Profile of Prof. Selna

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Lawrence G. Selna, Ph.D., S.E.

Professor Emeritus

5731 Boelter Hall

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

Phone: (310) 825-2471      Fax: (310) 206-2222


B.S., (1961), University of California, Berkeley
M.S., (1963), University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., (1967), University of California, Berkeley

 Selected Awards and Honors

S.B. Barnes Award, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, 1983

Research Interests

My research deals with the practical aspects of earthquake and structural engineering. Earthquakes are key elements of the structural engineering design process in California because they generate large loads that cause damage.The behavior of reinforced concrete structures in earthquakes has been a
cause of much concern to bridge and structural engineers. Many changes in reinforcement details have occurred in recent years in order to prevent failures in shear and bond after a few cycles of loading.
Research in this area has been underway at UCLA since the San Fernando, California earthquake of 1971. The major objective of this work is to assess the likelihood of failure of various reinforced concrete
structural elements and systems, to suggest economically feasible changes in design that improve behavior, and to develop codes and standards for design engineers to follow when implementing the
improvements.Research began in early 2000 on finite elements and is the subject of the forthcoming article “Least Square Methods in Structural Analysis.” These methods may have a variety of applications for future research.