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Structural Engineering

The Structural Engineering program offers graduate study and research in a broad range of topics. From computational mechanics to structural testing of full-size structural components, a vibrant and varied array of research projects is currently in progress. Scroll down for a video and information about a multi-year research project studying ASR in concrete.

Course offerings consistent with these research areas are designed to provide quality education for those whose objective is to obtain an MS degree and go into practice doing structural design and analysis as well as those whose career objective is to obtain a PhD degree.

The structural engineering program, consistent with the rest of the department, is student friendly. The faculty members in structures take pride in teaching in addition to their research, and contributing to overall professional and personal development of graduate students. The overall objective is to achieve excellence in all areas of structural engineering so that any student graduating from this program is prepared to achieve his/her career objectives.


» Mark Denavit, Assistant Professor

» John Ma, Professor

» Timothy Truster, Assistant Professor

» Nicholas Wierschem, Assistant Professor

Facilities and Resources

  • High-performance workstations for computation materials modeling
  • Access to JICS and to Newton campus clusters
  • Saw and Coring Room
  • Hardened Concrete Lab
  • RISA
  • Revit
  • SAP2000
  • WARP3D

ASR Research

CEE, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has constructed three large concrete specimens to research the effects of stress confinement on the development of damage in concrete structures due to ASR.

Read an update about the project.

View the project’s concrete specimen drawings.