The Structural Engineering group has a broad range of expertise and research interests.

Specific areas of research emphasis include:

  • Behavior and design of structural wood components and systems
  • Structural mechanics and finite element¬†analysis
  • Structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, and infrastructure improvement
  • Structural reliability and probabilistic analysis and design
  • Non-destructive evaluation of structural materials and systems


15 Ton industrial lift

The Natural Exposure Test (NET) facility, located on the Washington State University-Puyallup research campus (near Seattle), provides real-time monitoring of hygrothermal and thermal performance of building materials and systems subjected to the Pacific Northwest climate. Maximum test specimen size is 14-foot wide by 9-foot high (4.27m x 2.75m). Roof panels approximately 8-foot wide by 8-foot long (2.44m x 2.44m) can also evaluated.