Charles W. Roeder

Charles W. Roeder

Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Office: More 233B
Phone: (206) 543-6199

PhD, UC Berkeley
MSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana
BSCE, (w/ Special Honors) University of Colorado, Boulder

Charles Roeder worked in the building construction industry for several years, and also as a structural design engineer for the construction of offshore platforms. He served for two years in the US Army in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Vietnam. He has been on the faculty of the University of Washington since 1977. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Washington.

He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Institute of Steel Construction, the Earthquake Engineers Research Institute, and the Structural Engineers Association of Washington. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Technology Council, a member of the Institutional Board of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, and a member of the Executive Committee for the ASCE/Structural Engineering Institute. He participated in the FEMA Guidelines for Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings, and was the Team Leader for Connection Performance on the FEMA supported SAC Steel Project. He co-authored (with John Stanton) the AASHTO Specifications for the design of bridge bearings. He has served as chair of national technical committees including the TRB A2C02 Steel Bridge Committee, the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee and the ASCE Technical Administrative Committee on Dynamic Effects. He received the 1979 ASCE J. James R. Croes Medal and the 1984 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize for his past research and publications. He received the 2002 AISC Special Achievement Award, the 2002 Puget Sound Engineers Council Academic Engineer of the Year, the 2010 ASCE Earnest E. Howard Award, and the 2011 AISC T. R. Higgins Lecturship.

He has performed a wide range of research related to bridges and the seismic performance of steel and composite buildings. Present research studies include development of design methods for improved seismic performance of concentrically braced frames and their gusset plate connections, evaluation of pile to wharf connections for port facilities, and development of economical and efficient concrete filled tube applications.

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Research Interests

  • Experimental and analytical research on the general behavior of structures
  • Seismic behavior of steel and composite structures
  • Fatigue of steel structures