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Professor's new book examines construction, design of concrete structures


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 2, 2006 – Mehdi Setareh, professor of architecture in the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and adjunct professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, completed work on the first edition of his book entitled Concrete Structures. The book, published by Prentice-Hall and due out in June, provides technical information on the design and construction of concrete structures.

The book complies with the latest edition of the American Concrete Institute Code provisions.

Among unique features of this book are nearly 500 images, the “self-experiments,” and an accompanying CD with images of various concrete structures. The self-experiments include simple-to-do sets of exercises that students can conduct by themselves to learn about reinforced concrete. The accompanying CD includes images of various standard tests on concrete, examples of different reinforced concrete structural systems, problems associated with concrete construction, and examples of self-experiments conducted by students at Virginia Tech.

Concrete Structures is co-authored by Robert Darvas, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan.

Setareh received his bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology (Iran), a master’s degree from the University of Surrey (United Kingdom), and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of two schools and the departments of landscape architecture, building construction, and art and art history. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design and interior design. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 22 degrees programs taught by 160 faculty members.