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FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tarek Abichou, Ph.D., P.E.


Location & Hours
CEB, 314
M-F, 8am-5pm

send email abichou@eng.fsu.edu
phone number (850) 410-6661
fax (850) 410-6142


Geotechnical\Environmental Engineering



BS,  University of Wisconsin at Madison
MS, University of Wisconsin at Madison
PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Courses Taught:

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Deep Foundation Design
  • Geosynthetics in Landfill Applications

Recent Interests:

  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Sustainable Soild Waste Management
  • Measuring, Modeling, and Mitigating Fugitive  Emissions from Landfills
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories
  • Beneficial Use Of Industrial By-Products in Civil Engineering Applications
  • Barrier Systems Design and Innovation
  • Soil Remediation
  • Unsaturated Soil Mechanics and its Application 
  • Carbon Footprinting 
  • Geosynthetics

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, Florida State University 
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Department of State 
  • Exceptional Research Productivity Award, Florida State University College of Engineering 
  • Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Award, US EPA 
  • Severson Geotechnical Award, University of Wisconsin (1999)
  • Shelby Tube Award, Andrews Environmental Engineering (1996)
  • Undergraduate Student Award, USAID (1984).

Brief Profile

My expertise falls broadly in the discipline referred to as geo-environmental engineering. In most cases, the overall objectives of this emerging field are protecting soil and ground water. My research includes fundamental laboratory studies, development of computer models, and practical field demonstration of new technologies. In many cases, my research findings have been validated at full-scale in operating facilities in collaboration with industry and government agencies. I am known for my research investigating the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills using bio-oxidation of methane. I recently completed the development of a gas generation model to inventory fugitive gas emission from landfills. Currently, I am involved in field studies to monitor the performance of bioreactor landfill cells, in terms of gas generation, liquid balance, leachate quality, and biogas generation. My research has many practical applications. I have been involved in academic research investigating alternative ways to design, monitor, and construct solid waste facilities for more than 15 years.