Our diverse group representing six countries across three continents conducts research on sustainable, durable construction materials, their application to structures and construction, and their impact on wellbeing when incorporated into building design. We are exploring damage-tolerant, high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composite materials, bio-based fiber-reinforced polymeric composites that have a closed loop life-cycle, and pervious concretes that can support plant growth. Additional research includes performance-based durability engineering with emphasis on predicting scour of bridge substructures. 

Recent News

Feb 26-Mar 1, 2018 Sarah attended the EURO-C 2018 conference in Bad Hofgastein, Austria, and delivered a talk titled " Simulation of Reinforced Ductile Cement-based Composites under Cyclic Load," from a paper co-authored with Yi Xiao, Dr. Tim Frank, Prof. Matt Bandelt, and Dr. Daniel Moreno. Fomer students Professors Matt Bandelt and Tong Seok-Han also presented their work at the conference.

Jan 31, 2018 Post-doctoral scholar Hai Haham and Sarah delivered a talk titled "Bio-based Compoistes and Foams for Building Applications," to the Sustainable Adhesives from Biomass Workshop hosted by Dr. Ellie Fini at North Carolina A&T State University.

Jan 21, 2018 Sarah gave a seminar titled "Design and Behavior of Reinforced Strain-hardening Cement-based Composites under Cyclic Loading," at UC Davis in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in their Structures Group seminar series where she visited with former student Professor Sabbie Miller.

Oct 12, 2017 Sarah was reappointed the Milligan Family Fellow in Undergraduate Education through the VPUE's Bass Fellows program. 
Sept 18-10, 2017 Sarah delivered a keynote lecture at the SHCC-4 Workshop in Dresden, Germany titled "Design and Behavior of R/SHCC subjected to Cyclic and Seismic Loading."