Larry A. Fahnestock

Associate Professor
CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow

"We are training the future leaders in structural engineering."

2108 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

205 N. Mathews Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 265-0211

Larry A. Fahnestock holds a B.S. (Drexel University, 1996), M.S. (Lehigh University, 1998) and Ph.D. (Lehigh University, 2006), all in civil engineering, in addition to a B.S. (Drexel University, 1996) in architectural engineering. He has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois since 2006. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he served as an Education Innovation Fellow in the College of Engineering. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Fahnestock worked as a structural engineer for KlingStubbins, an architectural and engineering firm located in Philadelphia, Pa.

Dr. Fahnestock teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior and design of steel structures. His awards for teaching and advising include: the University of Illinois American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter Outstanding Instructor Award (2007), the University of Illinois College of Engineering Rose Award for Teaching Excellence (2010), the University of Illinois Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising (2010, 2013), the Chi Epsilon Central District Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), the University of Illinois CEE Faculty Advising Award (2013), and the University of Illinois CEE Excellence Award on Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring (2014).

Dr. Fahnestock is a member of ASCE, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the Structural Stability Research Council. He is a licensed professional engineer in California and Illinois. In 2009, he received the ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize and the AISC Faculty Fellowship. In 2012, Dr. Fahnestock was appointed as CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow. In 2013, he received a University of Illinois Campus Distinguished Promotion Award and in 2014 he received an ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.

Research Overview: 

Dr. Fahnestock has research interests in earthquake engineering, steel structures, seismic building design, connection behavior, bridge performance under service and extreme loading, progressive collapse mitigation, and large-scale testing of structural components and systems.