, J.O., Leelani, P.T., and Sheldon, J., Wave Loads on Bridge Decks, as part of the Report 0-5516-S for TxDOT Project: Synthesis of Wave Load Design Methods for Coastal Bridges in August 2006.

Contact Information

Civil and Architectural Engineering
EC 376D
MSC 194 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-2266, 593-2267
fax: (361) 593-2069
email: j-sai@tamuk.edu
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This page was last updated on: June 11, 2014