Mohamed Arafa, PhD, PE

Senior Associate

Mohamed Arafa’s career began in his native Egypt where he worked as an engineer and assistant lecturer at Cairo University. After coming to the United States and completing his doctoral studies, Mohamed joined Severud Associates in 2007 as an engineer. He soon progressed to senior engineer and in 2014, advanced to associate. In 2019, Mohamed was elevated to senior associate. Mohamed applies his extensive technical expertise to model, analyze, and design complex buildings that use an array of structural systems and materials. His many challenging and innovative projects include One Vanderbilt Avenue, one of the tallest office buildings in New York City, the redevelopment of the existing office building at 390 Madison Avenue and New York University’s 181 Mercer Street, also in New York City, as well as the expansion of the SAP America headquarters in Newton Square, Pennsylvania. Mohamed further contributes to the structural engineering profession by teaching at Rutgers University as a part-time lecturer.

Mohamed is author or co-author of several research papers and magazine articles, including “Simplified Design Methods for Bridge Piers Subjected to Unconfined Blast Hazards,” which appeared in the journal Bridge Structures in July 2011 and “Optimizing Light and Space in the Big City,” which appeared in Structure Magazine in April 2014, about the 653 Tenth Avenue residential building.

Mohamed is licensed as a professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Master of Science in structural engineering, both from Cairo University in Egypt. In addition, he received a doctorate in structural engineering from Rutgers University.