Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Mark A. Pickett, P.E.


Professor of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
Phone: (419)530-8120/8110

Research Interest

Dr. Pickett has research interests in extreme load safety analysis of structures and mechanical components. He has directed five projects which analyzed the response of piping systems to seismic loads in nuclear power plants. He has developed the analytical models which were used in the analysis of the response of these systems to seismic loads. Dr. Pickett has developed a graduate course in seismic analysis and wind load analysis. He has directed 10 projects that provided professional development and graduate level  credit for math and science secondary-school teachers.  This has involved live Distance Learning courses for teachers throughout Ohio. These teachers have then taught in various summer schools for inner-city and migrant students, under Dr. Pickett’s supervision.



Ph.D. 1982 Applied Mechanics, University of Connecticut
M.S. 1978 Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut
B.S. 1972 Civil Engineering, Marquette University


  • Professor of Civil Engineering (9/2003 - Present)
  • Associate Professor of Civil Engineering (9/88 - 9/2003)
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (9/83 – 9/88)
Related Experience - Teaching and Industrial

US Navy, student and Assistant Nuclear Engineer, 6/72 – 8/77.

State in which registered

Ohio and Wisconsin 

Selected publications
  • Pickett, M. A.; "A Guide to Post-Earthquake Damage Investigation and Documentation for Hospital Lifelines", accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 4th US Conference on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers, Aug. 1995.
  • Pickett, M. A.; "The Effects of the 17th January 1994 Northridge Earthquake on Hospital Lifelines", accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 4th US Conference on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers, Aug. 1995.
  • Pickett, M. A.; "17 January 1994 Northridge Earthquake: Hospital Lifelines",to be published as a chapter in a special volume of EARTHQUAKE SPECTRA,J. of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
  • Contributed to "Performance of Masonry Structures in the Northridge, California Earthquake of January 17, 1994, - A Report by the Investigating Disasters Reconnaissance Team", Technical Editor, Richard E. Klingner, The Masonry Society, June 1994
  • Nims, D. K.; Pickett, M. A.; Inaudi, J. A.; Richter, P. J.; "Use of Energy Dissipating Restraint to Retrofit Ductile Reinforced Concrete Frames",Fifth US National Conf. on Earthquake Engineering, pp. 745-754, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, July 1994.
  • Pickett, M. A.; Nims, D. K.; "Piping System Support Damping as Influenced by Support Gaps and Support Modal Velocity", Seismic Engineering - 1993- Volume 2, ASME, PVP Volume 256-2, pp. 111-119, 1993.
  • Lay, C.; Abu-Yasein, O.; Pickett, M. A.; Sinha, S. K.; & Madia, J.;"Establishment of an Improved Criteria for Snubber Functional Testing",Seismic Engineering - 1992 - Volume 2, ASME, PVP Volume 237-2, 1992, pp.179-193.
  • Pickett, M. A.; G. L. Laverty; O. Abu-Yasein; C. Lay; "Lessons Learned from the Loma Prieta Earthquake", Journal of the American Water Works Association,Vol. 83, pp. 34-39, Nov. 1991.
  • "Loma Prieta Earthquake Reconnaissance Report", Earthquake Spectra, The Professional Journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute,Lee Benuska, Technical Editor, supplement to Vol. 6, 1990, contributed to Chs. 5 and 8.
  • Pickett, M. A.; Laverty, G. L.; Abu-Yasein, O.; Lay, C.; "The Loma Prieta Earthquake: Lessons Learned for Water Utilities", Proceedings of the 1990 American Water Works Association Annual Conference, Part 1, pp. 999-1028.
  • Pickett, M. A.; de Becker, J. A.; Greiner, N. T.; Jemtrud, E. M.; Faris,J. R.; Arent, W. F.; Ung, G. W.; Ko, P. M.; "The 17 October 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake; Effects on Naval Installations", published in Navy Civil Engineer,Vol. XXIX, pp. 20-24, Fall 1990.
Professional Afilliations
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Post-Earthquake Lifeline Investigations Committee
  • Member, The Masonry Society (TMS)
  • American Society for Engineering Education
Honors and Awards
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Phi Kappa Phi
Last Updated: 11/14/18