|Office Hours (Fall 2013)|
Tonatiuh Rodriguez-NiklCivil Engineering
Last Updated: Oct 8, 2013
Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl's area of study is Structural Engineering, which involves the analysis and design of structures such as buildings and bridges. He teaches classes in structural analysis and design. His research is in the areas of sustainability & disaster resilience and blast loading & progressive collapse. Prof. Rodriguez-Nikl 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 requires active participation by students in problem-solving exercises and discussion.
Resilience and Sustianbility: By developing appropriate knowledge and methods, the Rodriguez Research Group aids the structural design community in building and maintaning a resilient and sustainable built environment. Our focus is on performance-based design of earthquake-resistant structures, using a combination of full-scale laboratory testing, mathematical modeling of physical phenomena, and probabilistic methods.
Blast Loading and Progressive Collapse: The Rodriguez Reseach Group investigates the response of structures to blast and impact loading. Previous work includes laboratory testing and computer-based analysis of concrete strucures retrofitted with advanced composite materials. Current work includes high-fidelity physics simulations (LS-DYNA) of impact on advanced concrete materials.
|Rodriguez-Nikl, M. Comber, S. Foo, S. Gimbert Carter, P. Koklanos, L. Lemay, L. Maclise, M. VanGeem, and M. Webster (2013). "Disaster Resilience and Sustainability", SEI Sustainability Committee; Disaster Resilience Working Group, October 2013, ASCE.||2013|
|Rodriguez-Nikl, R. Gupta, A. Kramer, A. Sinha (2013). "Seismic Laboratory Testing of Energy-Efficient, Staggered-Stud, Wood-Framed Shear Walls", J. Structural Engineering, accepted for publication.||2013|
|Webster, M.D., H. Meryman, A. Slivers, Rodriguez-Nikl, L. Lemay, K. Simonen, H. Trivedi, L. Maclise, D. Kestner, K. Bland, W. Lee and . Lorenz (2012). "Structure and Carbon - How Materials Affect the Climate", SEI Sustainability Committee; Carbon Working Group, November.||2012|
|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, 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, Berkeley, CA
BS Civil Engineering 1997, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
COURSE LISTING (last three quarters)
|Course||Course Title||Day & Time||Room||Quarter|
|CE 360||Structural Mechanics I||MW 14:30-16:10||ET B12||F13|
|CE 460||Structural Mechanics II||TR 13:30-15:10||KH C4077||F13|
|CE 565||Structural Dynamics||MW 18:10-19:50||KH B1019||F13|
|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|
Other courses taught elsewhere: FRPs in Civil Structures, Senior Design (Structures), Freshman Computing & Problem Solving