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Structural Engineering

The Structural Engineering group at Notre Dame includes world-class experts in the areas of wind and earthquake engineering, structural health monitoring and control, steel and concrete systems, risk mitigation, extreme loads, stochastic analysis and optimization, and design and optimization of kinetic structures. Structural faculty is involved in cutting edge multidisciplinary research programs that strive to provide better quality of life to all. With their focus on multiple and often interacting hazards (wind and waves, fires and earthquakes, blast and collapse), the faculty work together to develop novel risk mitigation and management strategies and solutions, and to develop innovative infrastructural systems that can withstand multiple hazards, and thus fulfill the needs of current and future generations.

Research interests of the Structural Engineering faculty include:

  • Wind Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology
  • Blast, Fire, and Progressive Collapse
  • Natural Hazard Risk Assessment, Mitigation, and Reliability
  • Steel and Concrete Buildings and Bridges (including Tall Buildings and Long-Span Bridges)
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Structural Control and Health Monitoring
  • Cyber-Enabled Design and Virtual Organizations
  • Multiscale Modeling of Structures and Materials
  • Advanced Computational Platforms/Methods
  • Structural Design and Optimization
  • Computational Solid and Fluid Mechanics
  • Large-Scale Testing of Structural Components and Subassemblies
  • Kinetic (Deployable) Shelters and Bridges
  • Structural Art
  • Sustainable Infrastructure for the Developing World

The Structural Engineering faculty is also committed to educating and training future leaders who will have a large impact on Civil Engineering profession and on society. Faculty, students, and staff work together to create and sustain a quality culture of learning, discovery, and creativity. Vibrant research environments provide our students the opportunities to participate in research with significant practical and societal impact.

Core Faculty


Ahsan Kareem
Robert M. Moran Professor
Ph.D. Colorado State University, 1978

Aerodynamics; wind effects; fluid-structure interactions; Boundary layer, gust front and hurricane winds; turbulence stochastic simulation; computational wind engineering; wave-structure interactions; natural hazards; liquid sloshing; wind energy.


Elizabeth Kerr
Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2008

Civil engineering materials, Effects of fire on concrete, Rehabilitation of concrete structures.

Kapil Khandelwal
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Structural Engineering, University of Michigan, 2008

Progressive collapse of building systems; investigation of robustness of infrastructural facilities, like bridges and buildings under extreme loading conditions such as impact and blast; constitutive modeling of material behavior at multiple scales; probabilistic vulnerability functions estimation, life cycle and sustainability analysis of infrastructural systems.

Tracy L. Kijewski-Correa
Leo E and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2003

Advanced sensing for civil infrastructure assessment, citizen engineering/virtual organizations/cyber-collaboratories, performance of tall buildings, natural hazard assessment and mitigation, engineering empowering development.


David Kirkner
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1979

Structural mechanics, finite element methods, structural dynamics, probabilistic mechanics, pavement mechanics.


Yahya Kurama
Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 1997

Concrete Structures; steel/concrete hybrid and composite structures; earthquake engineering and structural dynamics.


Dae Kun Kwon
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., KAIST Korea, 2001

Structural/Wind engineering, Structural dynamics & random vibrations, Wind effects on structures and their applications in codes and standards, Extreme winds and their modeling/simulation: hurricane, thunderstorm/downbursts, Wind tunnel experiment : bridge/building aerodynamics, wind-resistant design, Evaluation/Mitigation of wind-induced motion on structures, Full-scale measurement and structural health monitoring of structures, Web-based online processing/analysis/design on civil engineering, Fusion of information technology and civil engineering.

George P. Mavroeidis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2004

Engineering seismology, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, including topics related to mechanics and physics of earthquakes, characterization of earthquake ground motions, deterministic and stochastic ground motion simulations, fracture and frictional processes, seismic hazard and risk analysis, soil-structure interaction, computational modeling, and dynamic response of engineering structures.

Smith Brian

Brian J. Smith
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, (Expected January 2013)

Concrete structures, Innovative structural systems, Earthquake engineering, Retrofit and rehabilitation of existing buildings


Alexandros Taflanidis
Associate Professor
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2008

Modeling uncertainty; robust analysis and design of high-performance systems; reliability-based design, life-cycle cost optimization and structural control and health monitoring; protection of base-isolated structures from near-fault earthquakes; applications of mass dampers to offshore platforms; reliability-based optimization of controlled systems; design of a grid of oscillating buoys for wave-energy harvesting; risk evaluation for hurricane inundation.


Ashley Thrall
Cardinal John O'Hara Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2011 

Kinetic structures for disaster relief; Linkage-based movable bridge forms; Case studies in major works of structural art.


Computational Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology Laboratory

George Mavroeidis

Computational Physics & Structural Simulation Lab

Computational Physics & Structural Simulation Laboratory

Kapil Khandelwal

High Performance system Analysis and Design Laboratory

High Performance system Analysis and Design Laboratory

Alexandros Taflanidis

Kinetic Structures Laboratory

Ashley P. Thrall

NatHaz(Natural Hazards) Modeling Laboratory

NatHaz(Natural Hazards) Modeling Laboratory

Ahsan Kareem


Structural DYNAmics and MOnitoring Lab


Structures Systems Laboratory

Structures Systems Laboratory

Kurama, Bach