Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 2016
  • M.S., Purdue University, 2009
  • B.S., Michigan Technological University, 2008

Dr. Ryan J. Sherman joined the faculty in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in 2019.  He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2007, followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 2009 and 2016, respectively.  Previously, he served on the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as well as worked as a Research Engineer at the Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research at Purdue University.  

Dr. Sherman has conducted large-scale laboratory testing, as well as field monitoring and instrumentation projects around the United States, on steel bridge and ancillary highway structures.  He has had an active role in over 25 research projects, encompassing the areas of large-scale structural experimentation, structural health monitoring, sensor development, material characterization, fatigue and fracture, and analytical simulation.  His recent research interests include additive manufacturing for civil engineering infrastructure and novel geometries for rapid steel bridge deployment.  Dr. Sherman serves on professional technical committees for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA).  In addition, he is a licensed Professional Engineer

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Steel structures Fatigue and fracture Additive manufacturing Large-scale structural testing Field monitoring and testing of structures Retrofit design and testing Fitness-for-service evaluation Redundancy of structural systems

HONORS & AWARDS

  • ASCE ExCEEd Fellow (2017) AISC Educator Workshop Travel Grant (2016) Purdue University Goldberg Fellowship (2011) Purdue University Ross Fellowship (2009)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2019). “Large-scale Flexure Fracture Experiments of High-Toughness Steel.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. 24(7), 04019062.
  • Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2019). “Material Characterization of High-Toughness Steel.” Elsevier Structures. 20, 33-41.
  • Collins, W., Sherman, R., Connor, R., Leon, R. (2019). “Fracture Toughness Characterization of High Performance Steel for Bridge Girder Applications.” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 31(4), 04019027.
  • Sherman, R., Connor, R. (2019). “Development of a Fatigue Design Load for High-Mast Lighting Towers.” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 145(1), 04018228.
  • Hebdon, M., Sherman, R., Connor, R. (2018). “Hardness Variation in Driven Rivets for Bridge Evaluation.” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 30(10), 04018246.
BOOKS
PROCEEDINGS
  • Quinton, B., Sherman, R. (2018). “The Development and Evolution of the Steel Bridge Fracture Control Plan.” 2018 IRF Global R2T Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2018). “A Potential Framework for Exploiting the Benefits of High-Toughness Steel.” 2018 World Steel Bridge Symposium. Baltimore, MD.
  • Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2016). “Towards an Integrated Fracture Control Plan.” 2016 World Steel Bridge Symposium. Orlando, FL.
  • Collins, W., Sherman, R., Connor, R. (2016). “Advancing the State of Practice in Steel Bridge Evaluation: Application of the Master Curve and Fitness-for-Service for Existing Structures.” 2016 World Steel Bridge Symposium. Orlando, FL.
REPORTS
  • Connor, R., Sherman, R., Collins, W. (2017). “TPF-5(238) Design and Fabrication Standards to Eliminate Fracture Critical Concerns in Two-Girder Bridge Systems – Phase 2: Experimental Testing. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  • Sherman, R. (2016). “Standards to Control Fracture in Steel Bridges Through the Use of High-Toughness Steel and Rational Inspection Intervals (Ph.D. Dissertation).” Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  • Connor, R., Collins, W., Sherman, R. (2015). “TPF-5(238) Design and Fabrication Standards to Eliminate Fracture Critical Concerns in Two-Girder Bridge Systems – Phase 1: Fracture Characterization of High-Toughness Steel.” Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  • Lloyd, J., Hebdon, M., Sherman, R., Connor, R. (2014). “Comparative Study of Data Acquisition Systems for Controlled Load Testing of Rural Steel Bridges.” Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  • Diggelmann, L., Connor, R., Sherman, R. (2013). “Evaluation of Member and Load-Path Redundancy on the US-421 Bridge over the Ohio River.” PB2013-110588. National Technical Information Service. Alexandria, VA.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Sherman, R., Hebdon, M. (2019). “Additive Manufacturing of Metals: Background and Overview.” Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC.
  • Sherman, R., Connor, R., Lloyd, J., Martin, F., Korkmaz, C., Hebdon, M., Collins, W. (2018). “Recent Research Advancing the Understanding of Fracture Critical Members.” 2018 Oregon Department of Transportation Bridge Design Training. Salem, OR.
  • Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2018). “A Potential Framework for Exploiting the Benefits of High-Toughness Steel.” 2018 World Steel Bridge Symposium. Baltimore, MD.
  • Sherman R. (2018). “Leveraging High-Toughness Steel for Bridges Traditionally Classified as Fracture Critical.” Structural Engineers Association of Southern Nevada. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Sherman, R., Jiang, Y., Tian, Y., Hu, B. (2018). “Developing Acoustic Technology to Detect Transverse Defects in Rail at High Speed.” AFF40(1): Subcommittee on Nondestructive Evaluation of Structures. Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC.
PATENTS