Falak Shah
Falak Shah, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Engineer
Buildings & Structures
  • Chicago - Downtown

Dr. Shah specializes in failure analysis and evaluation of structures and structural materials. Specifically, his areas of expertise include solid mechanics, experimental characterization of materials, and structural analysis and modeling. At Exponent, he has assisted a broad range of clients by investigating failures and performance issues associated with steel structures, building envelopes, roofs, flooring systems, and ceramic materials.

Dr. Shah has a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering with a minor in Applied Mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation studied the stress relaxation behavior of duplex stainless steel bars used for structural rehabilitation and retrofitting. Dr. Shah’s experience extends to experimentally characterizing the mechanical properties of metals; modeling time-dependent constitutive behavior; finite element analysis (FEA) with such codes as Abaqus, FB-MultiPier, and LS-DYNA; structural rehabilitation; metallography; instrumentation; and data acquisition (DAQ). 

He has analyzed systems for strengthening reinforced concrete members using strut-and-tie analysis. He also has experience modeling the response of structures subjected to impact loading by combining nonlinear, dynamic finite element analysis with probabilistic simulation techniques. 

Dr. Shah’s academic background includes study of advanced topics in reinforced and prestressed concrete, steel, and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) design; finite element analysis; design of temporary structures (e.g., shoring, scaffolding); structural reliability; structural stability; plasticity; and fatigue.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2012
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 2009, summa cum laude
  • Multidisciplinary Certificate in Mechanical Properties of Materials, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Contract Plans Reading Certificate, Florida Department of Transportation

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

    Rockwell Collins Scholar

    Henry Bauch Engineering Scholar

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.069119

LANGUAGES

  • Hindi
  • Gujarati

Publications

Shah FD. Time-dependent behavior of pretensioned stainless steel bars used for structural rehabilitation and retrofitting. Ph.D. Dissertation, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014.

Zureick A, Ellingwood B, Kim S, Bechtel A, O’Malley C, Shah F. Bridge repair and strengthening study: Part I. Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials Research Report to the Georgia Department of Transportation, 2014.

Davidson MT, Consolazio GR, Getter DJ, Shah FD. Probability of collapse expression for bridges subject to barge collision. ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering 2013; 18(4):287–296.

Crowley RW, Bloomquist DB, Shah FD, Holst CM. The sediment erosion rate flume (SERF): A new testing device for measuring soil erosion rate and shear stress. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal 2012; 35(4):649–659.

Crowley RW, Bloomquist D, Hayne JR, Holst CM, Shah FD. Estimation and measurement of bed material shear stresses in erosion rate testing devices. ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 2012; 138(11):990–994.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), Member
  • Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), Member
  • ASCE/SEI Metals Fatigue and Fracture Committee, Committee Member

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Member 

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI), Associate Member 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Applied Mechanics Division (AMD), Member

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE)

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2012
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 2009, summa cum laude
  • Multidisciplinary Certificate in Mechanical Properties of Materials, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Contract Plans Reading Certificate, Florida Department of Transportation

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

    Rockwell Collins Scholar

    Henry Bauch Engineering Scholar

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.069119

LANGUAGES

  • Hindi
  • Gujarati