Steven Fulmer
Steven J. Fulmer, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineer
Buildings & Structures
  • Orange County

Since joining Exponent, Dr. Fulmer has worked on investigations involving the collapse of large reinforced concrete structures, failures of various types of steel structures, construction defect litigation, and performance problems with wood framed residential construction. His capabilities include field investigations of structural failures, traditional structural analysis techniques to investigate failures, and advanced finite element modeling techniques to solve complex structural engineering problems.

Dr. Fulmer earned his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in Civil Engineering prior to joining Exponent. His research experience focused primarily on performance based seismic design of structures. More specifically, his work involved increasing the lateral displacement capacity of steel bridge pier systems by improving connection performance during earthquakes. In addition, Dr. Fulmer has conducted research on the reverse cyclic flexural behavior of hollow steel pipe piles, seismic performance of a truss style steel bridge pier, and the use of a direct-displacement based design procedure as a tool to investigate relationships between structural characteristics, performance limit states, and seismic hazard demands. 

His professional background includes structural design at the firms Tobias & West and Devita & Associates Inc., where he participated in the design of numerous types of structural systems such as steel framed buildings, timber retaining walls, structural slabs, and precast concrete buildings. Additionally, Dr. Fulmer has construction management and construction estimating experience at Brasfield & Gorrie LLC. He has also worked in a consulting role with a bridge design firm to investigate damage experienced during a bridge superstructure collapse while under construction. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2013
  • M.C.E., Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina, 2008, magna cum laude

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #83616

Publications

Kowalsky MJ, Fulmer SJ, Nau JM. New design detail for ductile steel bridge substructure systems (ID 127). Proceedings, 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, July 2014.

Fulmer SJ. Seismic performance of steel pipe pile to cap beam moment resisting connections. Doctoral Dissertation, Civil Engineering, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Spring 2013.

Fulmer SJ, Kowalsky MJ, Nau JM. Seismic performance of steel bridge piers containing composite connections. Proceedings, 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2012.

Fulmer SJ, Kowalsky MJ, Nau JM. Reversed cyclic flexural behavior of spiral DSAW and single seam ERW steel pipe piles. Journal of Structural Engineering ASCE 2012; 138(9):1089–1098.

Fulmer SJ, Kowalsky MJ, Nau JM, Hassan T. Ductility of welded steel pile to steel cap beam connections. Proceedings, SEI Structures Congress Conference, May 2010.

Fulmer SJ, Gonzalez L, Goodnight JC, Kowalsky MJ, Nau JM, Hassan T. Behavior of hollow steel pipe piles subjected to reverse cyclic loading. North Carolina State University Constructed Facilities Laboratory Report No. RD-10-01, November 2010.

Fulmer SJ, Kowalsky MJ, Nau JM, Hassan T. Ductility of welded steel column to steel cap beam connections. North Carolina State University Constructed Facilities Laboratory Report No. RD-09-06, February 2010.

Presentations


Dennies DP, Fulmer SJ. Modeling of the plastic constraint in an undermatched weld. Proceedings, Material Science and Technology Conference 2014, Failure Analysis Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA, October 12–16, 2014.

Fulmer SJ. Seismic evaluation of a truss style steel bridge pier. North Carolina State University’s 12th Annual Structural Engineering and Mechanics Symposium, Raleigh, NC, November, 2009.

Fulmer SJ. Seismic performance of composite steel bridge pier connections. North Carolina State University’s 11th Annual Structural Engineering and Mechanics Symposium, Raleigh, NC, November, 2009.

Fulmer SJ. Ductility of welded steel pile to steel cap beam connections. ASCE/SEI Structure Congress Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2010.

Fulmer SJ. Behavior of modified bridge bents subjected to reverse cyclic loading. North Carolina State University’s Seventh Annual Structural Engineering and Mechanics Symposium, Raleigh, NC, November, 2009.

Fulmer SJ. Displacement-based design capabilities of steel bridge bents. US-Korea Conference, Sustainable Structural Design in Natural Hazard Environments Session, Raleigh, NC, July 2009.

Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University, 2008–2012

Analysis Consultant, Whetherill Engineering Inc., 2011

Structural Design Intern, Tobias & West Structural Engineers, 2008

Undergraduate Researcher, The Citadel, 2007–2008

Construction Management Intern, Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, 2006

Construction Estimating Intern, Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, 2006

Structural Design Intern, Devita & Associate Inc., 2005

Professional Affiliations

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2013
  • M.C.E., Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina, 2008, magna cum laude

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #83616