Faculty/Staff Directory

David Sanders

  • Greenwood Department Chair in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

390 Town Engineering
Ames, IA 50011-1066
Phone: 515-294-8044


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Structural Engineering; University of Texas at Austin, August 1990
    • Dissertation: Design and Behavior of Anchorage Zones in Post-Tensioned Concrete Members
  • Master of Science in Engineering - Structural Engineering; University of Texas at Austin, May 1986
    • Thesis: Strength and Behavior of Double-Tee Tubular Joints in Tension
  • Bachelors of Science with Distinction and Honor in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University, May 1984

Interest Areas

  • Bridge engineering
  • Seismic design
  • Behavior of structures (concrete)
  • Life safety
  • Serviceability

Brief Biography

David Sanders is ISU CCEE's Greenwood Department Chair. He has published more than 300 research publications and given more than 200 technical presentations. Sanders has earned over $15 million in research as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator. His research centers on the behavior and design of structural concrete with an emphasis in the seismic design of bridges. He is an active teacher and has mentored 57 successful doctoral and master’s students as an adviser or co-adviser. Sanders is a fellow in the American Concrete Institute, the Structural Engineering Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is very active in professional organizations, including being a member of the Structural Concrete Building Code Committee and a chair of one of its subcommittees. Sanders is a 1984 civil engineering alumnus of Iowa State University. He comes to Iowa State from the University of Nevada Reno's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he served as a university foundation professor as well as the chair of the University Faculty Senate.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute (2016)
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (Spring 2010)
  • Fellow, American Concrete Institute (ACI) (Spring 2000)

Professional Societies

  • American Concrete Institute (1986 to present)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (National and State) (Structural Engineering Institute) (1983 to present)
  • Truckee Meadows Branch of ASCE (1990 to present)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (1994 to present)
  • Consortium of University for Research in Earthquake Engineering (2004 to 2016)
  • Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (2004 to 2014)