The Structural Engineering Department has a mission to provide a comprehensive education and training to engineers by emphasizing and building on the commonality of engineering structures at the levels of materials, mechanics, analysis and design.
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Simone Sternini, Ph.D.
Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea was elected Fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) with the citation “contributions to the fields of non-
The American Society for Civil Engineering has awarded UCSD's ASCE student member Alec Ramirez with the prestigious award of the 2017 Daniel W.
J. S. Chen has been selected as the recipient of the U.S.
Welcome to the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego. The Structural Engineering program here has grown from a small group of visionary faculty to one of the top academic and research entities in the field. Our world-class faculty with a broad spectrum of complementary specialties offers rich academic experiences and exciting research opportunities to our students. Learn more
Health Monitoring, Non-Destructive Evaluation and Experimental Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Impact effects on composite materials and structures with aerospace and other applications, multifunctional materials
Structural dynamics, nonlinear vibrations, time series modeling, structural health monitoring strategies for civil, m
Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, seismic isolation and energy dissipation systems, seismic response of st
Structural Analysis and Dynamics, Structural Reliability and Risk Analysis, Earthquake Engineering
The Department of Structural Engineering offers a unique program
spanning across civil, aerospace, and mechanical engineering.
Center researchers are world-renowned experts in experimental and computational methods for extreme events research. We leverage this expertise to develop better ways to protect entire built infrastructures, as well as bio-systems, from extreme events such as blasts from terrorist attacks and mining explosions, car crashes, sports collisions, and natural disaster such as landslides. Learn more
The Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories are the largest and most active full-scale structural testing facilities in the world. With its 50 ft. tall reaction wall and 120 ft. long strong floor, the Structural Systems Laboratory is equipped for full-scale testing of bridges, buildings and aircraft.
One of the world's largest shake tables, the six-degree-of-freedom shake table is used for the dynamic testing of full-scale bearings, isolators, and dampers. Computer-controlled hydraulic actuators that can apply up to 12 million pounds of force during earthquake simulations power SRMD.
In 2005, the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center opened as an expansion of Powell Labs, equipped with the world's first outdoor shake table. It is adjacent to the country's largest Soil Foundation-structure Interaction Facility. UCSD Blast Simulator is the world's first laboratory to simulate the effects of bombs without the use of explosive materials.
Professor J. S. Chen
The complex multi-scale failure modes, damage evolution, and fragmentation resulting from high velocity contact- impact processes in solids and structures pose considerable di culties in simulation
Professor P. Benson Shing
In a project sponsored by Caltrans, Professor Shing is leading an experimental and analytical study to characterize the bond-slip behavior of large-diameter bars, assess the level of conservatism i
Professor Ahmed Elgamal
Three-dimensional (3D) nonlinear nite element simulations are becoming increasingly feasible for geotechnical applications. OpenSeesPL, created by J. Lu, A. Elgamal, and Z.
Professor P. Benson Shing
Shear keys are used in bridge abutments to provide lateral restraints to bridge superstructures under normal service loads and moderate earthquake forces.
Professor Hyonny Kim
The largest source of damage to a commercial aircraft is caused by accidental contact with ground service equipment (GSE).
Professor Gilbert A. Hegemier
The UC San Diego blast simulator characterizes the response of civilian and military components and systems to terrorist explosive attack and high impact scenarios.
Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea
The performance of a wind turbine is driven, among other factors, by structural fatigue experienced due to wind- induced vibrations.
Professor Qiang Zhu
Since the size of red blood cells is comparable to those of micro-vessels and capillaries, in microcirculation blood cannot be treated as continuum uid.
Professor Petr Krysl
Hearing mechanisms in baleen whales (Mysticeti) are essentially unknown but their vocalizations overlap with anthropogenic sound sources.
Professor Chia-Ming Uang
Steel special moment frame is widely used for multistory building construction in high seismic regions due to its excellent ductility capacity and architectural versatility.
Professor Yuri Bazilevs
A fully coupled uid–structure interaction (FSI) simulation methodology for wind turbines was developed in order to address a variety of engineering questions related to their aerodynamic and struct
Professor Falko Kuester
Over the past two years, CHEI has worked in Mexico, Chile, El Salvado, Guatemala, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, India, Japan and the Unit
Professor Yu Qiao
Stress wave mitigation in porous materials, such as silica monoliths and PTFE foams, are investigated.
Assoc. Professor Alicia Kim
With the rise of advanced additive manufacturing, it has become possible to make engineering components with an unprecedented level of complexity across the range of length scales that have not bee
Professor John B. Kosmatka
Typical Ground Vibration Tests of ight vehicles are performed by attaching a moderate number (10 to 100) of discrete accelerometers to a free-free ight vehicle where the excitation is provided usin
Associate Professor Ken Loh
The safe, e cient, and reliable operations of land, air, and marine vessels and structural systems depend on the performance of the human operator.
Professor Gilberto Mosqueda
Seismic isolation has been proven as an e ective strategy to protect critical facilities including Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) from the damaging e ects of horizontal earthquake ground shaking.
Associate Professor John McCartney OPTIMAL DAMAGE DETECTION AND PROGNOSIS VIA ULTRASONIC SCATTERING
Although geothermal heat exchange is a well- understood approach to sustainably heat and cool buildings, it often comes with high up- front installation cost.
Professor Michael Todd
Ultrasonic guided wave interrogation using piezoelectric arrays and full- eld laser ultrasonic inspection has evolved into a very active research area.
Professor Joel. P Conte
UC San Diego has developed a methodology for predicting and updating the Remaining Fatigue Life (RFL) of monitored aerospace structures and/or structural sub-components.
Professor Robert J. Asaro
The cell wall of S. cerevisae serves to protect the cell from thermal, oxidative and mechanical stresses and it is the target for anti-fungal drugs in pathogenic strains.