Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2013
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 2009
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Southern California, 2007
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Civil, California, #92528
  • Professional Engineer Civil, Washington, #22009464
Academic Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 2014-2019
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, 2013-2014
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • Precast Concrete Institute (PCI)
  • Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEOSC)
  • Reviewer, Sage Journals

Dr. Freidenberg specializes in root cause failure analysis and structural forensics. He has investigated the quality of the design and construction of structures whose performance did not meet expectations, including investigation of the nature and scope of structural damage resulting from blast, impact, earthquake, wind, or construction loads. His past investigations include evaluation of structural damage to residential structures, structural failures of high-rise curtain walls, and collapses of vehicular bridges.

Dr. Freidenberg employs state-of-the-art engineering analysis and investigative techniques, including high-fidelity finite element analysis modeling. He has developed and published some of these investigative techniques on failure analyses of timber, concrete, and steel structures. Dr. Freidenberg also has expertise in dispute resolution, including domestic and international arbitration disputes in the energy and transportation sectors.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Freidenberg was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, where he taught a variety of mechanics courses and also served as Associate Director for the Center for Innovation and Engineering where he developed partnerships with other researchers.