Professor Emeritus

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Structures, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
  • M.S. Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • M.S. Structures, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1977


  • PhD, PE, SE, F.ASCE

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Specialized Concrete
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Weapons Effects
  • Blast-resistant Design

Courses Taught

  • MECH 325 - Mechanics of Elastic Bodies
  • CIVE 441 - Steel Design
  • CIVE 444 - Structural Design and Planning
  • CIVE 443/843 - Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CIVE 849 - Introductory Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
  • CIVE 857 - Applied Structural Analysis
  • CIVE 948 - Blast-resistant Structural Design
  • View the Undergraduate Course Catalog
  • View the Graduate Course Catalog

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 - Prem S. Paul Innovator of the Year, NUtech Ventures
  • 2017 - Defense Innovation Award, TechConnect
  • 2016 - T.C. Graham Award, Association for Iron & Steel Technology
  • 2014 - Visiting Professor, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • 2013 - UNL Civil Engineering Faculty Recognition Award
  • 2011 - Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, Gladstone, Australia
  • 2009 - ASCE Fellow
  • 2009 - Best Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering (2006-2008)
  • 2008 - Research & Creativity Award, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2007 - Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  • 2004 - Award of Excellence, American Concrete Institute – Nebraska Chapter
  • 2004 - Multi-disciplinary Research Award, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2003 - Award of Excellence, American Concrete Institute – Nebraska Chapter
  • 1995 - Who's Who in Science and Engineering

Selected Publications

C.Y. Tuan, M. Bauer, and B. Hiller. "Heated Ramp at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: An implementation of conductive concrete deicing technology." Concrete International, December 1, 2023, Vol.45, No.12, p.31-34.

Z.R. Staley, C.Y. Tuan, K.M. Eskridge, and X. Li. "Using the Heat Generated from Electrically Conductive Concrete Slabs to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance in Beef Cattle Manure,"  Science of the Total Environment, November 24, 2020,

Zhao, R., Weng, Y., Tuan, C.Y., and Xu, A. "The Influence of Water/Cement Ratio and Air Entrainment on the Electric Resistivity of Ionically Conductive Mortar."  Materials, April 5, 2019,

Rao, R., Wang, H.F., Wang, H.H., Tuan, C.Y., and Ye, M.,"Models for estimating the thermal properties of electric heating concrete containing steel fiber and graphite." Composites Part B, November 12, 2018,

Zhao, R., Tuan, C.Y., Luo, B., and Xu, A.,"Radiant heating utilizing conductive concrete tiles." Building and Environment, November 1, 2018,

Rao, R., Fu, J.Y., Chan, Y., Tuan, C.Y., Liu, C.H.,"Steel Fiber Confined Graphite Concrete for Pavement Deicing." Composites Part B, Vol.155, December 15, 2018, pp.187-196,

Tadros, M.K., Girgis, A.M., Tuan, C.Y., Alex, A.A.,"Simplified design for positive restraint continuity moment in bridge girders." PCI Journal, 63(4), July-August 2018, pp.62-78.

Zhao, R., Tuan, C.Y., Xu, A., and Fan, D.B.,"Conductivity of ionically-conductive mortar under repetitive electrical heating." Construction & Building Materials, Vol.173, June 10, 2018, pp. 730-739.

Zhao, R., Tuan, C.Y., Fan, D., Xu, A., and Luo, B., "Ionically Conductive Mortar for Electrical Heating." ACI Materials Journal, Vol.114, No.6, November-December 2017, pp.923-933.

Liu, C.H, Fu, J.Y., Pi, Y.L., Tuan, C.Y., and Liu, A.R., "Influence of Demolished Concrete Blocks on Mechanical Properties of Recycled Blend Concrete." Construction & Building Materials, Vol.136, April 1, 2017, pp. 329-347.

Tuan, C.Y., and Dass, W.C., "Expedient airfield runway repair using folded fiberglass mat." International Journal of Pavement Engineering, December 20, 2014,

Tuan, C.Y., "Equipment Fragility due to Shock Response." Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM, August 23, 2013,

Tuan, C. Y. "Ground Shock Resistance of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls." International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, July 2013,

Deng, Y., and Tuan, C.Y. "Design for Concrete-filled Circular Steel Tubes under Lateral Impact," ACI Structural Journal, 110(4), July-August 2013, pp.691-702.

Geringer, J.R., Tuan, C.Y., and Lindsey, P.D. "Assessment of Software for Blast Loading and Structural Response Analysis Using a Lightweight Steel-Joist Roof as a Test Case," Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Vol. 27, No. 2, April 2013, pp.144–154.

Krause, A.P., Nguyen, L., Tuan, C.Y., and Blasey, J.D. Conductive Concrete: A Shielding Construction Material, Journal of Radiation Effects, Engineering and Research, 31(1), February 2013, pp.151-158.

Gerbino-Bevins, B.M., Tuan, C.Y., and Mattison, M. Evaluation of Ice Melting Capacities of Deicing Chemicals, Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 40(6), American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), November 2012,

Tuan, C.Y. Drop Weight Testing on Sandwich Panels with a Novel Thermoplastic Core Material, Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, 14(3), May 2012, pp.325-338.

Deng, Y., Tuan, C.Y., and Xiao, Y. Behavior of Concrete-filled Circular Steel Tubes under High-strain Rate Impact Loading, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 138(3), March 2012,
Deng, Y., Norton, T.R., and Tuan, C.Y. Numerical Analysis of the Structural Strength of Concrete-Filled Circular Steel Tubes, Structures and Buildings, 164(1), February 2012,

An, J., Tuan, C.Y., Cheeseman, B.A., and Gazonas, G.A. Simulation of Soil Behavior under Blast Loading,”International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 11(4), July/August 2011, pp.323-334.

Sarmah, R.D., and Tuan, C.Y. Three-Dimensional Security Barrier Impact Response Modeling, International Journal of Nonlinear Science, 11(2), April 2011, pp.236-245.

Deng, Y., Tuan, C.Y., Zhou, Q., and Xiao, Y. Flexural Strength Analysis of Non-post-tensioned and Post-tensioned Concrete-Filled Circular Steel Tubes, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 67(2), February 2011, pp.192-202.