Sri Sritharan


Faculty Affiliate





Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


InTrans, BEC

About Sri

Dr. Sritharan contributes to various research on transportation projects associated with the Bridge Engineering Center (BEC).


  • PhD, Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA, 1998
  • ME, Civil Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1989
  • BSc, Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1985

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2018–2021
  • Interim Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Engineering (CoE), Iowa State University, Ames, 2016–present
  • Wilkinson Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering, Iowa State University, 2016–2021
  • Director, Structure Testing Facilities, Iowa State University, 2016–present
  • Faculty member, Center for Post-Graduate Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, ROSE School, Institute for Advanced Study, Pavia, Italy, 2014–present
  • Lead Faculty, Wind Energy Initiative, College of Engineering, Iowa State University, 2011–present
  • Grace Miller Wilson and T. A. Wilson Endowed Engineering Professor, Iowa State University, 2010–2017

Selected Research Projects

  • Development of a Deck Overlay Method for Post Tensioned Box Girder Bridges using Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), 2020–2022, PI
  • Engineering Research Center for Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience (HMCR), National Science Foundation, 2019–2020, PI
  • Collegiate Wind Competition for Undergraduate Students, Department of Energy through National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2019, PI
  • Design of Drilled Shafts in Iowa – Validation and Design Recommendations, Iowa Highway Research Board (IHRB), 2018–2020, PI
  • Characterizing the Behavior of a Machine-Placed UHPC Bridge Deck Overlay, IHRB, 2018–2020, PI
  • Use of Ultra-High Performance Concrete for Bridge Deck Overlay, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), IHRB, 2016–2017, PI
  • Next-Gen Monitoring and Evaluation of California Bridges, Caltrans, 2016–2018, Co-PI
  • Investigation into Shrinkage of High Performance Concrete Used for Iowa Bridge Decks and Overlays – Phase II Shrinkage Control and Field Investigation, IHRB, 2015–2018, Co-PI
  • Design and Performance Verification of a Bridge Column/Footing/Pile System for Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Iowa Highway Research Board, 2015–2020, PI
  • Recommended Resistance Factors for Load and Resistance Factor Design of Drilled Shafts in Iowa, Iowa DOT, 2014–2019, PI
  • LRFD Minimal Flexural Reinforcement Requirements, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, 2013–2019, PI
  • Connection Details and Field Implementation of UHPC Piles – Phase II, IHRB, 2009–2019, PI

Selected Publications

  • Honarvar, E., Sritharan, S., Rouse, M., and Meeker, W. 2020. Probablistic Approach to Integrating Thermal Effects in Camber and Stress Analyses of Concrete Beams, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol 25, No. 4, pp. 04020010-1–04020010-14.
  • Kalliontzis, D., Schultz, A. E., and Sritharan, S. Generalized Dynamic Analysis of Structural Single Rocking Walls (SRWs). Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 49, No. 7, pp. 633–656.
  • Kalliontzis, D. and Sritharan, S. Dynamic Response and Impact Energy Loss in Controlled Rocking Members. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 319–338.
  • Barutha, P., Nahvi, A., Cai, B., Jeong, H. D., and Sritharan, S. Evaluating Commercial Feasibility of a New Tall Wind Tower Design Concept Using a Stochastic Levelized Cost of Energy Model. Journal of Cleaner Production, No. 240.
  • Nazari, M. and Sritharan, S. Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Rocking Wall Systems with Varying Hysteretic Damping. PCI Journal, Vol. 64, No. 5, pp.58–76.
  • Liang, X. and Sritharan, S. Effects of Confinement in Square Hollow Concrete Column Sections. Engineering Structures, No. 191, pp. 526–535.
  • Cancelli, A., Laflamme, S., Alipour, A., Sritharan, S., and Ubertini, F. 2019. Vibration-based Damage Localization and Quantification in a Pretensioned Concrete Girder Using Stochastic Subspace Identification and Particle Swarm Model Updating. Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 587–605.
  • Aaleti, S. and Sritharan, S. 2019. Quantifying Bonding Characteristics between UHPC and Normal Strength Concrete for Bridge Deck Application. ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 24, No. 6, pp. 04019041-1–04019041-13.
  • Cheng, Z. and Sritharan, S. Side Shear Strength of Preformed Socket Connections Suitable for Vertical Precast Members. Submitted to ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 04019025-1–04019025-10.
  • Nazari, M. and Sritharan, S. Dynamic Evaluation of PreWEC Systems with Varying Hysteretic Energy Dissipation. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 144, No. 10, pp. 04018185-1–04018185-15.
  • Liang, X. and Sritharan, S. Effects of Confinement in Circular Hollow Columns. ASCE Structural Engineering, Vol. 144, No. 9, pp. 04018159-1–04018159-13.
  • Sritharan, S., Doiron, G., Bierwagen, D., Keierleber, B., and Abu-Hawash, A. 2018. The First Application of UHPC Bridge Deck Overlay in North America. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Professional Affiliations, Honors, and Service

  • ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Iowa State University, 2019
  • Member of Emerging Leaders Academy, Iowa State University, 2018–2019
  • Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Leadership of Committee 341 – Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Bridges, American Concrete Institute, 2016
  • Martin P. Korn Award, in recognition for a technical paper in the PCI Journal that is most worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution in design and research, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 2016
  • Y. Lin Award for contributions to the field of field of Prestressed Concrete, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2016
  • R. Boylan Eminent Faculty Award for Research, College of Engineering, Iowa State University, 2016
  • Renewable Energy Impact Award, Iowa Energy Center, 2015

Completed Research

In-Progress Research