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Dr. Ben Dymond

Ben Dymond

Professional title

Assistant Professor



Structural Engineering


  • Ph.D. Civil (Structural) Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2015)
  • M.S. Civil (Structural) Engineering, Virginia Tech (2007)
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech (2006)

Academic & Professional Experience:

Courses Taught:

  • CE 3115 - Structural Analysis
  • CE 4100 - Applications of Management in Precast Concrete
  • CE 4126 - Design of Concrete Structures
  • CE 4136 - Structural Systems
  • CE 4128/5128 - Prestressed Concrete Structures
  • CE 5127 - Bridge Analysis and Design

Research and Teaching Interests

My research and teaching agenda focuses on the resiliency of reinforced and prestressed concrete infrastructure and structural systems. This agenda emerges from my early work on the Federal Highway Administration’s Long-Term Bridge Performance Program and from my experience as a consulting structural engineer at AECOM and KPFF. I pursue this interest in a number of directions, including destructive experimental laboratory research, short- and long-term field monitoring experiments, and non-destructive numerical analyses. I have conducted a variety of internally and externally funded projects investigating anchorage and bond of GFRP and epoxy-coated rebar, deterioration of mixed rebar bridge decks, shear capacity of hollow-core slabs with partially filled cores, and flexural strength of nail-laminated timber crane mats. In addition, I participate in numerous professional and university related service endeavors to further the field of structural engineering and mentor the next generation of engineers.

Videos of Dr. Dymond's Students:

Tom DeMars - Energy Dissipation of Structural Panels Subjected to Impact Loading

Sai Wu and Alex Thelemann - Load Distribution and Serviceability Extension of the John A. Blatnik Bridge

Matt McDermott - Shear in Hollow-Core Slabs

Select Publications & Patents

Journal Articles:


  • Stephens, T. C., Dymond, B. Z., and Plaut, R. H. (2014). “Geotextile Tube with Flat Ends.” U.S. Patent No. 8777523B2.
  • Stephens, T. C., Dymond, B. Z., and Plaut, R. H. (2012). “Geotextile Tube with Flat Ends.” Mexico Patent No. 296550.