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Structural Engineering

Structural engineers design and create the world’s most important and magnificent structures, and develop effective strategies for addressing 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 a 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 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.

Areas of study

A student of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University who wants to focus on structural engineering interacts with our faculty who are known internationally as leaders in natural hazard characterization, dynamic and nonlinear infrastructure simulation, sensor development, design of novel and sustainable infrastructure systems, offshore wind structures and wind engineering, materiomics and material design through molecular simulation, and structural reliability.

Also, our research, both analytical and experimental, is supported by the 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.

student flying drone in indoor ummanned aircraft facility
A 50' x 50' indoor Unmanned Aircraft Systems testing facility at the George J. Kostas Institute in Burlington, MA, is the first in the United States.It connects to an outdoor netted drone testing area allowing faculty to develop drones to evaluate damage to structures after disasters. The outdoor drone cage, which stands more than five stories tall and is 150 feet wide by 200 feet long—is large enough for two research groups to fly different drones simultaneously.