Research Group Members

Nenad Bijelic (MS/PhD)

Nenad Bijelic is pursuing Doctoral studies in the field of structural and earthquake engineering. The effects of earthquakes on the built environment and their detrimental, globally resonating socio-economic and environmental impacts preoccupy this young scholar and his research will focus on performance-based seismic engineering as a crucial means in achieving earthquake resilience in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. His research interests include nonlinear structural analysis and design, prediction of structural collapse, vibration control and advanced experimental procedures but also spread into the field of materials science. Nenad hopes that his research will contribute to achieving the vision of disaster-resilient communities.

A native of Croatia, Nenad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Zagreb. He worked there as a teaching/research assistant for two years prior to arriving in the United States as the recipient of the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award. When not working on his research, Nenad particularly enjoys trekking, sailing, snowboarding and reading.

Matthew Thomas (MS)

Matt Thomas is starting at Marquette University in Fall 2013 to pursue his Master's degree in civil, construction and environmental engineering, focusing on structural engineering and structural mechanics. Currently, he works as a graduate teaching assistant for the surveying course, facilitating sections in classroom, laboratory and field settings. Captivated by the analytical and theoretical aspects of research and education, he is exploring research opportunities in nonlinear structural modeling and analysis, probabilistic hazard analysis, and climate change. Matt hopes that his work will contribute to more resilient and sustainable infrastructure.

Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bradley University where he worked as a university tutor and later as a teacher's assistant. Prior to joining Marquette, he analyzed the conditions of asphalt and concrete pavements as an undergraduate researcher at Bradley, and evaluated the performance of valves and nozzles as an intern in Spraying Systems Co. in Wheaton, IL. Aside from his studies, he enjoys reading as well as soccer and tennis.

Timothy Lewis (BS)

Tim Lewis is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and is currently a senior at Marquette University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He has participated in undergraduate research since Fall 2012 when he assessed the resiliency of a Guatemalan hardwood for use in pedestrian bridges. Most recently, Tim worked on a project in Summer 2013 to evaluate shrinkage cracking potential of concrete bridge decks in the state of Wisconsin. Currently, Tim is investigating landslide hazards associated with deforestation in saturated tropical climates of South America. Tim's interests lie in structural applications, sustainability of infrastructure, long term hazard mitigation, and risk assessment in design and construction. Upon graduation in May 2014 from Marquette University, Tim intends to pursue a Master's degree, seeking to develop his comprehension and practical knowledge of these interests.

Outside of his coursework and research involvement, Tim has participated extensively in Engineers Without Borders since Fall 2009. He was the lead technical designer on the structural design for a suspended cable pedestrian bridge in Nueva Providencia, Guatemala which was awarded the 2013 ACEC National Engineering Honor Award. He has also been involved closely with a solar and hydroelectric project to deliver sustainable and affordable electricity. Currently, Tim is working on the planning, design, and construction of a vehicle bridge in Guatemala which will create access for over 1,000 people in Guatemala. He also currently works as a Transportation Structural Intern at CH2MHill on the reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Waukesha, WI, as a part of the Core Interchange Steel Bridge Design Team. Tim has experience as a teaching assistant, is the student president of Marquette's ASCE Chapter, is proficient in Spanish, enjoys playing the guitar, and has fun downhill skiing during winter months.