My research explores how buildings and bridges behave under the extreme loading conditions generated by manmade and natural hazards. I am particularly interested in how structural systems respond when subjected to seismic excitation, collision by heavy objects, and blast. I am actively investigating how to utilize new materials and technologies to create innovative structural systems that mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of extreme loading. Much of my research is focused on the computational and theoretical aspects of structural engineering, with particular emphasis on computational simulation, grid computing technology, finite element analysis, constitutive modeling, macro-plasticity formulations, nonlinear solution techniques and visualization methods. My research is sponsored by NSF, FDOT, FEMA, SAC, CSMIP, UCF, CATS, UM, and the Nippon Steel Corporation.
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Managing Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering. Member of several technical committees within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).