Associate Faculty — Ph.D. 1986, University of Illinois
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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.
- Structural engineering
- Design and behavior of reinforced concrete structures
- Earthquake engineering
- Evaluation of existing structures