Professor Billington's group conducts research on sustainable, durable construction materials and their application to structures and construction. Two current areas of focus are damage-tolerant, high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composite materials, and bio-based fiber-reinforced polymeric composites that have a closed loop life-cycle. Additional research in her group includes performance-based durability engineering with emphasis on corrosion in structural concrete infrastructure as well as scour of bridge substructures.  In collaboration with the Designing Education Lab at Stanford she conducts research on the impact of web-based activities on student achievement and self-efficacy in introductory mechanics.


Recent News

July 26, 2015 Tim Frank was selected for and is attending a week-long workshop on High-Performance Fibre-Reinforced Cement-Based Composites (HPFRCC) For Future Infrastructure as a part of the Summer of Excellence 2015 program at TU Dresden in Germany.

June 23, 2015 On to new adventures! Matt Bandelt, Peggy Boylan-Ashraf, and Madeleine Flint are all moving on to academic jobs this summer.  Matt will be joining the faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Peggy will begin a position at San Jose State University and Madeleine will join the faculty at Virgina Tech.

June 18, 2015 Matt Bandelt gave a talk at the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) held at Stanford titled "Simulation of reinforcement fracture in reinforced high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites flexural members."

June 15, 2015 Peggy Boylan-Ashraf presented her research paper titled "Using online and hands-on activities to improve self-efficacy in mechanics," at the 122nd annual convention of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) held in Seattle, WA.

June 1-3, 2015 Tim Frank & Matt Bandelt each gave a presentation on their research at the 7th International Symposium on High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites (HPFRCC-7) held in Stuttgart, Germany.

April 23, 2015 Sarah Billington presented recent group research on lignin-based adhesives for wood and composites on at the ASCE Structures Congress in Portland, chaired by former group member Prof. Wil Srubar.

March 9, 2015 Sarah Billington gave a seminar titled "Engineering Rapidly Renewable Composites for the Building Industry," at UC Berkeley in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in their SEMM Seminar series.

March 6, 2015 Sarah Billington led a panel on Rapidly Renewable Materials at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment annual retreat with guests Bridgett Luther (CEO, Cradle-to-Cradle Product Institute) and Dr. Molly Morse (CEO, Mango Materials).