University of Delaware - College of Engineering

Thomas Schumacher

PhD, Oregon State University

Assistant Professor

Office: 360G DuPont Hall
Phone: (302) 831-4559
Fax: (302) 831-3640
Curriculum Vitae:  view

[ Short Bio | Education | Awards | Select Publications | Courses ]

Short Bio

After earning his Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering from the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland in 2000, Dr. Schumacher worked as a structural and project engineer for a consulting firm in Switzerland. He left design practice in 2004 to earn his M.S. and PhD Degrees from Oregon State University in 2006 and 2010, respectively. He joined the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware in 2010. He is an active member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Delaware.  Currently, he also serves as a co-chair on the University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force (UDSTF) Executive Council.

Research Interests: Novel sensing methodologies for non-destructive testing (NDT) and structural health monitoring (SHM) of civil infrastructure; Behavior and durability of concrete structures; Sustainable structures; Probabilistic approaches.

Teaching Interests: Sustainable engineering; Technology-society-environment; Structural analysis and design; Concrete structures; Non-destructive testing.


2010: PhD, Oregon State University
2006: M.S., Oregon State University
2000: B.S., Bern University of Applied Sciences

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Reviewer: ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 2014
College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award: The College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, 2012
ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow: American Society of Civil Engineers, 2011
Fellowship for Prospective Researchers: Swiss National Science Foundation, 2010
Best Newcomer: Prize for lecture given during 7th fib International PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany, 2008
Oregon Student of the Year: Oregon Transportation and Research Education Consortium, 2007

Select Publications

Linzer, L., Mhamdi, L., and Schumacher T. (2015). Application of a moment tensor inversion code developed for mining-induced seismicity to fracture monitoring of civil engineering materials. Journal of Applied Geophysics. Vol. 112, pp. 256-267. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2014.12.001.
Schumacher, T. and Thostenson, E. T. (2014). Development of structural carbon nanotube-based sensing composites for concrete structures. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. Vol. 25(11), pp. 1331-1339. DOI: 10.1177/1045389X13505252.
Schumacher, T. and Shariati, A. (2013). Monitoring of structures and mechanical systems using virtual visual sensors for video analysis: fundamental concept and proof of feasibility. Sensors. Vol. 13(12), pp. 16551-16564. DOI: 10.3390/s131216551.
Schumacher, T., Straub, D., and Higgins, C. (2012). Toward a probabilistic acoustic emission source location algorithm: a Bayesian approach. Journal of Sound and Vibration. Vol. 331(19), pp. 4245. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2012.04.028.
Schumacher, T., Higgins, C., and Lovejoy, S. (2011). Estimating operating load conditions on reinforced concrete highway bridges with b-value analysis from acoustic emission monitoring. Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 10(1), pp. 17-32. DOI: 10.1177/1475921710365424.

Courses Taught

Fall CIEG402 Introduction to Sustainability Principles in Civil Engineering
Spring CIEG604 Prestressed Concrete Design
Fall CIEG402 Introduction to Sustainability Principles in Civil Engineering
Fall CIEG301 Structural Analysis
Spring CIEG604 Prestressed Concrete Design
Fall CIEG301 Structural Analysis
Spring CIEG667 Non-Destructive Testing for Civil Engineers

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