Aslam Kassimali is Professor of Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University. He teaches structural engineering, nonlinear structural analysis, and structural dynamics and stability. Consistently recognized for teaching excellence, Dr. Kassimali has received 19 awards for outstanding teaching at the department and the college level since joining Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1980. In 1996 he was named the Outstanding Teacher of the entire university, and in 2004 he was awarded the title of Distinguished Teacher. Professor Kassimali completed undergraduate work at the University of Karachi in Pakistan in 1969, earned a master's degree from Iowa State University in 1971, and… masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1974 and 1976 respectively.