Dr. Gérard-Philippe Zéhil holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Saint Joseph University (USJ), (ESIB, Lebanon, 2002) with focus on Infrastructure and Transport. Zéhil also holds an advanced Postgraduate Professional Degree in Structural Engineering from the Centre des Hautes Études de la Construction (Paris, France, 2003) with focus on Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Duke University (Durham, N.C., U.S.A., 2013) with focus on Materials and Structures.
Zéhil worked as a Bridge Design Engineer and a Project Manager in France from 2003 to 2010. During this period, he gained technical experience in the practical implementation of construction materials and composites in structures, such as bridges, footbridges, cut and cover constructions, tunnels, earth and water retaining structures, and their foundations. He contributed to the design and construction of several technically challenging structures in Europe, including the famous Trois Bassins Bridge on the French Island of Réunion.
Zéhil's academic research activity focuses on developing and modeling new materials, structural elements, and components, for applications in civil engineering structures, and in other fields. His work draws upon and impacts the fields of computational mechanics, contact mechanics, material modeling in finite strain, linear and nonlinear viscoelasticity, material damage and recovery, damage induced anisotropy, soft materials, rolling resistance, composite structures, and earthquake engineering.