Contact Information

Dr. Mervyn Kowalsky


(919) 515 - 72 61

Office: 400 Mann Hall (Map)

Welcome to my website - I am the Christopher W. Clark Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. I have been fortunate to work with many excellent students and colleagues, and together our research largely focuses on the seismic behavior of structures. We have received funding for our research from the Alaska, California, and North Carolina Departments of Transportation, the Alaska University Transportation Center, the National Science Foundation, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and several industrial organizations. Our students conduct their research at the Constructed Facilities Lab on Centennial Campus, using several of the unique facilities at the lab, including a shake table, environmental chamber, and soil-structure interaction pit. Their research often involves non-linear dynamic analysis and aims to achieve practical solutions to problems facing the earthquake engineering community. Please use this site to explore our current research activities, publications, and lab news. Short bios of current students, as well as information on research opportunities may be found via the navigation bar at the left, while below is a summary of my education and professional experience. Thanks for visiting!

Education (Degrees, Dates, Institutions, Locations):

  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego          1997
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego            1994
  • B.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego             1993

Professional Experience (Titles, Organizations, Locations, Dates of Employment)

  • Professor, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University                    2009-present
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University    2004-2009
  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University    1998-2004
  • Lecturer, ROSE School, IUSS Pavia, Pavia, Italy                                          2004-present
  • Post-Doctoral Research Engineer, University of California, San Diego       1997-1998
  • Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, San Diego            1994-1997
  • Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego                            1993-1994
  • Research Aide, Powel Structures Lab, UCSD                                             1993
  • Engineering Intern, Travis, Verdugo, Curry and Assoc., San Diego           1993

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)                  1995-Present 
    • Committee 213 Lightweight Concrete         1995-Present
      • Committee 374 Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering 1999-2013
      • Committee 341 Seismic Design of Bridges 2005-Present
    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)          1991-2009
    • Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Corresponding Member          2001-2004
    • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)          1994-Present
    • Federacion Internationale du Beton Commission 7 (Member)  2002-Present
      • Displacement-based design working group (Member) 1999-2007
    • Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) (Associate Member)   1999-2007
      • Seismic Design (Secretary and Sub-committee member) 2002-2007
      • Pre-stressed Masonry (Sub-committee member) 1999-2001
      • Flexure (Sub-committee member)         2002-2007
    • New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering         1999-2005
    • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)         1993-Present
      • Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Sub-Committee  1996-2006
    • The Masonry Society (TMS)                 1999-2007
    • TRB AFF-50 Committee on Seismic Design of Bridges  2012-Present
    • Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)                  2005-2009
      • Seismic Committee                 2005-2009

    Journal Paper Awards

    2014: ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering Best Paper award for the 2009-2010 issues of the Journal for the paper: “Seismic Behavior of Flexural Dominated Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns at Low Temperatures”. ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. Vol. 23 #1, pp18-42, March, 2009.

    2002: ACI (American Concrete Institute) Structural Research Award Award given at the April, 2002 ACI Convention for top paper in the ACI Structural Engineering Journal for the year 2000. The paper which received this award is titled: "Dynamic Behavior of Lightweight Concrete Bridges".