Civil Engineering

Hurricane Sensors

Structural Engineering Research Activities

The research areas of interest of the faculty members in the Structural Engineering area are listed below. Students are encouraged to directly contact faculty via e-mail if they have questions or are interested in a particular area of research.

Dr. Nakin Suksawang (

  • Analyzing and designing of fiber reinforced concrete structures.
  • Use of fiber reinforcement concrete in thin overlay and closure pours.
  • Development of a resistivity based concrete service life model.
  • Assessment of resistance factors and reliability index for existing structures and non-conventional materials.
  • Development of textile-reinforced concrete for structural applications.
  • Service-life prediction based on real-time structural health monitoring data

Field investigation of concrete performance

Dr. Jean Paul Pinelli (

  • Development of catastrophe risk models with special emphasis on the vulnerability of the built environment to typhoons.
  • Disaster risk management and risk mapping
  • Evaluation of the benefit and cost of wind, surge, and flood mitigation measures.
  • Development of cyber-infrastructure for natural hazard engineering research
  • Measurement & characterization of typhoon wind loads on structures using a wireless sensing networking system.
  • Wind mitigation and performance-based design of tall buildings with semi-active dampers.









Field investigation of the performance of concrete exposed to sulfate environment.