Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Ge Ou

Committee Member 1

Shirley J Dyke

Committee Member 2

Patricia Davies

Committee Member 3

Arun Prakash

Committee Member 4

Julio Ramirez

Committee Member 5

Billie F Spencer


Civil engineers of today have been charged with the task of providing resilient and sustainable infrastructure designs, and to use those for establishing resilient communities. To achieve this mission, improved designs, new materials, and efficient retrofit strategies are being introduced around the world. Before many of these techniques are used in the real world, efficient methods are needed to evaluate the performance of those innovations through high fidelity experimentation.