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The Organization : Member : University of California, San Diego

CUREE University Representative:

Professor Tara C. Hutchinson
Department of Structural Engineering
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085
Tel.: 858.534.7436
Fax: 858.822.2260

CUREE Members:
• Joel Conte
• Ahmed Elgamal
• Robert Englekirk
• Gilbert A. Hegemier
• Tara C. Hutchinson
• Petr Krysl
• Enrique Luco
• Gilberto Mosqueda
• M. J. Nigel Priestley
• José I. Restrepo
• Frieder Seible
• P. Benson Shing
• Chia-Ming Uang
• Yael (Lelli) Van Den Einde


Cyclic Testing of Shear Link for the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

The vision of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering is to be one of the leading and defining engineering schools in the world-a school known for the quality of its students, its stellar research programs, and an environment that fosters innovation and leadership. Our students are our most important product, and for us to educate tomorrow’s technology leaders, more than the best possible training in basic science and engineering is required. Jacobs’ graduates are known for their ability to communicate and work in multi-disciplinary teams, their integrative thinking, and their general knowledge in information technology (IT), independent of their field of engineering. This provides our students with the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing job market.

The instructional and research programs of the department are grouped into four programmatic focus areas: civil structures, aerospace (composite structures), renewal of structures, and earthquake engineering. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are characterized by strong interdisciplinary relationships with the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, the Advanced Manufacturing Program, the Materials Science Program, and associated campus institutes such as the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Institute for Mechanics and Materials, Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials, California Space Institute, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Structural Engineering is concerned with the design and analysis of civil, mechanical, aerospace, marine, naval, and offshore structures. Examples include bridges, dams, buildings, aircraft, spacecraft, ships, oil platforms, and automobiles and other transportation vehicles. This field requires a thorough knowledge of the behavior of solids (concrete, soils, rock, metals, plastics, and composite materials), fluid mechanics as it relates to structural loads, dynamics as it relates to structural response, mathematics for the generation of theoretical structural models and numerical analysis, and computer science for simulation purposes associated with computer-aided design, response analyses, and data acquisition. Basic understanding of materials behavior and structural performance is enhanced by laboratory courses involving static and dynamic stress failure tests of structural models, and response of structural systems.

Undergraduate structural engineering students can specialize in one of the following four Focus Sequences: (a) civil structures (b) aerospace structures, (c) renewal of structures, or (d) geotechnical engineering. While graduate students in structural engineering select either two (MS degrees) or three (for PhD students) Focus Sequences from the following: (a) structural analysis, (b) computational mechanics, (c) structural design, (d) earthquake engineering, (e) geotechnical engineering, (f) advanced composites, (g) solid mechanics, and (h) advanced structural behavior.

MS degree objective students can also include a specialization in health monitoring, prognosis and validated simulations (SHMP&VS). Programs and curricula of the Department of Structural Engineering educate and train engineers in a holistic approach to structural systems engineering by emphasizing and building on the commonality of engineering structures in materials, mechanics, analysis and design across the engineering disciplines of civil, aerospace, marine and mechanical engineering.

The Structural Engineering Department, founded as the first department of its kind in 1999, has become the world’s leading program for large-scale structural testing and earthquake safety engineering. Jacobs School faculty and alumni have started up hundreds of companies, and have helped build the wireless communications, biotechnology, software and electronics hubs in San Diego.

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Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0403
Main Phone: 858.534.6237
Student Services: 858.534.6105

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