Associate Professor and Director of Civil Engineering Graduate Programs
Dr. Keith Kowalkowski received his Ph.D in Structural Engineering from Purdue University and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. His specialization is in structural engineering with an emphasis in steel design, analysis, fire design, and finite element applications. From December of 2005 to August 2010, Dr. Kowalkowski worked for Ruby and Associates specializing in steel member and connection design, finite element applications in structural engineering, erection engineering, value engineering, and constructability related issues.
Dr. Kowalkowski has worked on a number of research projects since joining Lawrence Tech in 2010. Topics include but are not limited to; experimental behavior and analysis of structural steel connection elements exposed to fire conditions, influence of heat cambering on the residual stresses that develop in steel beams, the evaluation of three-dimensional mechanical properties of composite materials used for military purposes, effects of extreme environmental effects on the integrity of composite armor materials, and the flammability, smoke, and toxicity properties of materials used in army ground vehicles. The latter resulted in the development of a guideline used by the US army for the measurement and adequacy of FST properties of materials used in military ground vehicles. He was responsible for directing and building the Fire Testing Facility at Lawrence Tech.
Dr. Kowalkowski's research interests include steel connection design, fatigue and fracture behavior of structural steel connections and components, erection engineering, effects of heat treatments on the structural properties, serviceability, and load capacities of steel beam bridges, and the design, behavior, and analysis of structures subjected to fire, seismic, and blast loading. He is a member of ASCE, ACI, AISC, PCI, and SEAMi.
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