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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Rafik Itani

Rafik Itani

Professor Emeritus


(509) 335-3233


(509) 335-7632



  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1975
  • M.S., Civil Engineering (Structures option), University of North Dakota, 1970
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1969


  • Professional Civil Engineering, State of Washington, No. 323-01-0018288

Professional Experience

  • Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 1989-97
  • Director, Washington State Transportation Center, Washington State University, 1989-present
  • Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1985-present
  • Fulbright Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Univ. of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 1986-87
  • Structural Engineering Section Head, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1982-89
  • Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1980-85
  • Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 1975-80
  • Instructor, Division of Engineering Fundamentals, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 1970-75


  • George G. Marra Award, Society of Wood Science and Technology, 1993
  • "Engineer of Merit" Award, ASCE Inland Empire Section, 1990
  • Outstanding Conference Award, National University Continuing Education Association, 1988
  • Leon Luck Award (Most Effective Faculty Member), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 1988-89
  • Fulbright Professor, 1986-87
  • AT&T Fund Award for Excellence in Instruction, 1985
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering & Architecture, WSU, 1985
  • Award for Outstanding Service (ASCE), 1982 and 1983
  • Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award, 1977

Research Interests

  • Structural analysis and design
  • Timber research
  • Dynamic analysis of low rise buildings


  • Structural Mechanics & Design


  • Itani, R.Y. and Fridley, K.J., "Seismic Response of Light Frame Wood Buildings," published in CURE proceedings as an invited paper, November 1999.
  • Kamiya, F., and Itani, R.Y., "Design Parameters for Wood Diaphragms", paper accepted for publication in ASCE J. of Structural Engineering, Sept. 1997.
  • Tarabia, A.M., and Itani, R.Y., "Seismic Response of Light-Frame Wood Buildings", J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 123, no. 11, pp. 1470-1477, Nov. 1997.
  • Tarabia, A.M., and Itani, R.Y., "Static and Dynamic Modeling of Light Frame Wood Buildings", Computer and Structures, 63(2), pp. 319-334, 1997.
  • Hoyle, R.J., Itani, R.Y., and Anderson, J.T., "The Effects of Moisture Cycling on Creep of Small Glued Laminated Beams", Wood and Fiber Science, 26(4), pp. 556-562, 1994.