Joshua Steelman

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
362P Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School
(402) 472-1972

Associate Professor

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2001


  • Ph.D., P.E.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Structural risk and reliability at the component, structure, and regional levels
  • Response of structures to extreme events and innovative methods for structural protection
  • Experimental investigation of structural response
  • Performance-based evaluation and design of structures

Research Profiles:


  • 2002-05: Hodnett Hurst Engineers, Inc., a structural engineering consulting firm in Huntsville, AL
    • Dr. Steelman rendered design services for steel, concrete, masonry, and wood buildings, including structures with specialized requirements such as community shelters to withstand tornadoes and office buildings occupied by government personnel, requiring elevated provisions against terrorist threats and progressive collapse.
  • 2006-09: National Center for Supercomputing Applications
    • Dr. Steelman coordinated with software developers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to synthesize research performed within the Mid-America Earthquake Center with other sources in the open source GIS-based cyberinfrastructure initiative, MAEViz.
  • 2009-13: The Illinois Department of Transportation
    • The experiments investigated the performance of non-seismic bridge bearing configurations commonly employed in the state of Illinois when subjected to simulated seismic demands, and the suitability of such bearings to act as structural fuses and provide an effectively isolated seismic response.