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New faculty focus on robotics, data and cybersecurity and more

Thirteen new faculty are joining the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California...

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WPI to Conduct Fire Tests Aimed at Better Understanding Post-Earthquake Fires in Cold-Formed Steel Buildings

A team of researchers from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic...

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Six-story steel frame building undergoes seismic and fire testing on world's largest outdoor shake table

A team of engineers is testing a six-story, lightweight steel-frame building on the world’s...


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Letter From The Chair


Benson Shing

Benson Shing

Professor and Chair

Welcome to the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego. The Structural Engineering program here has grown from a small group of visionary faculty to one of the top academic and research entities in the field. Our world-class faculty with a broad spectrum of complementary specialties offers rich academic experiences and exciting research opportunities to our students.   Learn more

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Structural Engineering Department at UC San Diego

The Department of Structural Engineering offers a unique program spanning across civil, aerospace, and mechanical engineering.


Center for Extreme Events Research Lab

Center researchers are world-renowned experts in experimental and computational methods for extreme events research. We leverage this expertise to develop better ways to protect entire built infrastructures, as well as bio-systems, from extreme events such as blasts from terrorist attacks and mining explosions, car crashes, sports collisions, and natural disaster such as landslides.   Learn more




Powell Lab

The Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories are the largest and most active full-scale structural testing facilities in the world. With its 50 ft. tall reaction wall and 120 ft. long strong floor, the Structural Systems Laboratory is equipped for full-scale testing of bridges, buildings and aircraft.

SRMD Lab

One of the world's largest shake tables, the six-degree-of-freedom shake table is used for the dynamic testing of full-scale bearings, isolators, and dampers. Computer-controlled hydraulic actuators that can apply up to 12 million pounds of force during earthquake simulations power SRMD.

Englekirk Lab

In 2005, the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center opened as an expansion of Powell Labs, equipped with the world's first outdoor shake table. It is adjacent to the country's largest Soil Foundation-structure Interaction Facility. UCSD Blast Simulator is the world's first laboratory to simulate the effects of bombs without the use of explosive materials.




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