The Structural Engineering Department has a mission to provide a comprehensive education and training to engineers by emphasizing and building on the commonality of engineering structures at the levels of materials, mechanics, analysis and design.
Your generous donation and investment will make that vision a reality.
Congratulations to Professor John Kosmatka for receiving the 2016-2017 Best Undergraduate Teacher Award!
Structural Engineering undergraduate student Bahador Babaei of Warren College has been selected to receive the 2017-2018 Krishnan award, sponsored by the UC
Structural Engineering undergraduate student Robert Urena has been selected to receive the 2016-2017 John E. Starrett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
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
Health Monitoring, Non-Destructive Evaluation and Experimental Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Impact effects on composite materials and structures with aerospace and other applications, multifunctional materials
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Structural Analysis and Dynamics, Structural Reliability and Risk Analysis, Earthquake Engineering
The Department of Structural Engineering offers a unique program
spanning across civil, aerospace, and mechanical engineering.
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
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.
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.
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.