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Brian J Smith

Brian Smith

Contact Info

Email: Brian.J.Smith.728@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-5332
Office: 201 Cushing Hall

Summary of Activities/Interests

Mr. Smith's primary research interests are in the fields of concrete structures, innovative structural systems, earthquake engineering, and the retrofitting and rehabilitation of existing buildings. 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. Smith also teaches structural design courses in the School of Architecture.

Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, January 2013

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

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

  • 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)
  • AISC Presidential Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering (2008) and SEAONC Certificate of Merit for Best Retrofit/Alteration (2007)
        - State Bar Building of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
        - Part of Project Design and Construction Administration Team for WJE
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Presidents Fellowship (2001-2002)
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi - University of Notre Dame Chapter

Publications

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, Accepted (Publication Pending).

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.