Our group conducts research on the behavior of precast and cast-in-place reinforced concrete structures, with the aim of impacting engineering practice. We work to solve wide ranging problems, but have a particular interest in the behavior of members subjected to earthquake-induced deformations. Much of our work falls into two major thrusts:
After completing my dissertation at the University of Michigan working with Gustavo Parra-Montesinos and James Wight, I went to work as a consulting engineer in Chicago. In my time there I was involved with design plan reviews, structural evaluations, retrofit designs, litigation support, and structural failure investigations. I then pursued Post-Doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, where I worked with Gustavo Parra-Montesinos and José Pincheira. We studied two-way shear in slabs under earthquake-type loads, investigated buckling of reinforcement in fiber-reinforced concrete, and proposed revisions of the strength-reduction factor for columns. I have since taught and conducted research at the University of Kansas. I also provide consulting and expert witness services.