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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

  • Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2018)
  • 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 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)

Journal Publications

Gerbo, E., Wang, Y., Tumbeva, M., Thrall, A., Smith, B., and Zoli, T. (2018) “Behavior of an Adjustable Bolted Steel Plate Connection during Field Installation,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 144, No. 3,04017223.  

Gerbo, E., Thrall, A., Smith, B., and Zoli, T. (2016) “Full-Field Measurement of Residual Strains in Cold-Bent Steel Plates,” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 127, pp. 187-203.  

Ballard, Z., Gerbo, E., Thrall, A., and Smith, B. (2016) “Behavior of Sandwich Panels in a Deployable Structure,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 142, No. 10,04016073.

Ballard, Z., Thrall, A., and Smith, B. (2016) “Behavior of Folding Sandwich Panel Structures: Impact of Ground Conditions, Anchorage, and Panel Warping,” Construction and Building Materials,Vol. 112, No. 1, pp. 1110-1122.                                

Ballard, Z., Thrall, A., Smith, B., and Casias, C. (2016) “Impact of Hinged Connectors on Sandwich Panel Behavior,”ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering,Vol. 142, No. 3, 06015005.

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.

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., 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.

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 teaches Structural Steel Design within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (CEEES). In past years, he has taught Transportation Engineering and Senior Design within CEEES. Dr. Smith also teaches within the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program through the College of Engineering as well as Structural Design courses in the School of Architecture. He was a recipient of the 2018 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching which recognizes faculty members who have a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. 

Dr. Smith's primary research interests are in the fields of engineering education, concrete structures, innovative structural systems, earthquake engineering, and large-scale experimental testing. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the large-scale experimental testing, analytical investigation, and design validation of hybrid precast concrete shear walls in seismic regions. His M.S. thesis focused on the seismic applications of shape memory alloys. He was the recipient of the 2015 Charles C. Zollman award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Journal recognizing his contribution in advancing the state-of-the-art of precast and prestressed concrete.

Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Dr. Smith had approximately five years experience as a consulting civil/structural engineer. His work primarily focused on the evaluation and investigation of structural failures as well as the development of practical solutions to structural deficiencies 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). Dr. Smith also has extensive experience in post-earthquake and post-hurricane building damage assessments, including multiple projects following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was part of the construction administrative team for the seismic retrofit of the State Bar Building of California in San Francisco, CA, which was awarded the 2008 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Presidential Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering and the 2007 Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Certificate of Merit for Best Retrofit Alteration.

Dr. Smith also serves as the technical advisor for Notre Dame's Steel Bridge team through the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  This undergraduate student group designs, analyzes, constructs, and tests a steel bridge as part of a year-long competition. The students are judged at the ASCE Great Lakes Student Competition on aesthetics, construction speed, structural performance, efficiency, and cost. 

News

Faculty Awards Honor Undergraduate Teaching and Advising

May 9, 2018

Three engineering faculty are among the 20 faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Two of the three honored honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising are also engineering faculty.

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.