Jian Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Structural Engineering

5731G Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (310) 825-7986
Fax: (310) 206-2222
Curriculum Vitae: Complete Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., (2002), University of California, Berkeley
M.S., (1997), University of California, Berkeley
M.E., (1994), Southeast University, China
B.E., (1991), Nanjing Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute, China

Research Interests

My research interests are earthquake engineering, structure dynamics and mechanics, with an emphasis on the modeling, analysis and protection of structural systems under seismic excitations. The main goals of my research are to understand the seismic performance of bridges and buildings by experiments and model-based simulations; to develop seismic response models and analysis procedures validated by measurements from instrumented structures; to improve the structural performance and mitigate earthquake hazards by using innovative devices, systems and technologies. I have worked on various research topics that dealt with seismic response of structures and their foundations. My recent research activities include seismic response analysis of highway bridges, development of advanced simulation tools for soil-structure interaction analysis, seismic protection of highway bridges using passive energy dissipation devices, numerical and experimental investigation of complex shear wall behavior, rocking response and overturning of rigid bodies (non-structural components) under seismic excitation, and time-domain visco-elastic analysis of earth structures.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA, 2009
  • JSPS Short-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2003
  • EERI 9USN/10CCEE Travel Award, 2010
  • NEES/E-Defense Joint Coordination Meeting Travel Award, 2006 & 2007
  • NEES Consortium Annual Meeting Travel Award, 2003 & 2006
  • University Alumni Scholarship, Southeast University (China), 1993
  • Best Graduate Award, Nanjing University of Technology (China), 1991