Joshua Schultz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (Structures)

I earned my PhD at Marquette University and then went to work at Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) as a structural engineer for a number of high-profile, high-rise buildings around the world. After several years, I returned to academia by teaching at...

Joshua Schultz

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, 2013

M.S. Structural Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2009

B.S. Architectural Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2009

Courses Taught

CENG 302L Construction Materials

CENG 390 Structural Analysis II

CENG 473 Foundation Design

ENSC 301 Mechanics of Materials

ENSC 483 Structural Steel Robustness

ENSC 491 Senior Design Project I

ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II


I earned my PhD at Marquette University and then went to work at Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) as a structural engineer for a number of high-profile, high-rise buildings around the world. After several years, I returned to academia by teaching at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). I continue to consult with various structural engineering companies. Over the course of my career, I have worked on teams to design structures that range from micro-scale bio-sensors to some of the tallest buildings in the world (Burj Dubai, Kunming Junfa Tower). I enjoy applying sustainable, optimization concepts to structural engineering and appreciate a hands-on, collaborative atmosphere of civil engineering. I believe strongly that “civil engineering is a people-oriented profession.”

As a structural engineer at SOM, I worked on super-tall building structural systems and innovative facades. My background and research focuses on dynamics and optimization of structural systems. I have also worked to integrate sustainability in structural use of composite materials, specifically engineered-wood and structural glass systems.

  • Schultz, J.A., “Comparison of CLT Design Methods to Composite Beam Theory,” Proceedings of the 2017 39th IABSE Symposium Engineering the Future, September 21-23, 2017. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Schultz, J.A., Knowles, J., and Morse, S., “Glass Failure Prediction Model for Out-of-Plane Bending of Waterjet-Drilled Holes,” Proceedings of the 2017 39th IABSE Symposium Engineering the Future, September 21-23, 2017. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Cervenka, J., Schultz, J.A., Stahl, D., and Knowles, J., “Strength of Point-Supported Glass: Influence of Stress Concentrations and Drilling Defects in Monolithic Tempered Glass Plates,” Proceedings of the Façade Tectonics World Congress 2016, Façade Tectonics Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Schultz, J.A., Raebel C.H., Miklosi, D., “Meso-Scale Energy Harvesting Device for Integrated Building Applications” Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE (Submitted Oct. 31, 2015)
  • Schultz, J.A., Heinrich, S.M., Josse, F., Dufour, I., Nigro, N.J., Beardslee, L.A., and Brand, O., “Lateral-Mode Vibration of Microcantilever-based Sensors in Viscous Fluids Using Timoshenko Beam Theory,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Aug.), DOI:10.1109/JMEMS.2014.2354596, 2015, pp. 848-860.
  • Johnson, B., Schultz, J., Horos, D., and Baker, W., “Review of CLT Seismic Resistance and New Connection Concepts,” Proceedings, ASCE AEI Conference: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building, Milwaukee, WI, March 24-27, 2015.
  • Schultz, J., and Kuba, M., “Parametric Studies of Point-Supported Laminated Glass for Simplified Design,” Proceedings, ASCE AEI Conference: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building, Milwaukee, WI, March 24-27, 2015.
  • Raebel, C and Schultz, J., “Response of Meso-Scale Energy Harvesters Coupled with Dynamic Floor Systems,” Proceedings, ASCE AEI Conference: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building, Milwaukee, WI, March 24-27, 2015.
  • Khatchadourian, A., Schultz, J., and Bollman, M., Project Lead The Way Design Guide 2015, Milwaukee School of Engineering. PLTW-WI Press. October 17, 2014.
  • Baker, W., Horos, D., Johnson, B., and Schultz, J., “Timber Tower Research: Concrete Jointed Timber Frame,” Proceedings, ASCE Structures Congress, Boston, MA, April, 4, 2014.
  • Schultz, J., Raebel, C., and Huberty, A., “Numerical Modeling of Steel-Framed Floors for Energy Harvesting Applications,” Proceedings, SEM IMAC XXII Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, FL, February 6, 2014.
  • Schultz, J., and Johnson, B., “Evaluation of North American Vibration Standards for Mass-timber Floors,” Proceedings, SEM IMAC XXII Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, FL, February 6, 2014.
  • Schultz, J., Heinrich, S., Josse, F., Nigro, N., Dufour, I., Beardslee, L., and Brand, O., “Timoshenko Beam Effects in Lateral-Mode, Microcantilever-based Sensors in Liquids.” Micro and Nano Letters Special Issue. Institute of Engineering and Technology, November 2013.
  • Schultz, J., and Kuba, M., “Investigation of Equivalent Dynamic Material Properties of Structural Laminated Glass,” Proceedings, 2013 ASCE Conference for Engineering Mechanics Institute. Northwestern, IL, August 4-7, 2013.
  • Beghini, A., Beghini, L., Schultz, J., Carrion, J., and Baker, W., “Rankine’s Theorem for the Design of Cable Structures.” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Springer-Verlag, June 15, 2013.
  • Schultz, J., Heinrich, S., Josse, F., Nigro, N., Dufour, I., Beardslee, L., and Brand, O., “Timoshenko Beam Effects in Lateral-Mode, Microcantilever-based Sensors in Liquids.” Proceedings, 10th International Nanomechanical Sensing Conference (NMC). Stanford, CA, May 1-3, 2013.
  • Schultz, J., Heinrich, S.M., Josse, F., Dufour, I., Nigro, N.J., Beardslee, L.A., and Brand, O., “Timoshenko Beam Model for Lateral Vibration of Liquid-Phase Microcantilever-based Sensors,” Proc., 14th International Symposium on MEMS and Nanotechnology, SEM 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Lombard, IL, June 3-6, 2013, Paper 155, 10 pp.; MEMS and Nanotechnology, Volume 5, Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, 2014, pp 115-124.
  • Schultz, J., and Raebel, C., “Analysis and Optimization of MEMS Energy Harvesting for Floor Vibrations.” Proceedings, SEM IMAC XXI Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Garden Grove, CA,  February 11-13, 2013.
  • Schultz, J., and Raebel, C., “MEMS Energy Harvesting of Ambient Floor Vibrations as Sustainable Power Source.” Proceedings, Annual Green Energy Summit. Milwaukee, WI. March 7, 2012.
  • Schultz, J., Stahl, D., and Stutzki, C., “Experimental Investigation of Numerical Design Method for Point-Supported Glass.” Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE. Vol. 18, No. 3, September, 2012, pp. 223-232.
  • Knowles, J., Schultz, J., and Stutzki, C., “Breaking Architectural Barriers with Structural Glass,” SIMULIA Realistic Simulation News. January/February 2011, pp. 10-11.
  • Knowles, J., Stutzki, C., Schultz, J., and Kuba, M., “Dynamic Modeling of Structural Glass Components.” Proceedings, SIMULIA Central Regional Conf., Dassault Systemes and Abaqus, Naperville, IL, September 28, 2010.

Structural Research Lab, Gonzaga University, 2016-Present

  • Experimental testing of fully tempered glass for development of glass failure prediction model
  • Experimental testing of cross-laminated timber (CLT) for structural characterization
  • Numerical modeling and parametric studies of CLT for failure prediction
  • Analytical and numerical studies of helicoidal steel beams

Structural Integration and Optimization Group, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago, 2012-2014

  • Partner with architects and MEP engineers to design integrated high-rise buildings using virtual work, genetic algorithms and load path analyses methods
  • Published white-paper report and gravity system, “Timber Tower Research Project” funded by SLB grant
  • Developed analytical sustainability tool to determine LCA of wood as a structural material

Dynamics and Mechanics Research Lab (Structures and Sensors Group), Marquette University, Milwaukee, 2009-2012

  • Led investigation into the impact of Timoshenko Beam Effects and Support Compliance on Analytical Modeling of Microcantilever Frequency and Quality Factor Response for Sensors
  • Performed numerical and FEA analysis using MATLAB, ANSYS and ABAQUS to determine impact of Timoshenko, geometric and material parameters on beam response
  • Established a novel analytical equation for determination of quality factor for Timoshenko beams in terms of fundamental system parameters for use as sensors and energy harvesters

Structural Research Lab, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2008-2009

  • Conducted strength experiments on fully tempered, monolithic glass lites for façade applications
  • Experimentally determined and numerically verified ultimate stresses and stress patterns
  • Developed algorithm for FEA modeling of statically and dynamically point supported glass balustrades