Dr. Ken Fridley originally joined The University of Alabama in 2003 as professor and head of the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering and became the senior associate dean in the College of Engineering in 2015. He has also served as the founding director of the University’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Fridley earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington State University, master’s in architectural engineering from the University of Texas, and doctorate in civil engineering from Auburn University. Prior to joining The University of Alabama, Fridley served on the faculty at several other national flagship universities.
He has extensive experience in the area of structural wood engineering, including load-duration behavior (creep-rupture) of wood and wood-based materials, structural connections, and response and protection of wood-frame buildings to natural hazards, including wind and seismic actions. Complementing Fridley’s research expertise in wood materials and engineering is his background and interests in the general areas of structural engineering and mechanics with emphasis on the analysis, laboratory testing, and behavior modeling of structural materials, components and system.
He has also conducted research involving probabilistic methods and mechanics, applied structural reliability, structural serviceability and design. Research led by Fridley has resulted in new design approaches as well as changes in design specifications and codes.