Christine Wittich

Christine Wittich

Contact Information:
362L WHIT
City Campus (Lincoln)
(402) 472-1915
cwittich@unl.edu
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Research Group Webpage

Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 2016
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 2012
  • B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Lafayette College, 2010
GRA Positions

Dr. Wittich is currently looking for two Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) to join her research group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to conduct research in structural engineering, natural hazards, and remote sensing. Please refer to the research group webpage for additional information


Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Earthquake engineering and structural dynamics
  • Dynamics of rocking structures and rocking foundations
  • Full-scale testing of structures and components
  • Base isolation for nonstructural and cultural heritage components
  • Laser scanning and high-resolution imagery for structural assessment
Courses Taught
  • CIVE 898: Infrastructure Assessment Techniques
  • CIVE 842: Structural Dynamics

About Christine Wittich

Dr. Christine Wittich joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017 as Assistant Professor with focus in structural engineering. Dr. Wittich received the B.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, followed by the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Wittich teaches introductory courses in structural analysis, steel design, and computer programming, as well as graduate courses in structural dynamics and remote sensing. She has developed a new course, Infrastructure Assessment Techniques, focused on the practical application and interpretation of laser scanning, digital images, and modal analysis of civil infrastructure.

Dr. Wittich’s research incorporates full-scale testing, numerical simulations, and remote sensing of structural systems to enhance the resilience of civil infrastructure systems to natural hazards. Recent projects have focused on the dynamics of rocking systems, earthquake mitigation for historic structures, seismic hazard estimation based on fragile geologic structures, and remote sensing in post-disaster reconnaissance. For additional information and current research projects, please refer to the research group webpage.

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, 2011-2015
  • Scholar, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), 2014 – 2016
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Award, 2015
  • Best Poster, Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo, 2016

Selected Publications

Please refer to the research group webpage or Google Scholar Profile for complete listing.

  • Wittich, C.E. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2017). “Rocking Bodies with Arbitrary Interface Defects: Analytical Development and Experimental Verification.” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, In Press.
  • Wittich, C.E. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2017). “Shake Table Tests of Unattached, Asymmetric, Dual-Body Structures.” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 46(9): 1391-1410.
  • Wittich, C.E. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2017). “Experimental Validation of a Multi-Physics Model for the Seismic Response of Freestanding Structural Systems.” Proceedings of the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile; pp. 1-10.
  • Wittich, C.E. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2016). “Experimental Modal Analysis and Seismic Mitigation of Statue-Pedestal Systems.” Journal of Cultural Heritage, 20(1): 641-648.
  • Wittich, C.E. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2015). “Shake Table Tests of Stiff, Unattached, Asymmetric Structures.” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 44(14): 2425-2443.
  • Wittich, C.E., Hutchinson, T.C., Wood, R.L., Seracini, M., and Kuester, F. (2015). “Characterization of Full-Scale Human-Form Culturally Important Statues: A Case Study.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 30(3): 05015001.
  • Meyer, D., Hess, M., Lo, E., Wittich, C.E., Hutchinson, T.C., and Kuester, F. (2015). “UAV-Based Assessment of Cultural Heritage Sites Following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake.” Proceedings of the 2015 Digital Heritage International Congress, Granada, Spain; pp. 421-424.
  • Wittich, C.E. and Hutchinson, T.C. (2014). “Development of a Rocking-Period Centered Protocol for Shake Table Testing of Unattached Stiff Components.” Proceedings of the 10th National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK; pp. 1-11. 

Recent Presentations

Please refer to the research group webpage or Google Scholar Profile for complete listing.

  • "Shake Table Tests of Freestanding Single and Dual-Body Systems." ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, San Diego, CA. June 2017.
  • "Freestanding Structural Systems: Shake Table Tests and Model Validation." 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile. January 2017.
  • “Seismic Response and Mitigation of Statue-Pedestal Systems Utilizing Modern Mounting Techniques.” International Mountmakers Forum, Cleveland Museum of Art, May 2016.
  • “Shake Table Tests of Freestanding Multi-Body Systems with Low-Friction Sliding Isolators.” ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Stanford University. June 2015.
  • “Dynamic Characterization and 3D Reconstructions of Massive Human-Form Archaeological Statues for Earthquake Loading.” Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, University of Siena, Italy. April 2015.

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