The Catholic University of America

"Max" Min Liu, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., LEED AP BD+C

Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering
Pangborn Hall G-10
202-319-5165 phone
202-319-6677 fax

B.S., Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 1995
M.S., Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, 1998
M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Dr. Liu has been with the Department of Civil Engineering as an assistant professor since Fall 2014. Prior to this appointment, he worked in the industry as a professional structural engineer with several firms across the U.S. Dr. Liu is the director of the Structural SOS (Safety, Optimization, and Sustainability) group at CUA. His research emphasizes novel analysis and optimal design of various types of structures toward enhanced resilience, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness over their life cycle. At present, Dr. Liu's group is exploring innovative solutions to cost-effective mitigation of manmade hazards (e.g., progressive collapse) and natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, strong wind), retrofit against structural damage and gradual deterioration, and design of green buildings.

Representative Publications
M. Liu (2014). “A fast procedure for practical member sizing optimization of steel moment frames.” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, in press, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000240

M. Liu (2014). “Pulldown analysis for progressive collapse assessment.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, in press, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000459

M. Liu (2013). “A new dynamic increase factor for nonlinear static alternate path analysis of building frames against progressive collapse.” Engineering Structures, Elsevier, 48, pp. 666-673.