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Structural Engineering

Dr. David H. Sanders, FACI, FASCE, FSEI

University Foundation Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

About

David Sanders

RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC INTERESTS

Behavior and design of structures in structural concrete with emphasis in bridges and connections; Seismic evaluation, design, strengthening and repair, including composites; Laboratory testing and analysis of large scale components and systems including multi-directional earthquake simulation.

LIFE INTEREST

Love spending time with my family and friends, and in the outdoors. Enjoy skiing, backpacking, hiking, biking, camping, working in the yard and around our home, and traveling

Education

Doctor of Philosophy-Structural Engineering

Dissertation: Design and Behavior of Anchorage Zones in Post-Tensioned Concrete Members.
University of Texas at Austin, August 1990.

Master of Science in Engineering - Structural Engineering

Thesis: Strength and Behavior of Double-Tee Tubular Joints in Tension.
University of Texas at Austin, May 1986.

Bachelor of Science-Civil Engineering

With Distinction and Honor.
Iowa State University, May 1984.

Professional Experience

  • Faculty Senate Chair, University of Nevada, Reno, July 2015 to June 2016 (Chair Elect 14/15 and Past Chair 16/17)
  • University Foundation Professor, Dept. of Civil & Env. Eng., University of Nevada, Reno, April 2014 to present
  • Faculty Senate Chair, University of Nevada, Reno, July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016
  • Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Eng., University of Nevada, Reno, July 2006 to April 2014
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Eng., University of Nevada, Reno, July 1996 to June 2006
  • Earthquake Simulation Development Leave, National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, State University of New York, Buffalo, January 1996 to May 1996. (Selected by Civil Engineering Earthquake Engineering Faculty)
  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Dept., University of Nevada, Reno, January 1990 to July 1996.

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Joe W. Kelly Award, American Concrete Institute (2017)
  • Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute (2016)
  • University of Nevada Foundation Professor (2014)
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (Spring 2010)
  • Professional Progress in Engineering Award from Iowa State University (2006)
  • Iowa State University Outstanding Young Alumnus (2000)
  • Fellow, American Concrete Institute (ACI) (Spring 2000)
  • Faculty Appreciation Award by CEE Students (1995, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007)
  • Selected by the College of Engineering Senior Scholar as the Faculty Member that Most Significantly Influenced their Academic Achievements (1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2012)
  • Appreciation Awards from Student Chapter of ASCE (1991 and 1992)
David Sanders and friends hiking on a mountain

Research Grants

David Sanders with fellow researchers in the structures lab

Project Grants

$13,612,850 as PI/co-PI ($6,829,832 as PI, $6,783,018 as co-PI)
$1,914,000 as Investigator
$14,134,642 equipment and maintenance co-PI

For a complete list of grants and publications, please download my CV.

Selected Research Grants

  • D.H. Sanders (PI), “Extending the Life of Bridge Decks,” UNR-UTC, $153,944, 8/1/16-7/29/18.
  • M. Saiid Saiidi, D.H. Sanders, and M. Tazarv, “Proposed AASHTO Seismic Specifications for ABC Column Connections,” NCHRP 12-105, $450,000, September 1, 2015, 40 months
  • D.H. Sanders, “Taking Bridge Innovation into the Field,” $124,073, Nevada Department of Transportation, 19 months, August 1, 2014, February 1, 2015 to August 30. 2016.
  • D.H. Sanders, “Correlation of Shear Design between AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and the AASHTO Guide Specifications,” UTC, $61,732, 1 year, February 3, 3014.
  • D.H. Sanders, Anchorage Zone Reinforcing of Post-Tensioned Box Girder Bridges,” Caltrans, Federal ($303,968.39) + State ($75,992) = Total ($379,960) 6/15/14 to 6/14/17.
  • “Safety and Operations of Large-Area Rural/Urban Intermodal Systems - Tier 1 University Transportation Center,” Z. Tian (PI), D.H. Sanders (Lead Investigator), 10/1/13 to 9/30/15, United States Department of Transportation, $1,414,100 + $500,000 (match from Nevada Department of Transportation).
  • “Development of Specifications for Engineered Cementitious Composites for use in Bridge Deck Overlays, PI: E. Hajj, Co-PI: D.H. Sanders, $150,749, 20 months, January 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014.
  • “Post-Tensioned Web Cracking,” PI, D.H. Sanders, $188,903, 20 months, January 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014.
  • “Seismic Performance of Dry Casks Storage for Long-Term Exposure.” UNR PI D.H. Sanders, Project PI (University of Utah) L. Ibarra, $873,319, (UNR: $324,575), 3 years, January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015.
  • “NEESR: Seismic Resilience of Pre-Tensioned Bridge Bents”, UNR PI D.H. Sanders, Project PI (University of Washington) J. Stanton, $999,998 (UNR: $258,906.45), 3 years, May 4, 2012 to May 3, 2015.
  • “Unbonded Prestressed Columns for Accelerated Bridge Construction and Earthquake Resistance,” NDOT, D.H. Sanders (PI) and M.S. Saiidi (co-PI), $198,165, May 1, 2010 to January 31, 2013.
  • “Behavior of Pile to Pile-Cap Connections Subjected to Seismic Forces,” South Carolina DOT through South Carolina University, D.H. Sanders (PI), $114,097 (then reduced to $85,897, October 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011, submitted November 24, 2009.
  • “Seismic Performance of Next Generation Bridge (NGB) Components for Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC),” Caltrans, M.S. Saiidi (PI) and D.H. Sanders (co-PI), $307,815, November 10, 2010 to December 31, 2012.
  • Ian Buckle (PI), D.H. Sanders (Co-PI), “The Effect of Live Load on the Seismic Response of Bridges,” California Department of Transportation, $310,875, January 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011.
  • “Improving the Seismic Resilience of the Federal-Aid Highway System,” FHWA, I. Buckle (PI), D.H. Sanders (Co-PI), A. Itani (Co-PI), M.S. Saiidi (Co-PI), G. Pekcan (Co-PI), $2,334,175.50, August 1, 2007 to July 31, 2012.
    • D.H. Sanders (PI), “US Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop,” $146,276.
  • “Precast Bridge Columns with Energy Dissipating Joints,” California Department of Transportation, M.S. Saiidi (PI) and D.H. Sanders (Co-PI), $300,000, June 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010.
  • “Analysis of Strut-and-Tie Model Design Specifications for High Strength Concrete,” D.H. Sanders(PI), 2007 General Undergraduate Research Award, UNR Undergraduate Research Office, $1500
  • “22nd and 23rd US-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshops,” FWHA through MCEER, D.H. Sanders (PI), 2 years, $79,000, 9/1/06 to 9/30/07
  • “NCHRP 20-07/Task 217, Verification and Implementation of Strut-and-Tie Model in LRFD Bridge Design Specifications,” Barney Martin from Modjeski and Masters (PI), David Sanders (UNR) co –PI, Total ($79,000), UNR ($32,779), 7/1/06 to 6/30/07.
  • “Testing of Pile Extension Connections to Slab Bridges,” California Department of Transportation, D.H. Sanders (PI) 3 years, $315,742,6/1/06 to 6/30/09.
  • NEESR-SG: Seismic Simulation and Design of Bridge Columns under Combined Actions, and Implications on System Response, D.H. Sanders (PI), co-PI’s: DJ Belarbi, S. Dyke, A. Elnashai and J. Zhang, $1,419,998, 4 years, September 15, 2005.
  • “Shake Table Testing and Analysis of a Prestressed Segmental Concrete Column,” PC Bridge Co. LTD Japan, Sanders (PI), April 29, 2004 to August 31, 2005, $25,723 + Direct Graduate Student Support.
  • “Instrumenting the Galena Creek Bridge,” Nevada Department of Transportation – Bridge Division, Sanders (PI), April 15, 2004 to July 31, 2007, $129,852; “Expansion of Galena Bridge Instrumentation Project”, Nevada Department of Transportation – Bridge Division, D.H. Sanders, $38,135. Total 168,037, Extended to May 30, 2008.
  • “Seismic Performance of Integral Connections between Substructures and Precast Concrete,” Nevada Department of Transportation – Bridge Division, D.H. Sanders (PI), January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007, $299,940.

Publications

Selected Reviewed Publications

  • Biasi, G., M.S. Mohammed, and D.H. Sanders (2017). “Earthquake Damage Estimations: ShakeCast Case Study on Nevada Bridges,” Earthquake Spectra, EERI, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/121815EQS185M (published online).
  • Mohebbi, A, K. Ryan, and D.H. Sanders (2017). “Seismic Protection of the Piers of Integral Bridges using Sliding Bearings,” Journal of Earthquake Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2016.1211567 (published on line 10/14/2016
  • Motaref, S., M Saiidi, D.H. Sanders, and A Mirmiran (2016). “Shake Table Studies of a Precast Bridge Pier with Advanced Materials,” International Journal of Bridge Engineering, Special Issue, 2016, pp 135-162.
  • Mantawy, I., T. Thonstad, D.H. Sanders, J. Stanton, M. Eberhard (2016). “Seismic Performance of Precast, Pre-Tensioned and Cast-in-Place Bridges: Shake Table Test Comparison,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol 21, Issue 10, October 2016, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000934, pp 040160711-1 to 14.
  • Thonstad T., I. Mantawy, J.F. Stanton, M.O. Eberhard, D.H. Sanders (2016). “Shaking Table Performance of a New Bridge System with Pre-Tensioned, Rocking Columns,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol 21, Issue 4, April 2016, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000867, pp 04015079-1 to 14.
  • Haber, Z, M.S. Saiidi and D.H. Sanders (2015). “Behavior and Simplified Modeling of Mechanical Reinforcing Bars Splices,” ACI Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol 112, No 2, pp 179-188.
  • Motaref, S., M.S. Saiidi, and D.H. Sanders, (2014). ”Shake Table Studies of Energy-Dissipating Segmental Bridge Columns.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol 19, No 2, 186–199.
  • Haber, Z, M.S. Saiidi and D.H. Sanders (2014), “Seismic Performance of Precast Columns with Emulative Column-Footing Connections,” ACI Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol 111, No.4, pp 639-650.
  • Larosche, A, M. Cukrov, D.H. Sanders, D.H., and P. Ziehl (2014). “Prestressed Pile to Bent Cap Connections: Seismic Performance of Full Scale 3-Pile Specimen,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE Vol 19, No. 3, 10 pages.
  • Wibowo, H., D.M. Sanford, I.G. Buckle, and D.H. Sanders (2012). Effects of Live Load on Seismic Response of Bridges: A Preliminary Study. Civil Engineering Dimension, 14 (3), pp. 166-172.
  • Moustafa, K.F, D.H. Sanders, M.S. Saiidi, and S. El-Azazy (2011). “Seismic Performance of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Bents,” American Concrete Institute, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 108, No. 1, January-February 2011, pp 23-33.
  • Yamashita, R. and D.H. Sanders (2009). “Seismic Performance of Precast Unbonded Prestressed Concrete Columns,” American Concrete Institute, ACI Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 106, No. 6, November-December 2009, pp. 821-830.
  • Bahen, N. and D.H. Sanders (2009). “Investigation of Strut Strength Using a Deep Beam Database,” Shear and Torsion in Concrete Structures, American Concrete Institute Special Publication SP-265-18, 2009, pp. 385-404.
  • Laplace, P., D.H. Sanders, M.S. Saiidi, B. Douglas, S. El Azazy (2005). “Performance of Concrete Bridge Columns under Shake Table Excitation,” ACI Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 102, No. 3, May-June 2005, pp. 438-444.
  • Laplace, P., D.H. Sanders, M.S. Saiidi, B. Douglas, S. El Azazy (2005). “Retrofitted Concrete Bridge Columns under Shake Table Excitation,” ACI Structural Journal, American Concrete Institute, Vol. 102, No. 4, July-August 2005, pp. 622-628.

Selected Reviewed Conference Papers

  • Mohammed, M.S., D.H. Sanders, I.G. Buckle (2017), “Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns Tested Under Long and Short Duration Ground Motions,” 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, January 9-13, 2017.
  • Maree, A., T. Nielsen, S. Dangol, J. Parks, D.H. Sanders, L. Ibarra and C. Pantelides (2017), “Modeling Sliding and Rocking of Free Standing Dry Storage Casks under Earthquake Excitation,” 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, January 9-13, 2017.
  • Weitzel, N., E. Hajj and D.H. Sanders (2016). “Evaluation of Modified Engineered Cementitious Composite Using Local Materials,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No 2577, Washington, DC, pp 78-87.
  • Mantawy, I, T. Thonstad, D.H. Sanders, J. Stanton, and M. Eberhard (2014). “Earthquake Shake Table Testing of a Self-centering ABC Bridge,” Proceeding of the National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference, December 4-5, 2014, Miami, FL.
  • Maree, A.F and D.H. Sanders (2014). “Dry Storage Cask Shake Table Experiments,” 2014 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Anaheim, CA, November 9-13, 2014.
  • Wibowo, H., D.M. Sanford, I.G. Buckle, and D.H. Sanders (2014). Preliminary Parametric Study of the Effects of Live Load on Seismic Response of Highway Bridges. Proceedings of 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, U.S.A., July 21-25, 11 pp.
  • Mohebbi, A., K.L. Ryan and D.H. Sanders (2014). “Controlling the Seismic Damage in Bridge Columns with Structural Fuses,” Proceedings of 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, U.S.A., July 21-25, 2014.
  • Kinoshita, K., I.G. Buckle, D.H. Sanders, H. Wibowo (2014). “Numerical Analysis of a Horizontally Curved Bridge Model,” Proceedings of 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, U.S.A., July 21-25, 2014.
  • Ayoub, Mohamed and D.H. Sanders, “Experimental Study on Reversed Cyclic Loading Test for Pile to Slab Bridge Connections” Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2202, Vol.1, pp 143 to 153, December 2010.
  • Arias-Acosta, J. and D.H. Sanders (2010). “Performance of Bridge Reinforced Concrete Columns under Combined Actions throughout Shake Table Testing,” 9th US National and 10th Canada Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Toronto, Canada, July 25-29, 2010.
  • Yamashita, R. and D.H. Sanders (2006). “ Unbonded Concrete Columns for Limiting Damage to Large Seismic Events,” 8th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, April 18-22, 2006, San Francisco, CA. (#1334)
  • Mostafa, K., D.H. Sanders, M.S. Saiidi and S. El-Azazy (2003). “Impact of Aspect Ratio on the Behavior of Circular Column Systems Under Shake-Table Loading”, 2003 ASCE Structures Congress, May 29-June 1, 2003, Seattle, WA.
  • Nada, H., D.H. Sanders, and M.S. Saiidi (2002), “Behavior of Flared Column Bents under Seismic Loading,” ACI Special Publication Series SP-209, Innovations in Design with Emphasis on Seismic, Wind, and Environmental Loading; Quality Control and Innovations in Materials/Hot-Weather Concreting, December 2002, pp. 133-150.
  • Nada, H., D.H. Sanders, and M.S. Saiidi (2002). “Flare-Column Bents Dynamically Tested on a Shake Table”, Proceedings of the Seventh US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, July 21-25, 2002.
  • Nagarajah, R. and D.H. Sanders (1998). "Seismic Behavior of High Strength Fiber Reinforced Concrete Column,” Sixth US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, May 31-June 4, 1998, Seattle, Washington.

Selected Conference Papers

  • Maree, A., T. Nielsen, D.H. Sanders, S. Dangol, J. Parks, L. Ibarra, and C. Pantelides (2016). “Impact of Slenderness on Dry Storage Cask Seismic Response”, Waste Management Symposia 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, March 6-10, 2016.
  • Nielsen, T, A.F. Maree and D.H. Sanders (2015). “Comparison of Shaking Table Experimental Results for Different Aspect Ratios of Dry Storage Casks,” American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting, November 8-12, 2015, Washington, D.C.
  • Maree, A.F, D.H. Sanders, “Field Investigation of Post-Tensioned Box Girder Anchorage Zones,” 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering, August 1-2, 2015, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Mohammed, M.S., D.H. Sanders, IG Buckle (2015) “Shake Table Tests of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns Under Long Duration Ground Motions,” 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering, August 1-2, 2015, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Mantawy, I, T. Thonstad, D.H. Sanders, J. Stanton, and M. Eberhard (2014) “Shake Table Experiments of Precast Pretensioned Bridge,” 30th US-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop, October 21-23, 2014.
  • K. Kinoshita, D. H. Sanders, H. Wibowo and I. G. Buckle (2014). "Numerical analysis of a curved reinforced concrete bridge model subjected to shake table excitation", Proceedings of the 17th Symposium on Performance- based Seismic Design Method for Bridges, Tokyo, Japan, July 1-2, 2014. (pp. 97-102) (Japanese)
  • Eberhard, M., J. Stanton, D.H. Sanders, J. Schaefer, B. Kennedy, T. Thonstad, O. Haraldsson and I. Mantawy (2013). “A Precast Pretensioned Rocking Bridge Bent for Rapid Construction and High Seismic Performance, 29th US-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop Proceedings, November 11-13, 2013, Tsukuba Japan.
  • Haber, Z. B., M.S. Saiidi, and D.H. Sanders (2013) “Emulative Column-Footing Connections for Seismic Design in Accelerated Bridge Construction,” 4th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Kos Island, Greece, 12-14 June 2013. Abstract Accepted for Technical Paper and Oral Presentation.
  • Wibowo, H, D.M. Sanford, I.G. Buckle, and D.H. Sanders (2013). “Response of a Horizontally Curved Bridge under Combined Seismic and Stationary Vehicular Loads,” Seventh National Seismic Conference on Bridges & Highways, Oakland, CA., May 20-22, 2013.
  • Levi, M., E. Monzon, A. Saad, D.M. Sanford, H. Wibowo, J. Wieser, I.G. Buckle, A. Itani, and D.H. Sanders (2013). “Experimental Study of the Seismic Performance of a Horizontally Curved Bridge,” Seventh National Seismic Conference on Bridges & Highways, Oakland, CA, May 20-22, 2013.
  • Saad, A., D.H. Sanders, and I.G. Buckle (2013). “Seismic behavior of Bridges with Horizontal Curvatures on Rocking Foundations,” Seventh National Seismic Conference on Bridges & Highways, Oakland, CA, May 20-22, 2013.
  • Chang, CM, T. Frankie, P. Silva, D.H. Sanders, D.H. Kuchma, and B. Spencer Jr. (2013). “Hybrid Simulation of a Seismically-excited Four-span Curved Bridge,” 5th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering, NCREE, Taipei, Taiwan, November 8-9, 2013.
  • Larkin, A.S., D.H. Sanders, and M.S. Saiidi (2012) “Unbonded Prestressed Columns for Accelerated Bridge Construction and Earthquake Resistance,” 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon Portugal, September 24-28, 2012.
  • Arias-Acosta, J.G. and D.H. Sanders (2012). “Evaluation of the Seismic Performance of Circular and Interlocking RC Bridge Columns under Bidirectional Shake Table Loading,” 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon Portugal, September 24-28, 2012.
  • Saad, A. D.H. Sanders and I.G Buckle (2012). “Effect of Rocking Foundations on Seismic behavior of Bridges with Different Horizontal Curvatures,” 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon Portugal, September 24-28, 2012.

Selected Reports

  • Mohammed, M, Biasi, G., and Sanders, D.H., “Post-earthquake Assessment of Nevada Bridges using ShakeMap/ShakeCast,” Center For Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department Of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-16-04, May 2016.
  • Nielsen, T., Maree, A., and Sanders, D.H., “Experimental Investigation into the Long-Term Seismic Performance of Dry Storage Casks,” Center For Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department Of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-16-07, December 2016.
  • Islam, IM, and Sanders, D.H., “Assessment of an Earthquake Resilient Bridge with Pretensioned Rocking Columns,” Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-16-03, May 2016.
  • Hajj, EY, Sanders, D.H and Weitzel, ND, “Development of Specifications for Engineered Cementitious Composites for use in Bridge Deck Overlays,” Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Project No. 13-39-Nevada Department of Transportation, January 2016.
  • Allen, B.M. and Sanders, D.H., “Post-Tensioning Duct Air Pressure Testing Effects on Web Cracking,” Center For Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department Of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-15-02, January 2015.
  • Mohebbi, A., Ryan, K. and Sanders, D.H. “Seismic Response of a Highway Bridge with Structural Fuses for Seismic Protection of Piers," Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-13-18, December 2013.
  • Haber, Z., Saiidi, M. and Sanders, D.H., "Precast Column-Footing Connections for Accelerated Bridge Construction in Seismic Zones," Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-13-08, May 2013.
  • Saad, A., Sanders, D.H. and Buckle, I., "Assessment of Foundation Rocking Behavior in Reducing the Seismic Demand on Horizontally Curved Bridges," Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-13-12, June 2013.
  • Wibowo, H., Buckle, I. and Sanders, D.H., "Experimental and Analytical Investigations on the Effect of Live Load on the Seismic Performance of a Highway Bridge," Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-13-15, August 2013.
  • Carr, T. and Sanders, D.H., “Instrumentation and Dynamic Characterization of the Galena Creek Bridge,” Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-13-01, January 2013.
  • Almer, K. and Sanders, D., "Longitudinal Seismic Performance of Precast Bridge Girders Integrally Connected to a Cast-in-Place Bentcap," Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-13-04, April 2013.
  • Cukrov, M. E., Sanders, D.H., “Seismic Performance of Prestressed Pile-To-Bent Cap Connections,” Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-12-04, September 2012.
  • Arias-Acosta, J. G., Sanders, D.H., “Seismic Performance of Circular and Interlocking Spirals RC Bridge Columns under Bidirectional Shake Table Loading Part 1,” Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-12-03, September 2012.
  • Larkin, A. S., Sanders, D.H., and Saiidi, M.S., “Unbonded Prestressed Columns for Earthquake Resistance,” Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-12-02, January 2012.
  • Levi, M. and Sanders, D.H., “Seismic Response of Columns in Horizontally Curved Bridges,” Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-11-04, December 2011.  

Teaching

David Sanders with a student in the structures lab
Graduated as Main Thesis Advisor: 10 PhD and 25 MS
Graduated as co-Thesis Advisor: 9 PhD and 11 MS
Undergraduate Researchers: 16

Courses Taught at the University of Nevada, Reno

  • CEE 140 Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • ENGR 100A Introduction into Engineering
  • CEE/ME 241 Statics
  • CEE 372 Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Solids
  • CEE 427 Senior Capstone Course (Structural Portion)
  • CEE 481/681 Structural Steel Design
  • CEE 480/680 Reinforced Concrete Design I
  • CEE 486/686 Reinforced Concrete Design II
  • CEE 483/683 Prestressed Concrete
  • CEE 722 Limit Design of Structural Steel and Concrete
  • CEE 723 Advanced Reinforced Concrete

Service

Members of the University of Nevada, Reno concrete canoe team pose with their canoe

Selected National/International Activities

  • ACI 318-19 Building Code and Commentary (2014 to 2019)
  • ACI 318-19 Steering Committee (2014 to 2019)
  • Chair, ACI 318E, Sectional and Member Strength (2014 to 2019)
  • Chair, ACI-ASCE/SEI Coordination Task Group (2010 to 2016)
  • Chair, ASCE/SEI Committee on Concrete and Masonry Structures (CCMS) (2010 to 2016)
  • ACI-ASCE Committee 445 Shear and Torsion (1993-present), Chair (2003-2008), Secretary (1998-2003)
    • Subcommittee Chair 445A: Strut-and-Tie Model (1993-1997, 2012 to present)
  • ACI 341 Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Bridges (1992-present) Chair (1998-2003)
  • ACI-ASCE Committee 423 Prestressed Concrete (1991-2001, 2003 to 2013)
    • Subcommittee Chair: Ultimate Flexural Capacity with Unbonded Tendons (1994-1996)
    • Subcommittee Chair: ASCE Structures Congress (1995 – 1998)
  • Elected Member of CUREE (Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering) Board of Direction (2011- 2012, 2013-2014(Treasure, Executive Committee))
  • Elected Member of ACI Board of Director (2010 to 2013)
    • Member of Financial Activities Subcommittee (2010 to present)
    • Member of Convention Subcommittee (2010 to 2014)
  • ACI 318-11/14 Building Code and Commentary (2008 to 2014)
  • Organizer for Annual US-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop (2002 to 2014)

Selected University Committees & Service

  • Member, University Faculty Senate Diversity Committee (2016 to present)
  • Member (UNR Faculty Representative), Chancellor/System President’s Periodic Review Committee (2016)
  • Chair, Faculty Senate Committee on Nevada Medical School Reorganization (2016)
  • Member, University Faculty Senate Early Career Academic Faculty Committee (2016 to present)
  • Member, Department Undergraduate Committee (2016-2017)
  • Member (elected), University Tenure and Promotion Committee (2010 to 2013, 2016 to 2019)
  • Member, Department, Graduate Program Committee (2010 to present), Chair (2012 to 2014, 2016)
  • Director, CEE Department Graduate Program (2012 to 2014, 2016)
  • NSHE Compensation Committee (2015-2016)
  • Member, NSHE Council of Chairs (2015-2016)
  • Member, President’s Council (2015-2016)
  • Member, College Graduate Committee (2013 to present)
  • Established and Maintained the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory Recharge Center (1997 to present)
  • ASCE/AGC Student Chapter Advisor, Department (1991 to present)
  • Member, University Facilities Resource Committee (2014-2015)
  • Member, University Academic Leadership Council (2014-2015)
  • Chair, College of Engineering Personnel Committee (2013 to 2015)
  • Member, University Salary and Benefits Committee (2011- 2015), Chair (2012)
  • Member, Department, Curriculum Committee (2010 to 2013)
  • Chair, University Academic Standards Committee (2008 to 2009)
  • Chair, College Curriculum Committee (1998 to 2009), Member (1995 to 2009)
  • Chair, Department Curriculum Committee (1995 to 2009)
  • Chair, Department Bylaw Committee (2001 to 2009)
  • Chair, University Academic Equity Study (2002-2004)
  • Member, University Merit Committee (2000 to 2003)
  • Academic Standards Committee, University, Member (1997 to 1999)
  • Chair, University Bylaws and Code Committee (1995-1997), Member (1994 to 1997)

Selected Community Service

  • Board Chair, Excel Christian School (2005 to present)
  • Boy Scout Scoutmaster (1986-1989, Assistant: 2004 to 2010)
  • Soccer Coach (Sp/F’1997, F’1998, F’1999, F’2002, Sp/F’2003, Sp/F’2004, Sp/F’2005, Sp/F’2006, Sp/F’2007, Sp 2008)
  • Baseball Coach (F’1998, F’1999, Sp’2002)
  • Assistant Volleyball Coach (F’2009)
  • Volunteer for Junior Ski Program (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
Regent Rick Trachok, President Marc Johnson and David Sanders at graduation

Contact

Have questions about my research or how to get involved?

Dr. David Sanders
Scrugham Engineering and Mines 110
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
MS 0258
Phone
775-784-4288