Stephen P. PessikiStephen P. Pessiki

Professor
Structural Engineering

Fritz Engineering Laboratory
Room 303
13 E. Packer Ave.
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3176, USA

P:  (610) 758-3494
Email: pessiki@lehigh.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

• Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1990
• M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1986 
• B.S., Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 1984

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Pessiki’s research interests include the behavior and design of structures;  earthquake engineering; fire effects on steel, concrete and masonry structures; innovative structural materials and systems; and non-destructive evaluation of materials and structures. He has  worked on numerous funded research and laboratory experiment projects. His findings have been published in dozens of conference proceedings and journal publications, in addition to book chapters and technical reports.

Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Pessiki worked as a structural engineer for the architectural firm Kling-Lindquist Inc., which has since evolved into Kling Stubbins.

Dr. Pessiki is a member of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), which awarded him the Leslie Martin Award of Merit in 2006. PCI named Pessiki a Fellow and a Distinguished Educator. He is also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. Other honors and awards include Lehigh teaching and service recognition as well as Drexel University’s Distinguished Alumni Lectureship, a fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, honorary membership in the Brazilian Society of Structural Engineers, and a best paper award from the ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering.

In addition to the organizations named above, Dr. Pessiki is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and The Masonry Society. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon.

Teaching and Service

Dr. Pessiki has experience from a variety of prestigious schools, including Purdue University, where he was a visiting professor; Cornell University, where he served as a post-doctoral associate and research assistant; and Syracuse University, where he also was a visiting assistant professor .

From 2005-2011 Dr. Pessiki served as chair of Lehigh’s department of civil and environmental engineering. He currently serves as a senior faculty adviser in Lehigh’s Office of International Affairs.

Selected Publications

Okasha, N., Pessiki, S., “Restraint Mechanisms in Precast Concrete Double Tee Floor Systems Subjected to Fire Loading,” submitted to PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 2011.

Braxtan, N.L., Pessiki, S., “Post-Earthquake Fire Performance of Sprayed Fire Resistive Material on Steel Moment Frames,” Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 137, No. 9, September 2011, pp. 946-953.

Braxtan, N.L., Pessiki, S., “Bond Performance of SFRM on Steel Plates Subjected to Tensile Yielding,” Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, Vol. 21, No. 1, February 2011, pp. 37-55.

Trautner, C., McGinnis, M., Pessiki, S., “Application of the Incremental Core Drilling Method to Determine In-Situ Stresses in Concrete,” Materials Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 108, No. 3, May-June 2011, pp. 290-299.

Trautner, C., McGinnis, M., Pessiki, S., “Analytical and Numerical Development of the Incremental Core Drilling Method of Non-Destructive Determination of In-Situ Stresses in Concrete Structures,” Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, Vol. 45, No. 8, 2010, pp. 647-658.

Naito, C.J., Sause, R., Hodgson, I., Pessiki, S., and Macioce, T., “Forensic Examination of a Non-Composite Adjacent Precast Prestressed Concrete Box Beam Bridge,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol.15, No.4, July-August 2010, pp. 408-418.

Lee, B.J., Pessiki, S., “Revised Zone Method R-value Calculation for Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels Containing Metal Wythe Connectors,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 53, No. 5, September-October 2008, pp. 86-100.

Lee, B.J., Pessiki, S., “Experimental Evaluation of Precast Prestressed Concrete Three-Wythe Sandwich Wall Panels,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 53, No. 2, March-April 2008, pp. 95-115.

Lee, B.J., Pessiki, S., “Design and Analysis of Precast Prestressed Concrete Three-Wythe Sandwich Wall Panels,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 52, No. 4, July-August 2007, pp. 70-83.

Perez, F. J., Sause, R., and Pessiki, S., “Analytical and Experimental Lateral Load Behavior of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Walls,” Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineering, Vol. 133 No. 11, pp. 1531-1540, November 2007.

McGinnis, M.J., Pessiki, S., “Differential Shrinkage Effects in the Core-Drilling Method,” Magazine of Concrete Research, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 155-164, 2007.

McGinnis, M.J., Pessiki, S., “Water Induced Swelling Displacements in the Core-Drilling Method,” ACI Materials Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, pp. 13-22, 2007.

Ozevin, D., Greve, D.W., Oppenheim, I.J., Pessiki, S., “Resonant Capacitive MEMS Acoustic Emission Transducers,” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 15, 2006, pp. 1863-1871.

Thompson, J., Pessiki, S., “Experimental Investigation of Precast, Prestressed Inverted Tee Girders with Large Web Openings,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 51, No. 6, November-December 2006, pp. 32-47.

Harries, K.A., Ricles, J.M., Pessiki, S., Sause, R., “Seismic Retrofit of Lap-Splices in Non-Ductile Columns Using CFRP Jackets,” Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 103, No. 6, November-December 2006, pp. 874-884.

Lee, B.J., Pessiki, S., “Thermal Performance Evaluation of Precast Concrete Three-Wythe Sandwich Wall Panels,” Energy and Buildings, Vol. 38, Issue 8, August 2006, pp. 1006-1014.

McGinnis, M., Pessiki, S., Turker, H., “Digital Image Correlation Applied to Nondestructive Evaluation of In-situ Stresses in Concrete,” Experimental Mechanics, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2005, pp. 359-367.

Sause, R., Harries, K.A., Walkup, S., Pessiki, S., Ricles, J.M., “Flexural Behavior of Concrete Columns Retrofitted with CFRP Jackets,” Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute. Vol. 101, No. 5, September-October 2004, pp. 708-716.

Lee, B.J., Pessiki, S., “Analytical Investigation of the Thermal Performance of Precast Concrete Three-Wythe Sandwich Wall Panels,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 49, No. 4, July-August 2004, pp. 88-101.

Perez, F.J., Pessiki, S., Sause, R., “Lateral Load Behavior of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Walls with Vertical Joint Connections,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 49, No. 2, March-April 2004, pp. 48-63.

Perez, F.J., Pessiki, S., Sause, R., “Seismic Design of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Walls with Vertical Joint Connections,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 49, No. 1, January-February 2004, pp. 58-79.

Perez, F.J., Pessiki, S., Sause, R., Lu, L-W., “Lateral Load Tests of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Walls,” Large Scale-Scale Structural Testing, Edited by M. A. Issa and Y. L. Mo, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich., 2003, pp. 161-183.

Pessiki, S., Mlynarczyk, A., “Experimental Evaluation of the Composite Behavior of Precast Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 48, No. 2, March-April 2003, pp. 54-71.

Kurama, Y., Sause, R., Pessiki, S., Lu, L.W., “Seismic Response Evaluation of Unbonded Post-tensioned Precast Concrete Walls,” Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 99, No. 5, September-October 2002, pp. 641-651.

Pessiki, S., Graybeal, B., Mudlock, M., “Proposed Design of High Strength Spiral Reinforcement in Compression Members,” Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 98, No. 6, November-December 2001, pp. 799-810.

Pessiki, S., Harries, K.A., Kestner, J.T., Sause, R., Ricles, J.M., “Axial Behavior of Concrete Confined with Fiber Reinforced Composite Jackets,” Journal of Composites in Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2001, pp. 237-245.

Pessiki, S., Graybeal, B.A., “Axial Load Tests of Concrete Compression Members with High Strength Spiral Reinforcement,” PCI Journal, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 45, No. 2, March-April 2000, pp. 64-80.

El-Sheikh, M.T., Pessiki, S., Sause, R., Lu, L.W., “Moment-Rotation Behavior of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Beam-Column Connections,” Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 97, No. 1, January-February 2000, pp. 122-131.


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