Dr. Dagher is founding Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, a National Science Foundation funded research Center housed in an 87,000 ft2 laboratory with 140 full and part-time personnel. The Composites Center is a world leader in the development of low-cost, high-performance structural composites for construction. The Center has over 300 clients. Dr. Dagher has conducted over 125 R&D projects with total value of over $60 million. He has received R&D funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard. Most recently he has received $13 million from the Department of Energy for Offshore Wind.
Dr. Dagher has been involved in electrical transmission structures reliability research since 1985 and is now leading research efforts to deploy wind farms in the Gulf of Maine. In July 2008, he testified to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee on Offshore Wind Energy along with T. Boone Pickens.
Dr. Dagher served on former Maine Governor John Baldacci’s Ocean Energy Task Force. He currently serves on the Governor-appointed Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board and also served on Governor Baldacci’s Transition Team. He has written over 120 technical papers and chaired national committees such as the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Reliability Based Design of Electrical Distribution Pole Structures.
The Advanced Structures & Composites Center has received numerous awards including the ASCE Pankow Award for Innovation(2011), five ACMA awards for product development (2007-2010), and two National Timber Bridge Awards (2002 and 2003). Dr. Dagher has been honored with several prestigious awards for his teaching and research including the New England Board of Higher Education State Merit Award (2004), the University of Maine Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award (2003), and the Distinguished Maine Professor Award (1995).
Dr. Dagher is a Professor of Civil Engineering and is the BIW Professor of Structural Engineering. Dr. Dagher received his Doctorate degree in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds two Masters Degrees in Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.