Structural engineers design and create the world’s most important and magnificent structures, and develop effective strategies for addressing the world’s diverse infrastructure. Combining physics, mathematics, architecture, and a diverse range of engineering skills, structural engineering solutions, and new designs are being developed to address the use of novel construction materials and to develop a sustainable and resilient design and construction strategies. Innovations in structural engineering also include incorporating an increasing level of automation through the development of advanced sensors and robotics for construction and structural condition assessment.  

Structural engineering at Northeastern University focuses on urban engineering and use-inspired research that prepares students for many of the unique technical challenges of our time. A student of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University who wants to focus on structural engineering interacts with our faculty who are known internationally as leaders in natural hazard characterization, dynamic and nonlinear infrastructure simulation, sensor development, design of novel and sustainable infrastructure systems, offshore wind structures and wind engineering, materiomics and material design through molecular simulation, and structural reliability. Also, our research, both analytical and experimental, is supported by the Northeastern’s newly opened, state-of-the-art Laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems (STReSS Laboratory), which enables experimental characterization of large-scale structural systems and components.

Selected Research Projects - Structural

ProjectFunding AgencyFaculty
Damping Ratios for BuildingsCalifornia Strong Motion Instrumentation ProgramBernal
New Generation Damping GuidelinesNational Science FoundationBernal
CAREER: An Innovative Performance-Based Simulation Framework for High-Rise Buildings against Wind HazardsNational Science FoundationCaracoglia
A Probability-Based Methodology for the Analysis of Fluctuating Wind Loads on Cable-Supported BridgesNational Science FoundationCaracoglia
Multi-phase Topologically Controlled Structural Fuses Inspired by the Mussel ByssusHaythornthwaite FoundationCranford
Collaborative Research: Reconfiguring Steel Structures: Energy Dissipation and Buckling Mitigation Through the Use of Steel FoamsNational Science FoundationHajjar
Deconstructable Systems for Sustainable Design of Steel and Composite StructuresNational Science Foundation/ American Institute of Steel ConstructionHajjar
NRI: Large: Collaborative Research: Fast and Accurate Infrastructure Modeling and Inspection with Low-Flying RobotsNational Science FoundationHajjar
Thermal Break Strategies in Steel Building StructuresCharles Pankow Foundation/ American Institute of Steel ConstructionHajjar
Collaborative Research: GOALI: Enabling Advanced Wind Turbine Tower Manufacturing with Reliability-Based DesignNational Science FoundationMyers
Collaborative Research: Reliability-based Hurricane Risk Assessment for Offshore Wind FarmsNational Science FoundationMyersHajjar
Risk and Decision-making for the Hurricane Threat to Offshore Wind FarmsMassachusetts Clean Energy CenterMyersHajjar
Fundamental Science of Progressive Collapse resistance of RC StructuresAwareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (Department of Homeland Security)Sasani
Multi-Hazard Progressive Collapse Analysis of StructuresNSF CAREER programSasani
NEESR: Near Collapse Performance of Existing RC Concrete Frame BuildingsNational Science FoundationSasani
IGERT: Intelligent Diagnostics for Aging Civil InfrastructureNational Science FoundationWadia-FascettiBernal
Versatile Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming SensorsNational Institute of Standards and TechnologyWadia-FascettiWangBirken
Fusion of Electromagnetic and Mechanical Wave Data for Concrete Structure DiagnosisNational Science FoundationWadia-Fascetti
Model-Based Quantitative Assessment of Reinforced Concrete StructuresNSF ERC ProgramWadia-Fascetti
Nano-Bio Saliva Glucose Sensing SystemsNanoBio SystemsWang


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