Andrew Hardyniec
Andrew B. Hardyniec, Ph.D.
Associate
Buildings & Structures
  • Warrenville

Dr. Hardyniec specializes in advanced structural analysis and has a strong background in structural mechanics, finite element analysis, and nonlinear structural analysis. His work includes the dynamic analysis of building structures under earthquake loading up to collapse. His experience includes field testing of highway structures, dynamic testing of civil structures, and geotechnical field testing methods. Dr. Hardyniec also has experience investigating landslides affecting highways and performing bridge inspections. His laboratory experience includes testing metals, wood, and concrete using Instron, Forney, and Tinius Olsen testing machines during instruction of an undergraduate materials course. Dr. Hardyniec also has expertise in solid mechanics, scientific computing, and software development.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Hardyniec was a researcher at Virginia Tech where he investigated variations in the dynamic response of structural frame models due to changes in the mathematical modeling techniques for physical phenomena. His research also included the development of software to expedite a FEMA P-695 evaluation and a parallel computing algorithm for efficiently running the dynamic analyses in the FEMA P-695 process. Dr. Hardyniec also performed research on the dynamic behavior of highways bridges using forced vibration techniques which included comparisons between field data and numerical models of the bridges. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2009
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2007, summa cum laude
  • Via Fellowship, Charles E. Via Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Presidential Excellence Scholar, Michigan Tech

    Outstanding Achievement Award, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech

Publications

Hardyniec A, Charney F. A toolkit for performing FEMA P-695 evaluations. Earthquake Spectra 2015 in press.

Hardyniec A, Charney F. An investigation into the effects of damping and nonlinear geometry models in earthquake engineering analysis. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics 2015; 44(15):2695-2715.

Judd JP, Hardyniec AB, Charney FA. Modeling aspects for collapse analysis of steel moment-frame buildings. Proceedings of the 8th Conference on Behavior of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas (STESSA) July 1-3, Shanghai, China, 2015.

Hardyniec A, Charney F. A new efficient method for determining the collapse margin ratio using parallel computing. Computers and Structures 2014; 148: 14-25.

Hardyniec A. An investigation of the behavior of structural systems with modeling uncertainties. Ph.D. Dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 2014.

Hardyniec A. dynamic testing and modeling of a superelevated skewed highway bridge. M.S. Thesis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 2009.

Presentations

Hardyniec AB, Charney FA. The effect of epistemic uncertainties in the assessment of seismic collapse of building structures. 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, July 21–25, 2014.

Hardyniec A. FEMA P-695 Toolkit. OpenSees Days, Blacksburg, VA, September 27–28, 2013.

Skeen S, Hardyniec A. Landslide mitigation strategies for federal-aid ER projects in California. 1st National Landslide Conference, Vail, CO, June 3–8, 2007.

Report Chapters

Hardyniec A. Appendix E – Overview of Toolkit for Automated Implementation of FEMA P 695 Methodology. In: Tentative Framework for Development of Advanced Seismic Design Criteria for New Buildings, NIST GCR 12-917-20, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, 2012.


Prior Experience

Engineering Intern, Caltrans – Geotechnical Services, 2007

Engineering Intern, FHWA – California Division, 2006

Professional Affiliations

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (member)

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2009
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2007, summa cum laude
  • Via Fellowship, Charles E. Via Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Presidential Excellence Scholar, Michigan Tech

    Outstanding Achievement Award, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech