Structural Engineering

Over-the-shoulder view of a structural engineering student measuring a machine part while working on a 3D model of it.

Structural engineering utilizes theoretical and empirical knowledge of structural behavior combined with advanced computational tools and experimental methods to ensure the safe, sustainable, serviceable, and reliable performance of structures. Advanced study and research in structural engineering at CWRU is looking at the ground up at materials for construction, behavior of structural members, connections, and systems, and examining the reliability/resilience/sustainability of designs. 

The state-of-the-art Richard and Opal Vanderhoof Research and Education Infrastructure Facility and Bingham Concrete Laboratory are key resources for department faculty to perform advanced experimental testing to develop and validate more resilient structures for natural and man-made hazards, use of advanced materials for structural design and rehabilitation, new designs foundations for off-shore wind turbines, behavior of buried infrastructure, etc.

Institutes, centers and labs related to Structural Engineering


Pollino Research Group

Performs static and dynamic experimental testing of large-scale structures and civil infrastructure under serviceability and high-hazard loading

Faculty who conduct research in Structural Engineering

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Yue Li

Leonard Case, Jr. Professorship in Engineering
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Designs and improves resilient buildings and infrastructure

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Michael Pollino

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty Director, Vanderhoof Infrastructure Research and Education Facility

Examines performance of structural systems and components subjected to loading and develops design approaches for resilience and sustainability