Carlos A. Cruz-NoguezAssistant Professor

Research directions

Whether they are caused by earthquakes, ice impact, wind loads, or explosions, extreme loads may cause structures to become severely damaged, posing significant safety and economical risks. I am interested in the use of innovative materials (superelastic shape memory alloys, engineered cementitious composites, post-tensioned systems, elastomeric materials, and fibre-reinforced polymers) to reduce the vulnerability of buildings and bridges under seismic and extreme loads. With the participation of several government and academic partners, I have collaborated in several projects of rehabilitation, strengthening, and retrofit of aging and vulnerable infrastructure using high-performance materials.
My current research includes the analysis and design of reinforced-concrete structures, large-scale system and component testing, use of innovative materials in earthquake engineering, structural simulation, and damage mitigation in buildings and bridges. Applications are invited for students interested in pursuing a MSc or PhD program on these topics.