Faculty/Staff Directory

J. Jay Shen

  • Associate Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

492 Town Engr
Ames, IA 50011-3232
Phone: 515-294-6473


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1992
  • M. S. Civil Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 1985
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, China, 1982

Interest Areas

  • Performance-based seismic design of steel structures
  • Model-based simulations
  • Inelastic behavior of steel structures

Selected Publications

  1. J. Shen, O. Seker, B. Akbas, P. Seker, S. Momenzadeh, M. Faytarouni. “Seismic Performance of Concentrically Braced Frames with and without Brace Buckling” Engineering Structures 141C (2017) pp. 461-481.
  2. O. Seker and J. Shen. “Developing an all-steel buckling controlled brace”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research 131 (2017) 94–109.
  3. B. Doran, J. Shen, R. Wen, B. Akbas, A. Bozer. “Neural network modeling of seismic response of non-ductile concentrically braced multi-story buildings”, Structures and Buildings Vol. 170 Issue SB3 (2017) pp 159-167.
  4. J. Shen, O. Seker, N. Sutchiewcharn., and Akbas, B. “Cyclic behavior of buckling-controlled braces”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research 121 (2016)110-125.
  5. F. Paolacci, E. Uckan, B. Akbas, J. Shen, and D. Corritore, “Seismic vulnerability mitigation of elevated tanks using concave sliding bearings”, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (2016) 14:3283-3299
  6. J. Shen, Rou, W., Akbas, B., Seker, O., and Uckan, E. “Near-Collapse Behavior of Steel Buildings with Non-Ductile Concentrically Braced Frames ”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 113 (2015)101–114.
  7. Uckan, E., Akbas, B., J. Shen, Rou, W., Seker, O., and Paolacci, F. “A simplified analysis model for determining the seismic response of buried steel pipes at strike-slip fault crossings”, Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 75 (2015) 55-65.
  8. J. Shen, R. Wen, and B. Akbas, “Mechanisms in two-story X-braced frames”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research. Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 106 (2015) 258–277.
  9. B. Doran, Shen, J. and B. Akbas, “Seismic Evaluation of Existing Wharf Structures Subject to Earthquake Excitation: Case Study”. Earthquake Spectra, 31(2), 1–18 (2015).
  10. J. Shen, R. Wen, B. Akbas, B. Doran, and Eren Uckan, “Seismic demand on brace-intersected beams in two-story X-braced frames”, Engineering Structure 76 (2014) 295–312.
  11. Uckan, B. Akbas, J. Shen, R. Wen, K. Turandar, M. Erdik. (2014) “Seismic performance of elevated steel silos during Van earthquake, October 23, 2011," Journal of Natural Hazards (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-014-1319-9).
  12. Akbas, B. Doran, J. Shen, T. Sabol, O. Seker, P. Toru. (2014) "Effect of various span lengths on seismic demand on column splices in steel moment frames," Engineering Structures, Vol. 70, pp. 94-105 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2014.03.013).
  13. Wen, R., Akbas, B., Sutchiewcharn, N. and Shen, J. (2013) "Inelastic Behavior of Gravity Frames in Steel Building Structures," Journal of the Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings Vol. 23, pp. 929-946 (DOI: http://dx/doi.org/10.1002/tal.1095).
  14. Şeker, O., Akbas, B., Shen, J., and Zafer Ozturk, A. (2014) "Evaluation of deflection amplification factor in steel moment-resisting frames," Design Tall Spec. Build., Vol. 23, pp. 897-928. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tal.1090).
  15. Wen, R., Akbas, B., Sutchiewcharn, N. and Shen, J. (2013) "Practical moment-rotation relations of steel shear tab connections," Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 88, pp. 296-308 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2013.05.018).
  16. Akbas, B., Sutchiewcharn, N., Cai, W., Wen, R., and Shen, J. (2013) "Comparative study of special and ordinary braced frames," Journal of the Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, Vol. 22, Issue 13, pp. 989-1022 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tal.750).
  17. Shen, X., and Shen, J. (2012) "Application of spline element and state-space approach to dynamic analysis," ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 138, No. 1, pp. 22-29 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000297).