Abbie Liel

lielProfessor Liel’s group does research in structural engineering and civil systems, focusing on the impacts of extreme events on structures and communities. Problems we have worked on include evaluating the seismic performance of concrete buildings, retrofitting strategies for concrete buildings, snow loads on structures, flood damage in the 2013 Boulder, CO floods, and liquefaction-induced building damage on structures. We typically take an analytical and empirical approach, developing computer models of structures and simulating their response under various kinds of loads. These simulations are used to quantify risk, or to make recommendations to improve structural design and resilience.   Visit her group website here.

Possible Projects

  • Environmental impacts of buildings, considering extreme loads the damage incurred (with Prof. Srubar)
  • Seismic performance assessment of non-ductile concrete buildings
  • Liquefaction-induced damage on buildings (with Prof. Dashti)
  • Participatory processes for improvement of engineering models considering stakeholder input (with Profs. Javernick-Will and Dashti)
  • Influence of ground motion parameters and tectonic environment on seismic risk
  • Impact of induced motions on the built environment
  • Performance assessment of new bridge systems (with Prof. Sideris)
  • Multi-objective optimization of structural design and performance under seismic loads (with Prof. Kasprzyk)

    This image shows a graphic artist's work summarizing a collaboration between Professors Liel, Dashti, and Javernick-Will, as well as Professor Palen in CS, Professor Sprain in Communication, and Professor Goldstein in Environmental Design, looking at building resilience after disaster.

    This image shows a graphic artist’s work summarizing a collaboration between Professors Liel, Dashti, and Javernick-Will, as well as Professor Palen in CS, Professor Sprain in Communication, and Professor Goldstein in Environmental Design, looking at building resilience after disaster.

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