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Dr. Laura Redmond

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Areas of Interest:

My research draws from my experience in the aerospace industry to advance the field of civil engineering. Research interests include structural rehabilitation/retrofit and smart structures utilizing automation, additive manufacturing, and novel structural materials.

Education:

B.S., Civil Engineering, 2010, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Civil Engineering, 2012, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2015, Georgia Institute of Technology

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Structural Engineer

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA                                                                                       10/14-10/18

    • Structural Engineer specializing in nonlinear finite element analysis and dynamic modeling.
    • Lead deployment analyst for two earth-orbiting science satellites using ADAMS.
    • Structural Engineer for the Mars 2020 mission rock sample tubes and hermetic sealing mechanism which includes nonlinear contact, thermal stress, creep and fatigue analysis in ABAQUS.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

PhD Dissertation: Seismic Performance, Analysis, and Design of Hybrid Concrete-Masonry
Georgia Tech Civil Engineering, Atlanta, GA                                                                                            01/12-05/15

    • Performed experimental and analytical work focused on hybrid concrete-masonry structures in the Caribbean, which have no established code procedure for seismic design.
    • Developed an innovative nonlinear finite element modeling scheme to inform full-scale experiments and conduct parametric studies.
    • Conducted cyclic tests of two full-scale hybrid concrete-masonry frames designed according to current practices in the Caribbean.
    • Proposed a modification of the TMS 402 strut model for hybrid concrete-masonry to incorporate the effects of the partially reinforced masonry infill and connections to the reinforced concrete frame.

Caribbean Hazard and Mitigation Program (CHAMP)
Georgia Tech Civil Engineering, Atlanta, GA                                                                                            08/11-08/12

    • Conducted site visits to Belize, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad to interview engineers and government officials about building practices and earthquake hazards.
    • Performed an analytical study assessing the performance of a typical Caribbean office building designed by the various codes accepted in the region and subjected to seismic loading.

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Redmond, L., Stavridis, A., Kahn, L., and DesRoches, R. "Finite element modeling of hybrid concrete-masonry frames subjected to in-plane loads," ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 144(1), 2018.

Redmond, L., Kahn, L., and DesRoches, R. "Shear and tensile strength equations for analysis of grouted masonry," The Masonry Society Journal, 34(1), 2017.

Redmond, L., Kahn, L., and DesRoches, R. "Design and construction of hybrid concrete-masonry structures informed by cyclic tests," Earthquake Spectra, 32(4), 2016.

Redmond, L., Ezzatfar, P., DesRoches, R., Stavridis, A., Ozcebe, G. and Kurc, O. “Finite element modeling of a reinforced concrete frame with masonry infill and mesh reinforced mortar subjected to earthquake loading," Earthquake Spectra, (32)1 : 393-414, 2016.

Redmond, L., Stavridis, A., & DesRoches, R. "Evaluation of modeling scheme for unreinforced masonry under seismic loading," The Masonry Society Journal: (32)1, 2014.

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

Redmond, L., Kahn, L., & DesRoches, R. "Seismic performance of Caribbean-style hybrid concrete-masonry structures," 12th North American Masonry Conference, Denver, CO, 2015.

Redmond, L., Stavridis, A., & DesRoches, R. "Development of a finite element model for partially grouted masonry," National Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, 2014.

Redmond, L., Stroecker, R., & DesRoches, R.  “Impact of seismic codes on building performance in the Caribbean,” 4th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Kos, Greece, 2013.

Brush, Z, Schultz, L. (maiden name), Vanness, J., Farinholt, K., Sarles, S., and D.J. Leo “Development of polymer 'chips' used in medical diagnostics," IMAC, a Conference on Structural Dynamics, Jacksonville, FL, 2011.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Redmond, L., and DesRoches, R. “Reinforced concrete frame Belize homes with lightly reinforced masonry infill,” World Housing Encyclopedia: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 2012.

 Redmond, L., and DesRoches, R. “Belize wooden stilt homes,” World Housing Encyclopedia: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 2012.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"Nonlinear finite element analysis to inform the Mars 2020 sample tube design," NASA Young Professionals Forum, Pasadena, CA, 2015.

 "Modeling penetration of icy moons and comets for initial load determination," Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Dynamic Environments Workshop, El Segundo, CA, 2015.

 "Seismic performance of Caribbean-style hybrid concrete-masonry structures," 12th North American Masonry Conference, Denver, CO, 2015.

 "Development of a finite element model for partially grouted masonry," National Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, 2014.

 "Finite element modeling of a RC frame with masonry infill and mesh reinforced mortar subjected to earthquake loading," Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference. Evanston, IL, 2013.

 "Impact of seismic codes on building performance in the Caribbean," 4th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. Kos, Greece, 2013.

 "Impact of seismic codes on building performance in the Caribbean, preliminary results," EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference. Memphis, TN, 2012.

 “Development of polymer 'chips' used in medical diagnostics," IMAC, a Conference on Structural Dynamics. Jacksonville, FL, 2011.

AWARDS

    • Discovery Award for Excellence in conducting advanced nonlinear analysis of the M2020 Sample Seal, 2016
    • Voyager Award for Excellent Non-linear Analysis of Mars 2020 Sample Seal, 2015
    • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2011-2014
    • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholar, 2013

 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    • Corresponding Member, Design Subcommittee, The Masonry Society
    • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

 



 

 

Laura Redmond
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Phone: 864.656.3661
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