Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at University or Nevada-Reno (UNR), Dr. Itani is a recognized expert in bridge analysis and design. He was member of the SFOBB seismic design panel that recommended guidelines for the seismic design of the existing and the new SFOBB. Dr. Itani has conducted large scale experiments on many California toll bridges (SFOBB, RSB, and BMB) to establish their seismic retrofit criteria. He also conducted large scale experiments to develop new seismic strategy for steel plate girder bridges that allowed inelasticity at the support cross frames. Based on this work, he collaborated with AASHTO technical committees T3 and T14 to adopt specifications that cover the seismic design of steel bridges in AASHTO design specifications and the guide specifications. He is invited regularly to present his work at AASHTO T14 and AISI Bridge Task Force. Dr. Itani was a panel member of the SFOBB eye-bar failure and other peer review committees for long span bridges. His research has been funded by Caltrans, FHWA, AISI, and NSF. He taught short courses on seismic design to many State DOTs. He was the recipient of the 2011 AASHTO/AISI Richard Fountain Award. Dr. Itani developed and teaches two bridge engineering courses at UNR and has over 250 publications between refereed journal papers, conference articles and reports.