Ian Robertson

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Arthur N.L. Chiu Distinguished Professor
Office: Holmes Hall 381
Phone: (808) 956-6536
E-mail: ianrob@hawaii.edu
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Areas of Specialty and Research Interest

Structural engineering: Structural analysis and design for building and bridge structures of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete and structural steel. Seismic and long-term monitoring of structures. Use of fiber reinforced composites in retrofit of older concrete structures. Multi-hazard mitigation and structural rehabilitation

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1990
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1985
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1978

Professional Registration

  • Registered Structural Engineer (S.E.) in Hawaii, since 1996.

Experience

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Structures), University of Hawaii, 2005 – present
  • Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Structures), University of Hawaii, 1997- 2005
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Hawaii, 1992- 1997.
  • Project Engineer/Associate, Walter P. Moore and Associates, Houston, TX, 1989- 1992.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1986-1989.
  • Project Manager, Ove Arup Inc. and S.M. Goldstein Construction Co., Johannesburg, South Africa, 1984-1986.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1982-1984.
  • Design Engineer, Ove Arup Inc., Johannesburg, South Africa, 1980-1982.

Courses Taught (in the last five years)

  • CEE271: Applied Mechanics II (S13, S14, S16)
  • CEE 370: Mechanics of Materials
  • CEE 485: Reinforced Concrete Design (F13, F14, F15, F16, F17)
  • CEE 486: Structural Steel Design
  • CEE 491: Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering  (S13)
  • CEE 499: Special Problems (F13)
  • CEE 683: Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design (S14, S16, S17)
  • CEE 685: Advanced Structural Steel Design
  • CEE 687: Prestressed Concrete Design (F13, F14, F15, F17)

Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Hawaii State Earthquake Advisory Board.
  • Member, American Concrete Institute, ACI:
  • Member, ACI Committee 209, Creep and Shrinkage in Concrete.
  • Associate Member, ACI Committee 352, Joints in Monolithic Concrete Structures.
  • Member, Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii, SEAOH.
  • Member, Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association, LGSEA, Hawaii Chapter.
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE.
  • Member, American Society of Engineering Education, ASEE.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1993-94.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1996-97.
  • Hi Chang Chai Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, May 15, 1999.

Research Grants

  1. Robertson, I. (P.I.) “Hysteretic Modeling of Slab-Column Connections subjected to Seismic Loading”, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER/NSF), 99-01.
  2. Robertson, I. (P.I.) “Instrumentation and Long-Term Monitoring of the H3 North Halawa Valley Viaduct”, funded by FHWA and Hawaii State DOT, 94-04.
  3. Robertson, I. (P.I.) “Seismic Instrumentation and Monitoring of the Kealakaha Stream Bridge”, funded by FHWA and Hawaii State DOT, 00-05.
  4. Robertson, I. (P.I.) “Testing of Prestressed Concrete Beams Repaired with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers”, funded by Hawaii State DOT, 00-01.
  5. Robertson, I. (P.I.) “Corrosion of Galvanized Fasteners used in Cold-Formed Steel Construction”, funded by HUD and NASFA, 00-01.
  6. Robertson, I. (P.I.) “Instructional Shake Table”, funded by National Science Foundation, 2000
  7. Robertson, I. (P.I.) and Brandes, H. (co-P.I.) “Soil Investigation & Soil-Structure Interaction Modeling of the Kealakaha Bridge”, funded by Hawaii State DOT, 04-06.
  8. Robertson, I. (P.I.) “Five-year Monitoring of Corrosion Field Specimens”, funded by Hawaii State DOT, 04-09.
  9. Robertson, I. (P.I.), “Seismic/Tsunami Construction, Phase 1: A Pilot Study”, funded by Washington State Emergency Management Department, 03-04.

Selected Publications

  1. Robertson, I. N., and Li, X., Shrinkage and Creep Predictions
    Evaluated using 10-year Monitoring of the North Halawa Valley Viaduct,
    Shrinkage and Creep of Concrete, SP-227, Editors: N.J. Gardner and
    Jason Weiss, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Michigan,
    2005, pp. 143-162.
  2. Johnson, G., and Robertson, I. N., Repair of Slab-Column Connections
    Using Epoxy and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, ASCE Composites in
    Construction Journal, Vol. 8, No. 5, Sept-Oct 2004, pp. 376-383.
  3. Robertson, I. N., Agapay, A. A., and Nakashima, L. M., Field Retrofit
    of Prestressed Concrete T-Beam Using CFRP, Field Applications of FRP
    Reinforcement: Case Studies, SP-215, Editors: Sami Rizkalla and Antonio
    Nanni, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 2003, pp. 335-348.
  4. Robertson, I. N., Kawai, T., Lee, J., and Enomoto, B., Cyclic Testing
    of Slab-Column Connections with Shear Reinforcement, ACI Structural
    Journal, Vol. 99, No. 5, Sept-Oct 2002, pp 605-613.
  5. Robertson, Ian Nicol, Survey of Education and License Requirements
    for Structural Engineers, ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering
    Education & Practice, Vol. 128, No. 3, July 2002, pp 120-124.
  6. Robertson, Ian N.,2000. Correlation of Creep and Shrinkage Models with Field
    Observations, The Adam Neville Symposium: Creep and Shrinkage – Structural
    Design Effects ACI SPECIAL PUBLICATION SP-194, American Concrete Institute,
    Farmington Hills, Michigan, pp 261-282.
  7. Knapp, R. H., and Robertson, I. N., 2000. Fiber Optic Sensor
    System forFilament-Wound Pressure Vessels,Proceedings of the Tenth
    (2000) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Seattle, Washington.
  8. Robertson, I. N., 2000. Fiber-composite Repair, Strengthening
    and Retrofit of Concrete Members, Proceedings of the 4th South African
    Conference on Polymers in Concrete, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
  9. Robertson, Ian. N., Lee, J., Kawai, T., and Enomoto, B., 2000.
    Cyclic Testing of Slab-Column Connections, Proceedings of the 12th
    World Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand, CD-Rom.
  10. Knapp, R. H., and Robertson, Ian. N., 1999. A New Concept for
    Smart Composite Pressure Vessels, Proceedings of the Ninth (1999) International
    Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Brest, France,
  11. Robertson, Ian. N., 1998. Seismic performance of flat-slab shear
    reinforcement, Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on Earthquake
    Engineering (ECEE-11), Paris, France,
  12. Kenneth W. Shushkewich, Nhan T. Vo, and Ian N. Robertson, 1998.
    Instrumentation of the North Halawa Valley Viaduct, Oahu, Hawaii, Progress Report.
  13. Robertson, Ian. N., and Knapp, R. H., 1998. Fiber Optic Sensors
    for Marine Composite Applications, Proceedings of the Eighth (1998)
    International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  14. Robertson, Ian. N., 1998. Instantaneous and Long-term Deflection
    of the North Halawa Valley Viaduct. Proceedings of the Sixth East Asia-Pacific
    Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, Taipei, Taiwan,
  15. Robertson, Ian. N., 1997. Analysis of Flat Slab Structures Subjected
    to Combined Lateral and Gravity Loads. ACI STRUCTURAL JOURNAL, American
    Concrete Institute, Michigan. V. 94, No. 6.
  16. Robertson, Ian. N., and Ambrose, C. J., 1996. Analytical Representation
    of Flat Plate Structures under Vertical and Lateral Loads. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    IN DEFLECTION EVALUATION OF CONCRETE, SP-161, Edward G. Nawy – Editor,
    American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Michigan, pp. 51-73.
  17. Robertson, Ian. N., and Durbin, M. P., 1996. Instrumentation
    for long-term bridge structure monitoring, DIAGNOSIS OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES.
    Proceedings of the 2nd RILEM International Conference, ExpertCentrum, Bratislava, pp. 38-43.
  18. Robertson, Ian. N., and Durrani, A. H., 1992, Gravity Load Effect
    on Seismic Behavior of Interior Slab-Column Connections. ACI STRUCTURAL
    JOURNAL, American Concrete Institute, V. 89, No. 1, pp. 37-45.
  19. Robertson, Ian. N., and Durrani, A. H., 1991. Gravity Load Effect
    on Seismic Behavior of Exterior Slab-Column Connections. ACI STRUCTURAL
    JOURNAL, American Concrete Institute, V. 88, No. 3, pp. 255-267.