Monique Head

Dr. Monique Head
Associate Professor/Structural Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) 
Building, Room 209
Baltimore, MD 21251
Office Phone: (443) 885-3295

Monique HeadDr. Monique Hite Head is a native of Newark, Delaware.  She received her bachelor and master of civil engineering degrees from the University of Delaware in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and her doctorate in structural engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2007.  Currently, Dr. Head is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to this position, she was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Head's research and teaching interests include experimental testing, detailed analytical modeling using state-of-the-art software to study the responses of bridges, structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, multi-hazard mitigation, seismic retrofitting of bridges and other critical structures, performance-based bridge design using fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials, and evidence-based structural informatics.  

Dr. Head's current projects are focused on the following research areas to address issues of sustainability of our nation's critical (deteriorating) infrastructure:

  • Designing concrete bridge columns using corrosion-resistant and lightweight fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) to replace conventional steel reinforcement for increasing durability and sustainability of concrete bridges
  • Developing a rating system for bridges similar to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria for buildings to generate a new class of High-Performance Green Bridges (HPGBs) ·     
  • Monitoring the long-term behavior of FRP composite bars within prestressed concrete bridge deck panels for field deployment
  • Developing new procedures for quality assurance and quality control of prefabricated bridge elements and systems produced at precast plants
  • Determining the feasibility of stainless steel as an alternative to conventional steel strands and bars for use in prestressed concrete slabs and girders  

Being able to provide solutions to address our nation's deteriorating transportation infrastructure is essential to Dr. Head's mission for improving the resiliency of our nation's bridges while protecting lives, especially during extreme events like earthquakes.  Dr. Head has published in top-tier journals, and is a member of several national professional organizations.  In addition to her national and international service, she enjoys facilitating engineering outreach activities for middle and high school students to stimulate an excitement for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).