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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Sharon Wood

Associate Faculty Ph.D. 1986, University of Illinois




Dr. Sharon L. Wood earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1986. She joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1996.

Dr. Wood studies the behavior of reinforced concrete structures. She has investigated the response of various types of buildings following the 1985 Chile, 1994 Northridge, and 1999 Turkey earthquakes. The goal of Wood’s research is to reduce the likelihood of building collapse in future earthquakes. Currently, she is investigating the influence of soil-foundation-structure interaction on seismic bridge response and developing innovative sensors for detecting damage in civil engineering infrastructure.

Research Interests:

  • Structural engineering
  • Design and behavior of reinforced concrete structures
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Evaluation of existing structures
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