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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Associate Professor of Civil Engineering


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.  August 1995
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.  August 1991
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, May 1982

Professional Credentials

Professional Engineer:  TN, MS, AR, AL, IN, OH, KY, SC, MO, UT, LA


Teaching Specialties

  • Soil mechanics
  • Foundation engineering
  • Civil engineering Materials
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Statics

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Transportation materials
  • Foundations


  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Geo Institute
  • Arkansas State Governor Earthquake Advisory Council (GEAC)
  • West Tennessee Structural Engineers Association
  • West Tennessee Geotechnical Group
  • Registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Utah, and North Carolina


During 27 years of engineering practice, Ashraf has been involved in the design and construction of key transportation and industrial projects in the United States, Trinidad, and the Middle East.  He has served as the chief engineer of Hall, Blake & Associates; a geotechnical and materials testing consulting firm in Memphis, Tennessee. He also served as a senior geotechnical engineer at Hamza Associates; an international consulting firm based in Cairo, Egypt.

Ashraf Elsayed, P.E.

Contact Information

P: 870-972-3426
F: 870-972-3948


Building: Lab Science West
Room: 246