Curriculum Vitae






Ryan J. Sherman

Assistant Professor
Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
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404.894.2227




Biography

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

Education

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

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

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

Awards

Patents

Articles

  1. Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2019). “Large-scale Flexure Fracture Experiments of High-Toughness Steel.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. 24(7), 04019062.
  2. Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2019). “Material Characterization of High-Toughness Steel.” Elsevier Structures. 20, 33-41.
  3. 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.
  4. Sherman, R., Connor, R. (2019). “Development of a Fatigue Design Load for High-Mast Lighting Towers.” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 145(1), 04018228.
  5. 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.
  6. Sherman, R., Hebdon, M., Connor, R. (2016). “Fatigue Testing and Retrofit Details of High-Mast Lighting Towers.” Engineering Journal – American Institute of Steel Construction. 53(1).
  7. Collins, W., Sherman, R., Connor, R., Leon, R. (2016). “State-of-the-Art Fracture Characterization. I: Master Curve Analysis of Legacy Bridge Steels.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. 21(12), 04016097.
  8. Collins, W., Sherman, R., Connor, R., Leon, R. (2016). “State-of-the-Art Fracture Characterization. II: Correlations between Charpy V-Notch and the Master Curve Reference Temperature, T0.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. 21(12), 04016098.
  9. Provines, J., Connor, R., Sherman, R. (2014). “Development of Load Rating Procedures for Railroad Flatcar Bridges through Use of Field Instrumentation. II: Procedure Development.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. 19(5), 04013026.
  10. Provines, J., Connor, R., Sherman, R. (2014). “Development of Load Rating Procedures for Railroad Flatcar Bridges through Use of Field Instrumentation. I: Data Collection and Analysis.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. 19(5), 04013025.

Books

Proceedings

  1. Quinton, B., Sherman, R. (2018). “The Development and Evolution of the Steel Bridge Fracture Control Plan.” 2018 IRF Global R2T Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
  2. 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.
  3. Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2016). “Towards an Integrated Fracture Control Plan.” 2016 World Steel Bridge Symposium. Orlando, FL.
  4. 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.

Presentations

  1. Sherman, R., Hebdon, M. (2019). “Additive Manufacturing of Metals: Background and Overview.” Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sherman R. (2018). “Leveraging High-Toughness Steel for Bridges Traditionally Classified as Fracture Critical.” Structural Engineers Association of Southern Nevada. Las Vegas, NV.
  5. 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.
  6. Sherman, R., Jiang, Y., Teng, H., Hu, B., Tian, Y. (2018). “Developing Acoustic Technology to Detect Transverse Defects in Rail at High Speed.” High Speed Rail UTC Reception. Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC. (Poster presentation)
  7. Sherman, R., Jiang, Y., Tian, Y., Hu, B. (2017). “Developing Acoustic Technology to Detect Transverse Defects in Rail at High Speed.” 27th Annual Fall Transportation Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
  8. Collins, W., Connor, R., Martin, F., Hebdon, M., Sherman, R. (2017). “The Future of Fracture Critical – Latest Research on Fracture Critical Members.” KSU Bridge Design Workshop. Manhattan, KS.
  9. Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2017). “Standards to Control Fracture in Steel Bridges Through the Use of High-Toughness Steel and Rational Inspection Intervals.” Western Bridge Engineers Seminar. Portland, OR.
  10. Sherman, R., Hebdon, M., Falkensammer, L., Connor, R. (2017). “Using Rivet Hardness to Establish Rivet Strength.” Western Bridge Engineers Seminar. Portland, OR. (Poster presentation).
  11. Collins, W., Connor, R., Martin, F., Hebdon, M., Sherman, R. (2017). “Fracture Critical Members – Latest Research.” Pacific Northwest Steel Collaboration Meeting. Vancouver, OR.
  12. Sherman, R. (2017). “Standards to Control Fracture in Steel Bridges Through the Use of High-Toughness Steel and Rational Inspection Intervals.” Earthquake Engineering Research Institute University of Nevada, Reno Student Chapter. Reno, NV.
  13. Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2017). “Standards to Control Fracture in Steel Bridges Through the Use of High-Toughness Steel and Rational Inspection Intervals.” NASCC The Steel Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  14. Sherman, R., Hebdon, M., Connor, R. (2016). “The Correlation of Rivet Strength with Hardness Measurements.” Iron and Steel Preservation Conference. Lafayette, IN.
  15. Sherman, R., Collins, W., Connor, R. (2016). “Towards an Integrated Fracture Control Plan.” 2016 World Steel Bridge Symposium. Orlando, FL.
  16. 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.
  17. Connor, R., Sherman, R., Hebdon, M., Bonachera, F., Collins, W., Lloyd, J. (2015). “Update on Fracture Critical Research at Purdue University.” AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures T-14 Structural Steel Design Meeting. Saratoga Springs, NY.
  18. Lloyd, J., Hebdon, M., Sherman, R., Connor, R., (2015). “Comparative Study of Data Acquisition Systems for Testing of Steel Bridges.” Indiana Association of County Highway Engineers and Supervisors. Indianapolis, IN.
  19. Lloyd, J., Hebdon, M., Sherman, R., Connor, R., (2015). “Comparative Study of Data Acquisition Systems for Testing of Steel Bridges.” Purdue Road School. West Lafayette, IN.
  20. Connor, R., Collins, W., Sherman, R. (2015). “TPF-5(238) Update: Standards to Control Fracture in Steel Bridges.” AASHTO T-14 Structural Steel Design. Orlando, FL.
  21. Sherman, R. and Connor, R. (2014). “Final Update on Fatigue Performance and Installation Issues of Jacket Retrofits for HMLTs.” Transportation Research Board Traffic Structures Subcommittee Meeting. Washington, DC.
  22. Sherman, R., Connor, R., DeSchepper, A. (2013). “NCHRP 10-74: Final AASHTO Specifications.” Transportation Research Board Traffic Structures Subcommittee Meeting. Washington, DC.
  23. Collins, W., Wright, W., Connor, R., Sherman, R. (2013) Toward a Performance Based Toughness Specification: Eliminating Fracture Critical Concerns in Steel Bridge Members.” ASTM E08 Student Presentation Competition. Jacksonville, FL.
  24. Connor, R., McCullough, B., Sherman, R., Provines, J. (2011). “Development of a Fatigue/Fracture Database.” Purdue Road School. West Lafayette, IN.
  25. Connor, R., Sherman, R., Provines, J. (2011). “Use of Railroad Flatcars as Bridges on Low-Volume Roads.” Purdue Road School. West Lafayette, IN.
  26. Connor, R., Provines, J., Sherman, R. (2011). “Guidelines for the Rating, Inspection, & Acquisition of Railroad Flatcar Bridges.” AASHTO T-18 Bridge Management, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation Mid-year Meeting.
  27. Connor, R., Sherman, R., DeSchepper, A. (2010). “Research Update NCHRP Project 10-74: Development of Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Lighting Poles.” AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures T-12 Traffic Signal, Luminaires, and Sign Supports Meeting. Sacramento, CA.
  28. Connor, R., Sherman, R., DeSchepper, A. (2010). “Research Update NCHRP Project 10-74: Development of Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Lighting Poles.” Transportation Research Board Traffic Structures Subcommittee Meeting. Washington, DC.
  29. Connor, R. and Sherman, R. (2009). “Research Update NCHRP Project 10-74: Development of Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Lighting Poles.” AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures T-12 Traffic Signal, Luminaires, and Sign Supports Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Reports

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Diggelmann, L., Connor, R., Sherman, R. (2013). “Tech Brief: Evaluation of Member and Load-Path Redundancy on the US-421 Bridge over the Ohio River.” FHWA-HRT-13-104. Federal Highway Administration. McLean, VA.
  7. Lloyd, J., Connor, R., Sherman, R., Mueller, J. (2012). “Field Instrumentation for the Evaluation of I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge.” Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  8. Connor, R., Collicott, S., DeSchepper, A., Sherman, R., Ocampo, J. (2012). “NCHRP Report 718: Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Lighting Towers.” Transportation Research Board. National Research Council. Washington, DC.
  9. Connor, R., Varma, A., Marcu, S., Sherman, R. (2012). “Evaluation of Effects of Fire on the I-465 Mainline Bridges – Volume 1.” Joint Transportation Research Program, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  10. Sherman, R., Connor, R., Mueller, J. (2011). “Fatigue Testing and Retrofit Details in High-Mast Lighting Towers.” South Dakota Department of Transportation. Pierre, SD.
  11. Provines, J., Connor, R., Sherman, R. (2011). “Development of Guidelines for the Rating, Inspection, and Acquisition of Railroad Flatcars for Use as Highway Bridges on Low-Volume Roads.” Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  12. Sherman, R., Mueller, J., Connor, R., Bowman, M., (2011). “Evaluation of Effects of Super-Heavy Loading on the US-41 Bridge over the White River.” Joint Transportation Research Program, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
  13. Sherman, R. (2009). “Development of Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Lighting Towers (Master’s Thesis).” Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.

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