Structures Cluster

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According to UN estimations, approximately 55% of the world’s population lives in cities and urban areas. This massive urbanization has been exerting significant pressure on natural resources, with the building environment currently accounting for approximately 40% of the annual global energy and contributing indirectly to the increasing concentration of atmospheric carbon. Moreover, many urban areas are in regions susceptible to natural disasters that have been occurring with an increasing frequency due to climate change. The U.S. has sustained 254 weather and climate disasters since 1980 with overall damages/costs exceeding $1.7 trillion. Therefore, there is a great need for enhancing community resilience by constructing more ecofriendly and damage-tolerant structures, as well as exploring novel systems and structural solutions.

Current CAE Focus related to Cluster

CAE Faculty have been addressing structure and infrastructure resilience in a holistic way from investigations on the biocompatibility and durability of cementitious materials and the deployment of non-corrosive rebars in coastal structures and infrastructure components to the morphogenesis of novel systems for traditional applications as well as smart structures. For example, faculty have been working on developing efficient and cost-effective shoreline protection systems with adaptive features that provide a hospitable environment for marine life. Faculty have also been working on community resilience aspects, such as building adaptation against flooding, as well as enhancing engineering education.

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

CAE Faculty have already established research collaborations with faculty from Arts & Sciences (A&S), the School of Architecture (SoA), and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Many of those collaborations focus around topics associated with coastal resilience. Therefore, having additional faculty in this area combined with UM’s unique experimental resources (SUSTAIN Facility) and Miami’s general vulnerability to climate change can promote the Department to a reaserach hub for coastal structure resilience.

COE Thrust Supported

  • Sustainability and Resilience

Graduate Courses Offered

  • CAE 611 (Advanced Structural Analysis)
  • CAE 620 (Advanced Design of Concrete Structures)
  • CAE 621 (Advanced Design of Steel Structures)
  • CAE 622 (Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures)
  • CAE 623 (Design of Masonry Structures)
  • CAE 625 (Timber Structural Systems)
  • CAE 661 (Computer Aided Architecture Engineering Design)
  • CAE 670 (Advanced Foundation Engineering)
  • CAE 711 (Theory of Elasticity)
  • CAE 712 (Structural Reliability)
  • CAE 714 (Structural Dynamics)
  • CAE 716 (Fracture Mechanics)
  • CAE 744 (Risk Management and Resilience)
  • CAE 766 (Forensic Engineering)

9 PhDs with shared duties

  • A. Agosta
  • N. Lewis
  • H. Rogani
  • G. Aguilar
  • S. Lamsal
  • L. Gali
  • A. Mirdarsoltany
  • J. Ortiz Polanco
  • C. Vega Vargas

7 Scientists, researchers, technicians and visiting scholars with shared duties

  • Dr. F. De Caso y Basalo
  • A. De Diego
  • R. Solis
  • J. M. Palacios
  • M. Gonzalez Quero
  • L. Ramos
  • A. Jarquin


  • L. Rhode-Barbarigos

CAE Members

  • D. Arboleda
  • J.P. Bardet
  • J. Giancaspro
  • A. Nanni
  • L. Rhode-Barbarigos
  • W. Suaris
  • P. Suraneni
  • M. Trussoni
  • D. Ural

  • R. Bachin (CAS)
  • A. Baker (RSMAES)
  • S. Chao (SoA)
  • B. Haus (RSMAES)
  • D. Lirman (RSMAES)
  • K. Sullivan Sealey (CAS)