Portrait of Jason McCormick

Jason P. McCormick

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Department Chair of Undergraduate Programs


2040 GGB, 2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125


  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2006
  • MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2005
  • BCE, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 2001
  • BA, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, 2000

Research Interests

My research interests are in the general area of extreme load mitigation (earthquake and wind), structural response reduction through innovative systems, steel system design with hollow structural sections, welded systems (steel structures and aluminum ship hulls) and simulation of interdependencies toward community resilience. My research over the years has involved large-scale experimental testing, small-scale mechanical behavior studies and high fidelity simulations. Recent studies have focused on the application of innovative materials (polymer foam, metal foam, honeycomb materials) to control structural response under seismic and wind loads and understanding the behavior of deep, slender wide flange sections under large axial loads and bending moments. Research on steel tube-based seismic moment connections has provided the impetus toward a more diverse and increased use of hollow structural sections. Collaborations have included working with members of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering to look at under-matched aluminum welds for ship structures.

Selected Recently Funded Projects:

  • “CRISP Type 2: Interdependencies in Community Resilience (ICoR): A Simulation Framework”, National Science Foundation, Co-PI, 2016-2020
  • “Experimental Quantification of the Tensile Strength and Ductility of Under-Matched Aluminum Welds”, Office of Naval Research, Co-PI, 2015-2016
  • “Connecting the Pieces: Enhancing Student Learning in Structural Design Courses”, University of Michigan, PI, 2015-2017
  • “CAREER: Non-Traditional Materials Application for Seismic and Wind Loads”, National Science Foundation, PI, 2014-2019
  • NEESR Planning: Influence of Local-Global Synergistic Instabilities on the Seismic Collapse Resistance of Steel Columns, National Science Foundation, Co-PI, 2013-2017

Professional Service

  • Director of the University of Michigan Structural Engineering Laboratory
  • American Institute of Steel Construction, Member of Task Committee 6 on Connections
  • Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Steel Structures
  • Editorial Board Member for Earthquakes and Structures: An International Journal of Earthquake Engineering & Earthquake Effects on Structures
  • Member of ASCE/SEI, AISC, EERI


  • Anne Voshel and Gerald Nudo CEE Faculty Scholar Award, 2016-18
  • American Institute of Steel Construction Early Career Faculty Award, 2016
  • College of Engineering Vulcans Education Excellence Award, 2016
  • College of Engineering Neil Van Eenam Memorial Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2015
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2014
  • University of Michigan Provost’s Teaching Prize (Co-Recipient), 2014
  • American Institute of Steel Construction Faculty (“Milek”) Fellowship, 2010
  • Chi Epsilon “James M. Robbins” Excellence in Teaching Award (Great Lakes District), 2009


  • Wu, T.Y., El-Tawil, S., and McCormick, J. (2017) “Behavior of Steel Moment Frames with Deep Column Sections Under Seismic Loading,” Proceedings of the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, 9-13 January 2017. (Accepted)
  • Wei, D., Flores Carreras, C.A., and McCormick, J.P. (2016) “Improving the Seismic Response of Hollow Structural Sections Using Polymer Foam Fill,” Proceedings of the 2nd Huixian International Forum on Earthquake Engineering for Young Researchers, Beijing, China, 19-21 August 2016.
  • McCormick, J. and Wei, D. (2016) “Innovative Tube-Based Moment Connections for Seismic Applications,” Proceedings of the Eighth International Workshop on Connection in Steel Structures (Connection VIII), Boston, MA, 24-26 May 2016.
  • Fan. X. and McCormick, J. (2015) “Characterization of the Behavior of Steel Bridge Bearings under Cyclic Load Reversal,” Structures and Infrastructure Engineering, 11(6), 744-760.
  • Fadden, M., Wei, D., and McCormick, J. (2015) “Cyclic Testing of Welded HSS-to-HSS Moment Connections for Seismic Applications,” Journal of Structural Engineering, 141(2), 04014109-1-14.
  • Carlson, C., Zekkos, D., and McCormick, J. (2014) “Impact of Time and Frequency Domain Ground Motion Modification on the Response of a SDOF System,” Earthquakes and Structures, An Int’l Journal, 7(6), 1283-1301.
  • McCormick, J., Nagae, T., Ikenaga, M., Zhang, P.-C., Katsuo, M., and Nakashima, M. (2009) “Analysis of the Sliding Behavior Between Steel and Mortar for Seismic Applications in Structures,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 38, 1401-1419.
  • Wang, T., McCormick, J., Yoshitake, N. Pan, P., Murata, Y., and Nakashima, M. (2008) “Collapse Simulation of a Four-Story Steel Moment Frame by a Distributed Online Hybrid Test,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 37(6), 955-974.
  • McCormick, J., DesRoches, R., Fugazza, D., and Auricchio, F. (2007) “Seismic Assessment of Concentrically Braced Steel Frames with Shape Memory Alloys Braces,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 133(6), 862-870.
  • DesRoches, R., McCormick, J., and Delemont, M.A. (2004) “Cyclic Properties of Superelastic Shape Memory Alloys,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 130(1), 38-46.