Dr. Kenneth J. Fridley

  • Interim Honors College Dean
  • Senior Associate Dean for Administration
  • Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 3005 H.M. Comer
  • Phone: (205) 348-6408
  • Fax: (205) 348-8573


  • Ph.D., Auburn University


Dr. Ken Fridley 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.  Fridley 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.