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Professor Symans' general field of research is structural earthquake engineering with a primary emphasis on the development of advanced seismic protection systems for application to building and bridge structures. In addition, he has investigated methods of analysis for evaluating the seismic performance of structures, methods for identifying the dynamic properties of structural systems, and approaches for predicting the seismic performance of buried lifelines. The overarching goal in all of his research is to improve the performance of the built infrastructure such that losses are reduced in future earthquakes. The majority of Professor Symans' research is conducted within the Rensselaer School of Engineering Center for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (CEES).

Dr. Michael D. Symans
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., University at Buffalo Civil Engineering
M.S., University at Buffalo Civil Engineering
B.S., University at Buffalo Civil Engineering
Title Sponsor(s)
Development of Software for Analysis of Traffic Signal Support Structures New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)