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Sarah Billington

Sarah Billington

Professor
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Structural Engineering (1997)
MSE, University of Texas at Austin, Structural Engineering (1994)
BSE, Princeton University, Civil Engineering & Operations Research (1990)

Our group conducts research on sustainable, durable construction materials, their application to structures and construction, and their impact on wellbeing when incorporated into building design. In the area of materials we explore damage-tolerant, high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composite materials, bio-based fiber-reinforced polymeric composites that have a closed loop life-cycle, and pervious concretes that can support plant growth. In the area of building design we study the long-term impact of architectural design, materials, and artifacts in buildings on human well-being (including stress, physical activity, creativity, sense of belonging and environmental behavior). Additional research includes performance-based durability engineering with emphasis on predicting scour of bridge substructures.