Prestressed and post-tensioned concrete design and long-term performance
Dr. Natassia Brenkus' research interests lie in innovative concrete design using new materials and application-oriented research. More specifically, she is interested in the prestressed concrete behavior and design, repair and rehabilitation of existing concrete structures, and resilient, sustainable infrastructure.
She believes that the sustainability and resiliency of our infrastructure will be pushed forward through a cross-disciplinary marriage of materials science and structural engineering, as well as through changes in construction and practice that make structures easier to repair. Possessing a strong interest in advancing practical knowledge, Professor Brenkus' research program will be primarily focused on experimental structural investigations, including but not limited to, testing of new design solutions, validation of analytical work, and investigation aimed at improving the efficiency of otherwise empirical provisions in design codes.
Dr. Brenkus stresses the value of seeing this work culminate in knowledge dissemination and broader impact through the development of design methodologies and advancement of building codes and standards for the practicing engineer.