Principal Investigator

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University and a registered professional engineer in the state of California. Prior to joining Northeastern, Andrew worked for two years at AIR Worldwide in San Francisco, where he consulted on site-specific natural catastrophe risk assessments.

He received his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) at Stanford University and his B.S. (2004) from Johns Hopkins University; all three degrees are in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on Structural Engineering. His interests include multi-scale experimental testing of structures, computational mechanics-based simulation, probabilistic modeling of structural and natural systems, home renovations and CrossFit.

Current Ph.D. Students

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Fariborz Mirzaie

Fariborz received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2012 and 2014. His area of research is probabilistic modeling and simulation of geometric imperfections of spirally welded wind turbine towers. When he is not doing research, he mostly enjoys traveling and spending time with his friends.

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Chi Qiao

Chi was born in Shanghai, China, where he became interested in structural analysis and design. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, majoring in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. He is now pursuing his PhD degree at Northeastern University. He loves swimming, making model kits and cooking.


Andrew Summerfield

Andrew is from Yonkers, New York. In 2013, he graduated from Tufts University with a BS in civil engineering and began work as a structural engineer at a consulting firm in Boston. For the next three years, he spent his time inspecting and rating bridges in the Greater Boston Area. He is now a PhD student, working on hazard modeling for offshore wind turbines. Andrew enjoys reading, listening to music, and performing on alto saxophone with his 10-piece R&B/soul band. Among his favorite literary and musical artists are Toni Morrison, Junot Díaz, Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove, and D’Angelo.



Angelina Jay

Angelina Jay defended her thesis titled “Experimental Investigation of the Local Buckling and Fatigue Behavior of Slender and Tapered Spirally Welded Steel Tubes to Enable Taller Wind Towers” in April 2017 and starts as an Associate at Exponent in NYC in the summer.


Spencer Hallowell

Spencer defended his thesis titled “A Framework to Assess Hurricane Risk to Offshore Wind Turbines including Breaking Waves” in July 2016 and has since started an appointment as a post-doc at UMASS-Amherst.


Kai Wei

Kai finished his post-doctoral appointment in June 2016 and is now an Associate Professor of Bridge Engineering at Southwest Jiaotong University.

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Vahid Valamanesh

Vahid defended his thesis titled “Probabilistic Hazard Analysis of Extreme Environmental Conditions for Offshore Wind Turbines” in September 2015 and now works at RMS: Risk Management Solutions in Newark, CA.

Collaborating Professors


Sanjay Arwade
Associate Professor
UMass Amherst


Jack Baker
Associate Professor


Steve Cranford
Assistant Professor


Greg Deierlein


Jerry Hajjar
Professor and Chair


Eric Hines
Professor of Practice


Amit Kanvinde
Professor and Chair
UC Davis


Weichiang Pang
Associate Professor


Ben Schafer
Johns Hopkins

Collaborating Organizations

Keystone Tower Systems