Shih-Ho (Simon) Chao, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor of Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics,

Department of Civil Engineering,

The University of Texas at Arlington


Vice-Director of National Science Foundation I/UCRC (UTA Site of CICI - Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure) and Research Center of Excellence on Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure (SARCI)


416 Yates Street, Suite 425 Nedderman Hall, Arlington, Texas 76019-0308


Phone: (817) 272-2550




Dr. Shih-Ho (Simon) Chao received his B.S. degree (Bioenvironmental System Engineering) from the National Taiwan University, and M.S. degree (Structural Engineering) from the National Chung-Hsing University. After graduation he joined the Marine Corps and served as a second lieutenant for two years, and then worked for the government as a civil engineer before coming to the U.S. for his research career at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. degree (Structural and Materials Engineering) from UM in December 2005. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan until July 2007. He was an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2007 to 2017.

Dr. Chao is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), ASTM Subcommittee on Fiber-Reinforced Concrete, and Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT). His research interests include high-performance fiber (tensile strain-hardening) concrete, Ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHP-FRC), earthquake engineering, seismic behavior of structural systems, performance-based plastic design (PBPD) for earthquake resistant structures, and large- to full-scale experimental testing of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and steel members/frames (especially special truss moment frame, STMF; staggered truss framing system, STF; and eccentrically braced frame, EBF).

Dr. Chao was the recipient of the ACI Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research and AISC Milek Young Researcher Fellowship Award, Outstanding Civil Engineering Instructor Award at the University of Texas at Arlington, 2015 University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2018 UTA President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.