Mervyn J. Kowalsky is Professor of Civil Engineering at the North Carolina State University. He took his BS in Structural Engineering (1993), his MS in Structural Engineering (1994) and his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering (1997) at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and of the American Concrete Institute. He takes part of the SEAOC Ad-Hoc Performance Based Engineering Committee and of the American Concrete Institute Committee 213-Lightweight Concrete. His research interests concern Earthquake Engineering design and analysis, behavior of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures, development of alternative performance-based seismic design procedures. Current research projects include: Seismic Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns, Seismic Behavior of Clay Masonry Structures and Analysis of an Instrumented Jointless Bridge. Further information can be found here.


  • M.J. Kowalsky (2002) "A Performance-Based Approach for the Seismic Design of Concrete Bridges", Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 29, No. 3.
  • M.J. Kowalsky (2001) "RC Structural Walls Designed According to UBC and Displacement-Based Methods", ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 127, No. 5, pp. 506-516.
  • M.J. Kowalsky (2000) "Deformation Limit States and Implications on Design of Circular RC Bridge Columns", ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 126, No. 8, pp. 869-878.
  • M.J. Kowalsky, M.J.N. Priestley, and F. Seible (2000) "Dynamic Behavior of Lightweight Concrete Bridges", ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 97, No. 4, pp. 602-618.