The Head Research Group addresses challenges related to structural resilience, especially during earthquakes, using  numerical simulations and in some cases scaled structural testing to develop performance-based design methodologies.  Dr. Head has secured competitive state and federal research funding, which enables the group to make novel contributions in three (3) core and cutting-edge areas:

  1. seismic-resistant design and damage assessment of structures using a machine learning approach,
  2. bridge load testing and evaluation using digital image measurements, and
  3. evaluation of composite and advanced materials to enhance structural performance

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