Nicole Leo, PHD

Nicole Leo, PHD

Assistant Professor

Department : Civil & Environmental Engineering

Email : nicole.leo@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7176

Office : LEO 309

Education

PHD, Lehigh University
MS, Princeton University
BS, Rutgers University

Research

RESEARCH TEAM
Dr. Nicole Leo Braxtan works with Prof. Reeves Whitney and Dr. Qian Wang in the Civil Engineering High Performance Computer Lab.  
 
RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Structural Components and Systems in Fire
  • Passive Fire Protection for Steel Buildings and Bridges
  • Box Girder Bridges in Fire
  • Curved Bridges in Fire
  • Composite Bridge Girders in Fire
  • Weathering Steel in Fire
  • Sustainable Construction and Green Buildings
  • Engineering Education
 

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor                        Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
08/2010 to present                         Manhattan College, Bronx, NY

Post-Doctoral Research Associate   Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
01/2010 to 7/2010                         Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Research Assistant                        Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
08/2005 to 01/2010                       Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Bridge Design Engineer                  DMJM Harris | AECOM
01/2005 to 07/2005                       Philadelphia, PA

Assistant in Instruction                 Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
09/2002 to 08/2004                      Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Publications & Professional Activities

Peer Reviewed Journal Papers:

  1. Leo Braxtan, N and Pessiki, S.  (2011). “Bond Performance of Sprayed Fire Resistive Material (SFRM) on Steel Plates Subjected to Tension Yielding,” Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, 21 (1), pp. 37-55. **Also featured in online Virtual Issue: Response of Building Components to Fire
  2. Braxtan, N.L and Pessiki, S.  (2011). “Postearthquake Fire Performance of Sprayed Fire Resistive Material on Steel Moment Frames,” Journal of Structural Engineering – Special Issue: Commemorating 10 Years of Research since 9/11, 137 (9), pp 946-953.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Braxtan, NL, Wang, Q, Whitney, R. and Koch, G. (2015) “Analysis of a composite steel box girder bridge in Fire,” Proceedings of the 2015 Applications of Structural Fire Engineering Conference, October 15-16, 2015.  (Abstract accepted, Paper in progress)
  2. Braxtan, NL, Whitney, R., Wang, Q, and Koch, G. (2015) Preliminary Investigation  of Composite Steel Box Girder Bridges in Fire,” Proceedings of the 2015 New York City Bridge Conference, August 25-26, 2015.  (Paper in Review)
  3. Braxtan, NL and Nossoni, G. (2015) “Correlation between Personality Type and Student Interest in Sustainability in Civil Engineering,” Proceedings of the 122nd Annual ASEE Conference, Seattle, WA June 2015.  
  4. Nossoni, G. and Braxtan, NL (2015) “Making Students Cognizant of Sustainability through a Multidisciplinary Term Project in Low Level Courses,” Proceedings of the 122nd Annual ASEE Conference, Seattle, WA June 2015. 
  5. Braxtan, N.L., Donohue-Couch, K., and Westphal, K. (2014)Superstorm Sandy Storm Surge and Residential Damage Correlation – A case study of Long Beach, NY,” Proceedings of the 2nd Residential Building Design and Construction Conference, State College, PA, February 19-20 2014, pp. 371-382.
  6. Leo, N. and Pessiki, S. (2008) “Bond of SFRM to Steel Structures Subjected to Tensile Yielding,” Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Structural Faults and Repair, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Technical Reports:

  1. Greco, C, Braxtan NL, Wang, Q, and Whitney, R (2015) “Intumescent Paint for Passive Fire Protection of Steel Bridge Girders”, Manhattan College Dept. of Civil Engineering Report CIVL-2015-01, May 2015 (in progress)
  2. Vermaelen, ,J, Braxtan NL, Wang, Q, and Whitney, R (2015) “Composite Bridge Girders in Fire,” Manhattan College Dept. of Civil Engineering Report CIVL-2015-02, May 2015 (in progress)
  3. Braxtan, N.L. and Pessiki, S. (2011). “Thermal Performance of Sprayed Fire Resistive Material (SFRM) on Steel Moment Frame Buildings.” ATLSS Report No. 11-02. Bethlehem, PA: Center for Advanced Technology of Large Structural Systems, Lehigh University, August 2011, 96 pp. 
  4. Braxtan, N.L and Pessiki, S.(2010) “Bond Performance of Sprayed Fire Resistive Material (SFRM) on Steel Plates Subjected to Tensile Loading,” ATLSS Report No. 10-01, Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, February 2010.
  5. Braxtan, N.L and Pessiki, S. (2010) “Seismic Performance of Sprayed Fire Resistive Material (SFRM) in Steel Moment Frame Buildings,” ATLSS Report No. 10-03, Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, April 2010.
  6. Leo Braxtan, N.L. (2010). “Post-Earthquake Fire Performance of Steel Moment Frame Building Columns,” Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA,  339 pp.
  7. Leo, N. (2004). “CFRP: A New Technology for the Jersey Shore,” Master’s Thesis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 169 pp.

Presentations

  1. Braxtan, NL, Whitney, R., Wang, Q. and Greco, C (2015) “Development of Preliminary Recommendations for Intumescent Paint as Passive Fire Protection for Steel Bridge Girders”, 2015 SFPE North America Conference & Expo:  Freedom to Design - November 8-13.  Abstract Submitted
  2. Greco, C., Braxtan, NL, Whitney, R., and Wang, Q. (2015) “Intumescent Paint as Passive Fire Protection for Steel Bridge Girders”, 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo – June 22-25, 2015.  Student Poster Presentation for NFPA Research Section.  Abstract Accepted.
  3. Leo, N. and Pessiki, S.P. “Post-Earthquake Fire Performance of Steel Moment Frame Building Columns,” Fritz Engineering Laboratory Centennial – Student Symposium, October 24, 2009, Bethlehem, PA, USA.
  4. Pessiki, S., Okasha, N., and Lee, B.J. (Presented by Nicole Leo) “Restraint Mechanisms in Precast Concrete Double Tee Floor Systems Subjected to Fire Loading,” 2008 Structures Congress, Extreme Loads Session, April 25, 2008, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  5. Ricles, J.M. and Chen, C. (Presented by Nicole Leo) “Real-time Hybrid Testing Using an Unconditionally Stable Explicit Integration Algorithm,” 2008 Structures Congress, NEES Projects Session, April 25, 2008, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  6. Pessiki, S., Kwon, K., and Lee, B.J. (Presented by Nicole Leo) “Fire Load Behavior of Steel Building Columns with Damaged Sprayed Fire Resistive Material,” 2008 Structures Congress, Fire Behavior and Design of Steel and Composite Structures Session, April 25, 2008, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Grants

UTRC Grant 49198-28-26: Analysis of Curved Weathering Steel Box Girder Bridges in Fire (August 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015)  Project P.I. Nicole Leo Braxtan; Co-PIs Qian Wang and Reeves Whitney   http://www.utrc2.org/research/projects/analysis-curved-weathering-steel-box

Courses Taught/Teaching

CIVL 201: Introduction to Civil Engineering
CIVL 302: Structural Analysis I
CIVL 309: Steel Design
CIVL 415: Special Topics
ENGS 116: Introduction to Engineering Computation
ENGS 206: Statics

LinkedIn Profile

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