Welcome to the web site for Dr. Andre Barbosa's research group. The group focuses on the development of experimental testing programs and numerical tools and techniques geared towards improving structural performance and resilience of the built environment to multiple hazards.  Studied within the group are earthquakes, fire, and tsunami hazards. Structural materials which are addressed are reinforced concrete, timber, and steel. 

An updated CV is available for download here: PDF (Oct. 24, 2017)

Dr. Barbosa’s research interests include: 

  1. development and testing of innovative structural systems, 
  2. performance-based earthquake/fire/tsunami engineering, 
  3. multi-hazard reliability and risk-based engineering assessment and design, 
  4. high-performance and high-throughput computing.

Group News

Two-story building tested at UC San Diego

Chalmers, K., KGW News, Oregon (2017). “Tests show timber buildings do well in quakes”; URL: http://www.kgw.com/news/local/tests-show-timber-buildings-do-well-in-quakes/457471833 (accessed, 2017/7/31).

KTVZ News, Oregon (2017). “Test to see how special wood structures fare in quakes Cross- laminated timber to get seismic check.” URL: http://www.ktvz.com/news/test-to-see-how- special-wood-structures-fare-in-quakes/585971852 (accessed, 2017/7/31).

Barbosa receives industry award

DJC Staff (2017)Daily Journal of Commerce announces Barbosa as one of its Newsmakers for 2017.” Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon, January 23, 2017. https://goo.gl/MVV2aV (accessed, 2017/7/31).

“Framework building” tested at OSU

The Framework building in Portland will be one of the tallest wood buildings in the United States. Oregon State University is completing the testing on cross-laminated timber panels. Learn more: http://tallwoodinstitute.org

Barbosa and Higgins perform impactful industry testing

Testing done at Oregon State University featured in Engineering News Record and in The Economist: Dr. Barbosa and Dr. Christopher Higgins performed testing for SOM (funded by SLB), which has now been featured in several news venues. Here are a few links:

1. The Economist

2. Engineering News Record (ENR)

3. FastCoDesign

4. Archpaper.com 

5. Architect Magazine

41st IAHS WORLD CONGRESS - Sustainibility and Innovation for the Future, Albufeira, Portugal: Dr. Barbosa presented work on the NSF Rapid, with the title: Nonlinear Layered Modelling Approach for Cross Laminated Timber Panels Subjected to Out-of-plane Loading  · September 13 - 16, 2016

WCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering, Vienna, Austria: Vahid Mahdavifar presented part of his Ph.D. work with the title: Hysteretic Behaviour of Metal Connectors for Hybrid (high- and low-grade mixed species) Cross Laminated Timber · August 25 2016

EMI 2016 - Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference: Shafiq Alam presented his part of his Ph.D. work at the EMI 2016 conference with the title: Infill Strut Model Class Uncertainty of Seismic Response of Reinforced Concrete Masonry Infilled Frames · May 25 2016

10th Annual Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit - Clean Tech. - Washington's WISE Future, Tacoma, WA · May 28/29 2015

Dr. Barbosa presented on DESIGNING FOR RESILIENCE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST as a panel member on the Cascadia Region Earthquake Readiness Report at the 10th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit

American Society of Safety Engineers, Eugene, OR · May 19 2015

Dr. Barbosa gave a presentation on the Oregon Resilience Plan and Current Status of the Implementation Task Force at the Monthly Meeting of the Cascade Chapter of The American Society of Safety Engineers http://cascade.asse.org/events/?regevent_action=register&event_id=31

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Dec 12 2014 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

End of year group lunch, Dec. 2014. From left to right: Rajendra, Shafiq, myself, Andre, Matt, Vahid, Gabe, Paul, Cody, Luis, Feras (not in the picture Patrick and Drew) 

 · Oct 14 2014

Trejo, Barbosa, and Link just published a report on Seismic Performance of Columns using ASTM A706 Grade 80 rebar:

 · Sep 4 2014

Barbosa and Mason just published a guest opinion article in "The Oregonian." Link:

 · Aug 27 2013

Dr. Andre Barbosa presented a talk on “Modeling of frame structures in fire using OpenSees” at the OpenSees Days 2013 at the UC Berkeley (Richmond Field Station). This talk presents the basic capabilities of OpenSees in modeling steel structures in fire and it is based on recent extensions done to OpenSees by Dr. Asif Usmani and his group at the University of Edinburgh.  The slides and a video of the talk will be posted on the OpenSees Days 2013 website shortly (http://youtu.be/UEkvreoJojc).

 · 28 Sep 2013

Dr. Andre Barbosa was featured in a piece written by Nick Houtman posted a great story on “Oregon 9.0 When the next Big One comes, will we be ready?”. Among other researchers at Oregon State University,  via 

 · 10 Jun 2013

Congratulations to Yicheng Long for completing his M.S. thesis, Effect of subduction zone earthquakes on SDOF bridge models (http://hdl.handle.net/1957/40280). We wish him great success in his career in structural engineering!

 · 7 Jun 2013

Congratulations to Kyle Romney for completing his M.S. thesis, Soil-bridge interaction during long-duration earthquake motions (http://hdl.handle.net/1957/40475). Kyle leaves us to join Parsons Brinckerhoff as a Geotechnical Engineer. The Group wishes him and his beautiful family great happiness and success in his adventure in the engineering world!

© Andre Barbosa 2015