Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1975.
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1971.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Univerisity of Arkansas, 1969.

Dr. Kenneth Will is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Will earned his BSCE from the University of Arkansas in 1969 and his MSCE and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971 and 1975, respectively. His primary research and teaching interests are in the area of computer-aided structural engineering and computational mechanics. Research projects have focused on the continued development of GTSTRUDL, parallel computing, and the automation of design based on finite element results. Dr. Will has served as Co-Director of the Computer-Aided Structural Engineering (CASE) Center which developed GTSTRUDL, a fully-integrated finite element analysis and structural design Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system used by civil/structural engineers and students in over 30 countries. In addition, Dr. Will is active in ASCE technical committees dealing with computer-aided structural engineering.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Finite element analysis
  • Structural stability
  • Numerical techniques
  • Computer graphics and visualization
  • Offshore structures
  • Computer-aided engineering
  • High-performance computing

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Honor Society Membership: Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma
  • Outstanding Service Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2006
  • Software Development Award (with L. Z. Emkin), School of Civil and Environmental 21 Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2000
  • Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering
  • Outstanding Civil Engineering Professor Award, ASCE Student Chapter, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1991-1992

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Guney, M.E. and Will, K.M., “A High Performance Multifrontal Code for Linear Solution of Structures Using Multi-Core Microprocessors,” Tsinghua Science and Technology, Vol. 13, No. S1, October 2008, pp. 34-39.
  • Kurc, O. and Will, K.M., “An Iterative Parallel Workload Balancing Framework for Direct Condensation of Substructures”, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Volume 196, March 2007, pp. 2084-2096.
  • Back, Sung Y. and Will, K. M., AA Shear-Flexible Element with Warping for Thin Walled Open Beams,@ International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 43, pp. 1173-1191, 1998.
  • Naqib, R. A., Zureick, A. and Will, K. M., APractical Considerations in Two- Dimensional Shape Optimization of Elastic Continuum,@ Computers and Structures, Vol 61 No. 2, pp. 315-330, October 1996.
  • Naqib, R. A., Zureick, A. and Will, K. M., ANew Approximate-Iterative Technique in Shape Optimization of Continuum Structures@ Computers and Structures, Vol 51 No. 6, pp. 737-748, 1994.
BOOKS
  • Emkin, L. Z., Will, K. M., Stringer, S. V., Swanger, M. H.,, Zand, H., and Abernathy, R., GTSTRUDL Users Manual, Volumes 1-8, Published by CASE Center, Georgia Tech, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Kara, M., Stoesser, T. and Will, K., “A Numerical Method to Predict Fluid-Structure Interaction of Flow Past an Elastically Mounted Circular Cylinder” Proceedings 22nd Int. Offshore and Polar Eng (ISOPE) Conf, Rhodes, Greece, 2012.
  • Deaton, J. B. and Will, K. M., “Nonlinear FEA of Cyclically-Loaded Exterior RC Beam-Column Joints with Inadequate Seismic Detailing,” 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (15WCEE), Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.
  • Kurc, O. and Will, K. M., Parallel Solution of Large Linear Systems on Homogenous PC Clusters,” Proceedings, Seventh International Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering, October 11-13, 2006, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Kurc, O. and Will, K. M., “Parallel Linear Solution of Large Structures on Heterogenous PC Clusters”, Proceedings, Eighth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Las Palmas, Spain, September 12-15, 2006.
  • Will, K. M. and Maham, A, “Displacement Control in a General Building Design Framework”, Proceedings, Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering, June 14-16, 2006, Montreal, Canada.
REPORTS
  • Zureick, A., Kahn, L., Will, K., Kalkan, I., Hurff, J. and Lee, J., “Stability of Precast Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders Considering Sweep and Thermal Effects”, Final Report GDOT Project No. 05-15, November 2011.
  • Guney, Murat Efe and Will, Kenneth M., ”Performance of the Matrix Ordering Programs for Sparse Direct Solution of Structures,” CASE Center Technical Report, October 2009.
  • Zureick, A., Kahn, L., Will, K., Kalkan, I.,Hurff, J. and Lee,J., ”Stability of Precast Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders Including Sweep,” Draft Final Report for Georgia Department of Transportation, Project E-20-860, June 2009.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Will, K.M. “GTSTRUDL Latest Release”, GTSTRUDL Users Group 22nd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 2012.
  • Will, K. M. and Zarco, B.,”New Plane Stress, Plate Bending and Plate Elements”, GTSTRUDL Users Group 21st Annual Meeting, Del Ray Beach, FL, June 2011.
  • Will, K. M.,“GTSTRUDL Version 32 and Future Releases”, GTSTRUDL Users Group 21st Annual Meeting, DelRay Beach, FL, June 2011.
  • Will, K.M., GTSTRUDL Version 31 and Beyond, GTSTRUDL Users Group 21st Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2010.
  • Will, K.M., GTSTRUDL Version 30 and Future Releases and Enhancements, GTSTRUDL Users Group 20th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2009.