Erin Bell

Department Chair and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone: (603) 862-3850
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W141, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Tufts University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Tufts University
  • B.C.E., Georgia Institute of Technology

Courses Taught

  • CEE 500: Statics for Civil Engineers
  • CEE 781/881: Dynamics of Structures
  • CEE 790/890: Structural Design in Masonry
  • CEE 793/893: Structural Design in Steel
  • CEE 993: Advanced Steel Design
  • CIE 793/893: Structural Design in Steel

Selected Publications

Shahsavari, V., Mehrkash, M., & Santini-Bell, E. (2020). Damage Detection and Decreased Load-Carrying Capacity Assessment of a Vertical-Lift Steel Truss Bridge. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 34(2), 04019123. doi:10.1061/(asce)cf.1943-5509.0001400

Anajafi, H., Medina, R. A., & Santini-Bell, E. (2020). Inelastic floor spectra for designing anchored acceleration-sensitive nonstructural components. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 18(5), 2115-2147. doi:10.1007/s10518-019-00760-8

Anajafi, H., Medina, R. A., & Santini‐Bell, E. (2020). Effects of the improper modeling of viscous damping on the first‐mode and higher‐mode dominated responses of base‐isolated buildings. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 49(1), 51-73. doi:10.1002/eqe.3223

Mashayekhi, M., & Santini-Bell, E. (2019). Fatigue assessment of the gusset-less connection using field data and numerical model. Bridge Structures, 15(1-2), 75-86. doi:10.3233/brs-190157

Mashayekhi, M., & Santini‐Bell, E. (2019). Three‐dimensional multiscale finite element models for in‐service performance assessment of bridges. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 34(5), 385-401. doi:10.1111/mice.12424

Hamilton, L. C., Bell, E., Hartter, J., & Salerno, J. D. (2018). A change in the wind? US public views on renewable energy and climate compared. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 8(1). doi:10.1186/s13705-018-0152-5

Bell, E. S., Lefebvre, P. J., Sanayei, M., Brenner, B., Sipple, J. D., & Peddle, J. (2013). Objective Load Rating of a Steel-Girder Bridge Using Structural Modeling and Health Monitoring. Journal of Structural Engineering, 139(10), 1771-1779. doi:10.1061/(asce)st.1943-541x.0000599

García-Palencia, A. J., & Santini-Bell, E. (2013). A Two-Step Model Updating Algorithm for Parameter Identification of Linear Elastic Damped Structures. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 28(7), 509-521. doi:10.1111/mice.12012

Sanayei, M., Phelps, J. E., Sipple, J. D., Bell, E. S., & Brenner, B. R. (2012). Instrumentation, Nondestructive Testing, and Finite-Element Model Updating for Bridge Evaluation Using Strain Measurements. Journal of Bridge Engineering, 17(1), 130-138. doi:10.1061/(asce)be.1943-5592.0000228

Bell, E. S., Sanayei, M., Javdekar, C. N., & Slavsky, E. (2007). Multiresponse Parameter Estimation for Finite-Element Model Updating Using Nondestructive Test Data. Journal of Structural Engineering, 133(8), 1067-1079. doi:10.1061/(asce)0733-9445(2007)133:8(1067)

Most Cited Publications