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Structural Engineering Faculty

Paolo Bocchini

Paolo Bocchini

Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

  • Resilience and sustainability of infrastructure systems
  • Computational mechanics
  • Probabilistic structural analysis
  • Structural reliability
  • Bridge network analysis
  • Structural health monitoring by guided ultrasonic waves
Dan M. Frangopol

Dan M. Frangopol

Professor, Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture, Professor of Civil Engineering

  • Safety, reliability, risk, resilience and sustainability of civil, marine and distributed infrastructure
  • Probabilistic optimal life-cycle cost design, inspection, maintenance and management of infrastructure systems
  • Bridge engineering and optimal management of bridge networks under uncertainty based on life-cycle cost
  • Probabilistic damage assessment and safety evaluation of existing structures
  • Life-cycle performance-based system reliability assessment of buildings, bridges, and marine structures
  • Multi-hazard risk mitigation, risk-informed decision making and climate change effects on civil infrastructure
Clay Naito

Clay Naito


  • Experimental and analytical evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures subjected to extreme events, including earthquakes and intentional blast demands
Shamim N. Pakzad

Shamim N. Pakzad

Professor and Chair

  • Structural health monitoring; wireless sensor networks
  • Damage detection
  • System identification and signal processing
  • Probabilistic methods in civil engineering and structural reliability
  • Random vibrations and structural dynamics
  • Structural monitoring of large infrastructures and bridges
Stephen Pessiki

Stephen Pessiki

Professor of Structural Engineering

  • Behavior and design of structures
  • Nondestructive evaluation of materials and structures
  • Fire effects on structures
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Innovative building systems
  • Thermal performance of building envelopes
Spencer Quiel

Spencer Quiel

Associate Professor, Structural Engineering and Associate Chair 

  • Structural resistance to extreme loads, particularly fire and blast
  • Design of structures to resist progressive collapse
  • Structural robustness and resilience
  • Development of improved design standards via experimental testing and computational analysis
James M. Ricles

James M. Ricles

Bruce G. Johnston Professor of Structural Engineering: Director, Real-Time Multi-directional Earthquake Simulation Facility; ATLSS

  • Seismic response and retrofit of steel or composite steel-concrete connections, components and systems
  • Innovative advanced structural systems for seismic hazard mitigation
  • Real-time hybrid testing for simulation of dynamic loading
  • Structural applications of advanced materials
  • Behavior of steel structures at elevated temperatures
  • Repair of damaged or deteriorated offshore structures
Richard Sause

Richard Sause

Joseph T. Stuart Professor of Structural Engineering; Director, ATLSS, Director, Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure & Energy

  • Application of high-performance materials
  • Innovative structural systems
  • Highway bridges and structures
  • Earthquake-resistant and blast-resistant structures
  • Simulation of structural dynamic response