Structural Engineering

Structural engineering is the field of engineering particularly concerned with the design of load-bearing structures. The field crosses engineering disciplines, and structural engineering can be found within civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering. Within civil engineering, it is largely the implementation of mechanics to the design of the large structures that are fundamental to basic living, such as buildings, bridges, walls, dams, and tunnels. Structural engineers need to design structures so that the structures do not collapse or behave in undesirable ways while serving their useful functions. The efficient use of funds and materials to achieve these structural goals is also a major concern. Structural engineers work closely with architects, construction managers, and transportation engineers, to name only a few.

Some of Our Research Specialties

  • Seismic & Wind Performance
  • Damage Detection
  • Fatigue & Fracture
  • Vibration & Control
  • Risk & Reliability
  • Offshore Structures
  • Preservation of Historic Structures

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