eric_hernandez_updatedWelcome to my website. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont (UVM). I am director of the Structural Monitoring, Diagnostics and Prognostics Lab at UVM, where we carry out theoretical, numerical and experimental research aimed at developing better methods to monitor and assess the integrity of complex structures and reduce their risk of catastrophic collapse. We think of structures in the broadest sense and our approach combines solid mechanics, probability theory and inverse problems.

In 2015, I was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation to develop structural health monitoring, diagnosis and prognosis algorithms for large-scale civil engineering structures. In the last 5 years, I have secured over 1.2 million dollars in research grants (federal and state) and directly advised 6 PhD and 2 MS students. I have also advised 12 undergraduate students working on research projects and(or) honors theses. I teach courses in Structural Analysis, Structural Dynamics and developed a new inter-disciplinary course in Reliability of Engineering Systems for graduate students in Electrical, Mechanical, Biomedical and Civil Engineering.

Prior to joining academia I worked for six years as a structural engineer for consulting firms in the US and abroad on the structural and seismic design of commercial, residential, health care, religious and institutional buildings, pipelines, bridges, and nuclear power plants.

This website provides information about my research, teaching and publications. Please visit my downloads page containing lecture notes, reports and papers that I hope you find interesting and useful.