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Sergio Brena


Research and Background

Dr. Breña's research interests include design and behavior of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures and bridges, use of fiber-reinforced materials in civil infrastructure applications (bridges), and field performance of bridges. Recent research projects include investigations on the use of fiber-reinforced composites to strengthen existing reinforced concrete bridge beams and columns, design and behavior of structural concrete elements using strut-and-tie models, field performance of integral abutment bridges, and live-load testing of existing bridges. He has also worked on developing and testing concrete mixtures with high early strength properties for accelerated bridge construction.

Contact Info

Sergio Brena
232A Marston Hall, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 130 Natural Resources Road,
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

Research in Action


BS - Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City) 1989; MS - University of Texas at Austin 1990; PhD - University of Texas at Austin 2000


1.Kalayci, E., Civjan, S.A., Breña, S.F., “Parametric Study on the Thermal Response of Curved Integral Abutment Bridges”, Engineering Structures, Vol. 43, October 2012, pp. 129-138.

2.Breña, S.F., Jeffrey, A.E., and Civjan, S.A. “Evaluation of a Non-Composite Steel Girder Bridge through Live-Load Field Testing”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 18 (7), July 2013, pp. 690-699.

3. Kalayci, E., Civjan, S.A., Breña, S.F., Allen, C.A., “Load Testing and Modeling of Two Integral Abutment Bridges in Vermont, US”, Structural Engineering International, Journal of IABSE, Vol. 21, No. 2, May 2011, pp. 181-188.

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