Some examples of the research activities in our group are provided in the list below.  For more information about any of these topics, please check out individual faculty web pages.


  • Modeling and testing  of concrete deterioration
  • Concrete and cementitious materials exposed to extreme temperatures and harsh environments
  • Micro-structure quantification and design
  • Modeling and mechanical testing of polymers accounting for environmental conditions
  • Aging of concrete

See, for example, the work of Profs. Hubler, Xi and Sideris.

Computational Mechanics

  • Computational multiscale analysis for failure
  • Coupled field analysis for multiphysics problems
  • Computational fracture mechanics
  • Development of approaches for optimizing manufacturing process for targeted mechanical properties and performance

See, for example, the work of Profs. Saouma and Song.

Structural Modeling

  • Damage modeling of buildings and bridges to collapse
  • Probabilistic nonlinear safety assessment of dams and nuclear containment structures under extreme loading.
  • Numerical solution algorithms for softening systems

See, for example, the work of Profs. Sideris, Saouma,and Liel.

Experimental Studies

  • Large-scale structural component testing
  • Mechanical testing of conventional and novel materials under controlled environmental conditions
  • Real time hybrid simulation
  • Micro- and meso-scale experimental testing and simulation techniques

See, for example, the work of Profs. Saouma, Xi, Hubler and Sideris.

Engineering in the face of natural hazards

  • Societal tradeoffs for hazards’ effects on built infrastructure
  • Performance-based earthquake, snow and wind engineering and risk-based decision making  
  • Seismic vulnerability and loss estimation
  • Estimation of natural-disaster losses at the societal level
  • Sustainable structural design combining hazard mitigation and energy harvesting

See, for example, the work of Profs. Corotis, Porter, and Liel.

Bridge engineering

  • Performance of highway structures and effectiveness of maintenance actions
  • Seismic damage mitigation via novel systems and novel polymeric damage-resistant materials
  • Accelerated bridge construction

See, for example, the work of Profs. Hearn and Sideris.

SESM report series 

The SESM report series documents some of our research in greater depth than is possible in archival journal articles and conference proceedings. We also use SESM reports to provide voluminous supporting data for journal articles or to make research available more quickly than is possible with the journal publication process. 

  • 11-01: On the Contribution of Reconstruction Labor Wages and Material Prices to Demand Surge
  • 16-01: Not Safe Enough - A Survey of Public Preferences for the Seismic Performance of New Buildings in California and the New Madrid Seismic Zone
  • 16-02: Damage and Restoration of Water Supply Systems in an Earthquake Sequence
  • 16-03: An Earthquake Urban Search and Rescue Model Illustrated with a Hypothetical Mw 7.0 Earthquake on the Hayward Fault
  • 16-04: How Many Injuries can be Avoided through Earthquake Early Warning and Drop, Cover, and Hold On?
  • 16-05: Trimming the UCERF3-TD Hazard Tree with a New Probabilistic Model-Reduction Technique 
  • 16-06: Developing Screening Criteria for Buildings at Risk from Seismic Damage