Steven M. Cramer

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 265-2001
Fax: (608) 262-6400
cramer@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Construction materials and the structures they form are the the basis of our infrastructure. These interrelated topics are the focus of my research. The scope of our activity includes study of the mechanical behavior of wood and wood-based materials, the design and analysis of wood structures, and the performance of concrete construction materials.

Our research includes developing linkages between properties of wood microstructure and macrolevel mechanical performance of wood construction products. We have on-going activities to develop new structural analysis methods for wood trusses. These methods have been applied to advanced design specifications. Part of this research involves the study of the performance of wood assemblies subject to fire.

Our extensive laboratory research on the performance of concrete materials for infrastructure applications such as pavements continues to grow. Studies include examinations of suitability of new concrete aggregates in relation to the freeze-thaw performance of concrete. We also are continuing a study, which began at UW-Madison in 1910, examining the long-term properties of concrete.

Our research is a blend of experimental and numerical work. My graduate students and I are part of a research team directed at solving real problems related to structures and materials used in construction.

Education

  • BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • MS, Colorado State University
  • PhD, Colorado State University

Research Interests

  • structural engineering
  • wood structures
  • concrete materials

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award-Forest Products Research Society, 1992 and 1997
  • Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy, 2001
  • Chancellor\\\'s Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
  • American Society of Testing and Materials
  • Forest Products Research Society
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Concrete Institute

Courses

Summer 2014

  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 489 - Honors in Research
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 442 - Wood Structures I
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • Profile Summary

    Construction materials and the structures they form are the the basis of our infrastructure. These interrelated topics are the focus of my research. The scope of our activity includes study of the mechanical behavior of wood and wood-based materials, the design and analysis of wood structures, and the performance of concrete construction materials.

    Our research includes developing linkages between properties of wood microstructure and macrolevel mechanical performance of wood construction products. We have on-going activities to develop new structural analysis methods for wood trusses. These methods have been applied to advanced design specifications. Part of this research involves the study of the performance of wood assemblies subject to fire.

    Our extensive laboratory research on the performance of concrete materials for infrastructure applications such as pavements continues to grow. Studies include examinations of suitability of new concrete aggregates in relation to the freeze-thaw performance of concrete. We also are continuing a study, which began at UW-Madison in 1910, examining the long-term properties of concrete.

    Our research is a blend of experimental and numerical work. My graduate students and I are part of a research team directed at solving real problems related to structures and materials used in construction.


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