Structural Engineering

As structural engineers, we design and create the world’s most important and magnificent structures and develop effective strategies for utilizing the world’s diverse infrastructure. Combining physics, mathematics, architecture, and a diverse range of engineering skills, structural engineering solutions, and new designs are being developed to address the use of novel construction materials and to develop sustainable and resilient design and construction strategies. Innovations in structural engineering also include incorporating an increasing level of automation through the development of advanced sensors and robotics for construction, control, and structural condition assessment.

Structural engineering at Northeastern University focuses on urban engineering and use-inspired research that prepares students for many of the unique technical challenges of our time.

Our research, both computational and experimental, is supported by Northeastern’s state-of-the-art Laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems (STReSS Laboratory), which enables experimental characterization of large-scale structural systems and components.

Areas of study

  • Natural hazard characterization
  • Design of novel and sustainable infrastructure systems
  • Dynamic and nonlinear infrastructure simulation
  • Sensor development
  • Offshore wind structures and wind engineering
  • Enhancing structural design and analysis with AI and ML tools
  • Structural reliability
PhD Student Nick Briggs studies the results from a concrete stress test at Northeastern’s STReSS Lab, a 5,000 sqft facility for full-scale testing of structures to failure.