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Structural Engineering

Faculty in this specialty area are engaged in active research in a number of areas, including:

  • Static and Dynamic (Seismic) Testing and Analysis of Structures, Structural Components and Equipment
  • Earthquake vulnerability of buildings in urban areas and seismic retrofit
  • Creep response of fibrous composite materials, non-linear behavior of composite plates

Research Facilities

For more information on our Infrastructure Seismic Testing and Applied Research (iSTAR) Lab, please follow this link


The iSTAR Lab's mission is to enhance the knowledge of the engineering community by providing information about structures and structural elements. iSTAR Lab capabilities include static, dynamic and cyclic testing. Analytical analysis utilizing computer generated models and customized computer programming is available. A recent project was seismic qualification of a 500 kV 4,000 amp electrical jumper with seismic isolators for BPA.

Concrete Lab
This lab includes a moist room and various equipment used to mix, pour, and test concrete. This laboratory is used in conjunction with the Structural Testing laboratory for testing of laboratory specimens.