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James M. Ricles

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Bruce G. Johnston Professor of Structural Engineering;
Director, Real-Time Multi-directional Earthquake Simulation Facility;
Deputy Director, Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Center

Address: Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS)
117 ATLSS Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-6252

E-mail: jmr5@lehigh.edu

Research: Google Scholar

Areas of Research

  • Innovative Structural Systems
  • Structural Connections
  • Supplemental Damping
  • Advanced Experimental and Computational Simulation


Dr. Ricles conducts experimental and analytical research on innovative seismic-resistant steel structures; on composite steel-concrete structures; on structural steel connections; on advanced simulation methods, including real-time hybrid simulation for dynamic loading; and on the rehabilitation and assessment of damaged and deteriorated buildings and offshore structures.

He has been Principal or co-Principal Investigator for more than 45 research projects with budgets exceeding $50,000, and for 12 large-scale multi-investigator research programs with budgets exceeding $1 million. He is co-author of more than 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 335 conference and workshop proceedings papers and technical reports.

Dr. Ricles has received numerous awards for his research, including the 2013 Special Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction and the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers Raymond C. Reese Research Prize. He has been a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Awardee (1991-1996); a NASA Research Fellowship Awardee (1990-1991); and an American Institute of Steel Construction National Fellow (1987). In addition, Dr. Ricles has won eight awards from Lincoln Arc Welding in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Arc Welded Design (1987-2005), including the 2005 Chairman's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arc Welded Design.

Dr. Ricles teaches courses in Structural Dynamics, Structural Reliability, Linear and Non-linear Structural Analysis, and Stability and Design of Steel Structures. He has supervised or co-supervised more than 30 completed M.S. student theses and 20 completed Ph.D. student dissertations. Some of these former Ph.D. students are now faculty members at University of Illinois, Princeton University, and Purdue University in the U.S., as well as at several universities overseas.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1980
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1979