Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials

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Find out what kind of courses you can take and learn more about the expertise of our faculty:

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Our program’s academic and research activities have earned an international reputation for excellence — a reputation strengthened by an environment that fosters learning, discovery and creativity.

That world renown comes from our work in: creative use of advanced structural materials and composite systems to improve infrastructure; earthquake engineering; cladding effects on, and hybrid control of, the response of tall buildings to earthquakes and wind; steel connection design and behavior; and structural reliability and risk assessment.

Our students learn about — and conduct advance research on — structural analysis and design, the behavior of structural systems, earthquake engineering, engineering science and mechanics, high-performance materials, computer-aided engineering, risk and reliability, and intelligent engineering learning environments.

They are encouraged to form partnerships with each other and our faculty members to develop their skills and advance our profession. And we foster a multidisciplinary environment where we’re developing solutions to engineering problems of national and international importance.


Our School is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and instruments for all aspects of modern structural engineering and structural mechanics and materials research. This includes:

  • An 18,000-square-foot Structures and Materials Laboratory with an 8,000-square-foot strong floor, an L-shaped reaction wall with capacities of 100-300 kips, and two 30-ton-capacity cranes. More… (Learn about construction of this facility in STRUCTUREmag.)
  • A broad range of universal testing machines, with capacity to 400 kips.
  • Specialized facilities for mechanical testing with infrared thermography and photoelastic stress/strain analysis.
  • A nondestructive evaluation/optics laboratory.
  • A laser scanning confocal microscope.
  • Numerous high-performance workstations equipped with state-of-the-art software in structural engineering and mechanics.


Nelson C. Baker
Dean, Professional Education & Professor
Corliss L. Barham
Administrative Professional III
Reginald DesRoches
External Adjunct Professor
Bruce R. Ellingwood
Professor Emeritus
T. Russell Gentry
Internal Adjunct Associate Professor
Barry Goodno
Professor Emeritus
Laurence J. Jacobs
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor
Lawrence F. Kahn
Professor Emeritus
Jin Yeon Kim
Senior Research Engineer
Aditya Kumar
Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2022)
Kimberly E. Kurtis
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship & Professor
Jamia Luckett
Administrative Professional, Sr.
Karl F. "Fred" Meyer
Professor of the Practice
Rafi L. Muhanna
Associate Professor
Glaucio H. Paulino
Raymond Allen Jones Chair & External Adjunct Professor
David W. Scott
External Adjunct Associate Professor
Ryan J. Sherman
Assistant Professor
Lauren Stewart
Williams Family Early-Career Professor, Director of the Structural...
Phanish Suryanarayana
Associate Professor
Iris Tien
Williams Family Associate Professor
Yang Wang
Professor & Group Coordinator; Adjunct Professor (ECE)
Gerald Wempner
Professor Emeritus
Donald W. White
Kenneth M. Will
Associate Professor Emeritus
Chuang-Sheng (Walter) Yang, P.E.
Research Engineer II & Instructor
Arash Yavari
Abdul-Hamid Zureick