Qian Wang

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Qian (Chen) Wang is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with ten years of experience in various types of public and private projects. 

His structural engineering experience includes large-scale and complex projects from high-rise buildings to long-span structures.  Dr. Wang’s research interests are in structures, mechanics and materials, including reliability analysis and design optimization, resilient and sustainable infrastructures, crash and impact analysis, and engineering education.


Ph.D. in Structures, Mechanics and Materials, University of Iowa

Courses Taught

•  CIVG 784 Reinforced Concrete Structure I
•  CIVG 757 Advanced Study in Civil Engineering
•  CIVL 415 Civil Engineering Projects
•  CIVL 411 Capstone Structural Design
•  CIVL 409 Reinforced Concrete
•  CIVL 406 Structural Analysis III
•  CIVL 309 Steel Design
•  CIVL 302 Structural Analysis I
•  CIVL 201  Introduction to Civil Engineering
•  ENGS 206  Statics
•  ENGS 116  Introduction to Engineering Computation
•  ENGS 115  Introduction to Engineering

  • Research


    Vulnerability Analysis of Engineering Systems
    Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures
    Crash and Impact Analysis and Design
    Optimization Algorithms and Engineering Applications
    System Identification and Optimal Control
    Engineering Education

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Wang, Q., and Quayyum, S. (2023). “Flexural design of reinforced concrete beam sections according to ACI 318-19, part 2: section design.” STRUCTURE Magazine, June 2023, 28-31.

    Wang, Q., and Quayyum, S. (2023). “Flexural design of reinforced concrete beam sections according to ACI 318-19, part 1.” STRUCTURE Magazine, April 2023, 36-39.

    Kim, Y., Florio, S., and Wang, Q. (2023) “Behavior and design of standard wide flange steel columns subjected to near-field detonations.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 37(3), 04023020.

    Kim, Y., Florio, S., and Wang, Q. (2022) “A novel performance-based evaluation method of aging steel structures subjected to close-range detonations.” Engineering Journal, AISC, 59(4), October 2022.

    Li, Z., Fang, H., Fatoki, J., Gutowski, M., Wang, Q. (2021). “A numerical study of strong-post double-faced W-beam and Thrie-beam guardrails under impacts of vehicles of multiple size classes.” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 159, 106286.

    Wang, Q., Fang, H., and Yin, H. (2020). “Reliability analysis of concrete barriers under vehicular crashes using augmented RBFs.” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 61(3), 1215-1228.

    Wang, Q., Kim, Y., Nafash, J., and Catala, J. (2020). “An adaptive augmented radial basis function-high-dimensional model representation method for structural engineering optimization.” Advances in Structural Engineering, 23(15), 3278-3294.

    Ding, Y., Wang, Q., Hourieh, N., and Yu, Q. (2020). “Vocational personality types in college engineering students in relation to academic achievement.” Journal of Employment Counseling, 57(1), 27-47.

    Wang, Q. and Fang, H. (2020). “An adaptive high-dimensional model representation method for reliability analysis of geotechnical engineering problems.” International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 44, 1705-1723.

    Hourieh, N., Ding, Y., Wang, Q., Craven, J., and Chen, E. (2019). “General personality traits in college engineering students in relation to academic achievement.” International Journal of Engineering Education, 35(1A), 76-87.

    Wang, Q. and Fang, H. (2018). “Reliability analysis of tunnels using an adaptive RBF and a first-order reliability method.” Computers and Geotechnics, 98, 144-152.

    Zou, X.-K., Wang, Q., and Wu, J. (2018). “Reliability-based performance design optimization for seismic retrofit of RC buildings with FRP composites.” Advances in Structural Engineering, 21(6), 838–851.

    Wang, Q., Ding, Y., and Yu, Q. (2018). “Working memory load and automaticity in relation to problem solving in college engineering students.” Journal of Engineering Education, 107(4), 636-655.

    Wang, Q., Fang, H., and Shen, L. (2016). “Reliability analysis of tunnels using a meta-modeling technique based on augmented radial basis functions.” Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 56, 45-53.

    Li, N., Fang, H., Zhang, C., Gutowski, M., Palta, E., and Wang, Q. (2015). “A numerical study of occupant responses and injuries in vehicular crashes into roadside barriers based on finite element simulations.” Advances in Engineering Software, 90, 22-40.

    Leo Braxtan, N., Whitney, R., Wang, Q., and Koch, G. (2015). “Preliminary investigation of composite steel box girder bridges in fire.” Bridge Structures-Assessment, Design and Construction, 11(3), 105-114.

    Fang, H., Wang, Q., and Weggel, D. (2015). “Crash analysis and evaluation of cable median barriers on sloped medians using an efficient finite element model.” Advances in Engineering Software, 82(1), 1-13.

    Wang, Q., Fang, H., Li, N., Weggel, D.C., and Wen, G. (2013). “An efficient FE model of slender members for crash analysis of cable barriers.” Engineering Structures, 52, 240-256.

    Li, Q.S., Zou, X.-K., Wu, J.R., and Wang, Q. (2011). “Integrated wind-induced response analysis and design optimization of tall steel buildings using Micro-GA.” The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, 20(8), 951-971.

    Zou, X.-K., Wang, Q., Li, G., and Chan, C.-M. (2010). “Integrated reliability-based seismic drift design optimization of base-isolated concrete buildings.” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 136(10), 1282-1295.

    Wang, Q., Fang, H., and Zou, X.-K. (2010). "Application of Micro-GA for optimal cost base isolation design of bridges subject to transient earthquake loads." Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 41(5), 765-777.

    Bi, J., Fang, H., Wang, Q., and Ren, X. (2010). “Modeling and optimization of foam-filled thin-walled columns for crashworthiness designs.” Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 46(9), 698-709.

    Wang, Q., and Arora, J.S. (2009). "Several simultaneous formulations for transient dynamic response optimization: an evaluation." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 80(5), 631-650.

    Zou, X.-K., Chan, C.-M., Li, G., and Wang, Q. (2007). "Multi-objective optimization for performance based design of reinforced concrete frames." Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 133(10), 1462-1474.

    Xiang, Y.-J., Wang, Q., Fan, Z., and Fang, H. (2006). "Optimal crashworthiness design of a spot-welded thin-walled hat section." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 42(10), 846-855.

    Arora, J.S., and Wang, Q. (2005). “Review of formulations for structural and mechanical system optimization.” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 30(4), 251-272.

  • Professional Experience and Memberships


    • Professional Engineer (PE) 
    • US Green Building Council - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP)
    • Project Management Institute (PMI) - Project Management Professional (PMP)


    • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    • Project Management Institute (PMI)
    • SIGMA XI
  • Other


    • Advances in Engineering Software
    • Advances in Structural Engineering
    • Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering
    • International Journal of Crashworthiness
    • International Journal of Design Engineering
    • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
    • Journal of Engineering Structures
    • Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
    • Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE
    • Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology