Jeffrey W. Berman

Jeffrey W. Berman

Thomas & Marilyn Nielsen Associate Professor
Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Office: More 214C
Phone: (206) 616-3530

PhD, Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo,2006
MS, Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003
BS, Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2000

Jeffrey Berman joined the department over the summer of 2006 after completing his Ph.D. and a short Post-Doctoral period at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has worked on numerous large scale destructive experimental investigations involving steel structures and sub assemblages. His research strives to blend experimental and analytical investigations to help develop the tools and understanding necessary for practicing engineers to design structures to resist the forces of earthquakes, blasts, and other hazards.

Jeff currently has two NSF funded research projects to develop new steel seismic load resisting systems that are aimed at minimizing post-earthquake repair costs and downtime. He is also collaborating with University of Washington colleagues with the support WSDOT and FHWA to investigate the strength of gusset plates in older steel truss bridges, common in Washington State. He received the 2008 Faculty Fellowship Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction, a combined research grant and accolade, to investigate the structural robustness of common steel framing systems when critical structural elements lose their load carrying capacity. He has also conducted research on the fatigue life of GFRP bridge decks and steel luminaires poles. Jeffrey was co-awarded the 2005 ASCE J. James Croes Medal for the paper 'Plastic Analysis and Design of Steel Plate Shear Walls' and some of his previous work on steel plate shear walls is used in the AISC Seismic Design Provisions for Steel Buildings.

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Research Interests

  • Seismic Design of Steel Structures
  • Destructive and Nondestructive Testing
  • Structural Control and Passive Energy Dissipation