Dr. Tu Ho earned his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama and has worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University (OSU) since Sep 2019. His research interests consist of renewable materials, resiliency of the building environment and structural optimization. Dr. Ho conducted numerical and experimental studies on a hybrid system of post-tensioned Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels and light-frame wood shear walls to create a lateral force resisting system for mid-rise to tall buildings. He designed a six-story building using the hybrid system following performance-based design method and conducted a hybrid simulation test of the building in which a two-story experimental substructure was built and tested. At OSU, Dr. Ho is working on another full-scale building test. In this project, a three-story mass timber building with two different mass ply panel (MPP) shear wall system was designed for seismic load and will be tested to validate design methodology and support for the development of numerical models. Currently, Dr. Ho is an active member of ASCE and SEI Design of Wood Structures Committee.

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