Thomas SchumacherPhD, Oregon State University
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Short BioAfter 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: Non-destructive testing (NDT) and structural health monitoring (SHM) of civil infrastructure; Behavior of structures under dynamic and multi-hazard loadings; Behavior and design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures; Structures made of innovative and sustainable materials; Probabilistic solutions for engineering problems.
Teaching Interests: Sustainability; Non-destructive testing; Reinforced and prestressed concrete.
Education2010: PhD, Oregon State University
2006: M.S., Oregon State University
2000: B.S., Bern University of Applied Sciences
Honors and AwardsCollege of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award: The College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, 2012
ASCE ExCEEd Assistant Mentor: American Society of Civil Engineers, 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
Kiewit Center Graduate Fellowship: Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation, 2006
Schumacher, T. and Thostenson, E. T. (2013). Development of structural carbon nanotube-based sensing composites for concrete structures. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. Published online first September 20. DOI: 10.1177/1045389X13505252.
Mhamdi, L., Schumacher, T., and Linzer, L. (2013). Development of Seismology-based Acoustic Emission Methods for Civil Infrastructure Applications. AIP Conference Proceedings (Proceedings of QNDE. Denver, CO. July 15–20, 2012). Vol. 1511, pp. 1363–1370, DOI: 10.1063/1.4789201.
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.
Schumacher, T. (2008). Acoustic Emission Methods Applied to Conventionally Reinforced Concrete Bridge Girders. Research Report SPR 633. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Salem, OR, USA. Link: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/td/tp_res/docs/reports/2008/ae_techniques.pdf.