Dr. Michael E. Kreger

  • Garry Neil Drummond Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering
  • Director, Large-Scale Structures Laboratory
  • Associate Director, UA Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Departmental Graduate Program Director

Contact Information

  • Office: 2037-G SERC
  • Phone: (205) 348-3213
  • Fax: (205) 348-0783

Areas of Research

  • Earthquake-resistant design and behavior of reinforced concrete buildings
  • Design and behavior of pre- and post-tensioned concrete structures
  • Rehabilitation, repair and strengthening of concrete structures
  • Forensic investigation of damaged structures
  • Investigation of corrosion in structural concrete


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979


Dr. Michael E. Kreger is recognized internationally as a leader in reinforced concrete structures and earthquake engineering. His research, which has resulted in more than 150 technical publications, has focused on earthquake resistance and rehabilitation of structural concrete buildings, behavior of pre- and post-tensioned concrete bridge structures and durability of structural concrete.

His work has been recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ T.Y. Lin Award in 1991 and 2009, and the American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Concrete Research Council Arthur J. Boase Award in 2011. He is also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. His research has influenced changes in the ACI Building Code, AASHTO Design Specifications along with engineering practices for the transportation departments in Indiana and Texas.

Kreger is heavily involved in the American Concrete Institute where his technical committee work focuses on development of design codes and technical documents used by practicing engineers. He is a member or past member of several ACI committees including those focusing on building codes, disaster reconnaissance, concrete structures and earthquake-resistant design of concrete buildings.

Prior to joining the faculty in the UA College of Engineering in August 2014, Kreger was a professor for more than 10 years in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University where he was also the first director of the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research.

Publications and Patents:

  • Alcocer, S., Behrouzi, A., Brena, S., Elwood, K., Irfanoglu, A., Kreger, M., Lequesne, R., Mosqueda, G., Pujol, S., Puranam, A., Rodriguez, M., Shah, P., Stravridis, A., and Wood, R., “Observations about the Seismic Response of RC Buildings in Mexico City,” Earthquake SpectraThe Professional Journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, (2020)
  • Villalobos, E., Sim, C., Smith-Pardo, J.P., Rojas, P., Pujol, S., and Kreger, M.E., “The 16 April 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Damage Assessment Survey,” Earthquake Spectra – The Professional Journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 34(3), pp. 1201-1217, (2018)
  • Fick, D.R., Sozen, M.A., and Kreger, M.E., “Response of a Full-Scale Three-Story Flat-Plate Test Structure to Cycles of Increasing Lateral Load,” American Concrete Institute Structural Journal, 114(6), pp. 1507-1517, (2017)
  • Shah, P., Pujol, S., Kreger, M., and Irfanoglu, A.,­ “2015 Nepal Earthquake Damage Assessment Survey,” Concrete International, 39(3), pp. 42-49, (2017)
  • Pujol, S., Shah, P., Browning, J., Kreger, M., Garcia, L., and McCabe, S., “Guidelines for Preliminary Evaluation of Existing RC Buildings,” Nepal Engineer’s Association Technical Journal, XLIII (1), pp. 56-58, (2016)

Honors and Awards:

  • Concrete Research Council Arthur J. Boase Award, American Concrete Institute, 2011
  • Y. Lin Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009 and 1991
  • Roy E. and Myrna Wansik Award for Outstanding Teaching of Core Undergraduate Courses – Dept. of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2007
  • Harold Munson Award for Outstanding Teaching, – Dept. of Civil Engr., Purdue Univ., 2005