University of Houston,
N112 Engineering Building 1,
- Primary research interests are related to the behavior and design of Reinforced/ Prestressed Concrete, Steel, Hybrid and Composite Structures subjected to seismic and blast loads. Current research includes the following topics.
- Development of smart sensors and structures for vibration control and damage detection.
- Seismic shear of hollow reinforced concrete bridge piers.
- Development of innovative structural systems (such as prestressed concrete box bridges with corrugated steel webs and reinforced concrete buildings with corrugated steel shearwalls) for seismic resistant design.
- Implementation of new materials (such as high strength concrete, advanced composites, smart materials) into seismic design, retrofit and repair of buildings and bridges.
- Development of analytical models for seismic hazard mitigation of engineering structures.
- Dynamic experimental studies on materials, structural components and systems.
- Constitutive models of reinforced and prestressed concrete subjected to shear or torsion.
- Simulation and visualization of nuclear containments and concrete bridges for security.
- Application of nanoscale technology to concrete structures.
- Application of artificial intelligence to concrete structures.
- 2011 Civil and Environmental Faculty Achievement Award, (In recognition of teaching, research, service and dedication as exceptional), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2011.
- Research Excellence Award, (In recognition as one of the top 5 researchers in the research area of concrete structures), National Science Council, Taiwan, 1993 and 1994.
- Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow Award, (In recognition as the outstanding international researcher in a specific research area), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 1995.
- Distinguished Research Award, (In recognition as the top researcher in the research area of concrete structures), National Science Council, Taiwan, 1999.
- Research Creativity Award, (In recognition for the most creative research project, completed by an undergraduate student and his/her supervisor), National Science Council, Taiwan, 2000.
- Best Paper Award, Award co-recipient of best paper titled “Structural Health Monitoring of a Concrete Column subjected to Shake Table Excitations Using Smart Aggregates,” American Society of Civil Engineers, Earth and Space Conference, Long Beach, CA, March 3-5, 2008.