● Ben Schafer’s research emphasizes the role of efficient large-scale structures in energy systems and infrastructure. He focuses on extremely lightweight terrestrial structures, while also exploring a variety of health-related problems where structural stability plays an important role.
● Thomas Gernay’s research team develops computational models for assessing the response of materials and structures under extreme thermal environment. His focus on designing structures to better withstand the effects of temperature variation, recognizes the prevalence of fire as a compounding issue for most major natural and human-made disasters. His work attempts to increase structural resilience to fire through both experimental studies and computational studies that leverage his widely-adopted structural fire analysis code SAFIR.
● James Guest’s research focuses on generating new structural and material concepts that leverage new materials and manufacturing technologies to the fullest, enabling lightweight and multifunctional capabilities not yet realized in modern systems.
● Michael Shields and Lori Graham-Brady’s research develops strategies and stochastic simulation tools to allow representation of extreme events that have significant impact on urban resilience and to account for the uncertain conditions faced by civil structures and systems throughout their lifetimes.
STRUCTURES AFFILIATED RESEARCH GROUPS