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October 9, 2017

Saint Martin's Jill Walsh, Ph.D., PE, assistant professor of civil engineering, has been awarded significant funding support from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for a research project investigating concrete bridge structures.  

LACEY, Wash. – Jill Walsh, Ph.D., PE, assistant professor of civil engineering, has earned significant funding support from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for a research project that will assist WSDOT’s Bridge and Structures Office in determining the deterioration rates for reinforced concrete bridge substructure elements.

WSDOT’s Bridge and Structures Office is responsible for managing the State of Washington’s bridge inventory. Managing the bridge inventory includes performing routine inspections, identifying repair and maintenance needs, and prioritizing these needs. To assist with planning and budgeting activities in the State Legislature, the Bridge and Structures Office has been directed to begin looking beyond the current needs and start forecasting future needs based on expected element deterioration. To accomplish this, the Bridge and Structures Office must establish deterioration rates for each bridge element.

Walsh spoke about the project and explained its importance. “Saint Martin’s is thrilled to support the WSDOT Bridge and Structures Office in the important task of asset management. In addition to financial support, this grant provides a graduate student the opportunity to research one of the most relevant issues facing our nation today: responsible management of our aging infrastructures. WSDOT is a leader in the country for bridge research and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with them.”

“This research project allows Dr. Walsh and her student to both advance the state of technical knowledge and to help solve a pressing infrastructure modeling problem for the state,” said David H. Olwell, Ph.D., dean of the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. “It is an excellent partnership.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Jill Walsh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
360-688-2744; jwalsh@stmartin.edu

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager
360-412-6126; khyde@stmartin.edu