Structural Engineering and Mechanics


Research in structural mechanics is directed toward improving the ability of engineers to understand and interpret structural behavior through experiments and computer analyses. Areas of special interest include computer analysis using finite-element techniques, computational mechanics, structural dynamics, nonlinear behavior, plasticity, micromechanics of composites, damage and fracture mechanics, structural optimization, probabilistic static and dynamic analysis of structures, and experimental stress analysis.

Designing structural systems capable of surviving major earthquakes is the goal of experimental studies on the strength of full-scale reinforced concrete structures, computer analysis of soils/structural systems, design of earthquake resistant masonry, and design of seismic-resistant buildings and bridges.

Teaching and research areas in structural/earthquake engineering involve assessing the performance of new and existing structures subjected to earthquake ground motions. Specific interests include assessing the behavior of reinforced concrete buildings and bridges, as well as structural steel, masonry, and timber structures. Integration of analytical studies with laboratory and field experiments is emphasized to assist in the development of robust analysis and design tools, as well as design recommendations. Reliability-based design and performance assessment methodologies are also an important field of study.

Faculty and Lecturers

Thumbnail Henry V. Burton, Ph.D., S.E.
5732E Boelter Hall (310) 825-2843
Structural/Earthquake engineering, structural reliability, enhanced seismic performance systems, performance-based design and assessment methods, community resilience.
Thumbnail Yousef Bozorgnia, Ph.D., P.E.
5731 Boelter Hall (310) 825-2471
Structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering seismology.
Thumbnail Jiann-Wen Woody Ju, Ph.D., P.E.
5731K Boelter Hall (310) 206-1751
Damage mechanics, micromechanics of composites, advanced material modeling, computational mechanics, nanomechanics, nondestructive and destructive testing, durability and damage of concrete and stucco, construction defects, fracture mechanics, biomechanics, failure analysis, geomechnanics, reliability and service life.
Thumbnail Ertugrul Taciroglu, Ph.D.
5731E Boelter Hall (310) 267-4655
Computational solid and structural mechanics, constitutive modeling of materials, structural health monitoring, performance-based earthquake engineering, and soil-structure interaction.
Thumbnail John W. Wallace, Ph.D., P.E.
5731C Boelter Hall (310) 206-7124
tructural/Earthquake engineering, design methodologies, seismic evaluation and retrofit, large-scale laboratory and field studies/testing. Structural instrumentation and monitoring.
Thumbnail Jian Zhang, Ph.D.
5731G Boelter Hall (310) 825-7986
Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and mechanics, seismic protective devices and strategies, soil-structure interaction and bridge engineering.
Thumbnail Thomas A. Sabol, Ph.D., S.E.
5732E Boelter Hall (323) 733-2640x360
Structural engineering design, steel seismic systems, earthquake engineering, seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing structures
Thumbnail Stanley B. Dong, Ph.D., P.E. 5731 Boelter Hall (310) 825-5353
Structural mechanics, mechanics of composite materials, computational methods.