Jonathan Glassman
Jonathan D. Glassman, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineer
Buildings & Structures
  • Los Angeles

Since joining Exponent, Dr. Glassman has worked on investigations involving differential soil settlement, damage caused by adjacent construction, and performance problems involving wood-framed residential construction. His capabilities include employing advanced finite element analysis techniques to model and understand complex physical problems, field engineering, large-scale experimental testing, and material property testing.

Dr. Glassman earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University. His research focused primarily on the fire performance of steel plate girder bridges. He used nonlinear finite element analysis to study how elevated temperatures and thermal gradients affect the web shear buckling mechanism that is believed to be a key failure mechanism in steel plate girder bridges subject to fire. He used this understanding to develop a new theory for web shear buckling that has been shown to more accurately predict the postbuckling shear strength of steel girder webs at ambient and elevated temperatures. He also designed and conducted large-scale physical experiments to test the fire performance of steel plate girders, as well as carried out material property testing of weathering steel at ambient and elevated temperatures to develop new guidelines for the fire performance of steel girders made of weathering steel. During his Ph.D., Dr. Glassman also assisted on the post-fire damage assessment of a steel girder bridge and guided a Masters student in using finite element analysis to characterize the bridge’s fire performance.

His professional background includes field engineering with Caltrans in the Office of Structure Construction, where he participated on several projects including the SR 22 design/build, overhead sign replacements along SR 91, SR 57, and I 405, and the SR 90/Orangethorpe Avenue grade separation project. He has inspected and overseen the construction of highway infrastructure, including retaining walls (soil nail, MSE, tie back, soldier pile), overhead signs, and reinforced concrete box girder bridges. He also has experience with managing construction documents and interfacing with government officials and private contractors.

Dr. Glassman is a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh University. He also co-organized the 9th International Conference on Structures in Fire, hosted at Princeton University in June 2016.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2015
  • M.A., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2012
  • M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2009
  • B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2008, cum laude
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow 2011–2014

    Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC) Scholarship 2008

    Member of Tau Beta Pi since 2008

    UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fellow 2007/2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #85448

Publications

Glassman JD, Garlock MEM. Postbuckling shear strength at elevated temperatures using a compression-based approach. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Structures in Fire, Princeton, 2016.

Glassman JD, Garlock MEM. A compression model for ultimate postbuckling shear strength. Thin-Walled Structures 2016; 102:258–272.

Glassman JD, Garlock MEM, Aziz E, Kodur, V. Modeling parameters for predicting the postbuckling shear strength of steel plate girders. Journal of Constructional Steel Research 2016; 121:136–143.

Aziz E, Kodur V, Glassman JD, Garlock MEM. Experimental behavior of steel bridge girders under fire conditions. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 2014; 106:11–22.

Garlock MEM, Glassman JD. Elevated temperature evaluation of an existing steel web shearbuckling analytical model. Journal of Constructional Steel Research 2014; 101:395–406.

Glassman JD & M. E. M. Garlock. “Models for analyzing web shear buckling response of bridge steel plate girders under fire.” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Structures in Fire, Shanghai, 2014.

Labbouz, S., Glassman JD, Garlock MEM. & J. Ricles. “Evaluating weathering steel performance at elevated temperatures: the I-195 bridge fire case study.” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Structures in Fire, Shanghai, 2014.

Glassman JD & M. E. M. Garlock. “Post-fire strength assessment of steel bridges based on residual out-of-plane web deformations.” Proceedings of the Structures Congress, Boston, 2014.

Glassman JD and M. E. M. Garlock, “High temperatures and bridges: transverse stiffeners in steel girder fire performance.” Proceedings of the 7th New York City Bridge Conference, New York, 2013.

Glassman JD & M. E. M. Garlock, “Shear buckling behavior of steel plate girders at elevated temperatures.” Proceedings of the Structures Congress, Pittsburgh, 2013.

Chaudhuri, S. R., Banerjee, S., Glassman, J., Shinozuka, M. & M. Q. Feng. “Enhancement of Sustainability of Wood Frame Shear Wall Buildings Using Fiber Composites.” Proceedings of the 5th International Engineering and Construction Conference, American Society of Civil Engineers, August 2008, pp. 1189-1196.

Reports

Garlock MEM., Glassman JD, Labbouz, S. Elevated temperature properties of A588 weathering steel. Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University, NJ, February 2014.


CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2015
  • M.A., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2012
  • M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2009
  • B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2008, cum laude
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow 2011–2014

    Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC) Scholarship 2008

    Member of Tau Beta Pi since 2008

    UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fellow 2007/2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #85448