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Brian Smith

Brian J Smith

Education

Ph.D, University of Notre Dame, 2013

M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2001

Biography


Previous Employment

  • Associate Engineer III - Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (2005-2007)
  • Project Engineer - Madsen, Kneppers and Associates, Inc. (2004-2005)
  • Assistant Engineer - Madsen, Kneppers and Associates, Inc. (2002-2004)

Professional Registration

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in California (2004-Present)

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

  • Charles C. Zollman Award from PCI Journal (2015)
  • University of Notre Dame FYETAP Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • University of Notre Dame Lilly Fellowship (2007-2011)
  • Dondanville Family Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student (2008)
  • Seismic Retrofit of the State Bar Building of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA                                                                              Member of Project Design and Construction Administration Team for WJE Associates, Inc.                                                                                        Project Received AISC Presidential Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering (2008)                                                                                    Project Received SEAONC Certificate of Merit for Best Retrofit/Alteration (2007)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Presidents Fellowship (2001-2002)

Publications

Ballard, Z., Gerbo, E., Thrall, A., and Smith, B. (2016) “Behavior of Sandwich Panels in a Deployable Structure,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, In-Press.

Ballard, Z., Thrall, A., Smith, B., and Casias, C. (2016) “Impact of Hinged Connectors on Sandwich Panel Behavior,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, In-Press.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M. (2015) “Perforated Hybrid Precast Shear Walls for Seismic Regions,” ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 112, No. 3, pp. 359-370.

Ballard, Z., Thrall, A., and Smith, B. (2015) “Parametric Study of the Effect of Hinged Connectors on the Behavior of Origami-Inspired Structures Comprised of Sandwich Panels,” Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Boston, MA, 2-5 August 2015, 8 pp.

Smith, B., and Kurama, Y. (2014) “Seismic Design Guidelines for Solid and Perforated Hybrid Precast Concrete Shear Walls,” PCI Journal, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 43-59.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M. (2013) “Behavior of Precast Concrete Shear Walls for Seismic Regions: Comparison of Hybrid and Emulative Specimens,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 139, No. 11, pp. 1917-1927.

Smith, B., and Kurama, Y. (2013) “Seismic Displacement Demands for Hybrid Precast Concrete Shear Walls,” Proceedings of the ASCE Structures Congress, Pittsburgh, PA, 1-4 May 2013, 12 pp.

Smith, B., and Kurama, Y. (2012) “Validated Seismic Design Guidelines for Solid and Perforated Hybrid Precast Shear Walls,” Proceedings of the PCI Annual Convention and Exhibition, Nashville, TN, 29 September - 3 October 2012. 13pp.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M. (2012) “Comparison of Solid and Perforated Precast Concrete Shear Walls for Seismic Regions,” Proceedings of the ASCE Structures Congress, Chicago, IL, 29-31 March 2012, 10 pp.

McGinnis, M., Smith, B., Holloman, M., Lisk, M., Kurama, Y., and O’Donnell, A. (2012) “3-D Digital Image Correlation: An Underused Asset for Structural Testing,” Proceedings of the ASCE Structures Congress, Chicago, IL, 29-31 March 2012. 10 pp.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M. (2012) “Hybrid Precast Concrete Shear Walls for Seismic Regions: Solid and Perforated Walls,” Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering and 4th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Tokyo, Japan, 6-8 March 2012, 10 pp.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M. (2011) “Design and Measured Behavior of a Hybrid Precast Concrete Wall Specimen for Seismic Regions,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 137, No. 10, pp. 1052-1062.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M. (2011) “Design and Measured Behavior of a Perforated Hybrid Precast Concrete Shear Wall for Seismic Regions,” Proceedings of the PCI Annual Convention and Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT, 22-26 October 2011, 12 pp.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M. (2011) “Comparison of Hybrid and Emulative Precast Concrete Shear Walls for Seismic Regions,” Proceedings of the ASCE Structures Congress, Las Vegas, NV, 14-16 April 2011, 12 pp.

Smith, B., and Kurama, Y. (2010) “Seismic Behavior of a Hybrid Precast Concrete Wall Specimen: Measured Response versus Design Predictions,” Proceedings of the 9th U.S. National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Toronto, ON, Canada, 25-29 July 2010, 10 pp.

Smith, B., McGinnis, M., and Kurama, Y. (2010) “Full-Field Lateral Response Investigation of Hybrid Precast Concrete Shear Walls,” Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress and fib Exhibition Incorporating the PCI Annual Convention and Bridge Conference, Washington D.C., 29 May - 2 June 2010, 12 pp.

Smith, B., and Kurama, Y. (2010) “Analytical Model Validation of a Hybrid Precast Concrete Wall for Seismic Regions,” Proceedings of the ASCE Structures Congress, Orlando, FL, 12-14 May 2010, 11 pp.

Smith, B., and Kurama, Y. (2009) “Design of Hybrid Precast Concrete Walls for Seismic Regions,” Proceedings of the ASCE Structures Congress, Austin, TX, 30 April - 2 May 2009, 10 pp.

DesRoches, R., and Smith, B. (2004) “Shape Memory Alloys in Seismic Resistant Design and Retrofit: A Critical Assessment of the Potential and Limitations,” Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 415-429.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Smith's primary research interests are in the fields of concrete structures, innovative structural systems, earthquake engineering, deployable structures, and large-scale experimental testing. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the large-scale experimental testing, analytical investigation, and design validation studies of hybrid precast concrete shear walls in seismic regions. His M.S. thesis focused on the seismic applications of shape memory alloys. 

Dr. Smith has approximately five years experience as a civil engineer working in the San Francisco Bay Area. The primary focus of his work has been to find practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions to structural problems in existing buildings. He has worked on a variety of projects, including investigations of structural failures (e.g., I-880/I-80 Overpass bridge collapse in Oakland, CA), seismic evaluations of existing structures (e.g., U.S. Embassy residential facilities in Istanbul, Turkey), and improvement designs for historic buildings (e.g., cellhouse on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, CA). Mr. Smith also has extensive experience in post-earthquake and post-hurricane building damage assessments, including multiple projects following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In addition to his duties with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and the College of Engineering, Dr. Smith also teaches structural design courses in the School of Architecture.

News

Kurama and Smith Named Winners of Zollman Award

August 26, 2015

Yahya Kurama, professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, and Brian Smith, assistant teaching professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, have been named recipients of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) Charles C. Zollman Award for 2015.