Tea Visnjic
Tea Visnjic
Associate
Buildings & Structures
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Visnjic specializes in earthquake-resistant design and nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete (RC) structures under seismic loads. Her doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, focused on evaluating and improving the existing design standards for moment resisting frame buildings via numerical and full-scale laboratory investigations.

Dr. Visnjic worked under Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center’s (PEER’s) Tall Buildings Initiative to identify the nonlinear response characteristics of tall RC moment frame buildings subjected to strong ground shaking. In her doctoral research, she developed an alternative method for estimating the seismic shear demand on columns of RC special moment frames. Dr. Visnjic’s experimental study of large reinforced concrete beams served as a basis for the 2011 ACI 318 code change pertaining to detailing of RC special moment frame beams. 

As a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley, Dr. Visnjic has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes including structural analysis, earthquake resistant design, and design and behavior of reinforced concrete structures. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting scholar at the Research Institute of Structural Engineering and Disaster Reduction (RISEDR) of Tongji University (Shanghai, China), investigating the capabilities of supplemental damping in mitigating the seismic effects on RC frames. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Visnjic worked as a bridge engineer for WD Partners in Columbus, Ohio. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004
  • Chancellor’s Fellow (UC Berkeley) 2007–2009

LANGUAGES

  • Serbian
  • Croatian

Publications

Visnjic T, Panagiotou M, Moehle JP. Seismic response of tall reinforced concrete special moment resisting frames designed with current code provisions. Proceedings, 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, 2014.

Visnjic T, Panagiotou M, Moehle JP. Seismic response of tall reinforced concrete special moment resisting frame buildings designed with current code provisions. Earthquake Spectra 2013 (online ahead of print; doi: 10.1193/082112EQS267M).

Panagiotou M, Visnjic T, Antonellis G, Galanis P, Moehle JP. Effect of hoop reinforcement spacing on the cyclic response of large reinforced concrete special moment frame beams. PEER Report 2013/16, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, Berkeley, CA, 2013.

Visnjic T, Panagiotou M, Moehle JP, Antonellis G. Experimental investigation of large reinforced concrete special moment resisting frame beams. Proceedings, 10th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering, Tokyo, Japan, 2013.

Visnjic T, Panagiotou M, Moehle JP. Seismic response of two 20-story reinforced concrete special moment frames designed with current code provisions. Proceedings, 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.

Panagiotou M, Calugaru V, Visnjic T. higher mode effects on the seismic response of tall cantilever wall buildings subjected to near fault ground motions. Proceedings, 78th SEAOC Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, 2009. 


Prior Experience

Bridge Engineer, WD Partners, 2004–2007

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004
  • Chancellor’s Fellow (UC Berkeley) 2007–2009

LANGUAGES

  • Serbian
  • Croatian