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

Meet our Faculty

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Michael Accorsi
(860) 486-4198

Computational mechanics

Richard Christenson
(860) 486-2270

Smart structures

Howard Epstein
Professor Emeritus
(860) 486-5638

Structural steel design

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Shinae Jang
Associate Professor in Residence

Structural health monitoring

Jeongho Kim
Associate Professor

Computational fracture & damage mechanics

Ramesh B. Malla

Theoretical structural mechanics

Sarira Motaref wille
 Sarira Motaref
Associate Professor in Residence

Accelerated bridge construction and precast structural element

 Kay Wille
Associate Professor

Ultra high performance concrete

Arash E. Zaghi
Associate Professor

Multihazard resilient design

Wei Zhang
Assistant Professor

Damage modeling, fatigue and corrosion

Graduate Students

Name Pursuing Degree Faculty Advisor
Avci, Muammer CIVLEG_PhD Christenson, Richard
Braxton, Mark Anthony CIVLEG_PhD Christenson, Richard
Harris, Michael James CIVLEG_PhD Christenson, Richard
Ligeikis, Connor CIVLEG_PhD Christenson, Richard
Mazurek, Lee CIVLEG_PhD Christenson, Richard
O’Brien, Caitlin CIVLEG_PhD Christenson, Richard
Stevens, Matthew CIVLEG_MS Christenson, Richard
Winsor, John CIVLEG_MS Christenson, Richard
Bruciati, Benjamin CIVLEG_MS Jang, Shinae
Dhital, Sukirti CIVLEG_PhD Kim, Jeongho
Johanson, Joseph CIVLEG_MS Kim, Jeongho
Manan, David CIVLEG_MS Kim, Jeongho
Rokaya, Asmita CIVLEG_PhD Kim, Jeongho
Dhakal, Suvash CIVLEG_PhD Malla, Ramesh B.
Gonzalez, Alexander CIVLEG_MS Malla, Ramesh B.
Jacobs, David William CIVLEG_PhD Malla, Ramesh B.
Rodhani, Aldo CIVLEG_MS Motaref, Sarira
Basar, Raymond I. CIVLEG_MS Wille, Kay
Bergeron, Ryan Thomas CIVLEG_MS Wille, Kay
Boisvert-C., Christopher J. CIVLEG_MS Wille, Kay
Roy, Manish CIVLEG_PhD Wille, Kay
Vandenberg, Aileen Constance CIVLEG_PhD Wille, Kay
Dorri, Maral CIVLEG_PhD Esmaili Zaghi, Arash
Fils, Pierre CIVLEG_PhD Esmaili Zaghi, Arash
Hain, Alexandra CIVLEG_PhD Esmaili Zaghi, Arash
Kurdekar, Arpita CIVLEG_PhD Esmaili Zaghi, Arash
Lanning, Angela CIVLEG_PhD Esmaili Zaghi, Arash
McMullen, Kevin Francis CIVLEG_PhD Esmaili Zaghi, Arash
Zhang, Tao CIVLEG_PhD Esmaili Zaghi, Arash
Li, Xuan CIVLEG_PhD Zhang, Wei
Lu, Qin CIVLEG_PhD Zhang, Wei
Ma, Xiaolong CIVLEG_PhD Zhang, Wei
Yuan, Hao CIVLEG_MS Zhang, Wei
Zhu, Dongping CIVLEG_PhD Zhang, Wei


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.