The Catholic University of America


Min (Max) Liu, PhD, SE, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering

202-319-5165 phone
202-319-6677 fax

Biography in Brief:

Dr. Liu has been with the Department of Civil Engineering as an assistant professor since Fall 2014. Prior to this appointment, he worked in the industry for a decade as a professional structural engineer with several firms across the U.S. Dr. Liu is the director of the Structural SOS (Safety, Optimization, and Sustainability) group at CUA. His research emphasizes novel analysis and optimal design of various types of structures toward enhanced resilience, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness over their life cycle. At present, Dr. Liu's group is exploring innovative solutions to cost-effective mitigation of manmade hazards (e.g., progressive collapse) and natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, strong wind), retrofit against structural damage and gradual deterioration, and design of green buildings.

Representative Publications

A. Pirmoz, M. Liu (2016). “Finite element modeling and capacity analysis of post-tensioned steel frames against progressive collapse.” Engineering Structures, Elsevier, 126, pp. 446–456.

M. Liu, A. Pirmoz (2016). “Energy-based pulldown analysis for assessing the progressive collapse potential of steel frame buildings.” Engineering Structures, Elsevier, 123, pp. 372-378.

M. Liu (2015). “Pulldown analysis for progressive collapse assessment.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 29(1), 04014027.

M. Liu (2015). “A fast procedure for practical member sizing optimization of steel moment frames.” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, 20(4), 04014042.

M. Liu (2014). “Probabilistic prediction of green roof energy performance under parameter uncertainty.” Energy, Elsevier, 77, pp. 667–674.

M. Liu (2013). “A new dynamic increase factor for nonlinear static alternate path analysis of building frames against progressive collapse.” Engineering Structures, Elsevier, 48, pp. 666-673. 

M. Liu (2011). “Progressive collapse design of seismic steel frames using structural optimization.” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Elsevier, 67(3), pp. 322-332. 

M. Liu, D.M. Frangopol (2006). “Optimizing bridge network maintenance management under uncertainty with conflicting criteria: life-cycle maintenance, failure, and user costs.” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 132(11), pp. 1835-1845.

M. Liu, D.M. Frangopol (2005). “Balancing connectivity of deteriorating bridge networks and long-term maintenance cost through optimization.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, 10(4), pp. 468-481.

M. Liu, S.A. Burns, Y.K. Wen (2005). "Multiobjective optimization for performance based seismic design of steel moment frame structures." Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, Wiley, 34(3), pp. 289-306.

M. Liu, Y.K. Wen, S.A. Burns (2004). "Life cycle cost oriented seismic design optimization of steel moment frame structures with risk-taking preference." Engineering Structures, Elsevier, 26, pp. 1407–1421.