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
A RAPID transformation
CEE's RAPID facility continues to advance data gathering protocols and procedures in the aftermath of natural disasters, thanks to a $6 million NSF renewal grant.
Gathering concrete details
To better assess the structural integrity of reinforced concrete buildings in the aftermath of earthquakes, UW CEE researchers are working to advance newer data collection and analysis methods.
PSEC Academic Engineer of the Year
CEE chair and professor Laura Lowes has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 PSEC Academic Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the state of earthquake engineering practice.