Structural Engineering

Structural engineers are designing infrastructure, critical to the 21st century. Structural engineers design, as well as analyze the response and behavior of various structures ranging from bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels, retaining walls and other such structures.

The Structural Engineering area provides a total program balanced with respect to basic and applied research, ranging from solid mechanics to high performance computing and earthquake engineering. These involve both theoretical and experimental investigations pertaining to the science, mechanics, risk and reliability for response and behavior of reinforced concrete (RC), prestressed concrete (PC), structural steel, and structural composites.

Structural Engineering's faculty members are dedicated to teaching and research. The 66,000 square-foot Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world which provides hands-on opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. View the live web cam of the Bowen Lab, and check out the projects page for a sampling of Bowen Lab research.


Francisco Pena demonstrating the 6DOF shake table in Bowen Lab
Purdue University Civil Engineering graduate students explained how large scale structural engineering testing is performed during a tour for Lebanon, Indiana junior high students in March 2014 at Bowen Laboratory.

News and Events

Researchers and software developers at the Purdue-led George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) are building a data integration system that will allow seamless sharing of experimental data with earthquake engineers globally.
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