Laura N. Lowes

Laura N. Lowes

Associate Professor
Structural Engineering and Mechanics

lowes@uw.edu
Office: More 233C
Phone: (206) 685-2563

PhD, Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley, 1999
MSCE, Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley, 1993
BSCE, Civil Engineering, University of Washington, 1992


Laura Lowes joins the faculty at University of Washington following two years as a faculty at Stanford University and completion of her PhD at UC Berkeley. Her recent research focuses on developing tools for modeling the non-linear response of structural systems subjected to severe loading. An on-going project investigates finite element modeling of reinforced concrete building components and includes development of concrete, steel, and bond-zone material models, development of non-local bond element formulations and investigation of solution algorithms for systems that exhibit localized softening. A second project seeks to develop a numerical model characterizing the response of reinforced concrete beam-column joints under earthquake loading for use in analysis of buildings and bridges. A third project investigates the application of fiber optic sensors and high-resolution finite element models in health monitoring of structural systems.

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Research Interests

  • Numerical modeling for structural systems behavior
  • Constitutive theory
  • Experimental investigation of structural material
  • element and system response

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