Kaspar Willam
Professor Emeritus
Structural Engineering & Structural Mechanics


  • Dr.-Ing. habil. degree, 1980, University of Stuttgart, Germany (Prof. John H. Argyris).
  • Habilitation: Finite Element Discretization of Quasistatic Problems in Space and Time (in german).
  • Ph.D. degree, 1969, University of California Berkeley, California (Prof. Alex S. Scordelis).
  • Dissertation: Finite Element Analysis of Cellular Structures.
    M.S. degree, 1966, California State University San Jose, California (Prof. William Lorell).
  • M.S. Thesis: An Experimental Study of Combined Torsion and Bending in Reinforced Concrete
  • Dipl.-Ing. degree, 1964, Technical University Vienna, Austria.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE Class of 2004).
  • Nathan M. Newmark Medal Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, 2003.
  • Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, F. ASCE, 2001.
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, F. ASME, 1999.
  • AvH Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, Bonn, Germany, 1998.

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Academy of Engineering, NAE
  • American Society of Civil Engineering, ASCE
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME
  • American Concrete Institute, ACI
  • Gesellschaft f¨ur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, GAMM
  • American Academy of Mechanics, AAM
  • US Association of Computational Mechanics, USACM
  • Intl. Association for Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Materials and Structures, IAFraMCoS


  • Computational Failure Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Interface Modeling.
  • Mechanics of Materials, Plasticity, Elastic Damage, Poromechanics, Thermohydromechanics.
  • Localization Analysis of Cohesive-Frictional Materials, Thermal Degradation of Concrete Materials, Seismic Response of Masonry Infill Walls.