Andrew Hardyniec
Andrew B. Hardyniec, Ph.D., S.E., P.E.
Engineer
Buildings & Structures
Warrenville

Dr. Hardyniec specializes in advanced structural analysis and has expertise in structural mechanics, finite element analysis, nonlinear structural analysis, structural vibrations, solid mechanics, scientific computing, and software development. At Exponent, he has assisted a broad range of clients by investigating failures and performance issues with steel, concrete, and wood structures, building envelopes, roofs, and flooring systems. He also has experience assessing the condition of building structures following hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and fires.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Hardyniec’s experience included the dynamic analysis of building structures under earthquake loading up to collapse, 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 has a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech where his research involved investigating 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, 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 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

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Structural Engineer, Illinois, #081-008237

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062-069654

Publications

DeVore C, Hardyniec A. Forensic investigations of floor vibrations. Proceedings of ASCE 8th Forensic Congress, Austin, TX, Nov 29-Dec 2, 2018.

Horsnail J, Edwards J, Hardyniec A, Shah F. New construction trends and their impact on contracts. Law360, November 13, 2018, available at https://www.law360.com/articles/1100615/new-construction-trends-and-their-impact-on-contracts

Hardyniec A, Charney F. The influence of the combined use of the corotational transformation and Rayleigh damping in seismic collapse prediction. Proceedings of the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, June 25-29, 2018.

Hardyniec A, DeVore C, Travis J. A comparison of approximate methods for period determination in rack structures. Proceedings of ASCE Structures Congress 2017, Denver, CO, April 6-8, 2017.

Charney F, Lopez-Garcia D, Hardyniec A, Ugalde D. Modeling inherent damping in nonlinear dynamic analysis. Proceedings of the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, January 9-13, 2017.

Hardyniec A, Charney F. A toolkit for performing FEMA P-695 evaluations. Earthquake Spectra 2016; 32(2): 653-676.

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 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. 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.

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

Presentations

DeVore C, Luth G, McNamara R, Hardyniec A, Morgan T, McDonald B. Retrofit options for long-span floor structure subject to harmonic loads. Presented at ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2018, Cambridge, MA, May 29-June 1, 2018.

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

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

American Society of Civil Engineers (member)

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (member)

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (member)

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 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

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Structural Engineer, Illinois, #081-008237

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062-069654