Jerome F. Hajjar

CDM Smith Professor and Chair,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Marine and Environmental Sciences

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Office

  • 400 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.3242

Research Focus

Steel and composite steel/concrete structures; earthquake engineering; structural stability; large-scale experimental testing of structures; regional simulation

Education

  • PhD, Structural Engineering, Cornell University, 1988
  • MS, Structural Engineering, Cornell University, 1985
  • BS, Engineering Mechanics, Yale University, 1982

Licensure

  • Professional Engineer: Illinois, Minnesota

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Steel Construction
  • 2018 Robert D. Klein Lectureship Award
  • 2016 ASCE Moisseiff Award
  • 2015 BSCES Clemens Herschel Award
  • 2013 SEI Fellow
  • 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award
  • 2009 ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award
  • 2007 ASCE Fellow
  • 2005 AISC T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award
  • 2004 AISC Special Achievement Award
  • 2003 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize
  • 2000 ASCE Norman Medal

Professional Affiliations

  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • Association for International Cooperation and Research in Steel-Concrete Composite Structures
  • Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • European Association for Earthquake Engineering
  • International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
  • Research Council on Structural Connections
  • Structural Stability Research Council

Research Overview

Steel and composite steel/concrete structures; earthquake engineering; structural stability; large-scale experimental testing of structures; regional simulation

Inside look at the STReSS Lab.

Laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems

The double-height STReSS Lab features a 2,000 square-foot, reinforced concrete strong floor to enable full-scale testing of buildings, bridges, and other structures to failure. The strong floor includes a grid of 416 tie-down anchors, each capable of withstanding 200,000 pounds of force.

STReSS Laboratory

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Y. Yan and J.F. Hajjar, Automated Extraction of Structural Elements in Steel Girder Bridges from Laser Point Clouds, Automation in Construction, 125, 2021, 103582
  • K. Peterman, J. Kordas, M.D. Webster, J.A. D’Aloisio, and J.F. Hajjar, Structural Performance of Steel Shelf Angles with Thermally-Improved Detailing, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 146(10), October 2020, 04020218
  • L. Wang, M.D. Webster, J.F. Hajjar, Design for Deconstruction Using Sustainable Composite Beams with Precast Concrete Planks and Clamping Connectors, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 146(8), August 2020, 04020158-1
  • R. Zhang, J.F. Hajjar, H. Sun, A Machine Learning Approach for Sequence Clustering with Applications to Ground Motion Selection, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 146(6), June 2020, 04020040
  • V.V. Saykin, T.H. Nguyen, J.F. Hajjar, D. Deniz, J. Song The Effect of Triaxiality on Finite Element Deletion Strategies for Simulating Fracture in Steel Structures, Engineering Structures, 210, May 2020, 110364
  • D. Deniz, J. Song, J.F. Hajjar, Energy-Based Sidesway Collapse Fragilities for Ductile Structural Frames Under Earthquake Loadings, Engineering Structures, 174, 1 November 2018, 282-294
  • S.T. Hallowell, A.T. Myers, S.R. Arwade, W. Pang, P. Rawal, E. Hines, J.F. Hajjar, C. Qiao, V. Valamanesh, K. Wei, W. Carswell, and C. Fontana, Hurricane Risk Assessment of Offshore Wind Turbines, Renewable Energy, 125, 2018, 234-249
portraits of Missy Muilenburg, BS Environmental Engineering ‘21, Natasha Leipziger Mundis, BS/MS Civil Engineering ’21, and Ryan Kloiber, BS Civil Engineering ’21

Undergraduate

Jul 01, 2021

CEE Students Win 2021 NUCEAO Awards

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and alumni recognized three students for the 2021 NUCEAO Award: Missy Muilenburg, BS Environmental Engineering ‘21, Natasha Leipziger Mundis, BS/MS Civil Engineering ’21, and Ryan Kloiber, BS Civil Engineering ’21.

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In the Media

Jun 14, 2021

Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative Improves Seismic Design Tools

CEE Professor and Chair Jerome Hajjar was featured in the Engineering News-Record article “Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative Improves Seismic Design Tools” as being part of a new team of steel structure researchers.

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Alumni

Mar 09, 2021

Broad Experience Made the Difference

Aravind Uthaman, ME’19, civil engineering, was crawling on his hands and knees for more than 300 feet into a water conduit tunnel. It was certainly not a position he expected to be in when graduated in 2019 with a master’s degree in structural engineering. But then again, Northeastern students pride themselves on being able to […]

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Alumni

Feb 18, 2021

Alumni Highlight: A Generous Gift Establishes a New Fund

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is pleased to announce that an anonymous alumnus has established the CEE Faculty Seed Research Fund with a leadership gift in the hope of inspiring other alumni to contribute in support of the research of the CEE faculty. The annual income from the fund will support innovative and groundbreaking research […]

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Faculty

Feb 03, 2021

Hajjar Receives AISC Lifetime Achievement Award

CEE Professor and Chair Jerome Hajjar received the American Institute of Steel Construction’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on AISC and the structural industry as a whole.

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Faculty

Sep 21, 2020

Civil and Environmental Engineering Solutions to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and its Industrial Advisory Board held a series of panel discussions entitled “Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) solutions addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Hao Sun, Yanzhi Wang, and Jerome Hajjar

Faculty

Apr 03, 2020

Applying Deep Learning and Physics Modeling to Structures Subjected to Earthquakes

CEE Assistant Professor Hao Sun, ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, and CEE Professor & Chair Jerome Hajjar were awarded a $600K NSF grant for “Physics-Reinforced Deep Learning for Structural Metamodeling.”

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Student Groups

Jan 31, 2020

NGSEA wins Graduate Student Chapter of the Year

The Northeastern Graduate Structural Engineering Association (NGSEA) was selected by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Local Activities Division as the Graduate Student Chapter of the Year.

Jan 13, 2020

SEI President Glenn Bell Talks the Future of Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering Institute’s new president, Glenn Bell, recently visited Northeastern to deliver a seminar on his future vision for structural engineering.

Faculty

Jan 03, 2020

TSEC 15: Integrating Sustainability and Resilience into Structural Engineering

CEE Professor and Chair Jerome Hajjar was featured in the Engineering Management Institute’s podcast “TSEC 15: Integrating Sustainability and Resilience into Structural Engineering” in which he talked about how we can integrate sustainability and resilience into structural engineering.

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