Christopher Mullen

Contact Information

Dr. Christopher Mullen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering
University of Mississippi

205 Carrier Hall
University, MS 38677-1848

662-915-5370

Education

  • Ph. D. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research
    Princeton University, June 1996
  • M. A. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research
    Princeton University, June 1993
  • M. S. in Civil Engineering
    Rice University, May 1981
  • B. S. in Civil Engineering
    Rice University, May 1978

Biography

Chris Mullen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi where he served three years as Interim Department Chair. His Ph.D. was earned in 1996 at Princeton University and his MSCE in 1981 at Rice University. He completed a preceptorship in the Structures Group of what is now the NIST Engineering Laboratory after earning his BSCE at Rice in 1978.

Before earning his PhD, Dr. Mullen completed 10 years of professional practice in industry, the first 5 years at Mobil R&D Corp. in their Offshore Engineering Division which included a field assignment at Mobil E&P Southeast. He then joined the consulting firm ADAPCO Inc. from 1986-1988 and then WAI from 1988-1991.

Since earning his PhD, he has completed 21 years at UM teaching courses in civil and structural engineering and conducting federally sponsored research projects for US DOE, DOT, and DHS, state sponsored projects for MEMA and MDOT, and consulting projects for private clients including as an expert in bridge collapses and insurance against hurricane damage. He has created content and been instructor for courses on mechanics, civil engineering design, steel and prestressed concrete structural design, and finite element analysis. He generated a sustained graduate program in earthquake engineering and structural systems focusing on FE based simulation of bridges and buildings, serving as major advisor for 16 masters and 3 doctoral students. In 2002 he co-found the multidisciplinary UM Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness which generated the first FEMA approved earthquake component of the state Mitigation Plan and Disaster Resistant University mitigation plan for UM. In 2005 MEMA invited him to serve in their EOC during Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina offering guidance to the director and the governor. He subsequently served as the MS representative on the Mitigation Assessment Team that produced FEMA 549.

Dr. Mullen has been a member of ASCE since 1978, serving in its Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Institutes and actively engaging in technical committees on Methods of Analysis and Objective Resilience.

Book Chapters

  • Mullen C. "FE Based Vulnerability Assessment of Highway Bridges Exposed to Moderate Seismic Hazard," Chapter 8, Engineering Seismology, Geotechnical and Structural Earthquake Engineering, D'Amico S, ed., In-Tech, Online ISBN 978-953- 51-1038- 5 (2013)
  • Tadepalli T, Mullen C. "Simplified Blast Simulation Procedure for Hazard Mitigation Planning," Chapter 13, Design Against Blast, Syngellakis S, ed., State-of-the-art in Science and Engineering volume 60, Transactions of the Wessex Institute, Online ISSN: 1755-8336, Print ISBN: 978-1- 84564-750- 6 (2013)

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Sideri J, Mullen C, Gerasimidis S, Deodatis G. "Distributed Column Damage Effect on Progressive Collapse Vulnerability in Steel Buildings Exposed to an External Blast Event," ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 31[5]: 04017077-1 to -22 (2017)
  • Miah M, Bethay K, and Mullen C. "Multi-hazard Risk Analysis and Resilience Indices for Critical Facilities on the Main Campus of the University of Mississippi," Homeland Security Review, 8 (1):79-100 (2014)
  • Butler K, Cheng A H-S, Al‐Ostaz A, Mullen C. "Fire characteristics of steel members coated with nano‐enhanced polymers," Fire and Materials, 38 (2), 227-240 (2014)

Invited Conference Presentations

  • Mullen C, Dahal P, and Powell T, "Effect of Severe Scour on Seismic Vulnerability of Aging Highway Bridges," Session MS-91: Advanced Analysis for Earthquake Engineering, EMI 2017, San Diego, CA
  • Mullen C, Powell T, and Dahal P, "Stability Sensitivity of Low-rise Steel Moment Frames to Asymmetric Distributed Damage States," (with Trey Powell and Prabodh Dahal), Session MS-152: Robustness of Infrastructures (Progressive Collapse), EMI 2017, San Diego, CA
  • Mullen C, and Dahal P, "Asset and System Modeling- Objective Resilience," Session MS-163: Introduction to EMI Objective Resilience Manual of Practice, EMI 2017, San Diego, CA
  • Mullen C, and Powell T, "NCITEC Bridge Safety Studies: Damage Detection and Scour Effects," Poster Session, 2016 UTC Conference for the Southeast Region, Knoxville, TN.
  • Mullen C, Tanner K, and Irhayyim A, "3D FE simulation of aging bridges on soil and rock foundations," Simulia South Regional Users Meeting 2016, Houston, TN

Sponsored Research Reports

  • Mullen C, and Miah M, "Evaluating Induced Seismicity from Injection Wells," Final Report of Phases I and II to the US Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division, Contract No. 7119854, Departments of Civil Engineering, University of Mississippi, June, 2016 (129 pp.)
  • Mullen C, and Ervin E, "Detecting Weakened Highway and Railroad Bridge Substructures at Deck Level," Final Report to the US Department of Transportation University Transportation Center: National Center for Intermodal Transportation and Economic Development, Project No. UM 2013-26, Departments of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Mississippi, June, 2016 (47 pp.)
  • Swann C, and Mullen C, "Predicting Erosion Impact on Highway and Railway Bridge Structures," Final Report to the US Department of Transportation University Transportation Center: National Center for Intermodal Transportation and Economic Development, Project No. UM 2013-25, Departments of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Mississippi, June, 2016 (52 pp.)
  • Swann C, and Mullen C, "Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan of The University of Mississippi, Lafayette County, Mississippi," Final Report Update to Federal Emergency Management Agency, Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness, September, 2014 (135 pp.)

Research Interests

  • Finite element based simulation
  • Disaster resilience
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Structural mechanics

Professional Experience

  • 1988-1991 Bridge Engineer, Weidlinger Associates, Inc., New York, NY
  • 1986-1988 Structural Analysis, ADAPCO, Melville, Long Island, NY
  • 1981-1986 Senior Research Engineer, Mobil R&D Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • 1978-1979 Senior Research Engineer, National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD

Professional Society Memberships

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, Engineering Mechanics Institute
  • Member, Structural Engineering Institute