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Z. John Ma



John Ma joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee in August 2005. He received his PhD from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1998. He is a registered professional engineer in Nebraska.


Professional Service

Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering
Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering

Awards and Recognitions

Selected Awards:

  • Moses E. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award, 2019
  • UT TCE Research Achievement Award, 2018
  • ASCE Tennessee Section’s Daniel B. Barge, Jr Award, 2018
  • UT TCE Outstanding Advisor Award 2016
  • ASCE’s Raymond C. Reese Research Prize, 2013
  • UT CEE Scholar Recognition, 2012
  • Fellow of ASCE, 2011
  • ASCE Tennessee Section’s Peter G. Hoadley Award, 2009
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2004
  • ASCE’s T.Y. Lin Award, 2002
  • PCI’s Martin P. Korn Award, 2001


Recent Publications (* = graduate student):

  • Ghosh, D.*, Abd-Elssamd, A.*, Ma, Z. J., and Hun, D. (2021), “Development of high-early-strength fiber-reinforced self-compacting concrete,” Construction and Building Materials, 266. doi:1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.121051
  • Gui, Q.* and Ma, Z.J. (2020), “Seismic Performance of Unreinforced Concrete Railroad Bridge Piers,” SP-342-7, ACI Special Publication (SP – 342), ISBN: 9781641951043, pp. 114 – 128.
  • Abd-Elssamd, A.*, Ma, Z.J., Le Pape, Y., Hayes, N. W.*, & Guimaraes, M. (2020). Effect of alkali-silica reaction expansion rate and confinement on concrete degradation. ACI Materials Journal, 117(1), 265-277. doi:14359/51720294
  • Hayes, N. W.*, Giorla, A. B., Trent, W.*, Cong, D., Le Pape, Y., & Ma, Z.J. (2020). Effect of alkali-silica reaction on the fracture properties of confined concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 238. doi:1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.117641
  • Chen, H.*, Yi, W. J., Ma, Z.J., & Hwang, H. J. (2019). Shear strength of reinforced concrete simple and continuous deep beams. ACI Structural Journal, 116(6), 31-40. doi:14359/51718003
  • Jiang, X.*, Gui, Q.*, & Ma, Z.J. (2019). Pretensioned pullout test of 18 mm (0.7 in.) diameter strand with different embedment lengths. STRUCTURAL CONCRETE, 20(6), 1842-1857. doi:1002/suco.201800215
  • Jiang, X.*, Cabage, J.*, Jing, Y.*, Ma, Z.J., and Burdette, E. (2017), “Effect of Embedment Length on Bond of 18 mm (0.7 in.) Strand by Pullout Test.” ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 114, No. 3, pp. 707 – 717.
  • Qi, J.*, Ma, Z.J., and Wang, J. (2017), “Shear Strength of UHPFRC Beams: Mesoscale Fiber-Matrix Discrete Model.” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 143, No. 4, Article No. 04016209.
  • Jing, Y.*, Ma, Z.J., and Clarke, D. (2016), “Full-Scale Lateral Impact Testing of Prestressed Concrete Girder,” Structural Concrete – Journal of the FIB, Vol. 17, No. 6, pp. 947 – 958.
  • Ning, N.*, Qu, W., and Ma, Z.J. (2016), “Design Recommendations for Achieving Strong-Column-Weak-Beam in RC Frames,” Engineering Structures, Vol. 126, pp. 343 – 352.
  • Song, W.*, Ma, Z.J., Vadivelu, J.*, and Burdette, E. (2014), “Transfer Length and Splitting Force Calculation for Pretensioned Concrete Girders with High-capacity Strands,” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000566; 04014026/1-8.
  • Song, W.*, Ma, Z.J., and Ji, H.* (2013), “Equivalent Strip Width for FRP Superstructure Design Using Timoshenko Beam Approximation,” ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 744 – 752.
  • Jiang, X.*, Ma, Z.J., and Song, J.* (2013), “Effect of Shear Stud Connections on Dynamic Response of an FRP-Deck Bridge under Moving Loads,” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 18, No. 7, pp. 644 - 652.
  • Ma, Z.J., Cao, Q.*, Chapman, C.*, Burdette, E., and French, C. (2012), “Longitudinal Joint Details with Tight Bend Diameter U-Bars,” ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 109, No. 6, pp. 815 – 824.
  • He, Z.*, Liu, Z., and Ma, Z.J. (2012), “Investigation of Load Transfer Mechanisms in Deep Beams and Corbels,” ACI Structural Journal, July – August, Vol. 109, No. 4, pp. 467 - 476.
  • Ma, Z.J., Lewis, S.*, Cao, Q.*, He, Z.*, Burdette, E., and French, C. (2012), “Transverse Joint Details with Tight Bend Diameter U-Bars for Accelerated Bridge Construction,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 138, No. 6, pp. 697 - 707.
  • Jiang, X.*, Ma, Z.J., and Ren, W. (2012), “Crack Detection from the Slope of the Mode Shape Using Complex Continuous Wavelet,” Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 187 – 201.
  • Song, W.* and Ma, Z.J. (2011), “Behavior of Honeycomb FRP Sandwich Structure under Combined Effects of Service Load and Low Temperatures,” ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Nov. – Dec., Vol. 15, No. 6, 985 - 991.
  • Cao, Q.* and Ma, Z.J. (2011) “Behavior of Externally FRP Reinforced Shrinkage-Compensating Concrete Beams,” ACI Structural Journal, – Oct., Vol. 108, No.5, pp. 592 – 600.
  • Zhu, P.* and Ma, Z.J. (2010), “Selection of Durable Closure Pour Materials for Accelerated Bridge Construction,” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 695 – 704.
  • Li, L.*, Ma, Z.J., Griffey, M. E.*, and Oesterle, R. G. (2010), “Improved Longitudinal Joint Details in Decked Bulb Tees for Accelerated Bridge Construction: Concept Development,” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 327 – 336.
  • Nordin, C.*, Ma, Z.,J., and Penumadu, D. (2010) “Combined Effect of Loading and Cold-Temperature on the Stiffness of Glass Fiber Composites,” ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 224 – 230.
  • Ma, Z.J., Chaudhury, S.*, Millam, J.*, and Hulsey, J. L. (2007) “Field Test and 3D FE Modeling of Decked Bulb-Tee Bridges,” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 306 – 314.
  • Ma, Z.J., Choppali, U.*, and Li, L.* (2007) “Cycling Tests of A Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Honeycomb Sandwich Deck Panel at Very Cold Temperatures,” International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, Vol. 28, No. 1/2, pp. 178 – 197.
  • Millam, J.* and Ma, Z.J. (2005) “Single Lane Live Load Distribution Factor for Decked Precast/Prestressed Concrete Girder Bridges,” Journal of Transportation Research Board, No. 1928, TRB of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., pp.142 - 152.
  • Ma, Z.J., Tadros, M. K., and Baishya, M. (2000) “Shear Behavior of Pretensioned High Strength Concrete Bridge I-Girders,” ACI Structural Journal, 97, No. 1, Jan. – Feb., pp. 185 - 192.
  • Ma, Z.J., Saleh, M., and Tadros, M.K. (1999) “Optimized Post-Tensioning Anchorage in Prestressed Concrete I-Beams,” PCI Journal, Vol. 44, No. 2, Mar. – Apr., pp. 56 – 73.
  • Ma, Z.J., Huo, X., Tadros, M. K., and Baishya, M. (1998) “Restraint Moments in Precast/Prestressed Concrete Continuous Bridges,” PCI Journal, Vol. 43, No. 6, Nov-Dec., pp. 40 – 57.
  • Ma, Z.J., Saleh, M., and Tadros, M. K. (1997) “Shear Design of Stemmed Bridge Members - How Complex Should It Be?” PCI JOURNAL, Vol. 42, No. 5, Sept-Oct., pp. 88-93.

Contact Information

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