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Dr. JoAnn Browning

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Engineering
Office of the Dean

JoAnn Browning, Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair, Dean of Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering.  Ph.D. Purdue University.  P.E. Kansas.

Dr. Browning was named Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair of the UTSA College of Engineering in August 2014.  Previously she was a faculty member at the University of Kansas for 16 years, and served 2 years as Associate Dean of Administration.  While at KU, Dr. Browning twice was awarded the Miller Award for Distinguished Professional Service (2004 and 2011) and was the 2012 recipient of the Henry E. Gould Award for Distinguished Service to Undergraduate Education.  In 2015 she was name a Purdue Distinguished Woman Scholar.  In 2016 INSIGHT into Diversity magazine presented her with an Inspiring Women in STEM award.

Dr. Browning has been active in the engineering community, locally as President of the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and nationally with ACI, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers.  She has served on the Board of Directors of CUREE and ACI and on the ACI 318 Building Code Committee.


Her own research interests include structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering materials, and reinforced concrete design and analysis. She has conducted research to improve the durability of concrete bridge decks through studies of corrosion protection systems and low-cracking high performance bridge decks. She also is active in research to improve the design and performance of concrete buildings and bridges subjected to earthquake motion. She received the American Concrete Institute’s Young Member Award for Professional Achievement in 2008 and was named an ACI Fellow in 2009.

Browning is a Co-PI with 6 other institutions in an NSF IUSE grant to develop procedures to affect cultural transformations in engineering education.  She also is Co-PI of the leadership team (Network Coordination Office) for the NSF Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI).





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