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Laura N. Lowes

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Pronouns: She/her


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.


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