Jonathan Glassman

Jonathan D. Glassman, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Engineer
Buildings & Structures
Los Angeles

Dr. Glassman’s expertise includes civil and structural engineering, computer programming, technical project management for large-scale data analytics, and rapid prototyping. Dr. Glassman has extensive technical field experience investigating structural damage due to issues such as adjacent construction, wind and seismic loadings, earth movement, construction defects, and fire. He has investigated residential and commercial buildings, pipelines, and bridges. Dr. Glassman has worked within multi-disciplinary technical teams performing probabilistic analyses of spatially-extant distribution networks, rapid prototyping, and evaluation of a variety of civil structures, consumer products, and client-side processes. Dr. Glassman traveled as part of a team evaluating structural damage and geotechnical failures following the 2018 Anchorage Earthquake.

Dr. Glassman is a Visiting Scholar at Lehigh University, where he guides graduate level research, and a Lecturer in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at UCLA, where he teaches Indeterminate Structural Analysis. His lectures at UCLA teach students a variety of skills including how to write structural analysis programs with Matlab and Python; the design, construction, and performance of historic structures such as unreinforced masonry Gothic cathedrals; and the underpinnings of structural aesthetics. In recognition of his commitment to his students’ advancement, Dr. Glassman was awarded Lecturer of the Year for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Dr. Glassman is a Structures Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue, California Task Force 6. He has his StS1 and StS2 certifications, along with additional training to respond to CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) events. Dr. Glassman has most recently been deployed to the 2018 Camp Fire in support of search and rescue operations in and around the town of Paradise, California.

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 built with weathering steel.

Dr. Glassman’s Masters and undergraduate level research included the application of non-destructive testing methods to assess the protective integrity of military body armor, field seismic evaluation of a 16th-century, unreinforced masonry church in Almolonga, Mexico, and evaluation and testing of technical tools for integrated product delivery of building products through a combined architecture/engineering/construction management paradigm.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Glassman was an Assistant Instructor at Princeton University, a Graduate Writing Fellow at the Princeton University Writing Center, and a field engineer with Caltrans in the Office of Structure Construction.

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, J. D. & Garlock, M. E. M. Postbuckling shear strength at elevated temperatures using a compression-based approach. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Structures in Fire, Princeton, 2016.

Glassman, J. D. & Garlock, M. E. M. A compression model for ultimate postbuckling shear strength. Thin-Walled Structures, 2016; 102:258–272.

Glassman, J. D., Garlock, M. E. M., 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, J. D., Garlock, M. E. M. Experimental behavior of steel bridge girders under fire conditions. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 2014; 106:11–22.

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

Glassman, J. D. & 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, J. D., Garlock, M. E. M. & 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, J. D. & 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, J. D. 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, J. D. & 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, M. E. M., Glassman, J. D., Labbouz, S. Elevated temperature properties of A588 weathering steel. Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University, NJ, February 2014.


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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