Research Focus

Our group is active in research related to the behavior and design of reinforced concrete members and structures, including both precast and cast-in-place concrete. We have a particular interest in the behavior of members subjected to earthquake-induced deformations. Much of our work falls into two major thrusts:

    • 1) Use of emergent technologies, including advanced materials like fiber-reinforced concrete and high-strength steel as well as innovations like 3D printing, with the aim of improving the efficiency and resilience of reinforced concrete construction, and
    • 2) Uncovering, understanding, and mitigating vulnerabilities in the existing built environment to improve the safety and well-being of the public.

Personal Background

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 structural evaluations, retrofit designs, 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.