Professor Lance Manuel

T. U. Taylor Professor of Engineering
Mechanics, Uncertainty, and Simulation in Engineering (MUSE)
Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (CAEE)

The University of Texas At Austin (UT-Austin)

Office   ECJ 4.726
Phone   512-232-5691
Fax   512-471-0592
E-mail   lmanuel[at]

    Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) - IIT (Bombay)
    Master of Science (M.S.) - University of Virginia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Stanford University [PhD Advisor: C. Allin Cornell]

Courses that I teach
    Probability and Statistics for Civil Engineers - CE 311S [Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Spring 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018*]

    Structural Analysis - CE 329 [Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2018*]
    Advanced Structural Analysis - CE 363 [Fall 1999, Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2003, Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2012]
    Dynamic Response of Structures - CE 384P [Spring 2000, Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2008,
                                                                Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019*]
Structural Reliability - CE 384S [Summer 2000, Fall 2002, Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Fall 2013, Fall 2015]
    Wind Engineering - CE 397 [Fall 2011]

Other activities at UT that I'm involved with:
    Advisor, CAEE Department Honors Program Advisor
    Member, Graduate Curricula and Policies Committee
    Chair, CAEE Department Faculty Evaluation Committee

Research collaborators and co-authors in various places ...
    Sukanta Basu, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Steve Winterstein, Probability-Based Engineering, Menlo Park, CA
    Shuyi Chen, RSMAS, Miami, FL
    Mark Donelan, RSMAS, Miami, FL
    Matthew Barone, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
    Ryan Coe, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
    Paul Veers, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Boulder, CO

    Luis Sagrilo, Federral University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Lars Vabbersgaard Andersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
    Enzo Marino, University of Florence, Italy
    Claudio Borri, University of Florence, Italy
    Ying Min Low, National University of Singapore
    Krish Thiagarajan, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
    Claudio Lugni, INSEAN, Rome, Italy
    Jin-Hak Yi, KIOST, Ansan, Korea
    Gil-Yim Yoon, KIOST, Ansan, Korea
    Maurizio Collu, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
    Michael Borg, Danish Technical University, Denmark

Professional affiliations, technical committees, and journal affiliations ...
    Fellow, ASME; Fellow, ASCE; Member, AAWE
    Editor-in-Chief, ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
    Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
    Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems
    Associate Editor, Wind Engineering and Science, Frontiers in Built Environment
    Editorial Board Member, Energies
    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering
    Editorial Board Member, Wind Engineering
    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Renewable Energy
    Editorial Board Member, Conference Papers in Energy
    Member, U.S. National Committee for IEC TC 88-MT1 (Design Requirements for Wind Turbines)

My research group works in other areas as well but ... CLICK HERE >>> for our work related to wind turbines ...

Students currently working with me on research projects
Graduate - Ph.D.
Ying-Chuan Chen
Hyeong Uk Lim
Jinsong Liu
Nan-You Lu
Phong Nguyen

Graduate - M.S.
none at this time

Undergraduate - B.S.
James Luo (ME Student)

Visitors in research group (past and present)
Dr. Weimin Chen, Associate Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences (May to November 2012)
Mr. Dilnei Schmidt, Engineer, Petrobras, Brazil, Doctoral Student (February 2013 to February 2014)
Dr. Lars Vabbersgaard Andersen, Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark (July and August 2014)
Dr. Young Wook Lee, Associate Professor, Kunsan National University, Korea (July to December 2014)
Dr. Peter Persson, Assistant Professor, Lund University, Sweden (February to June 2017)

Students who have worked with me on research projects
Graduate - Ph.D. (dissertations available upon request)
Ali Sarı, December 2003 ... now at Genesis Oil and Gas, ouston
Hsin-Yang Chung, May 2004 ... now on faculty at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Korn Saranyasoontorn, May 2006 ... now at BP, Houston
Puneet Agarwal, August 2008 ... now at Stress Engineering Services, Inc., Houston
Chen Shi, August 2011 ... now at Genesis Oil and Gas, Houston
Hieu Huy Nguyen, August 2012 ... now at Genesis Oil and Gas, Houston
Eungsoo Kim, May 2015 ... now at Posco, South Korea
Jae Sang Moon, May 2016 ... now Post-Doctoral Fellow at UT-Austin

Graduate - M.S. (theses and reports available upon request)
Paiboon Lertwongkornkit, May 2001 ... now at Carter Holt Harvey, Thailand
Wasan Patwichaichote, August 2001 ... now with Thai Military
Somchat Suwan, December 2002 ... now at Arup, Houston, Texas
Luke Nelson, May 2003 ... now at Datum Engineers, Austin, Texas
Sridhar Baldava, August 2004 ... now at Walter P. Moore Engineers & Consultants, Austin, Texas
Kenneth Berlin, May 2005 ... now with Haynes Whaley Associates, Reston, Virginia
Micah Florea, May 2005 ... now with Pacific Engineering and Design, Wenatchee, Washington
Matthew Albert, May 2006 ... now with Haynes Whaley Associates, Houston, Texas
Tanapat Srivilairit, August 2006 ... now with Bechtel, Houston, Texas
Patrick Ragan, May 2007 ... now at Halvorson and Partners - Structural Engineers, Chicago, Illinois
Erica Bush, August 2009 ... now at Ensoft, Inc., Austin, Texas
Chungwook Sim, August 2009 ... now Post-Doctoral Fellow at Purdue University
Abhinav Sultania, August 2010 ... now at Genesis Oil and Gas, Houston
Himanshu Arora, May 2011 ... now at BP, Houston
Jinkyoo Park, August 2011 ... now Ph.D. student at Stanford University
Phanisri Pradeep Pratapa, December 2011 ... now Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech
Wooyoung Kim, May 2013 ... now at Sofec, Inc., Houston
Watsamon Sahasakkul, August 2014 ... now at Genesis Oil and Gas, Houston
Mohit Soni, August 2014 ... now at Aqualis Offshore, Houston Jinsong Liu, December 2015 ... now PhD Student at UT-Austin
Edwin Thomas, December 2015 ... now at Athos Consulting Engineers, Inc., Dallas
Jarred Canning, December 2017 ... now at NV5, Denver

Undergraduate - B.S.
Aaron Sterns, Academic Year 2002-03 [TREX Scholar and Sandia Summer Intern]
Brenda Guerra, Academic Year 2003-04 [TREX Scholar]
Victoria McCammon, Summer 2004
Martin Regner, Summer 2004
Enrique Dominguez, Summer 2004
Michael Warren, Spring 2005
Christopher Wright, Academic Year 2005-06 [TREX Scholar]
Erin Keys, Academic Year 2006-07 [GLUE Program]
Liliam Fernandez, Summer 2007, Academic Year 2007-08 [LSAMP Summer Scholar; TREX Scholar]
Denise Trevi
ño, Academic Year 2007-08 [TREX Scholar]
Sergio Flores, Summer 2008, Academic Year 2008-09 [TREX Scholar and Sandia Summer Intern]
Azrin Amin, Academic Year 2008-09 [TREX Scholar]
Hua Liu, Academic Year 2009-10
Alexandra Houston, Academic Year 2009-10
Jae Lee, Academic Year 2009-10
Anthony Garcia, Academic Year 2010-11
Zahra Bhora, Academic Years 2009-10, 2010-11 [BS Honors Thesis]
Priscilla Nguyen, Academic Year 2012-13 [TREX Scholar]
Kate Spiesman (Harvey Mudd College), Summer 2013 [Harvey Mudd College Summer Research Assistant]
Wiley Jennings, Academic Year 2013-14 [UT-CAEE Legacy Fellow]
Emily Tat, August - December 2014
Brandon Comisarenco, Academic Year 2014-15 [TREX Scholar]
Lauryn Altena*, Academic Year 2014-15 [UT-CAEE Legacy Scholar]
Elsa Buvik, January - May 2015
Tarek El-Afifi*, January - May 2015
Lilian Gonzalez-Arechaga*, January - May 2015
Alexander Wallen, January - May 2015
Raul Olvera*, January - May 2015
Samuel Xiong, January - May 2016 [UT-CAEE Legacy Scholar]
Jarred Canning, January - August 2016 [UT-CAEE Legacy Scholar and Sandia Summer Intern]
Gitanjali Bhattacharjee*, November 2014 - May 2016 [Plan II and BS Honors Thesis]
Joseph Schmidt, Summer 2016 [LSAMP Summer Scholar]
Kee Young Jung, Academic Year 2016-17 [TREX Scholar]
*[Part of UT Heat Island Team]

and, finally, some random (okay, old) music samplings, as long as you're here ♫ ...
Paul Simon - American Tune (1975)
Blaze Foley - Clay Pigeons (2005)
Supertramp - Give a Little Bit (1977)
Leoš Janáček - In the Mists (1912)
Maná - En el muelle de San Blás (1998)
Miles Davis - Someday my prince will come (1961)
Chet Baker - But not for me (1954)
Eva Cassidy - Autumn leaves (1996)
Mercedes Sosa - Gracias a la vida (1971)
Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane (1987)
The Pretenders - Back on the Chain Gang (1982)
David Bowie - Space Oddity (1972)
Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning (1987)
and some voice, chants, a cappella, arias, unpluggeds, amateur arrangements, etc. ...
Starman (David Bowie) ... cover by Josh Turner
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) ... a capella cover
Titanium (David Guetta) ... a capella cover
America (Simon/Garfunkel)
Kathy's Song (Simon/Garfunkel)
New Coat of Paint (Tom Waits)
L'amerò sarò costante (Mozart - Sonya Yoncheva)


    If you have any, please contact me by e-mail at lmanuel[at]

Thank you! 
Last updated 06/02/18