Fatmir Menkulasi

Fatmir Menkulasi

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

5050 Anthony Wayne Dr.
College of Engineering
Room 2160


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Fatmir Menkulasi


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

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


Graduate: Bridge Design, Design of Building Structures for Seismic Load Effects

Undergraduate: Reinforced Concrete Design, Structural Analysis and Design

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

Research Projects

  • 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 (PI) Louisiana Transportation Research Center, 2015-2016, $30,000


  1. Dogu, M., Menkulasi, F. (2020). "A Flexural Design Methodology for UHPC Beams Posttensioned with Unbonded Tendons", Engineering Structures Journal, Volume 207, 15 March 2020.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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​.
  12. 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


Professional Engineer (041410), VA, 2016-Present

Awards and Honors

  • 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)