Spencer QuielSpencer Quiel

Assistant Professor
Structural Engineering

ATLSS Engineering Research Center
Imbt Labs - Room A112
Lehigh University
117 ATLSS Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4729, USA

P: (610) 758-5498
Email: seq213@lehigh.edu


• Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 2009
• B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2004
• Study Abroad Program, University of Western Australia, 2002

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Quiel’s research focuses on structural resistance to extreme loads, particularly fire, blast, and progressive collapse. He has experience in the analysis and design of both steel and concrete structures and has worked on projects related to building frames, protective façade systems, and bridges. His research has both computational and experimental aspects and is focused on the development of improved design standards for structural resistance to extreme loads. His work has been published in both domestic and international journals and has been presented at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Before coming to Lehigh, Dr. Quiel worked professionally at Hinman Consulting Engineers in Washington, D.C. where he performed analysis and design of structures to resist extreme loads. During his four years in practice, he was involved in the design and analysis of various structural systems to resist the effects of blast, fire, and progressive collapse. Since arriving at Lehigh, he has served as a technical advisory consultant to multiple major construction projects.

Before entering professional practice, Dr. Quiel completed his doctorate in structural engineering at Princeton University on a Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship. During his graduate study, he was awarded the Wu Prize for Excellence by the Princeton Engineering Office of Graduate Affairs in recognition of his dissertation research on the response of steel frames to fire. As part of his DHS fellowship, he spent two months at the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and collaborated on a study of the role of fire in the collapse mechanism of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.

Teaching and Service

Dr. Quiel will be teaching CEE 290, CEE Design Project: Civil Engineering Design in spring 2014. While at Princeton, he contributed to courses on tall building design, prestressed concrete, and the undergraduate introduction to engineering.

Dr. Quiel has been a member of the ASCE Fire Protection Committee since October 2011. He is a member of the committee’s control group and has contributed to the committee’s development of an appendix to ASCE 7 for structural-fire loading.

Dr. Quiel is a technical reviewer for several engineering journals, including the Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE) and Engineering Structures (Elsevier). He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.

Selected Publications


Quiel, S.E., Garlock, M.E.M., Dwaikat, M.M.S., Kodur, V.K.R. (2013). “Predicting the demand and plastic capacity of axially loaded steel beam-columns with thermal gradients.” Engineering Structures (Elsevier), under review.

Quiel, S.E., Marjanishvili, S.M. (2012). “Fire resistance of a damaged steel building frame that has been designed to resist progressive collapse.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (ASCE), Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 402-409. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000248

Quiel, S.E., Marjanishvili, S.M. (2011). “Progressive collapse mitigation in multistory tilt-up structural systems.” Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 82, pp. 698-703. http://dx.doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.82.698   

Quiel, S.E., Garlock, M.E.M., Paya-Zaforteza, I. (2011). “Closed-form procedure for predicting the capacity and demand of steel beam-columns under fire.” Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 137, No. 9, pp. 967-976. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000443

Dwaikat, M.M.S., Kodur, V.K.R., Quiel, S.E., Garlock, M.E.M. (2011). “Experimental behavior of steel beam-columns subjected to fire-induced thermal gradients.” Journal of Constructional Steel Research (Elsevier), Vol. 67, No. 1, pp. 30-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2010.07.007

Quiel, S.E., Garlock, M.E.M. (2010). “Calculating the buckling strength of steel plates exposed to fire.” Thin-Walled Structures (Elsevier), Vol. 48, No. 9, pp. 684-695. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2010.04.001

Quiel, S.E., Garlock, M.E.M. (2010). “Closed-form prediction of the thermal and structural response of a perimeter column in a fire.” The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal (Bentham), Vol. 4, pp. 64-78. http://www.benthamscience.com/open/tobctj/articles/V004/SI0054TOBCTJ/64TOBCTJ.pdf

Quiel, S.E., Garlock, M.E.M. (2010). “Parameters for modeling a high-rise steel building frame subject to fire.” Journal of Structural Fire Engineering (Multi-Science), Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 115-134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/2040-2317.1.2.115

Quiel, S.E., Garlock, M.E.M. (2008). “A closed-form analysis of perimeter member behavior in a steel building frame subject to fire.” Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol. 30, No. 11, pp. 3276-3284. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2008.05.006

Garlock, M.E.M. and Quiel, S.E. (2008). “Plastic axial load - moment interaction curves for fire-exposed steel sections.” Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 134, No. 6, pp. 874-880. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9445(2008)134:6(874)

Garlock, M.E.M. and Quiel, S.E. (2007). “The behavior of steel perimeter columns in a high-rise building under fire.” Engineering Journal (AISC), Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 359-372.

Garlock, M.E.M. and Quiel, S.E. (2007). “Mechanics of wide-flanged steel sections that develop thermal gradients due to fire exposure.” International Journal of Steel Structures (KSSC), Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 153-162.


Garlock, M.E.M., Quiel, S.E., Paya-Zaforteza, I. (2011). NISTGCR-11-950: Guidelines for Predicting the Capacity and Demand of Steel Beam-Columns Under Fire: Part 1, Perimeter Columns. National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.


Quiel, S.E. and Marjanishvili, S.M. (2013). “Response of Steel Columns to Fire Following Blast.” Proc. Of the 15th ISIEMS Symposium, Potsdam, Germany, September 17-20.

Neal, M.C., Garlock, M.E.M., Quiel, S.E., Marjanishvili, S.M. (2012). “Effects of Fire on a Tall Steel Building Designed to Resist Progressive Collapse.” Proc. of the 2012 ASCE Structures Congress, Chicago, IL, March 29-31.

Quiel, S.E. and Marjanishvili, S.M. (2010). “Fire-Induced Progressive Collapse of Steel Structures That Have Sustained Localized Damage.” Proc. of the Sixth International Conference on Structures in Fire (SiF'10), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, June 2-4. Kodur & Franssen ed., pp. 59-66.

Quiel, S.E. and Garlock, M.E.M. (2010). “Stress-Based Equations for Predicting the Buckling Capacity of Steel Plates Exposed to Fire.” Proc. of the Sixth International Conference on Structures in Fire (SiF'10), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, June 2-4. Kodur & Franssen ed., pp. 122-129.

Quiel, S.E. and Garlock, M.E.M. (2010). “Procedure for Simplified Analysis of Perimeter Columns under Fire.” Proc. of the 2010 ASCE Structures Congress, Orlando, FL, May 12-15.

Kodur, V.R., Garlock, M.E., Dwaikat, M.S., Quiel, S.E. (2009). “Collaborative research: fire engineering guidelines for the design of steel beam-columns.” Proc. of 2009 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22-25.

Quiel, S.E. and Garlock, M.E.M (2008). “3-D Versus 2-D Modeling of a High-Rise Steel Framed Building Under Fire.” Proc. of the Fifth International Conference on Structures in Fire (SiF’08), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, May 28-30, Tan, Kodur, & Tan ed., pp. 278-289.

Quiel, S.E. and Garlock, M.E.M. (2008). “Modeling High-Rise Steel Framed Buildings Under Fire.” Proc. of the 2008 ASCE Structures Congress, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 24-26.

Quiel, S.E. and Garlock, M.E.M. (2007). “Predicting the Demand on Fire-Exposed Perimeter Members in a High-Rise Steel Building Frame." Proc. of the 11th International Conference on Fire Science and Engineering (Interflam 2007), London, UK, September 3-5.

Garlock, M.E.M. and Quiel, S.E. (2006). “Mechanics of Wide-Flanged Steel Sections with Thermal Gradients Due to Fire Exposure.” Proc. of the 4th International Symposium on Steel Structures (ISSS ’06), Korean Society of Steel Construction (KSSC), Seoul, Korea, November 9-10.

Quiel, S.E. and Garlock, M.E.M. (2006). “A Performance-Based Design Approach for Steel Perimeter Columns Subject to Fire.” Proc. of the Fourth International Workshop for Structures in Fire (SiF'06), University of Aveiro, Aviero, Portugal, May 10-12.

Garlock, M.E.M. and Quiel, S.E. (2006). “Combined Axial Load and Moment Capacity of Fire-Exposed Beam-Columns with Thermal Gradients.” Proc. of the Fourth International Workshop for Structures in Fire (SiF'06), University of Aveiro, Aviero, Portugal, May 10-12.

Garlock, M.E.M. and Quiel, S.E. (2005). “Behavior of Steel Perimeter Columns in a Fire.” Proc. of the 2005 ASCE Structures Congress, NYC, NY, April 20-24.

Chajes, M., Mertz, D., Quiel, S., Roecker, H., Milius, J. (2005). “Steel Girder Fracture on Delaware’s I-95 Bridge over the Brandywine River.” Proc. of the 2005 ASCE Structures Congress, NYC, NY, April 20-24.


Gardner, M.P. and Quiel, S.E. (2013). “Updated Military Criteria for Antiterrorism Design.” Structure Magazine (NCSEA), January 2013, pp. 28-29. http://www.structuremag.org/Archives/2013-1/C-InSights-Gardner-Jan13.pdf