Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics


The structural Engineering and applied mechanics (STAM) group performs multi-disciplinary research in the areas of structural engineering, advanced design, structural vibrations, and others. The faculty has expertise in both structural engineering, involving the design of buildings, bridges and other structures, and applied mechanics, which forms the basis of all structural analysis and design. The STAM group conducts the STAM Seminar Series.

Degree Offered


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Michael Accorsi
(860) 486-4198

Richard Christenson
(860) 486-2270

Howard Epstein
Professor Emeritus
(860) 486-5638

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Shinae Jang
Associate Professor in Residence

Jeongho Kim
Associate Professor

Ramesh B. Malla

Sarira Motaref wille

 Sarira Motaref
Assistant Professor in Residence

 Kay Wille
Associate Professor

Arash E. Zaghi
Associate Professor


Wei Zhang
Assistant Professor



1. Structures Lab (115)

The structures lab is located in room 115 of the F. L. Castleman building.

The structures lab is a high bay laboratory equipped with an in-house crane and strong floor, located in room 115 of the F. L Castleman building. The structures lab houses a variety of testing equipment including large-scale SATEC loading machines, MTS actuator for static loading tests, Split Hopkiinson Pressure Bar, Shore-western’s shake table and actuators for hybrid simulation and vibration tests. Also various lab-scale experimental test-beds are developed including steel girder bridge, Pratt truss bridge, two traffic poles, and traffic signal regulator and etc, for validation of basic and advanced theory and technology.


2. Concrete Lab

The Advanced Cementitious Materials & Composites (ACMC) Laboratory (link to ) is located in the rooms 106, 108, 110 of the F. L Castleman building, whereas 106 mainly serves as a teaching area, 108 comprises advanced material characterization and 110 is home for advanced material mixing.   Beside material mixing, specimen casting, preparation & curing, chemical and physical material component analysis and fresh properties characterization the ACMC Lab reaches out to the Structural Lab for mechanical material characterization in the hardened state. In addition to standardized static testing in compression, tension and bending the ACMC research group has emphasized its research effort on high strain rate and impact testing. A high speed data acquisition system, including a high speed camera, is able to run up to 1GHz and enables the investigation of material phenomena under high speed conditions. Advanced high resolution microscopy is performed at the Institute of Material Science at UConn.

3. Fiber Optics Sensor and Energy Harvesting Lab

The fiber optic sensor lab is located in room 122 in F.L. Castleman Building. The laboratory specifically is dedicated to support research on the development of sensor for monitoring of civil/transportation infrastructures. It has a host of specialized instrumentation and equipment for the fiber optic sensor research, including optical table, laser diode, pulse inverter, pulse generator, high speed photodetector, digital sampling oscilloscope, assortment of lenses, fiber posts and cleaver; and dedicated data collection system including personal computer with Labview software.



Research Sponsors

The Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics  (STAM) Technical  group’s research activities are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation, NASA/Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, New England Transportation Consortium (NETC),  the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Short Term Fellowship), the University of Connecticut.



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