Thomas Schumacher


Associate Professor

Dr. Schumacher’s research is on non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and management of civil infrastructure with a focus on concrete structures. He is interested in stress wave and vibration-based techniques such as acoustic emission and ultrasonic monitoring and impulse response testing, respectively. Additionally, he has been collaborating with faculty at the University of Delaware to develop a novel distributed carbon nanotube (CNT)-based sensor that can be integrated with structural composites to form a self-sensing reinforcement to repair and rehabilitate concrete and steel structures. Finally, he is interested in video-based techniques to monitor structural motion. His additional research interests include the behavior and durability of concrete structures, bridges subject to wave forces, imaging and data fusion, data analysis and signal processing, and civil infrastructure asset management. Dr. Schumacher is the chair of ACI Committee 444 - Structural Health Monitoring and Instrumentation and a registered professional engineer (PE) in Delaware. He offers courses on structural analysis, vibrations and structural dynamics, matrix structural analysis, prestressed concrete, and sensing and monitoring for structures.

Research Interest and Expertise

  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Structural Monitoring
  • Bridge engineering
  • Structural concrete
  • Wave forces

Courses Taught

Research Archives

TEXT: Specialty: Structural
Education
  • PhD
    Oregon State University
  • M.S.
    Oregon State University
  • B.S.
    University of Applied Sciences, Bern