Thomas A. Sabol, Ph.D., S.E.

Adjunct Professor

5713 Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (323) 733-2640×360
Fax: (310) 206-2222


Ph.D. (1985) ,University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

My major interests lie in the application of advanced methodologies to the structural design of complex structures, with a particular interest in seismic design. As a practicing structural engineer, I attempt to integrate these advanced techniques into actual projects. Recent structural engineering design projects of note include:

  • J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles
  • California Science Center, Los Angeles
  • Seismic Replacement Building One, UCLA
  • Garden of Champions Tennis Stadium, Indian Wells

My research interests include earthquake resistant design of structural steel buildings, the effect of earthquakes on existing structures, the development of seismic rehabilitation guidelines for existing structures, and the potential of performance-based design for seismic design of new structures and the rehabilitation of existing structures. Recent research includes testing of structural steel moment frame connections and the adaptation of that research into design guidelines for the structural engineering community.