Richard L. Wood

Assistant Professor Richard L. Wood, Ph.D.
Contact Information:
City Campus (Lincoln)
(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
Research Opportunities (Graduate/Undergraduate)
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Remote Sensing of Civil Infrastructure
  • Structural Damage Assessment & System Identification
  • Extreme Loads on Structures
  • Nonlinear Structural Modeling
  • Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
Research Profiles:
Courses Taught

Featured Videos

  • Professional Committee Leadership:
    • President, Nebraska Section, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), American Society of Civil ENgineers (ASCE)
    • Co-chair, Remote Sensing Subcommittee, Wind Speed Estimation In Tornadoes, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Post-disaster reconnaissance mission to assess structural and geotechnical damage following:
    • 2019 Hurricane Dorian (Bahamas): NSF StEER as optical team lead for FAST-2
    • 2017 Hurricane Harvey (Texas): 2 missions of GEER and NSF Rapid
    • 2015 Pampa Tornado (Texas): NSF Rapid
    • 2015 Gorkha Earthquake (Nepal)
    • 2014 Pilger Tornado Family (Nebraska)
    • 2010 Baja California Earthquake (California and Bajac California): 2 missions of EERI and GEER
  • Professional Committee Membership:
    • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), American Society of Civil ENgineers (ASCE), member, local chapter president
    • 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 and co-chair
    • Advances in Simulation, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member
    • School Earthquake Safety Initiative, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), member
  • Active journal reviewer, including:
    • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Structural Journal
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Bridge Engineering
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
    • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering
    • Automation in Construction
    • Engineering Structures
    • Journal of Applied Mechanics
    • Journal of Building Engineering
    • Journal of Natural Hazards
    • ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry

Honors and Awards

Certification of Recognition for Contributions for Students (Teaching Award), 2017
ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, West Point, NY, July 2015.
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.


Outdoor Laboratory and Testbed for Bridge Health

Role: PI. Collaborators: Christine E. Wittich (co-PI), Joshua S. Steelman (co-PI), Jay A. Puckett (co-PI), Daniel G. Linzell (co-PI), Jinying Zhu (co-PI). Status: On-Hold for Administrative Review.

Repair Practices for Damaged Precast/Prestressed Concrete Girders

Role: co-PI. Collaborators: George Morcous (co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Initiated.

NSF Big Data Spoke Seed Grant: Data Mining of Aerial-Based Multispectral-Tagged Point Clouds for Canopy Structure and Vigor Mapping

Role: co-PI. Collaborators: Yeyin Shi (Biological Systems Engineering, PI). Status: Funded - Project Ongoing

Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring of Critical Infrastructure Using Intelligent Multi-UAS

Role: PI. Collaborators: Raj Dasgupta (UNO Computer Science, co-PI) and Robin Gandhi (UNO School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, co-PI). Status: Funded - Project Ongoing

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 Ongoing

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

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 Closed: 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 Extended

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 Extended and Ongoing

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 Closed

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 Closed

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:

Mohammadi, M.E., Watson, D.P., Wood, R.L. (2019) Deep Learning-Based Damage Detection from Aerial SfM Point Clouds. Drones, 3, 68.

Womble, J.A., Wood, R.L., Mohammadi, M.E. (2018) Multi-Scale Remote Sensing of Tornado Effects. Front. Built Environ. In-Press.  doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2018.00066

Wood, R.L., Mohammadi, M.E., Barbosa, A.R., Abdulrahman, L., Soti, R., Kawan,  C.K.,  Shakya,  M.  Olsen, M.J. (2017) Damage Assessment and Modeling of the Five Tiered Pagoda Style Nyatapola Temple. Earthquake Spectra. In-Press.

Mahrenholtz, P., Wood, R.L., Eligehausen, R., Hutchinson, T.C., Hoehler, M.S. (2017). “Development and Validation of European Guidelines for Seismic Qualification of Post-Installed Anchors”. Engineering Structures, 148(1): 497-508.

Barbosa, A.R., Fahnestock, L.A., Fick, D.R., Gautam, D., Soti, R., Wood, R., Moaveni, B., Stavridis, A., Olsen, M.J. (2017) 2015 Gorkha Nepal Earthquake Performance of Medium-to-High Rise Reinforced Concrete Frame Buildings with Masonry Infill. Earthquake Spectra. In-Press.

Song M., Yousefianmoghadam, S., Mohammadi, M.E., Moaveni, B., Stavridis, A.,Wood, R.L. (2017) An Application of Finite Element Model Updating for Damage Assessment of a Two-Story Reinforced Concrete Building and Comparison with Lidar. Structural Health Monitoring. In-Press.

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.

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.

Wittich, C.E., Hutchinson, T.C., Wood, R.L.; Seracini, M.; Kuester, F. (2015) Characterization of Full-Scale Human-Form Culturally Important Statues: A Case Study. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

Wang X., Pantoli, E., Hutchinson T.C., Restrepo, J.I., Wood, R.L., Hoehler, M.S., Grzesik, P., and Sesma, F.H. (2015) Seismic Performance of Cold-Formed Steel Wall Systems in a Full-Scale Building. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

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 Reconnaissance 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). “Reconnassiance Report on the 2015 Gorka Earthquake 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 Speed 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.

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