Murtada Alrubaie is from Iraq and currently is a PhD student in Structural Engineering at UMaine. He received his B.Sc.Civil Engineering (2001-2004), from the University of Basra, Iraq, and his M.Sc.Structural Engineering and Construction (2008-2010), University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. Murtada is a fluent Arabic speaker. His interests include discovering cultures, teaching, and English Writing. His hobbies include soccer, table tennis, outdoor running, gymnasium, and photography.