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Thalia Anagnos
Professor of General Engineering

Dr. Anagnos is a professor in General Engineering at San Jose State University where her teaching and research interests include mechanics, structural analysis, reliability, seismic hazard, loss estimation, and engineering education and pedogogy.

She is the Past-President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the former editor of the EERI Newsletter, and a former member of the Editorial Board of the EERI journal Earthquake Spectra. She currently serves as the co-Leader Education, Outreach, and Training for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). She served on the Institutional Board of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center and as President of the San Jose Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) during the 2000-2001 term. For 20 years she served on the organization committee for the SJSU Expanding Your Horizons Conference to interest more young women in mathmatics, science and engineering.


ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering

ENGR/MUSE 11B Catastrophic Events

ENGR 100w Engineering Reports on the Earth and Environment

CE 105 Professional Design

CE 112 Mechanics of Material

CE 113 Strength of Materials Lab

PS3 Ecology Institute

PS3 Earth Science Institute

PS3 CA Resources Institute


Mitigation of Collapse Risk in Vulnerable Concrete Buildings

This NSF-funded Grand Challenge aims to study the collapse potential of older nonductile concrete buildings, which are pervasive and high risk, to improve and disseminate effective engineering assessment and retrofit tools, and to define appropriate incentives or policy measures to mitigate the risk..

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The Golden Gate Bridge As An Informal Science Education Resource

This project is developing a set of permanent outdoor exhibits at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. The exhibits will engage visitors in learning about scientific and engineering aspects of the bridge. Partners include the Golden Gate Bridge District, the Consotrtium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE), EHDD Architects, Inverness Research, Inc, David Heil & Associates, Primceton University, Stanford University, Eye Think, Inc., West Wind Laboratory, and the American Public Works Association. The exhibits should be complete by 2011. More than 10 million people visit the bridge annually.

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Integrating Sustainability into Core Engineeirng Courses

This project integrate fundamental concepts of sustainability into two core lower division engineering courses (Introduction to Engineering and Introduction to Materials). The outcome of the project will be teaching modules covering the topics of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, energy conversion and efficiency, energy and water, and product life cycle analysis. The overall goal is to better prepare students for the practice of engineering through developing their understanding of environmental sustainability.

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NEES Research Experience for Undergraduates

This NSF sponsored program hosts 20 undergraduate students per year at NEES large-scale experimental facilities to gain hands-on experience with earthquake engineering research

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Statics Textbook

A new textbook, Statics: Analysis and Design of Systems in Equilibrium, by Sheri D. Sheppard, and Benson H. Tongue was published in December 2004. The book provides a systems approach to the study of statics. In collaboration with the authors, I developed a case study of the transfer of loads through the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as example problems and homework problems throughout the book. We are currently preparing the second edition.

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Partnership for Student Success in Science (PS3)

The SJSU College of Engineering, in collaboration with the SJSU College of Education and nine school districts is taking a regional approach to improving science education by building institutional capacity, instructional quality, and student achievement in a major urban region. Elementary and middle school students experience exemplary inquiry and laboratory-based lessons linked appropriately to math, literacy, and technology resulting in higher achievement. Engineering faculty devote time as consultants in middle schools. While they contribute scholarship and content background they also learn by viewing the variety of teaching strategies that serve diverse student needs. Undergraduate engineering education is improved through close collaboration between engineers and teachers. The arrow on the left will link you to the PS3 web site. Prof. Kurt McMullin of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the Principal Investigator and Prof. Carolyn Nelson of the Elementary Education the co-PI.

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Educational Modules for Soil-Foundation-Structure-Interaction

As part of a collaborative NEES research project focused on improving knowledge of soil-foundation-structure-interaction (SFSI), education modules are being developed that use the results of experimental research to improve students' understadning of complex engineering concepts. The arrow on the left will link you to a powerpoint summary of the research project.

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Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Strategic Plan

The NSF-funded NEES program provides an unprecedented infrastructure for research and education, consisting of networked and geographically distributed resources for experimentation, computation, model-based simulation, data management, and communication. Dr. Anagnos developed the strategic plan for the Education, Outreach and Training program for NEES.

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Casualty Estimates for Earthquake Loss Estimation

This project was conducted in conjunction with revisions of the HAZUS methodology and software. The arrow on the left will link you to a FEMA web site that describes HAZUS. For more information from the users of HAZUS go to the HAZUS User's Group website.

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Development of an Electrical Substation Equipment Performance Database for Evaluation of Equipment Fragilities

This project developed a database that documents performance of substation equipment in twelve California earthquakes. The arrow on the left will link you to a web site containing the final report and the database.

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Simulation-Based Reliability Assessment

This technique involves the use of simulation to assess reliability of structural elements and systems when closed- form solutions are not available. The arrow on the left will link you to a web site that provides more information about the method as well as software that can be downloaded.

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General Engineering
Office: Eng. 169
Telephone: (408) 924-3861
E-mail: thalia.anagnos at
Fax: (408) 924-4004


Last Updated: 6/24/2014