Dr. Thang N. Dao

  • Associate Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 2037A SERC
  • Phone: (205) 348-0726
  • Fax: (205) 348-0783

Areas of Research

  • Performance-based Engineering
  • Wind Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Wood Structures
  • Natural Hazards


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2010
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2005
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam, 1999


Dr. Thang Dao’s research focuses on multi-hazard engineering, including wind and earthquake engineering for mitigation of damage to infrastructure systems. Specifically, he develops methodologies that enable the built environment to be more resilient and sustainable ranging from the single house to the regional scale. His current research topics include:

  • Performance-Based Engineering
  • Wind and Structures
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Loading
  • Light Frame Wood Structures
  • Cold-Formed Steel Structures
  • Resiliency and Sustainability of Structures

Publications and Patents:

  • Nguyen, T.T., Dao, T.N., Aaleti, S., Hossain, K., Fridley, K.J. (2019). “Numerical Model for Creep Behavior of Axially Loaded CLT Panels,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 145 (1), (2019)
  • Nguyen, T.T, Dao, T.N., Aaleti, S., van de Lindt, J.W., Fridley, K.J. (2018). “Seismic Assessment of a Three-story Wood Building with an Integrated CLT-Lightframe System using RTHS,” Engineering Structures, 167, pp. 695-704, (2018)
  • Dao, T.N., van de Lindt, J.W., Ho, T.X. “New Nonlinear Lateral-Vertical Coupled Shear Element Model for Use in Finite Element Structural Analysis Applications,” Engineering Structures, 140, pp. 98-109, (2017)
  • Ho, T.X., Dao, T.N., Aaleti, S., van de Lindt, J.W., Rammer, D.R. (2016). “Hybrid System of Unbonded Post-tensioned CLT Panels and Light-Frame Wood Shear Walls,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, (2016) (ISSN 0733-9445, 04016171)
  • Bahmani, P., van de Lindt, J. W., and Dao, T. N., “Displacement-Based Design of Buildings with Torsion: Theory and Verification,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 140(6), (2013) (04014020)

Honors and Awards:

  • Alabama Power Innovation Award in Engineering, The University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference, April 2018, University of Alabama.