SC State University boasts first Ph.D., P.E., PLS faculty in South Carolina

Friday, August 29, 2014


Dr. Ali Akbar Eliadorani, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology and Nuclear Engineering, recently earned certification as a professional land surveyor, adding to his growing list of academic and professional accomplishments. Eliadorani, who already holds his Ph.D. in civil engineering and professional engineering (P.E.) license, received his Professional Land Surveying (PLS) license on May 22.


According to the South Carolina Board of Landscape Architectural Examiners and Soil Classifiers Registration Program, Eliadorani made history as the first recorded Ph.D., P.E. and PLS certified professional in the state.


Dr. Ali Akbar Eliadorani

Dr. Ali Akbar Eliadorani
The PLS license is the land surveying profession’s highest level of competence. SC State recognizes the growing demand for experts in this field and is the only institution of higher learning that offers the Bachelor of Science degree in public land surveying in the state of South Carolina.


“The College of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology is extremely proud of Professor Eliadorani’s outstanding and historic accomplishments. Achievements such as this, which happen in all areas of SC State University, highlight the quality of our faculty and the education that they are able to provide to our students,” stated Dr. Kenneth Lewis, dean of the College of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology.


An employee with SC State for 11 years, Eliadorani says he is honored to continue making strides in his professional career.


“This is such an honor to be the first engineering professor in the state of South Carolina that is Ph.D., P.E. and PLS certified. Having these certifications means a lot for my professional career.”


According to Eliadorani, obtaining such credentials help to retain and attract students who value professors that possess professional experiences and that can add to the students’ overall educational experience.


“As more of the faculty in the civil engineering technology program and the professional land surveying program earn their certification or achieve other professional accomplishments, I believe it will further enhance these areas,” said Eliadorani.


“It was important for me to obtain my license because I wanted to increase my effectiveness as a mentor to my students, and I believe it will help me to better equip them for graduation. I want my students to enter the profession with expertise of the engineering and land surveying industry,” he stated.


Eliadorani’s current research explores GIS applications, traffic impact studies, surface water, pavement, building slab foundation, forensic engineering and geotechnical engineering.


When Eliadorani is not educating future engineers in the classroom or the lab, he shares his expertise in various professional roles. Eliadorani has served on the International Building Code Committee (IBC 2013), the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology Accreditation Board Audit Committee for Civil Engineering Curriculum and the South Carolina Labor Licensing and Regulation Engineering Board Candidate Review Committee.  In addition, Eliadorani peer reviewed for several seismic foundation conventions for technical papers, which were submitted to the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Eliadorani’s research continues to reach and impact global audiences.


“I have published technical papers for international journals as well as North American journals. I am also an ABET accreditation evaluator for colleges and universities,” added Eliadorani.


Eliadorani earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo and University of British Columbia, respectively.