Dr. Talal Salem

Dr Talal Salem

Assistant Professor



Dr. Talal H. Salem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2015, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University and Michigan State University in 2017 and 2021, respectively. Dr. Salem's research focuses on the development of novel smart infrastructure technologies to improve traffic safety and facilitate the adoption of sustainable materials. His research specializes in improving the sustainability of cementitious materials to broaden the services offered by smart infrastructure. Before arriving at the Academy, Dr. Salem’s postdoctoral work was focused on the implementation of structural instability and deformations for solving higher order nonlinear partial differential equations using quasi-static elastic elements.

Ongoing Research Projects

Design of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations Analog Solver

Synthesis of Environmentally Friendly Cementitious Materials

Educational Research in Civil Engineering

Publications & Presentations

  • · Li, X., Bolandi, H., Salem, T., Lajnef, N., Boddeti, V. (2023) “NeuralSI: Structural Parameter Identification in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems.” Springer Nature Switzerland, 332-348.


  • Bolandi, H., Li, X., Salem, T., Boddeti, V., Lajnef, N. (2022) “Bridging finite element and deep learning: High-resolution stress distribution prediction in structural components.” Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, 1-13.


  • Bolandi, H., Salem, T., Li, X., Boddeti, V., Lajnef, N. (2022) “Deep learning paradigm for prediction of stress distribution in damaged structural components with stress concentrations.” Advances in Engineering Software, 173: 103240.


  • Li, X., Salem, T., Bolandi, H., Boddeti, V., Lajnef, N. (2022) “Methods for the Rapid Detection of Boundary Condition Variations in Structural Systems.” American Society of Mechanical Engineers, V001T05A004.


  • Salem, T., Jiao, P., Zaabar, I., Li, X., Zhu, R., Lajnef, N. (2021) “Functionally graded materials beams subjected to bilateral constraints, structural instability and material topology.” The International Journal of Mechanical Science, 194: 106218.


  • Salem, T., Xie, X., Jiao, P., Lajnef, N. (2021) “Maneuverable postbuckling of extensible mechanical metamaterials using functionally graded materials and carbon nanotubes.” Thin-Walled Structures, 159: 107264.


  • Salem, T., Li, X., Jiao, P., Zaabar, I., Lajnef, N. (2021), “Postbuckling of Multi-direction Anisotropic Constrained Functionally Graded Material Beams.” International Society for Optics and Photonics, 11589: 88-96.


  • Salem, T., Jiao, P., Bolandi, H., Hasni, H., Lajnef, N. (2020) “Programmable assembly of bi-walled nonuniform beams: concept, modeling and performance.” Mechanics Research Communications, 110: 103624.


  • Salem, T., Jiao, P., Bolandi, H., Lajnef, N. (2020) “Tunable Postbuckling Systems of Bi-walled Nonuniform Beams,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers, V001T01A002.


  • Konkanov, M., Salem, T., Jiao, P., Niyazbekova, R., Lajnef, N. (2020) “Environment-friendly, self-sensing concrete blended with byproduct wastes.” Sensors, 20(7): 1925.


  • Jexembayeva, A., Salem, T., Jiao, P., Hou, B., Niyazbekova, R. (2020) “Blended cement mixed with basic oxygen steelmaking slag (BOF) as an alternative green building material.” Materials, 13(14): 3062.


  • Matalkah, F., Salem, T., Shaafaey, M., Soroushian, P. (2019) “Drying shrinkage of alkali activated binders cured at room temperature.” Construction and Building Materials, 201: 563-570.


  • Matalkah, F., Salem, T., Soroushian, P. (2018) “Acid resistance and corrosion protection potential of concrete prepared with alkali aluminosilicate cement,” Journal of Building Engineering, 20: 705-711.


  • Almalkawi, A., Salem, T., Hamadna, S., Darsanasiri, A., Soroushian, P., Balchandra, A., Al-Chaar, G. (2018) “Physio-microstructural properties of aerated cement slurry for lightweight structures.” Materials, 11(4): 597.