Dorothy A. Reed

Dorothy A. Reed

Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Office: Wilcox 263
Phone: (206) 543-0351

PhD, Princeton University, 1980
MSE, Princeton University, 1977
BSCE, University of South Carolina, magna cum laude, 1976

Dorothy A. Reed is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington. Her research interests include the investigation of the resiliency and sustainability of civil infrastructure systems - both green and gray aspects - with particular emphasis on post-hurricane performance of power delivery systems. She has been involved in research in several areas of wind engineering such as time series analysis of wind loadings on cooling towers and other structures, the performance of glass cladding for wind loadings, occupant comfort criteria for tall buildings, numerical modeling of boundary layer flow using LES, and the physical and numerical modeling of tuned solid and liquid dampers. She is a member of the board of directors of AAWE (American Association for Wind Engineering). She has been involved in post-hurricane damage investigations in the Gulf of Mexico for several years.

Reed joined the University of Washington in 1983 following two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. A native of Savannah, Georgia, she received a BSCE from the University of South Carolina, magna cum laude, and a master's and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Princeton University. She is a licensed professional civil engineer in Washington State. At the University of Washington, she served as an associate dean of academic affairs for three years. She has lectured on wind engineering and other topics such as structural reliability at many meetings and academic institutions nationally and internationally.

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Research Interests

  • Structural and wind engineering