Harry (Tripp) Shenton IIIPh.D, Johns Hopkins University
Professor and Chair
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Dr. Harry "Tripp" Shenton is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1982 with a bachelor's degree and completed a master's degree in civil engineering in 1984. He worked as a research engineer at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds between 1984 and 1986. Shenton earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1990. In the final year of his studies, he was also a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Between 1990 and 1994, Shenton was employed as a Research Structural Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he worked in the Building and Fire Research Laboratory. There he conducted basic and applied research in earthquake engineering, with particular emphasis on seismic isolation and passive energy dissipation systems. While at NIST he received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Zone I Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year award.
Shenton joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in September of 1994 as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering; he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2000, and Professor in 2008.
Shenton's areas of research focus include (1) structural health monitoring and condition assessment of civil infrastructure, and (2) innovative systems and materials for low-rise construction. He has received external funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Highway Administration, NIST, the Delaware Department of Transportation, the University of Delaware Research Foundation, and industry. In 1999 he received the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career award. Shenton is an affiliated member of the University’s Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering, Center for Composite Materials, and Delaware Center for Transportation.
Shenton teaches engineering mechanics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He received the 2001 College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award and the 2006 College of Engineering Slocomb Excellence in Teaching Award.
Before becoming Chair, Shenton served as Undergraduate Coordinator of the Civil Engineering program for a number of years and lead the ABET accreditation effort of the program in 2005. He has served on several department and college committees and also the University Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Distinguished Scholars Selection committee. Shenton is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, and Sigma Xi. He chairs the ASCE technical committee on Methods of Monitoring the Performance of Structures.
Education1990: Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University
1984: Master, University of Delaware
1982: Bachelor, University of Delaware
Honors and AwardsOutstanding Junior Faculty: 2001 College of Engineering
Davis Fellowship: University of Delaware, 1983
U.S. Army Ballistics Research Laboratory, Service Award: 1986
ASCE Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year: 1993
NSF Career Award: (1999-2003)
Excellence in Teaching Award: 2001 College of Engineering
Slocomb Excellence in Teaching Award: 2006 College of Engineering
Dinehart, D. W., Blasetti, A. S, and Shenton III, H. W. (2008) "The Experimental Performance of Viscoelastic Gypsum Connections and Shear Walls," ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 134, No. 1, January, pp.87-95.
Huang, H., Chajes, M. J., Mertz, D.R., Shenton III, H. W., and Kaliakin, V. (2007). "Strength Behavior of Filled Grid Decks for Bridges," Journal of Bridge Structures, 3(2), 105-118.
Huang,H., Chajes, M.J., Mertz, D.R., Shenton, III, H.W., and Kaliakin, V., (2007) "Application of orthotropic thin plate theory to fill steel grid decks for bridges," ASCE, Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 6, November/December, pp. 807-810.
Hu, B., Dweib, M., Wool, R. and Shenton, H (2007) "Bio-Based Composite Roof for Residential Construction" ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, Vol.13, No. 3, 136-143.
Hu, Xiaofeng, and Shenton III, H.W., (2007) "Dead load based damageidentification method for long-term structural health monitoring," Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 18, No. 9, pp. 923-938.
Chajes, M.J., and Shenton III, H.W., (2006) "Using Diagnostic Load Tests for Accurate Load Rating of Typical Bridges," Journal of Bridge Structures, 2(1),13-23.
Shenton III, H.W., and Hu, X. (2006) "Damage Identification Based on Dead Load Redistribution: Methodology," ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 8, pp. 1254-1263.
Hu, X., and Shenton III, H.W., (2006) "Damage Identification Based on Dead Load Redistribution: Effect of Measurement Error," ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 8, pp. 1264-1273.
Johnson, A.R., Dean, P.K., and Shenton, H.W. (2006) "Effects of Vertical Load and Hold Down Anchors on the Cyclic Response of Wood Framed Shear Walls," ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 9, pp. 1426-1434.
Howell, D.A. and Shenton III, H.W., (2006) "System for In-Service Strain Monitoring of Ordinary Bridges", ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp. 673-680
Dweib, M.A., Hu, B., Shenton III, H. W., and Wool, R. P. (2006) "Bio-based Composite Roof-Structure: Manufacturing and Processing Issues," Composite Structures, Vol. 74, pp. 379-388.
Zhao, L. and Shenton III, H.W., (2005) "Structural Damage Detection by Best Approximation Method", Structural Health Monitoring: an International Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 319-339.
Dweib, M.A., Hu, B., O’Donnell, A., Shenton, H.W., and Wool, R.P. (2004) "All natural composite sandwich beams for structural applications," Composite Structures, Vol. 63, pp. 147-157
Huang, H., Shenton, H.W., and Chajes, M.J. (2004), "Load Distribution for a Highly Skewed Bridge: Testing and Analysis," ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 558-562
Shenton III, H.W., Chajes, M.J., Sivakumar, B., and Finch, W.W. (2003) "Field Tests and In-Service Monitoring of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge," Transportation Research Board, No. 1845, Design of Structures 2003
Huang, H., Chajes, M.J., Mertz, D.R., Shenton III, H.W., and Kaliakin, V.N. (2002). "Behavior of Open Steel Grid Decks," Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 58(5-8), 819-842.