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Richard Sause

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Joseph T. Stuart Professor of Structural Engineering;
Director, Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Center

Address: ATLSS Center
IMBT Labs - Room A202
117 ATLSS/Mountaintop Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3565


Dr. Sause conducts integrated experimental and analytical research on innovative self-centering seismic-resistant steel and concrete structures; on structures with passive damping systems; on steel highway bridge systems, including the application of high-performance steel (HPS) and the development of innovative steel bridge girders; on the fatigue performance of steel highway structures; and on the in-service performance of prestressed concrete bridge girders. He has been Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for more than 60 research projects with budgets exceeding $50,000, and 15 large-scale multi-investigator research programs with budgets exceeding $1,000,000. He is co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 220 conference proceedings papers and technical reports.

Dr. Sause teaches courses in structural dynamics, stability and design of steel structures, structural analysis, and bridge engineering. He has supervised or co-supervised 23 completed Ph.D. student dissertations and 39 M.S. student theses. Some of these completed Ph.D. students are now faculty members at Auburn University, Cal Poly Pomona, The University of Akron, University of Illinois, University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, and Princeton University, as well as at several universities overseas.

As ATLSS Director, Dr. Sause oversees approximately $6 million in annual research expenditures and a staff of 25 support personnel and research scientists. Dr. Sause is a winner of the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize and the J. James R. Croes Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Charles C. Zollman Award fromo the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and the Raymond C. Reese Structural Research Award from the American Concrete Institute.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute