Educational Background

  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1984
  • M.Engr., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1985
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1990

Research Interests

  • advanced analysis methods to design steel structures
  • computational mechanics
  • experimental and analytical studies of steel joists
  • experimental and analytical studies of aluminum structures

Teaching Specialties

  • Steel Design
  • Finite Element / Matrix Structural Analysis
  • Numerical Methods
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Structural Dynamics

Professional Experience

  • Structural Engineer, Stone and Webster Engineering Corp. Boston, Massachusetts. (1985 to 1987)

Current Professional Service

  • Structural Stability Research Council: Chair
  • American Institute of Steel Construction: Committee on Specifications; TC4-Members, TC10-Stability (Chair);
  • Partners in Education
  • Aluminum Association: Engineering and Design Task Force

Awards

  • 2010 Bucknell University Presidential Professorship
  • 2006 Special Achievement Award, American Institute of Steel Construction. Honored for the innovative development of advanced structural analysis software and a key role in its use to develop the 2005 AISC Specification provisions for stability analysis and design of steel structures.
  • 2006 Vinnakota Award presented to Bucknell graduate student, Jose M. Martinez-Garcia, and faculty advisor, Ronald Ziemian, by the Structural Stability Research Council for the best student authored paper "Benchmark Studies to Compare Frame Stability Provisions" at the 2006 SSRC Annual Conference.
  • 2000 Bucknell University Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 1994 Norman Medal presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the paper "Inelastic Limit States Design: Part I - Planar Frame Studies", ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

Selected Publications

BOOKS

Ziemian, R.D., editor, Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures, John Wiley and Sons Publishers, Hoboken, New Jersey (2010).

McGuire, W., Gallagher, R.H., and Ziemian, R.D., Matrix Structural Analysis, Second Edition, John Wiley and Sons Publishers, New York, New York, 2000. Also includes a complete solutions manual.

SOFTWARE

Ziemian, R.D. and McGuire, W., MASTAN2, Interactive linear and nonlinear structural analysis software, distributed by John Wiley and Sons Publishers, New York, New York, Version 1.0, 2000, Version 2.0, 2002, and Version 3.0, 2006.

Ziemian, R.D. and McGuire, W., Tutorial for MASTAN2, published by John Wiley and Sons Publishers, New York, New York, Version 1.0, 2000, Version 2.0, 2002, and Version 3.0, 2006.

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RESEARCH RELATED PUBLICATIONS

Eberle, J., Ziemian, R.D., and Potts, D., "Computational Studies Aimed at Defining Bridging Requirements for Steel Joists During Erection," Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference and Structural Stability Research Council Technical Session, Grapevine, TX, April, 2012.

MacRae, G.A., Lu, A., Masuno, T., Sadashiva, V., Ziemian, R.D., Wada, A., Clifton, G.C., "Column Residual Stress Effects and Out-of-Plumb on Steel Column Seismic Behaviour," Proceedings, STESSA - Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas, Santiago, Chile, January, 2012.

Ziemian, R.D., "Design by Inelastic Analysis - 2010 AISC Specification," Proceedings, Iberian Latin American Congress on Computational Methods in Engineering (CILAMCE), Ouro Preto, Brazil, November 2011

Statler, D.E., Ziemian, R.D., and Robertson, L.E., "The Natural Period as an Indicator of Second-Order Effects," Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference and Structural Stability Research Council Technical Session, Pittsburgh, PA, May, 2011.

Surovek, A.E. (ed.), White, D.W., Ziemian, R.D., Camotim, D.A., Hajjar, and J., Teh, L, Guidelines for the Use of Direct Second-Order Inelastic Analysis in Structural Design Assessment of Planar Steel Frames, American Society of Civil Engineers Press, Reston, VA, 2011.

Ziemian, R.D., and Kissell, J.R., "System Stability Design Criteria for Aluminum Structures," Proceedings, International Colloquia on Stability and Ductility of Steel Structures, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September, 2010.

Ziemian, R.D., and Kissell, J.R., "Developing Stability Design Criteria for Aluminum Structures," Proceedings, 11th INALCO Conference 'New Frontiers in Light Metals,' Eindhoven, Netherlands, June, 2010.

Ziemian, C.W., Ziemian, R.D., and Barker, E., "Shake-Table Simulation Study of Small Scale Layered Models," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Vol. 16, No. 1, January, 2010.

Ziemian, R.D., and Kissell, J.R., "System Stability Design Criteria for Aluminum Structures," Proceedings, International Colloquia on Stability and Ductility of Steel Structures, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September, 2010.

Ziemian, R.D., and Kissell, J.R., "Developing Stability Design Criteria for Aluminum Structures," Proceedings, 11th INALCO Conference 'New Frontiers in Light Metals,' Eindhoven, Netherlands, June, 2010.

Ziemian, C.W., Ziemian, R.D., and Barker, E., "Shake-Table Simulation Study of Small Scale Layered Models," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Vol. 16, No. 1, January, 2010.

Lu A.Y.C., MacRae, G.A., Peng, B.H.H., Ziemian R.D., Hahn, C., Hyland, C., and Clifton G.C., "Extended Direct Analysis of Steel Frames," Structural Engineering Society of New. Zealand (SESOC) Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2, September, 2009.

Ziemian, R.D., Seo, D.W., and McGuire, W., "On the Inelastic Strength of Beam-Columns Under Biaxial Bending", Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference and Structural Stability Research Council Technical Session, Nashville, TN, April, 2008.

Surovek, A.E., White, D.W., Ziemian, R.D., Camotim, D.A., Hajjar, and J., Teh, L, "Recommendations for the Use of Direct Second-Order Inelastic Analysis to Design Steel Frames", Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference and Structural Stability Research Council Technical Session, New Orleans, LA, April, 2007.

Ziemian, R.D., and Martinez-Garcia, J.M., "Frame Studies to Compare Stability Provisions Appearing in the 2005 AISC Specification", Proceedings, International Colloquium on Stability and Ductility of Steel Structures, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept., 2006.

Easterling, W.S., and Ziemian, R.D., "The Past, Present and Future Activities of the Structural Stability Research Council", Proceedings, International Colloquium on Stability and Ductility of Steel Structures, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept., 2006.

Surovek, A.E., Camotim, D.A., Hajjar, J., Teh, L, White, D.W., and Ziemian, R.D., "Direct Second-Order Analysis for the Design of Steel Structures", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, St. Louis, MO, April, 2006.

Martinez-Garcia, J.M., and Ziemian, R.D., "Benchmark Studies to Compare Frame Stability Provisions", Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference and Structural Stability Research Council Technical Session, San Antonio, TX, February, 2006.

Vigeant, M.A.S., Baish, J.W., Cavanagh, D., DiStefano, T, Meng, X., Vesilind, P.A., and Ziemian, R.D., “Ethics for First-Year Engineering: The Struggle to Build a Solid Foundation,” Proceedings of the 2005 America Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, IL, June, 2005.

Surovek, A.E., and Ziemian, R.D., "The Direct Analysis Method: Bridging the Gap from Linear Leastic Analysis to Advanced Analysis in Steel Frame Design", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, New York, NY, April, 2005.

Ziemian, R.D., Schwarz, J.E., Emerson, M.E., and Potts, D.R., "Stability Of Unbraced Steel Joists Subject To Mid-Span Loading", Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference and Structural Stability Research Council Technical Session, Long Beach, CA, March, 2004.

Surovek-Maleck, A., White, D.W. and Ziemian, R.D., “Validation of the Direct Analysis Method,” Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Report No. 35, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Insitutute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2003.

Ziemian, R.D. and McGuire, W., "The Modified Tangent Modulus Approach, a Contribution to Plastic Hinge Analysis", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, October, 2002.

Teh, L.H., Hsiao, K.M., White, D.W., and Ziemian, R.D., "Exact Tangent Stiffness for Imperfect Beam-Column Members", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, December, 2001.

Ziemian, R.D. and McGuire, W., "The Modified Tangent Modulus Approach, a Contribution to Plastic Hinge Analysis", NSF-JSPS Joint Program, US-Japan Seminar on Advanced Stability and Seismicity Concept for Performance-based Design of Steel and Composite Structures, Kyoto, Japan, July 2001.

Ziemian, R.D., "Advanced Analysis Capabilities and Their Potential in Steel Frame Design", Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference and Structural Stability Research Council Technical Session, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May, 2001.

Ziemian, R.D., "Going Beyond Linear-Elastic Analysis", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, Washington, D.C., May, 2001.

McGuire, W. and Ziemian, R.D., "Steel Frame Stability: Out-of-Plane Effects", Keynote Paper - Proceedings, First International Conference on Structural Stability and Dynamics, Taipei, Taiwan, December, 2000.

Ziemian, R.D., Chapter 3 - Structural Theory, Structural Steel Designer's Handbook, edited by R.L. Brockenbrough and F.S. Merritt, McGraw-Hill Publishing, New York, New York, 2000.

McGuire, W. and Ziemian, R.D., "On Levels of Analysis in Steel Frame Design,", Proceedings, IMCA Sixth International Symposium on Steel Structures, Puebla, Mexico, November, 1999.

Ziemian, R.D., "Inelastic Critical Loads by Eignevalue Analysis", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, New Orleans, April, 1999.

Ziemian, R.D. and Miller, A., "Inelastic Analysis and Design: Frames with Members in Minor-Axis Bending", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, New York, February, 1997.

Ziemian, R.D., Mostoller, D. and Philogene, K., "Simulating Seismic Response Behavior of Telecommunications Equipment", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, New York, October, 1996.

Ziemian, R.D. and Miller, A., "Inelastic Limit States Design: Steel Structures with Members Subjected to Minor-Axis Bending", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, Boston, MA, April, 1996.

Cunningham, T.J., Orbison, J.G., and Ziemian, R.D., "Assessment of American Block Shear Load Capacity Predictions", Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Elsevier Science Publishers, Ltd., England, Vol. 35, 1995.

Gross, J.M., Orbison, J.G., and Ziemian, R.D., "Block Shear Tests in High Strength Steel Angles", Engineering Journal, American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, Illinois, Third Quarter, 1995.

Ziemian, R.D. and Miller, A., "Inelastic Limit States Design of Steel Structures that Include Members in Minor-Axis Bending", Proceedings, Plasticity '95, Sakai, Osaka, Japan, July, 1995.

Ziemian, R.D., Prestridge, S., Peng, P. and Philogene, K., "Seismic Analyses of Telecommunications Equipment", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, Boston, MA, April, 1995.

Ziemian, R.D., Section 3 - Verification and Benchmarking Problems: Examples of Frame Studies Used to Verify Advanced Methods of Inelastic Analysis, Plastic Hinge Based Methods for Advanced Analysis and Design of Steel Frames: An Assessment of the State of the Art, edited by D.W. White and W.F. Chen, Structural Stability Research Council, 1994.

Ziemian, R.D., and McGuire, W., "A Method for Incorporating Live Load Reduction Provisions in Frame Analysis", Engineering Journal, American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, Illinois, First Quarter, 1992.

Ziemian, R.D., "A Verification Study for Methods of 2nd-Order Inelastic Analysis", Proceedings, Structural Stability Research Council Annual Meeting and Technical Session, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1992.

Ziemian, R.D., McGuire, W., and Deierlein, G.G., "Inelastic Limit States Design: Part I - Planar Frame Studies", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, New York, September, 1992.

Ziemian, R.D., McGuire, W., and Deierlein, G.G., "Inelastic Limit States Design: Part II - Three-Dimensional Frame Study", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, New York, September, 1992.

Ziemian, R.D., Deierlein, G.G., and McGuire, W., "A Case Study in Inelastic Limit States Analysis and Design", Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1991.

Ziemian, R.D., White, D.W., Deierlein, G.G., and McGuire, W., "One Approach to Inelastic Analysis and Design," Proceedings, American Institute of Steel Construction National Steel Construction Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, 1990.

McGuire, W. and Ziemian, R.D., Discussion of "Second-order Elastic Analysis for Frame Design", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, New York, February, 1989.

TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEES

  • AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award (2005, 2006) AISC Partners in Education
  • Scholarships (2006) AISC Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel
  • Awards (2006) SSRC Vinnakota Award (2002, 2003, 2004) NSF Universities Graduate
  • Research Fellowships (1998, 1999, 2000)
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