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The mission of the Structural Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin is excellence in structural engineering education, research, and professional service.

Our program educates students to assume leadership positions in engineering practice, research and education. Our program also seeks to advance the state of the art and practice in structural engineering through fundamental and applied research at the frontiers of knowledge.

The Structural Engineering program within the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering is among the most highly recognized programs in the U.S. Currently there are 10 full time faculty and approximately 100 graduate students in Structural Engineering. The program emphasizes a one-to-one relationship between faculty and students both in the classroom and in research.

Research and teaching in Structural Engineering addresses a very broad range of topics related to buildings, bridges, large-scale industrial facilities, and many other types of structures. A major area of emphasis is the behavior, analysis and design of reinforced and prestressed concrete, steel, masonry and wood structures.

Current research in Structural Engineering is directed at developing innovative new concepts that can be applied to new structures and for extending the life of existing structures. Research is also addressing the performance of structures under extreme loads including wind, earthquake, fire and blast. Work is also on-going in modeling the dynamic response of structures, progressive collapse, and the development of sensors for civil infrastructure and structural health monitoring.


On the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin, the Structural Engineering faculty is housed on the 4th floor of Ernest Cockrell Junior (ECJ) Hall, which is the home of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Most classes in Structural Engineering are taught in ECJ or in surrounding buildings.

Research in structural engineering is conducted at the Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory, located on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. The Ferguson Laboratory is one of the largest and most active structural engineering laboratories in the U.S. The laboratory includes strong floors and a reaction wall with a wide range of loading equipment enabling large-scale studies of structural behavior. A comprehensive range of hydraulic actuators, pumps, and closed-loop loading systems permit application of static, dynamic, and fatigue loads. Significant computing resources are available for computational simulations.