Richard L. Wood

Richard L. Wood

Assistant Professor Richard L. Wood, Ph.D.
Contact Information:
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-1916

Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego
  • B.S., with Greater Distinction, Civil Engineering, Clarkson University
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Remote Sensing
  • Structural Damage Assessment
  • System Identification
  • Extreme Loads on Structures
  • Nonlinear Structural Modeling
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
Courses Taught

Featured Video


  • Post-disaster reconnaissance mission to assess structural and geotechnical damage following:
    • 2015 Pampa Tornado (Texas)
    • 2015 Gorkha Earthquake (Nepal)
    • 2014 Pilger Tornado Family (Nebraska)
    • 2010 Baja California Earthquake as part of both EERI and Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) teams
  • Active journal reviewer:
    • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Structural Journal
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
    • Engineering Structures
    • Journal of Applied Mechanics
  • Professional Committee Membership:
    • Advances in Simulation, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member
    • Wind Speed Estimation In Tornadoes, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member
    • Remote Sensing Subcommittee, Wind Speed Estimation In Tornadoes, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member
    • School Earthquake Safety Initiative, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), member

Honors and Awards

Certification of Recognition for Contributions for Students (Teaching Award), 2017
Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, 2012.
Powell Fellowship Recipient, 2006-2009.
Regents Fellowship Recipient, 2007-2008.
Charles Martin Clark Prize for Outstanding Character and Scholarship, 2006.
Living the Mission Service Award for Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Service to Others, 2003.


Applications of LiDAR for DOT Applications
Prepare specifications for implementation and integration into existing workflows for structural, transportation, and geotechnical applications. Role: PI. Collaborators: Chung Song (co-PI) and Yong-Rak Kim (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Initiated

Lifting Capacity of Hollow Core Planks
Experimental verifcation, no details (proprietary). Role: PI. Status: Funded - Project Initiated

Structural Damage Detection from Three-Dimensional Point Clouds
Detect surface anomalies from large training point cloud sets. Role: PI. Status: Funded - Project Ongoing

RAPID/Collaborative Research: Multi-Platform 3-D Data Preservation of Tornado Damage to Engineered Structures in Texas during November 16-17, 2015
Digital data collection using ground based LiDAR and low level aerial airface for wind structure and wind speed estimations at the Halliburton Oilfield Services facility near Pampa, TX. Role: PI. Collaborative Partners: J. Arn Womble (West Texas A&M) and Douglas A. Smith (Texas Tech). Status: Funded - Project Ongoing: CMMI-1623542

Performance Evaluation of Inverted Tee (IT) Bridge System
Assess in-place inverted tee bridge systems for efficiency, durability, and cost-effectiveness. Invokes field assessment and numerical modeling techniques. Role: PI. Collaborators: George Morcous (co-PI) and Asregedew Woldesenbet (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Ongoing

Improvement of Low Traffic Volume Gravel Roads in Nebraska
Provide recommendations for surface gravel road specifications using native materials through material characterization and field assessment. Role: PI. Collaborator: Yong-Rak Kim (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Ongoing (delayed)

Condition Assessment of Bridge Decks with Asphalt Overlay
Demonstrate example nondestructive testing techniques to quantify concrete bridge decks underneath thin asphalt overlays. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Jinying Zhu (PI). Status: Funded - Project Initiated

Protocol to Evaluate and Load Rate Existing Bridges
Outline field test evaluation procedures for older marginal bridges to verify their extended performance and capacity. Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Maria Szerszen (PI), Joshua Steelman (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Closing

Design Procedures of Retrofitted Bridge Rail
Feasibility study to determine the capacity of shallow embedded anchorage for bridge rail within 3R (resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation) projects. Role: PI. Status: Funded - Project Closed

Selected Publications

Selected Journal Papers:
Yu, H., Mohammad, M., Mohammadi, M.E., Moaveni, B., Barbosa, A.R., Stavridis, A., Wood, R.L. (2017) Structural Identification of an 18-story RC Building in Nepal Using Post-Earthquake Ambient Vibration and Lidar Data, Front. Built Environ. 3:11. doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2017.00011.

Mohammadi, M.E., Yousefianmoghadam, S., Wood, R.L., and Stavridis, A. (2016) Damage Quantification from Point Clouds for Finite Element Model Calibration. SEI/ASCE Structural Health Monitoring Applications Case Studies Archive.

Wang X., Pantoli, E., Hutchinson T.C., Restrepo, J.I., Wood, R.L., Hoehler, M.S., Grzesik, P., and Sesma, F.H. Seismic Performance of Cold-Formed Steel Wall Systems in a Full-Scale Building. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001245, 04015014.

Wittich, C.E., Hutchinson, T.C., Wood, R.L.; Seracini, M.; Kuester, F. Characterization of Full-Scale Human-Form Culturally Important Statues: A Case Study. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000508.

Wood, R.L. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2014) Design-Oriented Model for Capturing the In-Plane Seismic Response of Partition Walls. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 140(6): 04014023.

Hutchinson, T.C., and Wood, R.L. (2013) Cyclic Load Protocol for Anchored Nonstructural Components and Systems. Earthquake Spectra, 29(3): 817-842.

Wood, R.L. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2013) Crack Protocols for Anchored Components and Systems. ACI Structural Journal, 110(3): 391-402.

Wood, R.L. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2012) Effects of Ground Motion Scaling on Nonlinear Higher Mode Building Response. Earthquakes and Structures, 3(6): 869-887.

Selected Other Publications:
Wood, R.L., Mohammad, M.E., Barbosa, A.R., Kawan, C.K., Shakya, M., Olsen, M.J. (2017) “Structural Damage Assessment of a Five-Tiered Pagoda Style Temple in Nepal” 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, January, 12pp.

Wood, R.L., Gillins, D.T., Mohammad, M.E., Javadnejad, F., Tahami, H., Gillins, M.N., Liao, Y.(2017) “2015 Gorkha Post-Earthquake Reconassiance of a Historic Village with Micro Unmanned Aerial Systems.” 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, January, 12pp.

Wibowo, H., Wood, R.L., Sritharan, S. (2016) “Delamination Assessment of an Ultra-High Performance Concrete Deck Overlay Using Infrared Imaging.” First International Interactive Symposium on UHPC, DOI: 10.21838/uhpc.2016.112, Iowa State University Extension, Des Moines, IA, 2016, 8pp.

Womble, J.A., Wood, R.L., Eguchi, R.T., Ghosh, S., Mohammadi, M.E., Smith, D.A., Leitch, K.R. (2016) “Current Methods and Future Advances for Rapid, Remote-Sensing-Based Wind Damage Assessment.” 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, London, ON, Canada, June, 10pp.

Womble, J.A., Wood, R.L., Louden, E.I., Mohammadi, M.E., Smith, D.A., Leitch, K.R. (2016) “Multi-Platform Tornado Damage Scene Preservation.” 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, London, ON, Canada, June, 1pp.

Behmanesh, I., Yousefianmoghadam, S., Nozari, A., Moaveni, B., Stavridis, A., Wood, R. (2016) “Model Updating of a 10-Story Concrete Building Using the Hierarchical Bayesian Framework.” ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Nashville, TN, May, 1pp.

Wood, R.L. and Mohammadi, M.E. (2016) “Damage Assessment Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry Techniques.” ASCE Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress, Phoenix, AZ, February, 1pp.

Bose, S., Nozari, A., Mohammadi, M.E., Stavridis, A., Moaveni, B, M., Wood, R., Gillins, D., Barbosa, A. (2016) “Structural Assessment of a School Building in Sankhu, Nepal Damaged Due to Torsional Response During the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.” IMAC XXXIV A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, FL, January, 12pp.

Brando, G., Rapone, D., Spacone, E., Barbosa, A., Olsen, M., Gillins, D., Soti, R., Varum. H., Arede, A., Vila-Pouca, N., Furtado, A., Oliveira, J., Rodrigues, H., Stavridis, A., Bose, S., Faggella, M., Gigliotti, R., Wood, R.L. (2015). “Reconnasiance Report on the 2015 Gorka Earthqauke Effects in Nepal.” Associazione Nazionale Italiana di Ingegneria Sismica XVO Convegno, L’Aquila, IT, September, 20pp.

Fardhosseini, M.S., Esmaeili, B., and Wood, R. (2015) “A Strategic Safety-Risk Management Plan for Recovery after Disaster Operations.” Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, June, 10pp.

Wood. R.L. and Mohammadi, M.E.2 (2015) “LiDAR Scanning with Supplementary UAV Captured Images for Structural Inspections.” International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2015, Denver, CO, February, 10pp.

Recent Presentations

Selected Invited Talks:
Preserving the Evidence: Multi-Platform 3D Reality Captures for Tornado Damage” Invited Speaker, National Tornado Summit, Oklahoma City, OK, February 2017.

“Micro-scale Remote Sensing of Damaged Civil Infrastructure” Invited Speaker, Remote Sensing Subcommittee, ASCE SEI Wind Steep Estimation in Tornadoes Committee, Rock Hill, SC, November 2016.

“Structural Damage Detection Algorithms within Digital Point Clouds”, Invited Speaker, Assessment, Rehabilitation, & Conservation of Historical and Existing Structures (ARCHES), Durham School of Architecture Engineering and Construction. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, NE, November 2016.

Pilger Tornado and 2015 Nepal Earthquake, Case Studies in Digital Technology Damage Assessments” Invited Speaker. Nebraska-NSPE Annual Seminar and Educational Foundation Continuing Education Program. Nebraska National Society of Professional Engineers, Eagle, NE, September 2015.

“Methods of Structural Damage Characterization for Infrastructure” Keynote Speaker. 34th Annual Structural Congress. Structural Engineering Association of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, September 2014.

“Seismic Response of Nonstructural Components: Effects of partition Walls and Response of Cultural Heritage Artifacts” Invited Speaker. EERI Seminar Series. Iowa State University, Ames, IA, December 2013.

“Structural Engineering for Cultural Heritage: Cracked Frescoes in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio” Guest Lecturer. SE 207 Forensic Engineering. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, January 2013.

“Seismic Response of Nonstructural Components and the Effects of Partition Walls on the Coupled Building System Response” Invited Speaker. SE 290 Graduate Student Seminar Series. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, January 2013.

“Overview of the Seismic Response of Nonstructural Components” Invited Speaker. Powell Fellows and Board Members Luncheon. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, January 2013.

“Structural Engineering for Cultural Heritage.” Invited Speaker. EERI@UNR Seminar Series. University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, NV, October 2012.

“Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance of the 2010 Baja California Earthquake” Invited Speaker. UCSD Retirement Association. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, November 2010.