Lehigh’s graduate program in structural engineering focuses on analytical and experimental studies of structural behavior. Students develop the technical knowledge and problem-solving capabilities needed to design and construct complex, large-scale structural systems.

A diversity of faculty research allows students to pursue projects that align with their interests and career goals. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with other universities as well as world-class engineering firms.


Program research areas include:

  • advanced structural materials and systems;
  • earthquake resistant structures;
  • infrastructure hazard mitigation;
  • intelligent infrastructure systems;
  • simulation measurement and evaluation of new and in-service structures; and
  • infrastructure reliability, maintenance, and life-cycle performance.

Lehigh students work in structural testing facilities that are among the largest in North America, enabling research in earthquake engineering, fiber-reinforced composites, fatigue and fracture, development of smart structures, shipbuilding, and life-cycle engineering. Our Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center is home to the largest three-dimensional test bed in the U.S. ATLSS also features a real-time, multi-dimensional earthquake testing facility and conducts seismic research as part of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program. Other specialized facilities, such the 5-million-pound universal hydraulic testing machine in Fritz Laboratory, round out Lehigh’s unique research capabilities in structural engineering.

Affiliated Lehigh Research Centers, Laboratories and Institutes

[Note: see also Lehigh's innovative 10-month Professional Master's program in Structural Engineering.]

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lehigh University
13 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3176
Phone: (610) 758-3530

E-mail: Julie DeMotte
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