Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials

PhD student Bradley Dolphyn studying the concrete cracks that shut down Crystal River nuclear power plant

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Bradley Dolphyn is working to figure out just what happened to the massive concrete containment building at the Crystal River 3 nuclear power plant in Florida. Cracks in the building ultimately led its owner, Duke Energy, to shut down the facility.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Experimental research writ large: Tim Wright built a whole building just to shake it apart

Tim Wright was about to abandon his Ph.D. studies. Then he discovered what he really loved to do, and that changed everything.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Scott, Johansen give Atlanta-area teachers concrete ways to make science, engineering exciting for their students

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering associate professor David Scott spent two Fridays this month taking groups of elementary teachers through the School’s Structural Engineering and Materials Lab and showing them how math and science play an important role in the world.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LiveScience features DesRoches’ study about making older concrete buildings safer in earthquakes

A new “Expert Voices” op-ed published June 13 on the website LiveScience features Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches’ research simulating earthquakes to develop innovative rehab measures for a common type of reinforced-concrete building.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Unseen machines: Wang’s tiny strain sensors remotely monitor infrastructure

Micro-electromechanical systems, or MEMS, may not be on your mind, but there could be some in your pocket — or on the bridge you drive across.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Engineer and artist: Glaucio Paulino plans to take risks and blur boundaries as the new Jones Chair

Glaucio Paulino has the heart and soul of an artist, straining against the structured thinking of a sharp and analytical mind. And it works for him. Paulino joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in January as the new Raymond Allen Jones Chair.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Building for earthquakes: DesRoches talks to Boss Magazine about what we’ve learned in recent decades

Earthquakes are unpredictable and devastating, but we’re getting better at building our communities to withstand the shaking ground, according to experts in the cover story of Boss Magazine's spring 2015 issue. Among those experts was Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NSF Science Nation features DesRoches and his research finding new ways to strengthen buildings in earthquakes

Researchers at the state-of-the-art Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a full-scale model building to test new ways to protect structures from earthquakes and potentially save lives.

Monday, January 26, 2015

VIDEO: Retrofitting old buildings to make them earthquake safe

Through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are testing retrofits that potentially can make very common reinforced-concrete buildings safer and more secure.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

EERI students shake up Roswell North third graders – and teach them a little something about structural engineering

Five members of the Georgia Tech chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute introduced more than 100 Atlanta-area third graders to structural engineering this week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

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