Current Students

Ms. Jazalyn Dukes

[Co-Advised: J Padgett – Rice University]
(BS, University of Maryland, May 2008)

Mr. Reza Mirzaeifar

[Co-Advised: A. Yavari (CE/ME), and Ken Gall (ME/MSE)]
(BS, University of Kerman, Iran 2004; MS, Amirkabir Univ. of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2006)
  Research Interests: Shape Memory Alloys: Earthquake Engineering Applications, Constitutive Models, Coupled Thermo-Mechanical Response, Rate Dependent Response, Developing Analytical Solutions and Developing Numerical Algorithms for...

Mr. Tim Wright

[Co-Advised: R. Leon]
(BS, Vanderbilt University, May 2008)

Mr. Jong-Su Jeon

(BS, Hanyang University, 2002; MS, Hanyang University, 2004)

Ms. Stephanie German

[Co-Advised: Ioannis Brilakis]
(BS, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009)

Ms. Laura Schultz

(BS, Georgia Tech, 2010)
As an undergraduate, Laura conducted research on code development for mixed steel and concrete composite columns under the advisement of Dr. Roberto Leon as part of the NEESR II: System Behavior Factors for Composite and Mixed Structural...

Former Students

Dr. Karthik Ramanathan

[Co-Advised: J. Padgett – Rice University]
(PhD, August 2012)
(Air Worldwide - Engineer, Research & Modeling * *   Dr. Karthik Ramanathan's research is in Next Generation Fragility Models for California Bridges.  Dr. Ramanathan has a...

Professor Abdollah Shafieezadeh

(Ph.D., December 2011)
(Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Ohio State University)   Professor Abdollah Shafieezadeh's research interests include Seismic Vulnerability of Wharves.

Dr. Ben Kosbab

(PhD, May 2010)
(Civl/Structural Engineer, Enercon * * ) Ben Kosbab was a PhD student studying the seismic response of container cranes. Specifically,he was investigating the interaction of portal frame ductility and column...

Dr. Laura Jacobs

(PhD, May 2010)
(Dynamics Engineer, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico) Laura Jacobs graduated with her B.S. from Purdue University in 2005. She worked for 9 months as a research engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory before beginning her graduate...

Dr. Matthew S. Speicher

(PhD, May 2009)
(Program Director and Research Engineering, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD) Dr. Matthew S. Speicher is a Research Structural Engineer at NIST, supporting the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). His research interests include...

Professor Masahiro Kurata

(PhD, May 2009)
(Assistant Professor, Kyoto University; Divison of Earthquake Hazards, Disaster Prevention Research Institute * * ) Masahiro Kurata obtained his B.S. in Architecture and M.S degrees in...

Dr. Murat Eroz

(PhD, 2008)
(Project Engineer, Alpaslan, Hydro Projects II Group * *   Research: Advanced Models for Sliding Seismic Isolation and Applications for Typical Multi-Span Highway Bridges

Dr. Berk Taftali

[Co-Advised: Bruce Ellingwood]
(PhD, December 2007)
Research: Seismic Fragility of Partially Restrained Connections. email:

Prof. Jamie Padgett

(May 2007)
Research: Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Retrofitted Bridges Using Probabilistic Methods Current Position: Assistant Professor, Rice University email:

Prof. Monique Hite

[Co-Advised: R. Leon]
(May 2007)
Research: Evaluation of the Performance of Bridge Steel Pedestals under Low Seismic Loads Current Position: Assistant Professor, Texas A & M University email:

Dr. Walter Yang

[Co-Advised: R. Leon]
(August, 2006)
Research: Performance of Zipper Frames Current Position: Post Doctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech email:

Prof. Jason McCormick

(May, 2006)
Research: Cyclic Behavior of Shape Memory Alloys: Material Characterization and Optimization Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan email:

Prof. Bryant Nielson

(December 2005)
Research: Analytical Fragility Curves for Bridges in Moderate Seismic Zones Current Position: Assistant Professor, Clemson University, Clemson, SC email: bnielso@CLEMSON.EDU

Prof. Bassem Andrawes

(May 2005)
Research: Seismic Design and Retrofit of Bridges Using Smart Materials Current Position:  Assistant Professor, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign email:

Dr. Davide Fugazza

(May, 2005, Rose School of EQ Engineering)
Research: Advanced Models of Shape Memory Alloys Current Position: Customer and Sales Support Engineer, Ansys Belgium, Avenue Pasteur 4, B-1300 Wavre, Belguim email: web:

Dr. Susendar Muthukumar

(December 2003)
Research: A Contact Element Approach with Hysteresis Damping for the Analysis and Design of Pounding in Bridges Current Position: Graduate Engineer, Research & Development, Walter P Moore, Austin, TX email:

Prof. Eunsoo Choi

(May 2002)
Thesis Title: Seismic Response, Analysis, and Retrofit of Mid-America Bridges Current Position: Assistant Professor, Hongik University, Korea email:

Former Post-Docs

Ms. Hui Zhang

PhD, Lanzhou Jeaotong University, China

Prof. D. K. Kim

Professor of Civil Engineering, Seoul National University of Technology

Prof. Dan Danhui

Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Prof. Leonardo Duenas-Osorio

Assistant Professor, Rice University, Houston, TX

Prof. Yukihide Kajita

Associate Professor, Kyushu University, Japan