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Senior Associate Dean for Administration, Professor

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Dean’s Office, Integrative Center for Athletic and Sport Technology

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  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Auburn University, 1990
  • M.S., Architectural Enigneering, University of Texas at Austin, 1986
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 1985


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.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Departmental Fellow, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama (March, 2015)
  • ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Leadership Award, The American Society of Civil Engineers, 2010
  • First Year Advocate Award, First Year Council and the Office of the Dean of Students, The University of Alabama, 2010
  • Morris Hackney Faculty Leadership Award, College of Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2010
  • Steven J. Ressler Best Paper Award, Civil Engineering Division, American Society for Engineering Education, 2017

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Fridley, K.J., Bielefeldt, A.R., Sutterer, K.G., Williamson, D.G., and Back, W.E. 2019. “Curricular Changes Needed to Conform to the CEBOK3 – Three Case Studies.” In: Proceedings of the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, FL.
  • Fridley, K.J., Hains, D.B., and Nolen, L. 2019. “The 5Ws of the Third Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge.” In: Proceedings of the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, FL.
  • Fridley, K.J., Hains, D.B., Morse, A.N., and Nolen, L. 2019. “The CEBOK3 and ABET Accreditation Criteria: A Gap Analysis.” In: Proceedings of the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, FL.
  • Nguyen, T.T., Dao, T.N., Aaleti, S., Hossain, K., and Fridley, K.J. 2019. “Numerical Model for Creep Behavior of Axially Loaded CLT Panels.”  Journal of Structural Engineering, 145(1):04018224.
  • Nguyen, T.T., Dao, T.N., Aaleti, S., van de Lindt, J.W., and Fridley, K.J. 2018. “Seismic Assessment of a Three-Story Wood Building with an Integrated CTL-Lightframe System Using RTHS.”  Engineering Structures, 167:695-704.