James S. Davidson received a Ph.D. degree in 1996 from Auburn University with a major in structural engineering and mechanics. Dr. Davidson worked on the civil engineering faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from November 1997 through July 2007; he joined the Auburn University faculty in August 2007 where is currently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. His specialties are in the areas of structural engineering and structural mechanics, with an emphasis on computational methods. Dr. Davidson's research and industry experiences are varied and include work for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Alabama Department of Transportation, NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USA-ERDC). Dr. Davidson's current research interests and activities include advanced analytical modeling of structures, the effects of curvature on the strength and stability of curved steel bridge superstructures, the effects of blast loads on structures, the development of lightweight deployable structures using advanced materials, design and analysis of precast concrete structures, and the design of masonry structures for extreme loads.
Biography Updated on 3 November 2012