Technical Interests

  • Structural mechanics
  • Numerical methods applied to linear, nonlinear, and dynamic structural analysis

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil (Structural) Engineering, 1988 – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Civil (Structural) Engineering, 1978 – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • B.S., Civil (Structural) Engineering, 1977 – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Professional Experience

  • 2007 – present, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2001 – 2002, Chair, Faculty Senate, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2001, Faculty Fellow, The Boeing Company
  • 1994 – 2007, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 1994 – 1997, Affiliate Staff Scientist, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories
  • 1988 – 1994, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 1983 – 1988, Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1985 – 1986, Instructor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1980 – 1982, Researcher, Battelle Houston Operations
  • 1978 – 1980, Engineer, Marine Technology Development Department, Brown and Root, Inc.
  • 1977 – 1978, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Awards

  • Outstanding Advisor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2006
  • Outstanding Teacher, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 2003
  • Leon Luck Award (most effective faculty member in department), 1992

Publications

  • Voth, C., N. White, V. Yadama, and W. Cofer. 2015. Design and Evaluation of Thin-Walled Hollow-Core Wood-Strand Sandwich Panels. Journal of Renewable Materials, 3(3):234-243.
  • Cofer, W.F., D.S. Matthews and D.I. McLean. 2012. Effects of blast loading on prestressed girder bridges. Shock and Vibration. 19(1):1-18.
  • Sehhati, R., A. Rodriguez-Marek, M. ElGawady and W.F. Cofer. 2011. Effects of near-fault ground motions and equivalent pulses on multi-story structures. Engineering Structures. 33(3):767-779.
  • Alam, M.A., V. Yadama, W.F. Cofer, K.R. Englund. 2013. Analysis and evaluation of a fruit bin for apples.¬†Journal of Food Science and Technology¬†(Published Online; DOI 10.1007/s13197-012-0889-3)