Jerome F. Hajjar

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


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  • 400 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.3242

Research Focus

Sustainable and resilient 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

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

Sustainable and resilient 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

  • Du, X., Hajjar, J. F., Bond, R. B., Ren, P., and Sun, H. Clustering and Selection of Hurricane Wind Records using Autoencoder and k-means Algorithm, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 149(8), August 2023, Paper No. 04023096-1.
  • Briggs, N. E., Avellaneda-Ramirez, R. E., Coleman, K., Schafer, B. W. Eatherton, M. R., Easterling, W. S., and Hajjar, J. F. Cyclic Behavior of Composite Connections in Composite Floor Diaphragms, Proceedings in Civil Engineering, 6(1), 2023, 566-577.
  • Yan, Y. and Hajjar, J. F. Automated Creation of Geometric Models for the Superstructure Components of Steel Girder Bridges Through Exploiting Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data, Automation in Construction, 142, 2022, Paper No. 104484.
  • Padilla-Llano, D. A., Schafer, B. W., and Hajjar, J. F. Cyclic Fracture Simulation Through Element Deletion in Structural Steel Systems, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 189, 2022, Paper No. 107082.
  • Yan, Y., Mao, Z., Wu, J., Padir, T., Hajjar, J. F. Towards Automated Detection and Quantification of Concrete Cracks using Integrated RGB Images and Lidar Data from Unmanned Aircraft System, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 28(8), 2021, Paper No. e2757. (
  • Du, X., and Hajjar, J. F. Three-dimensional Nonlinear Mixed Beam Element for Members with Angle and Tee Sections, Thin-Walled Structures, 164, 2021, Paper No. 107817.
  • Wang, L., Webster, M. D., and Hajjar, J. F. Design for Deconstruction Using Sustainable Composite Beams with Precast Concrete Planks and Clamping Connectors, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 146(8), 2020, Paper No. 04020158-1.


Feb 09, 2024

Northeastern Joins Forces with UMass Amherst in First-Ever National Offshore Wind Research Center

CEE Professor Andrew Myers, CEE/MIE Associate Research Professor Nathan Post, and CEE CDM Smith Professor and Department Chair Jerome Hajjar, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a consortium of forty partners, were selected to join a first-of-its-kind research center dedicated to accelerate reliable and equitable offshore wind energy deployment across the nation. […]


Jan 29, 2024

Sustainably Designing the New Tallest Building in the US

CEE Chair & CDM Smith Professor Jerome F. Hajjar explains why the construction of a new building in Oklahoma City is a milestone for sustainability and resilience in civil and environmental engineering.


Dec 07, 2023

2023 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2% of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes those […]

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Nov 13, 2023

Pankow Foundation Greenlights Phase II of Hajjar’s Steel Plate Flooring System Grant

CDM Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Jerry Hajjar announced a $415,000 grant constituting Phase II of a multi-year grant from the Charles Pankow Foundation totaling $835,000 to date. The award is in conjunction with collaborators from Johns Hopkins, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, West Virginia University, industry partners Magnusson […]


Sep 28, 2023

Developing a Robotic Aquaculture System

BioE/ECE Affiliated Faculty Joseph Ayers, MES/CEE Professor Mark Patterson, CEE Chair Jerome Hajjar, ECE Professor Milica Stojanovic, and CEE/MES Associate Professor Amy Mueller were awarded a patent for “Robotic aquaculture system and methods.”


Sep 28, 2023

Hajjar Serves as President of Structural Engineering Institute Beginning October 2023

Jerome F. Hajjar, PhD, PE, F.ASCE, F.SEI, CDM Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, and member of the National Academy of Engineering, becomes the President of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) in October 2023.


Aug 16, 2023

Hajjar Honored with Lynn S. Beedle Award from Structural Stability Research Council

CEE Chair & CDM Smith Professor Jerome F. Hajjar will be honored with the SSRC Lynn S. Beedle Award, a lifetime achievement award, at the upcoming 2024 SSRC Annual Stability Conference and become the president of the Structural Engineering Institute on October 1, 2023.


Aug 09, 2023

Baiyu Chen, CEE PhD Student, Receives SEAMASS Scholarship

Baiyu Chen has been awarded the Structural Engineers Association of Massachusetts (SEAMASS) scholarship at the SEAMASS 2023 Annual Dinner Meeting & Presentation this past May. Chen, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering under Professor Jerome Hajjar, demonstrated exceptional passion and commitment to the field, earning recognition and support from the association. Chen’s […]


Jul 17, 2023

ASCE Thomas A. Lenox ExCEED Leadership Award for Contributions to Civil Engineering Education

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded W. Samuel Easterling, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering at Iowa State University, and Jerome F. Hajjar, CDM Smith Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, the 2023 Thomas A. Lenox Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Leadership Award for extraordinary leadership in civil engineering education.


Jun 15, 2023

Indonesia is Building a New Capital. Will It be a Model Amid Climate Change?

CEE Professor Auroop Ganguly and Chair Jerome Hajjar emphasize the importance of water management, sustainability, and potential challenges regarding the construction of Indonesia’s new capital city, Nusantara.

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