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Jerome F. Hajjar

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


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Research Focus

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


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


  • Professional Engineer: Illinois, Minnesota

Honors & Awards

  • 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

Selected Research Projects

  • CRISP Type 2: Identification and Control of Uncertain, Highly Interdependent Processes Involving Humans with Applications to Resilient Emergency Health Response
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Collaborative Research: Transforming Building Structural Resilience Through Innovation in Steel Diaphragms
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, American Institute of Steel Construction and Industry

Selected Publications

  • D. Deniz, J. Song, J.F. Hajjar, Energy-Based Sidesway Collapse Fragilities for Ductile Structural Frames Under Earthquake Loadings, Engineering Structures, 174, 2018, 282-294
  • S.T. Hallowell, A.T. Myers, S.R. Arwade, W. Pang, P. Rawal, E. Hines, J.F. Hajjar, et al., Hurricane Risk Assessment of Offshore Wind Turbines, Renewable Energy, 125, 2018, 234-249
  • L. Wang, M.D. Webster, J.F. Hajjar, Pushout Tests on Deconstructable Steel-Concrete Shear Connections in Sustainable Composite Beams, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 153, 2018, 618-637
  • B. Güldür Erkal, J.F. Hajjar, Laser-Based Surface Damage Detection and Quantification Using Predicted Surface Properties, Automation in Construction, 83, 2017, 285-302
  • V.V. Saykin, T.H. Nguyen, J.F. Hajjar, D. Deniz, J. Song, Material Characterization Using Finite Element Deletion Strategies for Collapse Modeling of Steel Structures, Engineering Structures, 147, 2017, 125-133
  • T.H. Nguyen, C.H. Le, J.F. Hajjar, Topology Optimization Using the P-Version of the Finite Element Method, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 56(3), 2017, 571-586


Jul 10, 2019

Preparing for "The Big One"

CEE Professor and Chair Jerome Hajjar is pushing to improve building codes across the country to withstand natural disasters like last week’s two earthquakes in California.


May 15, 2019

Is Architecture Stuck in the Mechanical Era?

CEE Chair and Professor Jerome Hajjar was featured in EE Times India’s article “Is Architecture Stuck in the Mechanical Era?” explaining the different tools and technologies available to inspect and maintain structures.


Apr 17, 2019

Notre Dame's Architectural Elements Prevented Further Damage

Civil Chair and Professor Jerome Hajjar explains that the architectural elements of the Notre Dame cathedral such as the flying buttresses helped to prevent further destruction of the iconic building.


Apr 09, 2019

Northeastern Opens State-of-the-Art Radio-Silient Drone Facilty

Northeastern University is collaborating with Hanscom Air Force Base on a $2.8M grant on a first-of-its-kind radio-silent drone testing facilty at Innovation Campus in Burlington.


Mar 21, 2019

The Potential to Power the Nation

CEE Chair Jerome Hajjar, Associate Professors Andrew Myers, Luca Caracoglia, and CCSH Professor Jennie Stephens are researching ways to build safe and effective offshore wind farms that have the capacity to power the entire country.


Dec 14, 2018

Hajjar and Padir’s Collaborative Work Highlighted at CRDR Workshop

CEE Chair and CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar and ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir are collaborating on a research project for post-disaster assessment of critical infrastructure such as bridges using small unmanned aircraft systems.


May 31, 2018

Benefits of Offshore Wind Facilities

CEE Chair and CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar explains the benefits of the new wind farm being built off the east coast and how Northeastern is poised to help in the designs.


May 10, 2018

Northeastern Debuts New Drone Testing Facility

A drone cage was built at the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security which will allow faculty like CEE Chair & CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar and ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir to develop drones to evaluate damage to structures after disasters.


May 01, 2018

Faculty and Staff Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Apr 24, 2018

Honoring Highest Achievements

Congratulations to the COE faculty and students that were honored at the 2018 Academic Honors Convocation.

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