Abbie Liel
Professor • Professional Engineer (PE) • Clark Endowed Faculty Fellow
Structural Engineering & Structural Mechanics • Civil Systems • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Office: ECOT 517


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2008
  • M.Sc., Building and Urban Design and Development, University College London, 2004
  • M.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College London, 2003
  • B.S.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2002

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Teaching Award, 2013
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2012
  • CU IMPART (Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching) Faculty Fellowship Award, 2012
  • Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Young Researcher Award, 2011
  • Recognized as “Next Generation Hazards and Disaster Researcher,” 2009
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 2006
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2004
  • Marshall Scholar, 2002

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Applied Technology Council (consultant)


  • Seismic collapse performance prediction of structures and structural systems
  • Building code provisions for extreme loads, such as earthquakes or snow
  • Nonlinear modeling of structures, particularly non-ductile reinforced concrete
  • Propagation of modeling and design uncertainties in structural performance assessments
  • Life safety risks and economic losses associated with extreme loading
  • Earthquake performance of housing and schools internationally