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Monique Hite Head, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Head joined the UD faculty in 2018, and has served as associate chair during the 2020-23 academic years. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education at both research and teaching-intensive institutions, managing millions of dollars in grant funding throughout her career from state and federal agencies. 

Head specializes in structural engineering with specific emphasis on structural monitoring and evaluation, using advanced technologies to quantify deformations and inform structural behavior. Her research interests, teaching efforts, and publications are centered around (1) bridge and culvert evaluations using vision-based measurements, (2) earthquake engineering and the impact of earthquakes on structures, and (3) flood load and salinity effects on infrastructure.

She has been involved in several highly interdisciplinary research efforts to address such critical challenges as evaluating the impact on living-based shorelines after sea-level rise, storm surge, and consequently saltwater intrusion that can affect the integrity of structural materials. 

She is a member of several professional organizations and editorial boards, and currently serves as chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges Committee (AKB50). Head has been a member of ASCE since 1996, when she joined as a first-year civil engineering major at the University of Delaware. 

In 2000 and 2002, respectively, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UD, then a doctoral degree in civil (structural) engineering as well as minor in seismology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007.