Brad Wham
Assistant Research Professor • Center for Infrastructure, Energy & Space Testing Managing Director
Geotechnical Engineering & Geomechanics


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering (Geotechnical), Cornell University, 2015
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering (Geotechnical), Cornell University, 2013                  
  • M.Eng. Structural Science & Engineering, Cornell University, 2011                                           
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2010

Honors and Distinctions:   

  • 2018 G.E.O. Widera Literature Award for Outstanding Technical Paper, ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology
  • 2014 Moles’ Arturo Ressi de Cervia Scholarship in Heavy Civil Construction
  • 2013 & 2014 John E. Perry Teaching Assistant Prize, Cornell University

Professional Affiliations:

  • Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Association (EERI)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI)
    • Infrastructure Resiliency Division (IRD)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)


  • Lifeline engineering and hazard design of infrastructure systems
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Centrifuge modeling
  • Large-scale experimental testing
  • Structural system response to extreme loading
  • Buried infrastructure soil-structure interaction
  • Disaster reconnaissance

Recent publications:
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  1. Wham, B.P., Dashti, S., Franke, K.W, Kayen, R., Oettle, N.K. (2018). Water Supply Damage Caused by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Lowland Technology Intl. Journal: Special Ed. on 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Vol.19(3).
  2. Davis, C.A. & Wham, B.P. (2018) “Buried Hybrid-Segmented Pipes Subjected to Longitudinal Permanent Ground Deformation.” Proceedings, 8th International Symposium on Earthquake Engineering for Lifelines and Critical Infrastructure Systems, Shenyang, China, October 17-19.
  3. Wham, B.P., Berger, B.A., Pariya-Ekkasut, C., O’Rourke, T.D., Stewart, H.E., Bond, T.K. (2018) “Achieving Resilient Water Networks: Experimental Performance Evaluation.” Proceedings, 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, California, June 25-29.
  4. Wham, B.P., Berger, B.A., Pariya-Ekkasut, C., O’Rourke, T.D. (2018) “Hazard-resilient Pipeline Joint Soil-Structure Interaction under Large Axial Displacement.” Proceedings: 5th Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, Austin, Texas, June 10-13.
  5. Wham, B.P., Argyrou, C., O’Rourke, T.D. (2017). Jointed Pipeline Response to Tunneling Induced Ground Deformation. Canadian Geotechnical Journal: Special Issue on Pipeline Geotechnics. Vol.53(11). 10.1139/cgj-2016-0054 
  6. Wham, B.P., Argyrou, C., O’Rourke, T.D., Stewart, H.E., Bond, T.K. (2017) PVCO Pipeline Performance Under Large Ground Deformation. ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology. Vol.139(1). 10.1115/1.4033939  [*recipient of 2017 G.E.O Widera Literature Award]
  7. Hasegawa, N., Nakazono, H., Wham, B.P., O’Rourke, T. D. (2017). “Performance Test of Steel Pipe for Crossing Fault in the United States.” Proceedings: 10th JWWA/WRF/CTWWA Water System Seismic Conference, Tainan, Taiwan, Oct. 18-20.  NCREE-17-013. 
  8. Wham, B.P., Pariya-Ekkasut, C., Argyrou, C., Lederman, A., O’Rourke, T. D., Stewart, H. (2017). "Experimental Characterization of Hazard-Resilient Ductile Iron Pipe Soil/Structure Interaction under Axial Displacement." Proceedings: ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement, Duluth, Minnesota, Sept. 11-13.
  9. Wham, B.P., Pariya-Ekkasut, C., Argyrou, C., Stack, M., O’Rourke, T.D., Stewart, H.E., Nakazono, H., Hasegawa, N. (2017) “Large Axial Deformation Performance of Steel Pipeline Designed for Fault Crossings.” Proceedings, ASCE Pipelines Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, Aug. 6-9, Paper ID: 118.
  10. Kayen, R., Dashti, S., Kokusho, T., Hazarika, H., Franke, K., Oettle, N.K., Wham, B.P., Calderon, J.R. (2016). GEER Reconnaissance of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes. JSCE Journal of Disaster FactSheets. FS2016-E-0007