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Henri P. Gavin

Gavin

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Henri Gavin's research interests are in the areas of structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, nonlinear dynamics, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, system identification, the statistical characterization of environmental loads including wind and earthquake, and optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping. 

Dr. Gavin is the director of the Structural Dynamics and Seismic Response Control Laboratory.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994
  • M.Sc.Eng. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1988
  • B.S.E. Princeton University, 1986

Research Interests

Structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, nonlinear dynamics, system identification, optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Earl I Brown II Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 2013
  • President's Award. New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering. 2010
  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA). Duke University. 2008
  • ASEE Southeast Mid-Career Teaching Award. American Society for Engineering Education. 2007
  • Klein Family Teaching Award. School of Engineering. 2006
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2005
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, fellowship. JSPS. 2002
  • Packard Grant Finalist. Packard Foundation. 1997
  • Early CAREER award. National Science Foundation. 1996
  • Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Oak Ridge Associated Universities. 1996

Courses Taught

  • CEE 201L: Uncertainty Design and Optimization
  • CEE 294: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 393: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 394: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 541: Structural Dynamics
  • CEE 629: System Identification
  • CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ECON 212: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • EGR 305: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
  • HOUSECS 59: House Course
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zéhil, GP; Gavin, HP, Rolling Resistance of a Hard Sphere on Rubber Sheets: Limitations of Linear Viscoelastic Modeling and Influence of Nonlinearities, International Journal of Applied Mechanics, vol 11 no. 7 (2019) [10.1142/S1758825119500662] [abs].
  • Zéhil, GP; Gavin, HP, The effect of boundary condition variations on the rolling resistance of a hard sphere on rubber sheets, International Journal of Applied Mechanics, vol 11 no. 5 (2019) [10.1142/S1758825119500431] [abs].
  • Tehrani, MH; Harvey, PS; Gavin, HP; Mirza, AM, Inelastic condensed dynamic models for estimating seismic demands for buildings, Engineering Structures, vol 177 (2018), pp. 616-629 [10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.07.083] [abs].
  • Kuang, A; Sridhar, A; Garven, J; Gutschmidt, S; Rodgers, GW; Chase, JG; Gavin, HP; Nigbor, RL; Macrae, GA, Christchurch Women's Hospital: Performance Analysis of the Base-Isolation System during the Series of Canterbury Earthquakes 2011-2012, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, vol 30 no. 4 (2016) [10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000846] [abs].
  • Rinker, JM; Gavin, HP; Clifton, A; Veers, PS; Kilcher, LF, Temporal Coherence: A Model for Non-stationarity in Natural and Simulated Wind Records, Boundary Layer Meteorology, vol 159 no. 2 (2016), pp. 373-389 [10.1007/s10546-015-0121-x] [abs].