University of Delaware - College of Engineering
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Thomas Schumacher

PhD, Oregon State University

Assistant Professor


Office: 360G DuPont Hall
Phone: (302) 831-4559
Fax: (302) 831-3640
Email: schumact@udel.edu
Curriculum Vitae:  view
Web Page:  http://www.ce.udel.edu/faculty/schumact

[ 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: Quantitative acoustic emission monitoring, carbon nanotube-based sensing composites, digital video-based monitoring; Behavior and durability of concrete structures; Sustainable structures; Probabilistic approaches.

Teaching Interests: Sustainability; Structural analysis and design; Concrete structures; Non-destructive testing.


Education

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

Honors and Awards

College 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

Select Publications

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.
 
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.

Courses Taught

2013-2014
Fall CIEG402 Introduction to Sustainability Principles in Civil Engineering
 
2012-2013
Fall CIEG301 Structural Analysis
Spring CIEG604 Prestressed Concrete Design
 
2011-2012
Fall CIEG301 Structural Analysis
Spring CIEG667 Non-Destructive Testing for Civil Engineers

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