placeholder image
  • Contact Info
Publications in VIVO

Liel, Abbie B. Professor and Clark Faculty Fellow


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Dr. Liel's research program develops and applies novel methods for structural engineering design and assessment to improve the safety and sustainability of structures under extreme loads. Dr. Liel's research team creates complex nonlinear models of structural behavior in response to earthquake, snow and other loads to quantify the risk of collapse, damage or other outcomes of interest. These assessments result in probabilistic metrics of structural performance that provide the foundation for the development of innovative methods to identify vulnerable construction types or communities and to evaluate or improve design and mitigation strategies. Three central ongoing areas of research are: 1) collapse risk and retrofit strategies for older potentially dangerous concrete buildings, 2) effects of liquefaction on building structures and tradeoffs associated with mitigation and 3) effects of induced earthquakes on buildings and infrastructure.


  • earthquake engineering, snow engineering, natural hazards risk assessment, structural engineering for developing communities


selected publications


courses taught

  • CVEN 4555 - Reinforced Concrete Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Applies basic principles of structural engineering and mechanics to the design of reinforced concrete structures, including design of beams, columns, slabs, and footings; continuous beams and frames; cast-in-place buildings.
  • CVEN 5835 - Special Topics for Seniors/Grads
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours. Department consent required.
  • CVEN 6595 - Earthquake Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Analyzes and designs structures for earthquake load covering: properties of earthquake ground motions, ground motion prediction equations, seismic hazard analysis, response spectra, response of linear and nonlinear structures, construction of design spectra, seismic design methods, and building code requirements.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.


awards and honors

International Activities

Other Profiles