Jian Zhang

Jian Zhang

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Department Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs

5731G Boelter Hall

Email:
Phone: (310) 825-7986
Fax: (310) 206-2222

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RESEARCH AND INTERESTS
My research interests are earthquake engineering, structure dynamics and mechanics, with an emphasis on the modeling, analysis and protection of structural systems under seismic excitations. The main goals of my research are to understand the seismic performance of bridges and buildings by experiments and model-based simulations; to develop seismic response models and analysis procedures validated by measurements from instrumented structures; to improve the structural performance and mitigate earthquake hazards by using innovative devices, systems and technologies. I have worked on various research topics that dealt with seismic response of structures and their foundations. My recent research activities include seismic response analysis of highway bridges, development of advanced simulation tools for soil-structure interaction analysis, seismic protection of highway bridges using passive energy dissipation devices, numerical and experimental investigation of complex shear wall behavior, rocking response and overturning of rigid bodies (non-structural components) under seismic excitation, and time-domain visco-elastic analysis of earth structures.
PUBLICATIONS
EDUCATION
  • Ph.D., (2002), University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., (1997), University of California, Berkeley
  • M.E., (1994), Southeast University, China
  • B.E., (1991), Nanjing Tech University, China
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  • Global Exchange Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Nanjing Tech University, 2017
  • ASCE Professor of The Year, UCLA, 2013
  • Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA, 2009
  • JSPS Short-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2003, Japan Society for The Promotion of Science

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