Fatmir Menkulasi

Fatmir Menkulasi

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Fatmir Menkulasi


Research Interests

  • Innovative and sustainable structural systems for buildings and bridges
  • Behavior of concrete, steel and composite structures
  • Novel materials for infrastructure applications
  • Computational modeling to perform limit state analysis
  • Resilient lateral load resisting systems
  • Experimental research and use of high performance materials
  • Structural health monitoring, short and long term behavior of structures
  • Forensics and rehabilitation of infrastructure

Courses Taught


  • CE 6340 Bridge Design and Evaluation
  • CE 7385 Advanced Topics in Reinforced Concrete
  • CE 5390 Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures
  • CE 7395 Advanced Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures


  • BE 1200 Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering
  • CE 4420 Reinforced Concrete Design

Research Projects

  • MDOT Center of Excellence, (Co-PI), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), 2021-(No definite end date), $74,999/year
  • Rare Earths from US Extractions (REUSE), (Faculty Investigator), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (multi-PI: M. Allen and T. Dittrich), 2021-2022, $3,130,353 (total costs); ($146,713 Menkulasi portion)
  • Repair of Bridge Deck Fascias, (PI), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), 2021-2023, $234,816
  • Proposed AASHTO Guideline for Load Rating of Segmental Bridges (WSU co-PI), NCHRP (Subcontract to Auburn University), 2021-2023, $300,00 (WSU $45,174)
  • Development of Guidelines for Intermediate Diaphragms on PC Beam Superstructures, (co-PI), Michigan Department of Transportation, 2019 –2021, $189,000
  • Evaluation of Camber and Deflections for Bridge Girders, (PI), Michigan Department of Transportation, 2019-2021, $301,025.85
  • Engineering the Economics of Affordable Urban Housing through the Utilization of High Performance Materials (PI), Richard Barber Interdisciplinary Research Program, 05/15/2018-08/15/2018, $24,600
  • Development of a Sustainable UHPC Bridge Deck for Movable Bridges, (PI), Louisiana Transportation Research Center, 2015-2017, $99,306
  • Rehabilitation of Deteriorated Timber Piles Using Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites, (PI), Southern Plains Transportation Center, 2016-2017, $35,000
  • Enhancement of Structural Health Monitoring Capabilities at Louisiana Tech University Using a Wireless Structural Testing System, (PI), Louisiana Board of Regents, 2016-2017, $18,600
  • Development of Alternative Concrete Bridge Systems for Short and Medium Span Bridges (Sole PI) Louisiana Transportation Research Center, 2015-2016, $30,000


  1. Cakmak, F., Menkulasi, F., Dogu, M. (2023). "Punching Shear Capacity of Nonprestressed UHPFRC Flat Plates: Evaluation of Existing Methods", Engineering Structures, Volume 280, April 2023.
  2. Dogu, M., Menkulasi, F. (2022). “Punching Shear Strength of Post-tensioned UHPC Plates”, ACI Structural Journal, May 2022.
  3. Dogu, M., Menkulasi, F. (2022). “Moment-Curvature-Deformation Response of Posttensioned UHPC Beams”, ACI Structural Journal, March 2022.
  4. Cakmak, F., Menkulasi, F., Eamon, C. (2022). "Time Dependent Flexural Deformations in Composite Prestressed Concrete and Steel Beams: Part II – Comparison of Predictions", ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, February 2022.
  5. Cakmak, F., Menkulasi, F., Eamon, C. (2022). "Time Dependent Flexural Deformations in Composite Prestressed Concrete and Steel Beams: Part I – Prediction Methodology", ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, February 2002.
  6. Rakici, S., Menkulasi, F. (2021). “Out-of-Plane Buckling Strength of Free Standing Singly Symmetric Hollow Pinned Circular Arches”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research. Volume 186, 106914.
  7. Victor, A., Menkulasi, F. (2021). "A Flexural Design Methodology for Composite Heterogeneous and Homogeneous UHPC Bridge Beams Prestressed with Bonded Strands", Engineering Structures Journal, Volume 236, June 2021, 112127.
  8. Dogu, M., Menkulasi, F. (2020). "A Flexural Design Methodology for UHPC Beams Posttensioned with Unbonded Tendons", Engineering Structures Journal, Volume 207, 15 March 2020.
  9. Baghi, H., Menkulasi, F. (2020). "Alternative Approaches to Predict Shear Strength of Slender RC Beams Strengthened with Externally-Bonded FRP Laminates", ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Volume 24, Issue 2, April 2020.
  10. Menkulasi, F., Farzana, N. (2019). "Web Compression Buckling Capacity Prediction for Unstiffened I-sections with Opposite Patch Loading", Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Volume 162.
  11. Baghi, H., Menkulasi, F., Montes, C., Sandrock, J.P., Gomez, S. (2018). " Four High Performance Nonproprietary Concrete Deck Configurations for Movable Bridges" - Engineering Structures Journal, Volume 168, Pages 559-575.
  12. Menkulasi, F., Patel, A., Baghi, H. (2018). "An investigation of AASHTO’s requirements for providing continuity in simple span bridges made continuous" - Engineering Structures Journal, Volume 158, 2018, Pages 175-198.
  13. Menkulasi, F., Kuruppuarachchi, D. (2017). “Development of Alternative Composite Bridge Systems for Short and Medium Span Bridges”  - Engineering Structures Journal, Volume 143, 15 July 2017, Pages 274-294.
  14. Baghi, H., Menkulasi, F., Parker, J., Barros, J.O. (2017). “Development of a High Performance Concrete Deck for Louisiana's Movable Bridges: Numerical Study", ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Volume 22, Issue 7, July 2017.
  15. Menkulasi, F., Moen, C.D, Eatherton, M.R., Kuruppuarachchi D. (2017) “Investigation of Web Post Compression Buckling Limit State and Stiffener Requirements in Castellated Beams”,  AISC Engineering Journal, First Quarter, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 21-43.
  16. Menkulasi, F., Mercer, M., Wollmann, C.L.R., Cousins, T. (2016) “Investigation of the Effects of Transverse Bending in a Composite Inverted T-Beam Bridge System”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Volume 22, Issue 1, January 2017.
  17. Menkulasi, F., Wollmann, C.L.R., Cousins, T. (2016) “Live Load Distribution Factors for Composite Bridges with Precast Inverted T-Beams”, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Volume 30, Issue 6, December 2016.
  18. Menkulasi, F., Nelson, D., Wollmann, C.L.R., Cousins, T. (2015) “Reducing Deck Cracking in Composite Bridges by Controlling Shrinkage and Creep Properties”, ACI Special Publication, SP-304 Sustainable Performance of Concrete Bridges and Elements Subjected to Aggressive Environments: Monitoring, Evaluation and Rehabilitation, pp. 21-42​.
  19. Menkulasi, F., Wollmann, C. L. R. (2005) “Behavior of Horizontal Shear Connections for Full-Depth Precast Concrete Bridge Decks on Prestressed I-Girders,” PCI Journal, May-June, pp. 60-73.

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensure
  • Professional Engineer (0402041410), VA, 2016-Present
  • Professional Engineer (PE-2021011788), MO, 2021-Present 

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Reviewer Recognition (2020) - ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering
  • Professor of the Year Award (2015-2016) – Louisiana Tech University – Awarded by ASCE student chapters
  • Professor of the Year Award (2014-2015) – Louisiana Tech University – Awarded by ASCE, AGC and NASTT student chapters
  • Via Academic Preparation Teaching Program (Spring 2013) (competitive academic preparation program offered by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech)
  • Award of Excellence for Commercial Buildings at the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate Excellence in Development Design (2011) for “Virginia Arts Festival Headquarters” project
  • Pratt Fellowship for PhD studies, (2010-2011)
  • Honor Award for  “Vieques Passenger Ferry Terminal” project (2009) in Engineering Excellence Awards – Awarded by Engineers Club of Hampton Roads
  • Award of Merit for Best Commercial/ Real Estate Building (2009) for “Harbor Heights” project, 13 Annual Excellence in Design Award Program sponsored by The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate
  • Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship, PCI, (2001)



  • Virginia Tech, PhD (2014) 
  • Virginia Tech, MS (2002)
  • Middle East Technical University, BS (2000)

Courses taught by Fatmir Menkulasi

Winter Term 2023 (current)

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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