Chair professor, University of Michigan


B. S. Mechanical Engineering, B. A. Economics, Brown University 1977
M. S. Mechanical Engineering Brown University 1978
Ph. D. Solid and Structural Mechanics Brown University 1981


Design, processing and characterization of smart fiber reinforced cementitious composites, for protective and sustainable built environments. My research group engages in interdisciplinary research linking industrial ecology and structural health monitoring with bio-inspired materials design to enhance harmony between the built and the natural environment.


  • –present
    Collegiate Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
  • 1993–2005
    Professor, University of Michigan
  • 1990–1993
    Associate professor, University of Michigan
  • 1985–1989
    Associate professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1983–1985
    Chair Assistant professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1981–1983
    Assistant Professor of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • 1982 
    Brown University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1978 
    Brown University, Masters of Science
  • 1977 
    Brown University, Bachelors of Arts in Economics
  • 1977 
    Brown University, Bachelors of Science, Magna Cum Laude


Doctor technics honoris causa, Tech. U. Denmark, Denmark; Fellow, ASCE, ASME, ACI, WIF