Girum Urgessa's research interests include the dynamic response of structures subjected to extreme loads (blast and impact), the use of fiber reinforced polymer composites in structural design and retrofit applications, and structural stability of temporary structures. Urgessa is currently a member of the ASCE/SEI's technical committee on dynamic effects, sub-committee on retrofit of structures under dynamic loads. He was a voting member of ACI's technical committee on blast and impact load effects (ACI 370) and TRB's technical committee on field testing and non-destructive evaluation of transportation structures (AFF 40). Prior to joining George Mason University, he was a research engineer in the Applied Science Division of Weidlinger Associates and a structural engineer at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. Girum Urgessa is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Maryland.