Structural Engineering

The structural engineering faculty have a complementary set of expertise in theoretical, analytical, computational, experimental and field investigation techniques well suited to address critical infrastructure issues.

Overview

This program includes infrastructure system response to extreme-event loading, durability of infrastructure and materials, health monitoring, evaluation and strengthening of existing structures, and the development of construction methods to improve long-term sustainability of new infrastructure.

Structural Engineering research within ESSIE at the University of Florida includes:

  • Infrastructure system response to extreme-event loading, durability of infrastructure and materials
  • Health monitoring, evaluation and strengthening of existing structures
  • The development of construction methods to improve long-term sustainability of new infrastructure

About

Education for Leadership Roles

  • Structural Engineering Analysis
  • Bridge and Building Structural Design

Research Focus Areas

  • Extreme event loading and infrastructure system behavior
    • Wind
    • Vessel Impact
    • Blast
  • Durability, evaluation, and strengthening of existing structures
  • Connections to concrete
  • Computational mechanics, structural dynamics, and structural analysis

Research Outcomes

  • Improved safety and reliability of structures
  • Lower maintenance and rehabilitation costs
  • Improved understanding of structural behavioral under extreme events

Research Benefits

  • Building code enhancement
  • Sustainable and more reliably constructed infrastructure
  • Cost-effective repair methods

People

Photo of Jennifer Bridge Jennifer Bridge University Term Associate Professor
(352) 294-7793

Office
475G Weil Hall

Photo of Gary Consolazio Gary Consolazio Professor
352-294-7796

Office
475J Weil Hall

Photo of Michael Davidson Michael Davidson Associate Director of the Florida Bridge Software Institute
352-294-7835

Office
204A Reed Lab

Photo of Christopher Ferraro Christopher Ferraro Assistant Professor
(352) 392-0959

Office
460B Weil Hall

Photo of Trey Hamilton Trey Hamilton Professor
352 294-7797

Office
475K Weil Hall

Photo of Theodor Krauthammer Theodor Krauthammer Theodore R. Crom Professor
352-273-0691

Office
460E Weil Hall/Bldg. 1604

Photo of Forrest Masters Forrest Masters Professor
(352) 392-0946

Office
300 Weil Hall

Photo of Brian Phillips Brian Phillips Associate Professor
352-294-6394

Office
475K Weil Hall

Photo of David O. Prevatt David Prevatt Associate Professor
352-294-7798

Office
475E Weil Hall

Photo of Taylor Rawlinson Taylor Rawlinson Research Assistant Scientist
(352) 846-3526

Office
128 Weil Hall

Photo of Kyle Riding Kyle Riding Associate Professor
(352) 294-1628

Office
460C Weil Hall

Photo of Thomas Sputo Thomas Sputo Master Lecturer
352-378-0448

Office
365 Weil Hall

To view a full listing of each person’s profile, visit the Structural Engineering category in our directory.

Facilities

  • Two parallel-processing supercomputers
  • Structural testing laboratory with strong wall and floor
  • Electronic data acquisition systems
  • Field instrumentation for monitoring structural performance during extreme events
  • Building enclosure wind teaching and testing laboratory
  • Full-scale hurricane simulation facility

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