Robert B. Fleischman



Dr. Robert B. Fleischman is a professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics and held the Delbert R. Lewis Professorship from 2008-2011. Dr. Fleischman’s research area is earthquake engineering with a focus on special seismic mitigation systems for buildings, precast/prestressed concrete and steel structures, and progressive collapse of structures due to sudden events, with recent projects involving a $1.2M NSF project toward developing a floor anchorage system that protects buildings by reducing the earthquake forces, the use of cast steel components for seismic resistant steel structures, and a $2.6M multi-university project toward developing a new design methodology for precast concrete floor diaphragms. The latter work has been included in Part 3 of 2009 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Provisions for Seismic Design for New Buildings and has passed the initial ballot for inclusion in the 2014 U.S. Building Codes.

Dr. Fleischman has industry experience designing several hi-rise buildings. Dr. Fleischman has won several national awards for his research in prestressed concrete including the 2009 and 2004 Martin P. Korn Awards, the 2006 Charles C. Zollman Award, and the 2004 George D. Nasser Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), and was also nominated for the 2005 T.Y. Lin Award. Dr. Fleischman has led post-earthquake reconnaissance teams to Haiti (2010) and New Zealand (2011), and was selected in 2013 to lead a 20 University team to compete for the $63M 5-Year Operations of the U.S. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES2). Dr. Fleischman has published approximately 50 journal articles and conference papers, has been invited to participate over 10 national and international workshops, delivered three national webinars, taught three national/international short courses, and delivered over 50 invited lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Fleischman has won teaching awards at the University of Arizona five times in the last 8 years.


  • Ph.D.(Civil Engineering), Lehigh University, 1995
  • M.S. (Civil Engineering), Lehigh University, 1989
  • B.S. (Civil Engineering), Carnegie-Mellon University 1985

Professional Experience:

  • Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti/CBM Engineers, Chicago, IL, 1995-1996
  • Assistant Superintendent, Turner Construction Company, New York, NY, 1985-1986

Research Interests:

  • Seismic-Resistant Design of Building Structures
  • Modular Connections for Steel Moment-Resisting Frames
  • Diaphragm flexibility effects on precast concrete structures
  • Post-tensioned steel frames
  • Connectors for Automated Construction.
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Modeling;
  • Nonlinear Dynamic Structural Analysis
  • Full-scale Experimentation



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