Prof. Keith Kowalkowski              

Keith J. Kowalkowski PhD, P.E., S.E.

Associate Professor
248-204-2583 p
248-204-2568 f
Office E21, Engineering Building


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Courses Taught


PhD, Civil Engineering (Structures), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, December 2005.
Thesis: Effects of Multiple Heat Straightening on the Structural Properties and Serviceability of Steel Beam Bridges
Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, June 2002. 

Dr. Keith J. Kowalkowski joined the Civil Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University in the fall of 2010.  He earned a Ph.D. degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from Purdue University. From December of 2005 to August 2010, Dr. Kowalkowski worked for Ruby and Associates specializing in steel member and connection design, finite element applications, erection engineering, and constructability related issues.

Dr. Kowalkowski's research interests include steel connection design, fatigue and fracture behavior of structural steel connections and components, erection engineering, effects of heat treatments on the structural properties, serviceability, and load capacities of steel beam bridges, and the design, behavior, and analysis of structures subjected to fire, seismic, and blast loading.


Journal Publications
Kowalkowski, K.J., and Varma, A.H. (2005). "Structural Properties of Steels Subjected to Multiple Cycles of Damage Followed by Heating Repair," Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 133, No. 2, pp 283-296. ASCE. 1st tier.

Kowalkowski, K.J., and Varma, A.H. (2006). "Experimental Investigations of the Effects of Multiple Damage-Heat Straightening Repairs on the Structural Properties of Bridge Steels," Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Issue 1907, pp. 67-77, TRB, Washington, D.C. 1st Tier

Kowalkowski, K.J., and Varma, A.H., (2007). "Effects of Multiple Damage-Heat Straightening Repairs on Steel Beams" Transportation Research Board: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Issue 2028, pp. 67-77, TRB , Washington, D.C

Conference Publications:
Kowalkowski, K. and Varma, A.H. (2003). "Evaluation of Analytical Models for High Strength Square CFT Beam-Columns." Proceedings of the Annual Technical Session and Meeting, Structural Stability Research Council, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, pp. 539-563.

Varma A, H., Kowalkowski, K., and Shingledecker, J. (2004). "Multiple Heat Straightening Repair of Damaged Steel Bridges," Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Meetings, TRB, NAS, [computer file] 

Technical Reports:
Varma, A.H. and K.J. Kowalkowski (2004). "Effects of Multiple Damage-Heat Straightening Repair on the Fundamental Properties of Bridge Steels." MDOT Report No. RC-1456, Michigan Department of Transportation, Construction and Technology Division, Lansing, MI, 418 pp. 

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate Courses
  • Advanced Steel Design
  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Undergraduate Courses
  • Theory of Structures
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Concrete Design
  • Steel Design