Steven Chase

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Steven Chase
Research Professor Of Civil Engineering

University of Virginia
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thornton Hall

351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400742
Charlottesville, VA
Phone 434-243-8526
FAX 434-982-2951

Steven Chase is a Research Professor focusing on the critical national problem of aging civil infrastructure. Dr. Chase’s research currently focuses on condition assessment and analysis of highway bridges. His research interests include the development and application of non-destructive and non-invasive evaluation of civil structures through the use of mechanical, vibration, ultrasonic, acoustic, thermal, electromagnetic, optical and radiographic methods. Dr. Chase’s research also encompasses the translation of the data obtained from the application of advanced nondestructive evaluation methods into quantitative and actionable information useful for the management of large inventories of civil infrastructure assets. This includes the emerging areas of structural health monitoring and smart structures.

Dr. Chase joined the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Virginia in August 2008 after a distinguished 30-year career with the Federal Highway Administration where he made significant contributions in the areas of non-destructive evaluation of highway bridges, bridge management and bridge engineering research. Several notable contributions included the establishment and direction of the Nondestructive Evaluation Validation Center and the Bridge Management Information Systems Laboratory at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center and the conception and implementation of the Long-term Bridge Performance Program.



2004 Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Achievement
2004 Secretary’s Team Award
2003 Secretary’s Team Award
2001 FHWA Engineering Excellence Award
2000 Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement
1996 Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement


Federal Executive Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2006
U.S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship, Washington, DC, 2004

Research Interests

  • Nondestructive Evaluation of Civil Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering
  • Infrastructure Asset Management

Research and Publications

Walther, R.A. and Chase, S.B.: “Condition Assessment of Highway Structures”, Transportation Research Circular  E-C104, September 2006, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC 

Duwadi, S.R. and Chase, S.B. Multiyear Plan for Bridge and Tunnel Security Research, Development, and Deployment, FHWA-RT-06-072, January 2006, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C. 

Chase, S.B.” The role of sensing and measurement in achieving FHWA’s strategic vision for highway infrastructure”, Civil Structural Health Monitoring, Proceedings of North American Euro-Pacific Workshop for Sensing Issues in Civil Structural Health Monitoring, NSF, November 10-13, 2004 Oahu, Hawaii 

Fuchs, P.A., Washer, G.A., Chase, S.B., Moore, M. “Applications of Laser-Based Instrumentation for Highway Bridges”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 6, November/December 2004 

Fuchs, P.A., Washer, G.A., Chase, S.B., Moore, M. “Laser-Based Instrumentation for Bridge Load Testing”, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Vol. 18, No. 4, November 2004

Chase, S.B. “A Long Term Bridge Performance Monitoring Program”, Nondestructive Detection and Measurement for Homeland Security II , SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5395, July 2004 

Chase, Steven B., “High-Tech Inspection”, Civil Engineering-ASCE, Vol. 71, No. 9, September 2001

Steven B. Chase and Jeffrey A. Laman, Dynamics and Field Testing of Bridges, Millennium Papers, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, September 2001

Chase, Steven B. and Aktan, Emin A.,editors,  Health Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems, Proceedings of SPIE Volume: 4337, August 2001

Affiliated Projects

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