Bennett has been on the faculty at the University of Tennessee since 1983. His area of specialization is structures. He formerly was the director of the Engineering Fundamentals Division, teaching in the freshman engage program. Bennett is a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee.
Masonry testing, analysis, and design
Structural safety and reliability
National Science Foundation
Engineering Education Research Initiation Grant
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)
Tennessee Department of Transportation
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, PhD in Civil Engineering, 1983
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, MS in Civil Engineering, 1981
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 1979
Masonry Standards Joint Committee, 2000-present
Chairman, Main Committee, 2013-2016
Vice-Chairman, Main Committee, 2011-2013
Chairman, Flexural and Axial Loads Subcommittee, 2004-2011
Associate Editor, The Masonry Society Journal, 2006-present
Member, ASTM C15 Manufactured Masonry Units; C15.02 Brick and Structural Clay Tile, 2006-present
Flanagan, R.D., and Bennett, R.M. (2001). "In-Plane Analysis of Masonry Infill Materials." Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, 6(4), 176-182. Winner of Alvin H. Yorkdale Award, ASTM Committee C15, Best peer-reviewed masonry paper, 2002.
Bennett, R.M., Wood, S.M., Drumm, E.C., and Rainwater, N.R. (2005). “Vertical Loads on Box Culverts under High Embankments.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, 10(6), 643-649.
Zureick, A-H., Bennett, R.M., and Ellingwood, B.R. (2006). “Statistical Characterization of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Material Properties for Structural Design.” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 132(8), 1320-1327.
Bennett, R.M., Borchelt, J.G., Bryja, J., and Kjorlien, B. (2006). “Impact Resistance of Residential Wall Systems to Wind-borne Debris.” The Masonry Society Journal, 24(1), 45-56.
Hedrick, S.E. II, Bennett, R.M., Rials, T.G., and Kelley, S.S. (2007). “Correlation of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Measurements with the Properties of Treated Wood.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 19(4), 279-285.
Bennett, R.M. (2008). “The First United States Prestressed Masonry Structures.” The Masonry Society Journal, 26(2), 67-72.
Zisi, N. and Bennett, R.M. (2011). “Shear Behavior of Corrugated Tie Connections in Anchored Brick Veneer-Wood Frame Wall Systems.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 23(2), 120-130.
Fonseca, F.S., Mathew, S., and Bennett, R.M. (2011). “MSJC Deep Beam Requirements.” The Masonry Society Journal, 29(1), 49-61.
Bennett, R.M., Huston, E.T., McLean, D.I., and Throop, D.B. (2011). “Allowable Stress Recalibration in the 2011 TMS 402 Code.” 11th North American Masonry Conference, Paper 33. Winner of Outstanding Paper Award.
Bennett, R.M., Schleter, W.R., Olsen, T. and Guffey, S. (2012). “Effects of an Early Homework Completion Bonus.” ASEE Annual Conference, Paper AC 2012-3724.