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Structural Engineering Research

Structural Engineering is the field of civil engineering that primarily is concerned with structural systems in the built environment. It has become increasingly specialized in recent years and advanced study is required for more interesting and challenging employment opportunities and career advancement. A graduate degree prepares students to meet these increasing challenges. The emphasis of both the teaching and research activities within the Structural Engineering Program provides a good foundation for those individuals intending to pursue careers in design practice, research, or academics.

Focus Areas

    • Structural behavior and design, including experimental and numerical analysis for design of concrete, steel, masonry, wood and fiber-reinforced polymer structures for applications in transportation structures, earthquake engineering, nuclear power plant structures, structural health monitoring, strengthening and repair.
    • Solid mechanics, including wave propagation, viscoelastic and viscoplastic constitutive modeling,and multi-scale modeling.
    • Materials, including concrete, shale, wood, steel and high-temperature alloys, polymers,composites,welds, nanoscale material characterization, fatigue evaluation, and sensor development.
    • Probabilistic approaches in structural design, including seismic fragility assessment, risk assessment and risk-informed design, and reliability based design.
    • Computational mechanics,  including finite element analysis, structural dynamics, soil-structure interaction, and analysis of piping, equipment and other non-structural components.