Amanda Bao in the News

1. "Amanda Bao: Building bridges as an engineer and a teacher", RIT News, April 14, 2021

2. "Civil engineering technology students and faculty thrive in hybrid classroom environment", RIT News, April 19, 2021

3. "How the FIU tragedy could change bridge construction", CONSTRUCTION DIVE, November 22, 2019

4. "Accelerated bridge construction demo, replacement over I-95 done in 2 weeks", CONSTRUCTION DIVE, June 11, 2019

5. "Jenga Bridge Appears at Blossom and 590", WROC, July 8, 2019

6. "First of two experts says Pittsford rail bridge seems OK", Democrat & Chronicle, September 12, 2014

7. "Bridge deterioration", WHAM-TV (channel 13), May 13, 2014

8. "Amanda Bao has a concrete idea to make bridges stronger", Democrat & Chronicle, May 1, 2013

9. "All shook up", University News, April 1, 2013

 

Biography

Amanda Bao, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety Department. She joined RIT in 2010. Prior to her position at RIT, she was a bridge structural engineer at Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. and Michael Baker International. She is a licensed professional engineer in New York and Colorado, United States. At RIT, she teaches structural engineering courses including structural analysis, dynamics, structural loads and systems, steel design, highway bridge design and elementary structures. Her research interests include testing and evaluation of aging infrastructure, experimental and numerical modeling of construction materials, soil-structure interaction, seismic analysis of buildings and bridges, soil liquefaction and teaching innovations. She is an active member in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), AISC and ASEE.

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006

Masters of Science in Structural Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2001

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 1998

 

Appointments

06/2016 to present: Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

08/2010 to 05/2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

04/2010 to 08/2010: Structural Engineer, Michael Baker International, Lakewood, CO

06/2006 to 04/2010: Structural Engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Denver, CO

06/2003 to 05/2006, Research Assistant, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

06/2005 to 09/2005, Research Assistant, Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

08/2002 to 05/2003, Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

 

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer in New York: License No. 091108

Professional Engineer in Colorado: License No. 42643

 

Research Interest

Bridge Design and Evaluation, Soil-Structure Interaction in Bridges and Buildings, Constitutive Modeling of Infrastructure Materials, Finite Element Analysis, Soil Liquefaction, and Engineering Education. See Publications

 

Honors and Awards

Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2021

Association for Bridge Construction and Design - Western New York Chapter, Research Award, 2019

Association for Bridge Construction and Design - Western New York Chapter, Research Award, 2018

Advancing Structural Steel Education Award, American Institute of Steel Construction, 2018

Provost's Learning Innovations Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2018-2019

Provost's Learning Innovations Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2012-2013

RIT START Research Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2012

University Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003 to 2006

Engineering Excellence Fund Grant, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004