Amory Martin

Amory Martin, Ph.D.

Associate
Buildings & Structures
New York
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Dr. Martin specializes in investigating structural failures, disaster risk management, and earthquake engineering. He has experience in dynamic analysis of complex structural systems, computational simulation of structures subject to extreme loads, and design of innovative seismic protective systems. As a consultant, Dr. Martin has served on projects involving structural collapse, seismic performance of highway bridges, multi-hazard risk analysis, and construction defects and code compliance issues of high-rise buildings. His expertise includes optimization, statistical analysis and data-driven techniques related to hazard analysis and seismic performance of steel and concrete structures.

Dr. Martin developed seismic capacity design methods for steel rocking braced frames and validated them through nonlinear response history analysis. He developed structural topology optimization algorithms for buildings under seismic excitation and implemented the procedure for large-scale 3D structures using high-performance computing. He also developed optimization algorithms for nonlinear dampers of stacked rocking systems using a novel ground motion selection procedure.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Martin worked as a consultant for the World Bank in disaster economics and risk management, specifically on the economic impact of COVID-19 and natural disasters on poverty and inequality. Dr. Martin is a recurring guest lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches structural optimization.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2020
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2016
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • B.S., Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellowship, 2018

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015-2018

    Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship, 2014

    Johns Hopkins Civil Engineering Award, 2014

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2014

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Generalized modified modal superposition procedure for seismic design of rocking and pivoting steel spine systems.” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, (183): 106745, 2021

Roth J, Martin A, Miller C, Jain RK. “SynCity: Using open data to create a synthetic city of hourly building energy estimates by integrating data-driven and physics-based methods.” Applied Energy, (280): 115981, 2020

Martin A, Markhvida M, Hallegatte S, Walsh B. "Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Household Consumption and Poverty", Economics of Disasters and Climate Change: 1-27, 2020

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Structural Optimization of Stacked Rocking Spine Systems for Nonlinear Earthquake Response", 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Sendai, Japan, 2020

Martin A, Deierlein GG. "Structural Topology Optimization of Tall Buildings for Dynamic Seismic Excitation Using Modal Decomposition", Engineering Structures, (216): 110717, 2020

Martin A., Deierlein GG. “Capacity Design and Topology Optimization of Rocking Spine Systems for Nonlinear Earthquake Response”, PhD Dissertation, Stanford University, 2020

Martin A, Deierlein GG, Ma X. "Capacity Design Procedure for Rocking Braced Frames using Modified Modal Superposition", Journal of Structural Engineering, (145)-6: 04019041, 2019

Martin A, Deierlein GG. "Topology Optimization of Elastic Spines in Rocking Braced Frames", 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Simpson B, Van Den Einde L, Anagnos T, Sen A, Martin A, Saiyed Z, Yin HZ. “Teaching School Safety and Advocacy in the Classroom." 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Reports

Kijewski-Correa T, Alhawamdeh B, Arteta C, Djima W, Do T, Mejía SG, Gunay S, Hassan W, Hormozabad SJ, Marinković M, Martin A, Merino-Peña Y, Pajaro C, Romão X, Burlotos C, Mosalam KM, Robertson I, StEER: M7.2 Nippes, Haiti Earthquake Preliminary Virtual Reconnaissance Report (PVRR), PRJ-3269, 2021

Martin A, Near-Collapse Performance of Existing RC Building Frames through Small-Scale Hybrid Testing Experimental Setup, NEES REU Final Report, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013

Presentations

Martin A, “Structural Optimization 1: Introduction & Theory”; “Structural Optimization 2: Applications & Topology Optimization”; “Structural Optimization 3: Algorithms”, CEE 280: Advanced Structural Analysis, Stanford University, Prof. Deierlein, Guest Lectures, Nov 17, 19, 29, 2021

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Structural Optimization of Stacked Rocking Spine Systems for Nonlinear Earthquake Response”, 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Sendai, Japan, Sep 30, 2021

Martin A, “Structural Optimization”, CE-UY-3133: Structural Analysis, New York University, Prof. Ceferino, Guest Lecture, May 4, 2021

Martin A, Deierlein GG, “Seismic Design of Rocking and Pivoting Steel Spine Systems”, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute 2021 Annual Meeting, March 23-25, 2021

Martin A, “Structural Optimization 1: Introduction & Theory”; “Structural Optimization 2: Topology Optimization”; CEE 280: Advanced Structural Analysis, Stanford University, Prof. Deierlein, Guest Lectures, Nov 11, 13, 29, 2020

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Structural Topology Optimization for Dynamic Seismic Excitation”, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Annual Meeting, Poster Session, Berkeley, CA, January 2020

Martin A, “Structural Optimization”, CEE 280: Advanced Structural Analysis, Stanford University, Prof. Deierlein, Guest Lecture, Nov 20, 2019

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Dynamic Topology Optimization for Seismic Excitation”, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Company Research Presentation Online, July 2019

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Topology Optimization of Rocking Braced Frames for Nonlinear Earthquake Response”, Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference, MS12 - Topology Optimization: From Algorithmic Development to Applications Part 1, Pasadena, CA, June 20, 2019

Martin A, Deierlein GG. CEE 83: Seismic Design Workshop, Stanford University, Co-instructor, Sep-Dec 2018

Martin A, “Structural Optimization”, CEE 280: Advanced Structural Analysis, Stanford University, Prof. Deierlein, Guest Lectures, Nov 14, 16, 2018

Martin A, Deierlein GG. "Topology Optimization of Elastic Spines in Rocking Braced Frames", 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, June 27, 2018

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Topology Optimization of Self-Centering Rocking Systems subjected to Earthquake Loading”, ARUP, San Francisco Office, Sept 2017

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Topology Optimization of Rocking Braced Frames”, Topology Optimization Summer Course Presentations, Denmark Technological University (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark, June 2017

Martin A, Deierlein GG. “Integrated Capacity Design Optimization of Rocking Braced Frames”, Minisymposium 95 - Recent Advances in Uplifting Structures and Rocking Isolation, Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), San Diego, June 2017

Martin A, Chang CM. “Near-Collapse Performance of Existing RC Building through Small-Scale Hybrid Testing”, Quake Summit Poster Session, NEES Annual Meeting, Reno NV, August 2013

Patents

US Patent 9,132, 016: Implantable Shoulder Prostheses, September 2015 (Flaherty J.C., Fenton P.V., Martin A.)

Prior Experience

Consultant, World Bank, Disaster Risk Management Economics, 2020

Engineer Intern, Thornton Tomasetti, New York, 2015

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), associate member

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), member

Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), associate member

Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), Optimal Structural Design committee member

Project Experience

International Arbitration

  • Evaluated the code compliance and seismic design of several concrete bridges through structural analysis with soil structure interaction of concrete piles.
  • Examined the seismic performance of a series of isolated multi-span concrete bridges through both linear and nonlinear analyses. Advised counsel on key structural engineering issues and review of opposing expert reports.

Multi-Hazard Risk Analysis

  • Developed fragility functions for structural assets considering multiple hazards, degradation of the assets, and climate change for a large utility company.

Structural Failures

  • Investigated vertical slab offsets in a high-rise concrete building through survey data analysis, structural analysis of the gravity system of key floors, and examination of construction procedures including shoring, reshoring, and concrete strength gain.
  • Analyzed the collapse of a high-rise steel building during construction through structural analysis of the gravity system of several key floors.

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Structural Engineering; Journal of Earthquake Engineering; Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (SMO)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2020
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2016
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • B.S., Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellowship, 2018

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015-2018

    Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship, 2014

    Johns Hopkins Civil Engineering Award, 2014

    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2014

LANGUAGES

  • French