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Tonatiuh Rodriguez-NiklCivil Engineering
Last Updated: April 2, 2013
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Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. He started at CSULA in 2011. Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl's focus is in Structural Engineering, which involves the analysis and design of structures such as buildings and bridges. He is a registered civil engineer in California, and is active in the American Concrete Institute and the Structural Engineering Institute.
Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl teaches a variety of courses in structural engineering, both in analysis and design. He believes students need a strong understanding of the underlying theory, but that this theory must be placed in the context of practical design problems. His teaching style, especially at the lower levels, requires active participation by students in problem-solving exercises and discussion.
Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl's work is heavily influenced by a desire for a sustainable infrastructure. His main interest is developing knowledge and methods that will enable the structural design community to build and maintain a resilient infrastructure. He is interested in a multi-hazard approach but is focused on performance-based design of earthquake-resistant structures, using a combination of full-scale laboratory testing, mathematical modeling of physical phenomena, and probabilistic methods.
Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl is also interested in systems thinking and decision making. Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl has significant prior experience in full-scale laboratory testing of structures (including the design and development of a full-scale testing facility), blast-resistance of structural elements, and the use of advanced composites in infrastructure.
|Rodriguez-Nikl and C.B. Brown (2012), "A systems approach to civil engineering decisions'', J. of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 138(4), 257-261.||2012|
|Rodriguez-Nikl, J. Christiansen, and K. Walters (2012), "Reliability-Based Life Cycle Assessment of Green Concrete Structures'', Recent Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues, SP-289, ACI, Farmington Hills, MI.||2012|
|Rodriguez-Nikl, C.S. Lee, G. Hegemier, and F. Seible (2012), "Experimental Performance of Concrete Columns with Composite Jackets under Blast Loading'', J. Structural Engineering 138(1), 81-89||2012|
|Rodriguez-Nikl and C.B. Brown (2011), "Sustainability: Complexity, Regulations, Decisions'', Vulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk: Analysis, Modeling, and Management: Proc. ICVRAM 2011 and ISUMA 2011 Conferences, Bilal M. Ayyub, Ed. ASCE, Reston, VA.||2011|
|Rodriguez-Nikl, G. Hegemier, and F. Seible (2011), "Blast Simulator Testing of Structures: Methodology and Validation'', Shock and Vibration 18(4), 579--592||2011|
PhD Structural Engineering 2006
- UC San Diego
San Diego, CA
MS Civil Engineering 1998
- UC Berkeley
BS Civil Engineering 1997
- UC Berkeley
|Course||Course Title||Day & Time||Room||Quarter|
|CE 360||Structural Mechanics I||MW 16:20-18:00||ET A331||S13|
|CE 461||Design of Steel Structs.||MW 18:10-19:50||ET C154||S13|
|CE 554||Blast Loading of Structs.||TR 16:20-18:00||ET B108||S13|
|CE 201||Statics||MW 14:30-11:30||ET A331||W13|
|CE 280||Numerical Methods I||TR 11:00-13:00||ET C254||W13|
|CE 360||Structural Mechanics I||TR 9:00-10:40||FA 246||W13|
|CE 201||Statics||TTh 14:30-16:10||SH C238||F12|
|CE 360||Structural Mechanics I||MW 14:30-16:10||SH C242||F12|
|CE 460||Structural Mechanics II||MW 18:10-19:50||KH B3008||F12|
Other courses taught previously at CSULA: Structural Dynamics (CE 565)
Other courses taught elsewhere: FRPs in Civil Structures, Senior Design (Structures), Freshman Computing & Problem Solving