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Structural Engineering & Mechanics Graduate Studies

Contact: Dr. Sergio Brena, brena@ecs.umass.edu

The Structural Engineering and Mechanics (SEM) Program conducts multidisciplinary research to improve the safety and  performance of the world's infrastructure, develop sustainable and green building technology, and analyze the mechanical behavior of solids.  Our research consists of experiments conducted in the Gunness Structural Engineering Laboratory and in the field, and computational and analytic work conducted with the aid of in-house computational facilities. Computational resources include state-of-the-art software, multi-processor shared-access workstations and access to the 608 processor "Cyclops" cluster computer environment. Experimental testing of large-scale structural elements, on-site instrumentation, small-component testing, and materials research is available.

Both Master's and Doctoral degrees are awarded by SEM, and a variety of graduate courses are offered in support of these degree programs.  The course offerings have significant depth and breadth in design of concrete and steel structures, supported by offerings in analytical and numerical structural mechanics.  For more information about the SEM graduate degree programs, consult the SEM Admissions, Degree Programs, Research Program and Research Facilities pages. For more information about the SEM group, please consult pages on the individual faculty. For information on upcoming seminars, view the Joint seminars of the Structural Engineering & Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering groups listing.