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Karaa, Fadi A.

Contact Info
Title: Associate Professor
Office: COL 274
Phone: 973-642-4198
Dept: Civil and Environmental Engineering

About Me


Fadi A. Karaa is a specialist in critical infrastructure, water resource systems and construction management. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director and founder of the Critical Infrastructure Systems multi-disciplinary graduate program. His expertise and research focus is in utility infrastructure integrated models and strategies, and large-scale project management and construction management systems. Dr. Karaa has led a range of research and development projects and developed several management systems sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the National Science Foundation on decision support and expert systems for capital improvement planning, integrated risk and resilience modeling for combined cost-effective multi-hazard flood protection and mitigation strategies, and underground infrastructure asset management, performance and condition assessment, predictive modeling and risk assessment.Under the sponsorship of federal and state agencies, he undertook the multi-criteria evaluation and lifecycle analysis of two of the largest pipeline projects in the Greater Boston Area, and developed decision support systems for capital improvement planning and maintenance management of key underground infrastructure network projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and water and wastewater agencies and municipalities. He developed a database of a worldwide Army Installation inventory of water supply chain facilities and a compliance management system for water treatment planning and budgeting. He also developed a hierarchical asset connectivity model and management system for Intelligent Transportation systems fiber-optic communication networks. He led a post-Sandy large multi-disciplinary team in the development of multi-tiered structural and non-structural flood protection strategies for the Hackensack/Meadowlands area.His current research includes the design and development of sustainable resilient large-scale infrastructure systems integrating lifecycle and security management systems with a focus on coastal and flood-prone areas, regional and urban infrastructure and dam systems.Dr. Karaa has developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses at NJIT, Northeastern University, MIT and Tufts University covering performance, security and risk analysis of infrastructure systems, construction management, and project evaluation, financing and controls. He has authored and co-authored papers in key Journals such as ASCE Journals of Pipeline Systems, Water Resources Planning and management, Professional Issues in Engineering, Management in Engineering, Performance of Constructed Facilities, Construction Engineering and Management, the Journal of Applied Mathematics and computation, and other project management and professional journals. His past experiences in industrial management and systems consulting include serving as Vice President for Oracle Corporation, where he led a national data warehousing practice for the Industrial Sector, designing and implementing enterprise solutions for Fortune 100 companies. He was the keynote Speaker for major events such as the Construction Roundtable of NJ in 2007 and the 2nd Annual Electronic Commerce Conference in 2000.Dr. Karaa received his PhD in Civil Engineering (Water Resource Systems), MS in Management (Finance and MIS) and MS in Civil Engineering Systems all from MIT; he was awarded an Engineer Diploma from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. He was the recipient of the Arthur T. Ippen Award, from MIT and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers President’s Award. 


  • PhD in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MBA, Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • M.S., Civil Engineering (Systems Analysis), MIT

Courses I Teach


Research Interests

  • Critical Infrastructure Systems
  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Planning: Repair, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction 
  • Underground Utilities Management Systems
  • Multi-Hazard Flood Coastal Resilience
  • Engineering and Construction Project Management and Controls
  • Dam Safety and Monitoring Systems
  • Data Warehousing and Analytics for Performance Management


Current Research

"Requirements, Model and Prototype for a Multi-Utility
Locational and Security Information Hub," Karaa, Fadi A. (Principal), Sponsored by UTRC- University Transportation Research Center, March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015 (on-going)
"Flood Mitigation Engineering Resource Center", Karaa, Fadi A. (Principal), Marhaba, Taha F. (Co-Principal), Dresnack, Robert (Co-Principal), Schuring, John R. (Co-Principal), Saadeghvaziri, Mohamad A. (Co-Principal), Konon, Walter (Co-Principal), Golub, Eugene B. (Co-Principal), Olenik, Thomas J. (Co-Principal), Potts, Laramie (Co-Principal), Miima, John B. (Supporting), Zhang, Wen (Co-Principal), ," Sponsored by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, State, completed June 18, 2014
"Development of a Comprehensive Inventory System for Underground Fiber Optic Conduits," Karaa, Fadi A. (Principal),  Sponsored by UTRC- University Transportation Research Center, completed March 2012.
" Development and Implementation of a Segment/ Junction Box Level Database for the ITS Fiber Optic Conduit Network," Karaa, Fadi A. (Principal), Sponsored by NJ Department of Transportation, under contract to The College of New Jersey, June 2011.
"Innovative and Effective Techniques for Locating Underground Conduits," Karaa, Fadi A. (Principal), Niver, Edip (Co-Principal), joint project and under contract to the College of New Jersey (Al Katz Principal Investigator) as the Prime Contractor/Partner, Sponsored by New Jersey Department of Transportation/UTRC, University Transportation Center, completed Summer of 2010

Selected Publications

Karaa, F., Potts, L., Miima, J. B. and Data, B., "Development of a Post-Sandy
Community Protection and Resiliency Improvement Program in the Meadowlands," The
Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP), 2014 Critical Infrastructure Symposium, Colorado
Spring, Colorado. (April 7, 2014).
Karaa, F., Katz, A., and Niver, E. (2013). "Decision Analysis of Preferred Methods for Locating
Underground Conduits." Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice,
10.1061/(ASCE)PS.1949-1204.0000162 , 04013017.
Karaa, F. and S. Banerji, “Development of Connectivity-Based Underground Fiber-Optic
Network Inventory Systems”, Proceedings of Transportation Research Board, 2013, pp. 1-17.
Karaa, F.A., H. Zaghloul and R. Scholze ,“ Expert System for Wastewater Collection system
Infiltration and Inflow Mitigation”, Eighth Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering and
Geographic Information Systems Symposium, pp. 121-128, June 1992.
Zaghloul, H., F.A. Karaa, J. Clark and M. Korfist, “Army Water Supply Management System for
Installations Drinking Water Facilities”, Eighth Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering
and Geographic Information Systems Symposium, pp. 145-152, June 1992.
Karaa, F.A. and D.H. Marks, “Performance of Water Distribution Networks: An integrated
Approach”, Karaa, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Vol. 4, No. 1,
February l990.
Karaa, Fadi A. and B. Abdallah, “Coordination Mechanisms During the Construction Project
Life Cycle, Project Management Journal 22:45-53, September 1991.
Karaa, F.A., “Infrastructure Maintenance Management System Development”, Journal of
Professional Issues in Engineering, ASCE, vol. 115, No. 4, pp. 422-432, October 1989.
Karaa, F.A, A. Touran, and R.L. Meserve, “Operations Management in the Engineering Office”,
Journal of Management in Engineering”, ASCE, vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 400-416, October 1989.
Karaa, F.A. and K. Sundaravel, “Operational/Financial Interface for Effective Project
Management Integrating Scheduling and Spreadsheet Systems”, PMI International Symposium,
September 1989.
Mattera, L. and F.A. Karaa “Risk Management Specifications for Working with Hazardous
Materials”, PMI Expert Seminar on Risk Analysis, PMI International Symposium, September
Karaa, F.A., “Maintenance Management Systems for Water and Sewer Infrastructure,
Computing in Civil Engineering: Computers in Engineering Practice, New York: ASCE, 0-
87262-722-5, 1989, 961 pp., pp. 645-652.
Karaa, F.A., D.H. Marks and R.C. Clark, “Budgeting of Water Distribution Improvement 
Projects”, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, vol. 113, No.3, pp.
378-391, May 1987.
Karaa, F.A. and A. Nasr “Resource Management in Construction”, Journal of Construction
Engineering and Management, ASCE, vol. 112, No.3, pp. 346-357, September 1986.
Karaa, F.A. and R. Krzysztofowicz, “Bayesian Decision Analysis of Dam Safety”, Applied
Mathematics and Computation, Elsevier, 14: 357-380 (1984)