Montana State University

Damon R. Fick, Ph.D., P.E.

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2008, Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Master's of Science, 1998, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelor's of Science, 1996, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Behavior and design of reinforced concrete structures
  • Remote monitoring of bridges and wind-turbine structures
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Performance of friction-stir-welded structures
  • Behavior of concrete-filled composite tubes

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, August, 2008 – December 2013
  • Graduate Research Assistant, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. August, 2004 – July, 2008
  • Structural Engineer, Opus Architects & Engineers, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. August, 1998 – August, 2004
  • Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, School of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. January, 1997 – August, 1998

REGISTRATION

Professional Engineer: State of Minnesota, 2001-present.

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

Robinson, M.J., Belzer, B.E., Fick, D.R., Composite Action of Concrete-filled Rectangular GFRP Tubes, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, in press.

Roberts, L., Fick, D. Misra, A., Performance-Based Design of Drilled Shaft Bridge Foundation, Journal of Bridge Engineering Special Issue on: AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design and Guide Specifications: Recent, Ongoing, and Future Refinements, November/December, 2011.

Pujol, S. and Fick, D.R., The Test of a Full-Scale Three-Story RC Structure with Masonry Infill Walls. Engineering Structures, October, 2010. 32(10): p. 10.

Conference Papers

Fick, D.R., Sozen, M.A., Kreger, M.E., Cyclic Lateral Load Test and the Estimation of Elastic Drift Response of a Full-Scale Three-Story Flat-Plate Structure, American Concrete Institute Special Publication (accepted).

Fick, D.R., Gribb, M.M., Tinant, C.J., The Impact of Project-Based Service Learning in a Native American Community on Student Performance in Civil Engineering Capstone Design, Frontiers in Education Conference, (accepted)

Fick, D.R., Sawyer, J. F., Tinant, C.J., Retention and Recruitment as Part of a Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative, American Society of Engineering Education, Rocky Mountain Section Regional Conference, Pueblo, CO, March 29-30, 2013.

Fick, D., Sawyer, J., Tinant, C., Berdanier, B., Civil and Geological Engineering Service-Learning Projects as Part of a Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative, Frontiers in Education Conference, Seattle, WA, October 3-6.

Bush, J, Kane, M., Segrud, K., Fick, D., Zong, Z., An Interactive Approach to Renewable Energy Research and Education, oral presentation. 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD, October 12-15.

Well, A. Marshall, J., Luick, L., Jasthi, B, Fick, D., and West, M., A Novel Approach for Fabrication of a Titanium Aerospace Structure by Friction Stir Welding, oral presentation. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Columbus, OH, October 16-20, 2011.

Sharma, R., Fick, D., West, M., Jasthi, B., Static and Fatigue Performance of Friction Stir Welded Titanium I-Beams, oral presentation. Materials Science and Technology Conference, Columbus, OH, October 16-20, 2011.

Fick, D.R., Cyclic Lateral Load Test to Failure of a Full-Scale Three-Story flat-Plate Reinforced Concrete Structure, oral presentation. Proceedings of the 9th U.S. National, 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering. July 25-29, 2010. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Roberts, L.A., Fick D.R., and A. Misra. Design of Bridge Foundations using a Performance-Based Soil-Structure Interaction Approach. Proceedings of the 2010 SEI Structures Congress. May, 2010. Orlando, FL.

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Technical Reports

Widener, C.A., Sears, J.W., Salem, D.R., Tolle, C.R., Fick, D.R., Hrabe, R., Life Extension of Navy Weapon Systems through Advanced Materials Processing Using Benchmarking and Best Practices, Office of Naval Research, Annual Report. August, 2012, 2013.

Tinant, C.J., Berdanier, B.W., Sawyer, J.F., Fick, D.R., Hansen, M.R., Benning, J.L., Collaborative Research: OLC/SDSU/SDSMT Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative, NSF Tribal College and University Program, Annual Report. July, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Kilber, S., Fick, D.R., Hansen, M.R., Self-Healing Characteristics of API Class A Well Cement Concrete, Lafarge North America, Final Report. January 17, 2012.

Fick, D.R., Jasthi, B., West, M.K., Friction Stir Welding of Titanium Beam Structures, SDSMT’s Center for Friction Stir Processing, CFSP07-AMP-01, Annual Report. November, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Fick, D.R., Hansen, M.R., Yellowstone Place Association Roof Shingle Evaluation, Yellowstone Place Association. May 20, 2009.

Fick, D.R., Site Inspection and Evaluation of Leaning Agricultural Silos, The Travelers Companies. August 15, 2011.

Fick, D., Bergson, P., Schultz, A., Galambos, T., Final Report: Monitoring and Assessment Program for Wabasha County Bridge”, Report no. Mn/DOT 1998-22, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN, 1998.

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PRESENTATIONS

Fick, D.R., Design of Precast and Prestressed Concrete Structures for Lateral Loads: Part 1 – Calculation of Forces, Continuing Education Seminar in collaboration with the Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) Midwest, May 22, 2013, Rapid City, SD.

Fick, D.R., Fried, L.G., An Experimental Investigation of the Buckling Response of Friction Stir Processed Aluminum Angles, Office of Navy Research, August 9, 2013, Rapid City, SD. Fick, D.R., Experimental Investigation of Slab-Column Connections Subjected to Lateral and Gravity Loads, Montana State University, April 30, 2013, Bozeman, MT.

Fick, D.R., Slab-Column Examples, Committee 352, Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete, American Concrete Institute Convention. October 18, 2012. Dallas, TX.

Fick, D.R., Kreger, M.E., Sozen, M.A., Experimental Investigation of a Full-Scale R/C Flat Plate Structure Subjected to Cyclic Lateral Loads, oral presentation. Symposium Honoring James O. Jirsa, American Concrete Institute Convention. October 19, 2012. Dallas, TX.

Fick, D.R., Kjerengtroen, L., Littoral Combat Ship Research: An Evaluation of Friction-Stir Processed Marine Panel Stiffeners Subjected to Compression and Flexural Loading, oral presentation. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. July 27, 2012. Rapid City, SD.

Fick, D.R., Structural Engineering and Wind Energy Projects, oral presentation. NSF Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative Annual Meeting. August 2, 2012. Minneapolis, MN.

Fick, D.R., Sawyer, J.F.*, Academic Programs and Sustainability: Making Collaborations Work, oral presentation. NSF Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative Annual Meeting. August 3, 2012. Minneapolis, MN.

Fick, D.R., Black Hills Power Renewable Energy Research Facility, ASCE Student Chapter, ASCE Student Chapter, 2010, Rapid City, SD.

Fick, D.R., West, M., Widener, C., Friction Stir Welding of Titanium Beam Structures, oral presentation, technical and management review: SDSMT’s Center for Friction Stir Processing (NSF I/UCRC) Industrial Advisory Board Meeting. 2009, 2010, 2011, Rapid City, SD.

Arbegast, W., Fick, D.R., West, M., Friction Stir Welding of Titanium Beam Structures, oral presentation, technical and management review: SDSMT’s Center for Friction Stir Processing (NSF I/UCRC) Industrial Advisory Board Meeting. April 27, 2009. Columbia, SC.

Fick, D.R., Experimental Investigation of a Full-Scale Flat-Plate Reinforced Concrete Structure, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, 2008. Rapid City, SD.

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COURSES TAUGHT

  • Statics
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
  • Applied Structural Design
  • Theory and Design of Metal Structures
  • Engineering and Construction Materials
  • Reinforced Concrete Theory and Design
  • Structural Analysis II
  • Civil Engineering Capstone Design
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design