Skip to main content
Ryerson Campus


Performance Assessment of Concrete Structures subjected to Natural Hazards

Dr. Guner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, Ontario. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto. Dr. Guner worked as a consulting structural engineer for five years following his doctoral studies. He is a voting member of Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 447 (Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures) and an associate member of ACI Committee 374 (Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings). He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Frequent occurrences of natural disasters and associated loss have increased the need for accurate simulation methods for existing infrastructure subjected to multiple hazards including earthquake, fire, tsunami, and debris impact loads. Dr. Guner's research program is aimed at developing advanced yet practical predictive simulation algorithms for the probabilistic safety assessment of frame structures including buildings and bridges. A main objective is to predict the existing infrastructure which is at risk of collapse during hazardous events. Another focus is to develop new material behaviour and simulation methods for the sustainable rehabilitation and strengthening of existing infrastructure using innovative materials such as ultra-high performance concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, and fiber reinforced polymer bars.

The developed simulation methods will contribute to our capability to assess and strengthen our existing, aging infrastructure using sustainable, high-performance materials to minimize the devastating effects of natural disasters. They will also allow us to conduct performance-based design of new buildings and bridges for improved resiliency and sustainability.

News: New Master's and PhD students are accepted with funding. More



Dr. Serhan Guner

Serhan Guner, Ph.D., P.Eng.


Mechanics Class (First Year, Dec 2012)

Solid Mechanics II Class (Fourth Year & Graduate, April 2014)

Research Team Lunch Meeting (July 2015)

Research Team Seminar Meeting (June 2015)

Carson Innovation Award Ceremony (Feb 2012)

Foundation Strengthening Project Site Visit (Aug 2009)

Historical Lighthouse Strengthening Project Site Visit (Nov 2009)

Project Team Meeting (Aug 2013)