Montana State University

Jerry Stephens


Jerry Stephens


Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Structures) Purdue University 1985
M.S.C.E Civil Engineering Purdue University 1976
B.S.C.E. Civil Engineering University of New Hampshire 1975

Employment History

Acting Department Head, Civil Engineering Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, July 2012 to present. 

Full/Associate/Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.  August 1989 to present. 

Research Director, Western Transportation Ins. (WTI), Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, May 2006 to May 2012. 

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, August 1988 to August 1989.

Senior Research Engineer, New Mexico Engineering Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico,  June 1985 to July 1988

Research Instructor, Purdue University, Department of Civil Engineering, West Lafayette, Indiana, August 1982 to May 1985. 

Research Engineer, New Mexico Engineering Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 1976 to July 1982. 

Key Qualifications

Dr. Jerry Stephens is Department Head and professor in the Civil Engineering Department  at Montana State University.  Dr. Stephens, a registered Professional Engineer, has extensive teaching experience in the areas of structural mechanics, structural engineering, and civil engineering materials.  Dr. Stephens has over 30 years experience in experimental and analytical research in the fields of structural performance, transportation infrastructure performance, and materials development and testing. Dr. Stephens has served on several national technical committees and project review panels. 

Current Research Awards, Grants, Contracts

Building Green: Development and Evaluation of an Environmentally Friendly Concrete, National Science Foundation, 2009-2012, $300,000, Co-PI with M. Berry.

Steel Pipe Pile/Concrete Pile Cap Bridge Support Systems: Confirmation of Connection Performance, Montana DOT, 2009-2012, $71,000, Key Investigator.

Safe and Sustainable Transportation: Rural Matters: Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, National Science Foundation, 2012-2014, $296,000, Co-PI with S. Gallagher.

Evaluation of Bridge Deck Overlay Systems, California Department of Transportation and the University Transportation Center Program, 2008-2013, $570,000, Co-PI with E. Cuelho.

Material Properties and Deflections of Prestressed Concrete Beams, Montana DOT, 2011-2013, $147,928, Co-PI with M. Berry and B. Kukay.

Selected Research Publications/Presentations

Kappes, L., Berry, M., and Stephens, J. (2012), “Concrete Filled Steel Tube Piles to Concrete Pile-Cap Connections,” presented at the ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, Spring 2012.

Roskos, C., Berry, M., and Stephens, J. (2011), “Evaluation of Fly Ash Based Concretes Containing Glass Aggregates for Use in Transportation Applications,” Proceedings, Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2012, Washington, D.C.

Berry, M., Stephens, J., and Cross, D., (2011), Performance of 100% Fly Ash Concrete with 100% Recycled Glass Aggregate, ACI Materials Journal, July 2011.

Berry, M., Schroeder, D., Larabee, B., and Stephens, J. (2010), Building Green: Development and Evaluation of an Environmentally Friendly Concrete, American Concrete Institute, Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2010.

Berry, M., Cross, D., and Stephens, J. (2009), “Changing the Environment: An Alternative Green Concrete Produced without Portland Cement”, Proceedings, World of Coal Ash, Lexington, KY, 2009.

Cole, M., Ogard, L., and Stephens, J. (2008), “Prospects for Intermodal Containerized Freight Transport in Montana,” Presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and Management, Washington, D.C., October 2008.

Stephens, J., Cuelho, E., Johnson, J. and Smolenski, P. (2006), “Uncommon Methods of Analyzing Strain and Temperature Data to Reveal the Presence of Distress in Bridge Decks,” Presented at 2006 NDE Conference on Civil Eng, St.Louis, MO, Aug 15-18, 2006.

Cross, J., Stephens, J., and Vollmer, J. (2005), “Production of High Strength, 100 % Fly Ash Concrete Using Conventional Redimix Equipment,” Concrete International, American Conc.Ins., Detroit, MI.

Stephens, J., Carson, J., Hult, D., and Bisom, D.  (2005), “Coming into Focus: Montana’s State Truck Activities Reporting System”, invited presentation at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January, 2005, Washington, D.C.

Stephens, J., and McKittrick, L. (2005), “Performance of Steel Pipe Pile-to-Concrete Bent Cap Connections Subject to Seismic or High Transverse Loading, Phase II,” Report FHWA/MT-05-001-8144 prepared for the Montana Dept. of Transportation by Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

Stephens, J., Carson, J., Hult, D., and Bisom, D. (2003), “Infrastructure Preservation Using WIM Coordinated Weight Enforcement,” Transportation Research Record 1855, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C

Stephens, J., Carson, J., Hult, D., and Bisom, D. (2002), “State Truck Activities Reporting System”, Proceedings, 9th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, Chicago, IL, October 14-17, 2002

Hewit, J., Stephens, J., Smith, K., and Menuez, N. (1999), “Infrastructure and Economic Impacts of Changes in Truck Weight Regulations in MT, Transportation Research Record 1653, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

Stephens, J. Scoles, J. Patterson, S., and Schillings, P., (1997), “Impact of Adopting Canadian Interprovincial and Canamex Limits on Vehicle Size and Weight on Montana’s Highways”, Transportation Research Record 1602, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

Societies, Honors, Awards and Professional Registration

Registered Professional Engineer - Montana

Alumni/Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence, MSU (7 awards)

Outstanding Instructor – CE/BREN, College of Engineering, MSU (5 awards)

Outstanding Instructor, Civil Engineering Dept., MSU (3 awards)

Professional Activities and Service

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1975 – present
MSU Student Chapter Advisor – 10 yrs, State Section Secretary/Treas – 10 yrs

Proposal Reviewer, NSF CAREER Program, 2010

Member, National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project Panels (4 panels), 1996 to present

Member and Paper Reviewer, Transportation Research Board, Truck Size and Weight Committee, 1996 – 2007

Courses Taught Recently

CE 312 Structure I

CE 315

Structures II
CE 413 Concrete Stuctures
CE 415 Masonry Building Systems
CE 511 Building Structural Systems (team taught)
CE 512 Structural Dynamics
CE 513 Behavior of Concrete Structures
CE 514 Behavior of Steel Structures
CE 519 Prestress Concrete and Bridge Design
CE 401 Professional Practices and Ethics
CE 457 Senior Project 1 (team taught)
CE 458 Senior Project 2 (team taught)
EM 251 Statics
EM 252 Dynamics
EM 215, 253 Strench of Materials
EM 518 Plates and Shells
CET 412 Structural Elements