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 - Structures

ProjectFunding AgencyFaculty
Monitoring the Health of Structural Systems from the Geometry of Sensor TracesNational Science FoundationBernal
CAREER: An Innovative Performance-Based Simulation Framework for High-Rise Buildings against Wind HazardsNational Science FoundationCaracoglia
Collaborative Research Active Control of Nonlinear Flow-induced Instability of Wind Turbine Blades Under Stochastic PerturbationsNational Science FoundationCaracoglia
A Probability-Based Methodology for the Analysis of Fluctuating Wind Loads on Cable-Supported BridgesNational Science FoundationCaracoglia
Collaborative Research: Transforming Building Structural Resilience Through Innovation in Steel DiaphragmsNational Science FoundationHajjar
CRISP Type 2: Identification and Control of Uncertain, Highly Interdependent Processes Involving Humans With Applications to Resilient Emergency Health ResponseNational 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
Post-Disaster Infrastructure Assessment with Non-conventional Operations (PIANO) of Unmanned Aerial SystemsDepartment of Homeland SecurityHajjar
Thermal Break Strategies in Steel Building StructuresCharles Pankow Foundation/ American Institute of Steel ConstructionHajjar
CAREER: Advancing Multi-Hazard Assessment and Risk-based Design for Offshore Wind Energy TechnologyNational Science FoundationMyers
Development of a National Offshore Wind Research AgendaMassachusetts Clean Energy CenterMyers
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
A Decision and Design Framework for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings RSBNational Science FoundationSasani
Data Interferometry for Field Monitoring: Development and Applications in Structural and Crustal SystemsShell GlobalSun
Nano-Bio Saliva Glucose Sensing SystemsNanoBio SystemsWang


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