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WHO WE ARE

Dr. Guner

Dr. Serhan Guner, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Contact: serhan.guner@utoledo.edu

Dr. Guner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. After receiving his doctorate, he worked as a consulting engineer in Toronto with a focus on industrial, energy, and telecommunication structures and their foundations. During this time, he was awarded the Carson Innovation Award for his retrofit design of a foundation system supporting dynamic equipment. Later, as an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University, Dr. Guner was awarded a five-year Discovery Grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for his research program on structural response under extreme loads. Dr. Guner joined the University of Toledo in 2015. His current research program focuses on superstructure response, structure-foundation interaction and connections, deep members, anchorage, bridge components, and disturbed regions for extreme load resilience. In 2018, he received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellowship. He is currently serving on six national committees, including the American Concrete Institute (ACI)-ASCE Committee 447 (Finite Element Analysis), Committee 370 (Impact and Blast Load Effects), Committee 351 (Foundations for Equipment and Machinery), Committee 123 (Research and Current Developments), the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee, and the DFI Electric Power Systems Foundations Committee.

CURRENT STUDENTS

Nirmala Suwal Nirmala Suwal, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate (2021/8 – present)
Contact:
 nirmala.suwal@rockets.utoledo.edu
Nirmala is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She received her master’s degree in structural engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. She worked as a structural engineer in the Philippines. Her research interests include seismic hazard and risk analysis, performance-based design of structures,  and structural retrofit. Her current research focuses soil-structure interaction behavior and incorporation of machine learning.  

Upendra Chaulagain Upendra Chaulagain

MS Candidate (2021/1 – present)
Contact:
 upendra.chaulagain@rockets.utoledo.edu
Upendra is a graduate student in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Tribhuvan University in Nepal. His research interest includes the seismic behavior of structures for resilient and long-term performance.

Salim Salim Khoso, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Candidate (2016/8 – present)
Contact:
 salim.khoso@rockets.utoledo.edu
Salim Khoso is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toledo. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from QUEST, Pakistan. Salim completed his Master’s degree in Design of Steel Structures from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Salim’s research interests include seismic design, tall buildings, cement-based materials, and rehabilitation of structures.  His current research is focused on understanding and modeling the behavior of cracked concrete subjected to extreme loads. His studies are funded by the Institute of International Education, Washington, DC.

FORMER STUDENTS

Conrado Praxedes Silva Neto Conrado Praxedes Silva Neto, M.Sc.
Ph.D. Candidate (2015/5 – 2020/12)
Contact: neto_conrado@hotmail.com      
Conrado was a Ph.D. candidate at Ryerson University, advised by Dr. Yuan and Dr. Guner. He completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of São Paulo in Brazil where he studied structural modeling with ANSYS. His MSc thesis, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, was on the discrete modeling based on the fracture mechanics as applied to structural concrete. At Ryerson, his research was focused on probabilistic progressive collapse analysis and structural robustness. He has completed his studies and composed journal and conference papers to disseminate the research results. He held a Brazilian Science without Borders Scholarship to support his studies.
Renaud Franssen

Renaud Franssen
Ph.D. Candidate (2017/5 - 2020/12)
Contact:
 r.franssen@ulg.ac.be
Renaud Franssen was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Liège, Belgium, working with Prof. Boyan Mihaylov. His Ph.D. work was focused on the rehabilitation of bridge piers with ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) with the help of finite element model, lab tests, and kinematic model. He joined Dr. Guner's research team to create analysis models for UHPFRC members through a finite element procedure, VecTor2. His objective was to advance the diverse-embedment theory to better capture the complex tensile behavior of UHPFRC. He conducted the experimental tests in Liege, the results of which was used to verify the numerical models created. His studies were funded by the Belgium Fund for Scientific Research.

Rafael de Amorim Salgado Rafael de Amorim Salgado
Ph.D. Candidate (2015/8 –  2020/8)
Contact: 
rafael.desalgado@gmail.com
Rafael de Amorim Salgado was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toledo. He is a former undergraduate student of the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil. His research at Toledo was focused on understanding and modeling the response of cross-laminated timber buildings subjected to earthquake and tsunami multi-hazard loads using a probabilistic approach.
Anish Anish Sharma
MS Candidate (2018/1 – 2020/5)
Contact: 
sharma.anish453@gmail.com
Anish Sharma was a graduate student at the University of Toledo. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in the Paschimanchal Campus of the Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He worked on the analysis and design of multistory concrete buildings in his undergraduate studies, and as Civil Engineer for two years in design and construction of concrete bridges and one year in the field of earthquake resistant design and retrofitting for the Government of Nepal. His MS research was focused on developing a finite element analysis technique for the load rating of deep concrete beams and foundations. His studies were funded by ODOT.
Sundar Sundar Chiluwal
MS Candidate (2018/1 - 2019/12)
Contact:
sundar.chiluwal@rockets.utoledo.edu
Sundar was a graduate student at the University of Toledo. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Pulchowk Campus of the Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He completed a capstone project on the seismic design of a multistory concrete building. His MS research was focused on advancing the understanding of the response and failure modes of helical pile-to-footing connections, and creating an analysis methodology to advance the current design methods. His studies were funded by Deep Foundation Institute.
Pappu Baniya Pappu Baniya
MS Candidate (2017/1 - 2019/12)
Contact:
 Pappu.Baniya@rockets.utoledo.edu
Pappu Baniya completed his Undergraduate from Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has worked on Seismic Design and Analysis of High Rise Building during his undergraduate studies. He worked as a Civil Engineer for one year in the field of Earthquake Resistant Design and Construction for Ministry of Nepal. His MS research focused on understanding the behavior and capacity of deep bridge piers using strut-and-tie models. His studies were funded by ODOT.
Jian Liu Jian Liu
Ph.D. Candidate (2016/5 - 2019/8)
Contact: 
j.liu@ulg.ac.be
Jian Liu was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Liège, Belgium, working with Prof. Boyan Mihaylov. Her Ph.D. work was focused on establishing a macro element for the prediction of the shear behavior of reinforced concrete deep beams. This macro element sought to combine the computational efficiency with simulation accuracy. She joined Dr. Guner’s research group during summer 2016 to conduct a feasibility study for creating a mixed-type finite element platform for modeling slender and deep beams with a single model. She completed her studies and composed journal and conference papers to disseminate the research findings. Her studies were funded by an external research agency.
Salvio Salvio Aragão Almeida Júnior
MS Candidate (2017/8 – 2019/8)
Contact: salvio_almeida@hotmail.com
Sálvio was a graduate student at the University of Toledo. He graduated in civil engineering from the Federal University of Sergipe. He conducted research on optimization algorithms for inversion of stiffness matrices and formulated a Timoshenko stiffness matrix for beams, as an exchange student at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Guner. His MS research focused on creating hurricane-resilient connections for non-structural elements. 
Abdulah Abdullah Haroon
MS Candidate (2017/8 – 2019/5)
Contact:
 
abdullah.haroon@rockets.utoledo.com
Abdullah was a graduate student at the University of Toledo. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, India, in 2017. As a part of his undergrad dissertation, he analyzed the dynamic response of an Intze tank subjected to an earthquake loading. His MS research focused on understanding and modeling the fatigue fracture behavior in aluminum trusses subjected to combined wind and thermal loads. His studies were funded by ODOT.
Abraham Abraham Bahre
MS (2016/9 – 2018/5)
Contact: 
abraham.bahre@rockets.utoledo.edu
Abraham Bahre completed his undergraduate studies at the Eritrea Institute of Technology, Asmara, Eritrea. He worked on the structural Design of a hotel during his undergraduate studies. Abraham's MS studies focused on nonlinear numerical modeling to predict the failure modes of moderate aspect-ratio RC walls. He studied how shear effects reduce the flexural capacity, stiffness and ductility of the moderate aspect-ratio RC walls.
Ryan Pan Zhangcheng (Ryan) Pan
MASc (2014/9 – 2016/11)
Contact: ryan.pan@mail.utoronto.ca
Ryan was a MASc candidate at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. The objective of his studies was to formulate a micro model to capture the nonlinear behavior and failure modes of beam-column joints. This model was integrated into the VecTor5 analysis procedure to allow for more accurate analysis of reinforced concrete frames. He held an Ontario Graduate Scholarship to support his studies.

COLLABORATORS

Yildir Akkaya

Yildir Akkaya, Ph.D.
Research Assistant
Contact: 
akkayayil@itu.edu.tr
Dr. Akkaya is a Research Assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, in which he created a numerical model (called RDM) to simulate the inelastic buckling behavior of reinforcing bars in compression. The RDM model provides improvements over existing models by providing more accurate results over a larger applicability range. The open-access computer code of the RDM model and the VecTor5 software (including the RDM formulations) are provided online for the use of researchers and practitioners. This study was funded by Tubitak Bursary 2219. 

CURRENT STUDENTS

 

New Students
will be accepted for Summer 2021.
Please contact Dr. Guner if interested to be a part of our team.
[Our summer 2020 undergraduate research program is cancelled due to COVID-19.]

 

FORMER STUDENTS

Andrew

Andrew Coffman
Summer Research Intern (2019/5 - 2019/12)
Contact: 
andrewcoffman679@gmail.com
Andrew Coffman is an undergraduate student at the University of Toledo, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His research in the RESIST Group involved the creation of a calculation procedure and associated computer code for the performance prediction of structural connections using neural networks for hurricane resilience. He created the ANN-Customize tool and associated documents and videos.
Shivani

Shivani Gandage
Summer Research Intern (2019/5 - 2019/8)
Contact: shivanig99off@gmail.com
Shivani Gandage is a Civil Engineering student at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India. Her research in the RESIST Group focused on numerical modeling of sustainable structures including cross-laminated timber and green concrete structures. She created the Fragility Function Generator (FFG) tool and associated documents and videos.

Hatim Hatim Alattas
Summer Intern (2018/6 – 2018/9)
Contact: alattas96@outlook.com

Hatim Alattas was an undergraduate student at the University of Jeddah, where he studies Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focused on modeling axially-loaded circular columns subjected to lateral impact loads due to accidental ship collisions. He verified the developed computer models using experimental results available in the literature. Dr. Wei FAN from the Hunan University provided guidance during this study. Hatim's studies are funded by the Mitacs Globalink program.

Vitor Cruz Vitor Moraes da Cruz
Summer Research Assistant (2016/5 – 2016/8)
Contact: 
vitordacruz_600@hotmail.com

Vitor Cruz was an undergraduate exchange student from Brazil, majoring in Civil Engineering at the Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del-Rei, in Brazil. He attended two semesters at the University of Nevada, Reno under the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. His research at the University of Toledo focused on modeling and analyzing concrete structures using the nonlinear analysis platform VecTor5. The main research finding sought was a more effective way of modeling concrete building structures subjected to earthquakes. His studies were funded by the Institute of International Education.

Roger Decarli Roger Lemos Decarli
Summer Research Assistant (2016/5 – 2016/8)
Contact: 
roger.l.decarli@hotmail.com

Roger Decarli was an undergraduate student at Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, major in Mechanical Engineering. He attended two semesters at the University of Arizona as part of the Brazillian Scientific Mobility Program. His research at the University of Toledo focused on the creation of a new, faster solution and inversion subroutine using the Fortran language to increase the efficiency of the nonlinear analysis platform VecTor5. His studies were funded by the Institute of International Education.

Daniela Lourenço Daniela dos Santos Lourenço
Summer Research Assistant (2016/5 – 2016/8)
Contact: 
lourencodaniela.s@gmail.com

Daniela was an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Engineering at the CEFET-MG, a Brazilian institution specialized in Engineering and Technology. She attended two semesters at the Pacific Lutheran University as an exchange student funded by the Science Without Borders Program. Her summer research at The University of Toledo focused on improving Janus, a graphical damage visualization software, using C++ language and the OpenGL graphics system. Her studies were funded by the Institute of International Education.

Lucas Assis Rodrigues Lucas Assis Rodrigues
Summer Research Assistant (2016/5 – 2016/8)
Contact: 
lucas.assis.ro@gmail.com

Lucas was a student seeking the major of Computer Engineering at the Universidade Federal de Itajubá, a federal university in Brazil. He attended two semesters at the University of Texas at El Paso as an exchange student under the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. His research at the University of Toledo was to establish new functionalities on a graphical damage visualization program, Janus, using C++ language with the MFC framework and OpenGL libraries. His studies were funded by the Institute of International Education.

Chu Chu Peng
Summer Research Assistant (2016/6 – 2016/9)
Contact: 
peng.chu@mail.scut.edu.cn
Chu majored in Civil Engineering at the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. His research focused on finding a more efficient way of modeling building structures using the platform VecTor5. He modeled 12 beams and 10 frame structures subjected to static, cyclic, reversed-cyclic and dynamic loads. He edited User Bulletins 1 and 2, and created the User Bulletin 5: Determination of Material Properties. He also composed a journal paper for the non-linear finite element analysis of frames. His studies were funded by the Mitacs Globalink program.
Ethan

Ethaniel Peng
Summer Research Assistant (2016/8 – 2016/10)
Contact: ethaniel.unihannover@gmail.com
Ethaniel Peng was an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering at the University of Hannover, Germany. His summer research at the University of Toledo focused on the Strut-and-Tie modeling of beams and frames. His studies were funded by RISE DAAD program from Germany.

Kyle

Kyle A. Blosser
Undergraduate Student (2016/1 – 2016/5)
Contact: kyle.blosser@rockets.utoledo.edu
Kyle obtained his Bachelor in Civil Engineering at The University of Toledo. In his last undergraduate term, he completed an independent study, where he modeled, analyzed, and assessed various beam and frame structures using nonlinear analysis procedures. In addition, he worked on writing and publishing User's Manuals and Bulletins and developed tutorial videos for modeling frame structures using the nonlinear analysis methods, available in our YouTube Channel.

Markus Jesswein Markus Jesswein
Summer Research Assistant (2015/5 – 2015/8)
Contact: 
markus.jesswein@ryerson.ca  

Markus was attending Ryerson University for his Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering. His summer research focused on the nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete beams and frames. Markus enjoyed combining math and science to solve problems, and appreciated the capability and accuracy of computers to analyze the behavior of structures. In the future, Markus plans to pursue graduate studies and aid the development and innovation of structures that will benefit society. His summer research was supported by the Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Dean’s Research Fund. He published a poster in the ACI Spring 2016 convention in Milwaukee, WI.

Salvio Aragão Almeida Júnior Salvio Aragão Almeida Júnior
Summer Research Assistant (2015/5 – 2015/8)
Contact: 
salvio.aragaoalmeidajunior@mail.utoronto.ca

Salvio was an undergraduate civil engineering exchange student at the University of Toronto. He had a great interest in structural engineering, including numerical modeling, nonlinear structural analysis, and seismic effects. His research focused on the creation of solution algorithms for the nonlinear analysis of frames. His studies were funded by the Science without Borders program.

Agneya Sunil Loya Agneya Sunil Loya
Summer Research Assistant (2015/5 – 2015/8)
Contact: 
agneya1994@gmail.com

Agneya studied Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. He was an exchange research intern at Ryerson University. His research focused on the advancement of the graphical pre-processor software Janus using the object-oriented C++ language. His studies at Ryerson were funded by the Mitacs Globalink program.

Rafael Salgado Rafael de Amorim Salgado
Summer Research Assistant (2014/5 - 2014/8)
Contact: 
rafael.desalgado@gmail.com
Rafael de Amorim Salgado was a former undergraduate student of the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil. In 2014, he attended Queen’s University and Ryerson University as an exchange student for the Science Without Borders program. During this time, he created Excel spreadsheets for the modeling of circular and rectangular sections. He also composed documents to illustrate the coding process and the calculation of the unsupported length ratio for modeling reinforcing bar buckling. His studies were funded by the Science without Borders program.
Harley Francisco Viana Harley Francisco Viana
Summer Research Assistant (2014/5 – 2014/8)
Contact:
 harley-viana@hotmail.com

Harley Francisco Viana was an undergraduate student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He attended Ryerson University in 2014 as an exchange student of the Science Without Borders Program. His research placement was focused on nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete structures subjected to static loads using VecTor5. In addition, he prepared two technical bulletins to describe the steps for performing a beam and a frame modeling with VecTor5. His studies were funded by the Science without Borders program.

Last Updated: 9/8/21