Shiling Pei

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

shiling-pei Shiling PeiDr. Shiling Pei received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in December 2007 and joined the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Fall 2013. Before that, he worked as an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University from 2010 to 2013. His research focused on traditional and innovative timber systems, multi-hazard mitigation through performance based engineering, numerical modeling of structural dynamic behavior, and large-scale dynamic testing. Dr. Pei received the 2012 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize for his work on seismic performance of mid-rise wood frame building. He is the author of the Seismic Analysis Package for Woodframe Structures (SAPWood) as part of the NSF (NEESR) funded NEESWood project, and served as one of the lead researchers in shake table testing of a full-scale 7-story wood-steel hybrid building at Japan’s E-defense shake table. Dr. Pei is an expert on wood building performance in post-hazard reconnaissance studies, including the 2011 Tuscaloosa and Joplin tornados and 2018 Hurricane Irma. He is currently leading an NSF funded six-university collaborative research project to introduce resilient tall cross laminated timber (CLT) buildings to the U.S., aiming at testing a 10-story full-scale wood building at NHERI@UCSD shake table. Dr. Pei currently serves as the Chair of the ASCE Wood Technical Administrative Committee overseeing four wood engineering related committees. He also serves as Associate Editor for ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in the State of California.


Coolbaugh Hall 136


Labs and Research Centers


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, December, 2007.
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, June, 2000.

Research Areas

  • Hazard mitigation and resilient infrastructure system
  • Traditional and innovative timber systems
  • Large scale dynamic testing and monitoring
  • Performance-based engineering

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE
  • Raymond C. Reese Research Prize, ASCE, 2012.
  • Associate Editor for ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering & ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • EXCEED (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Fellowship, ASCE, 2012.
  • Outstanding Reviewer for ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 2012.


  • Pei S., Huang D., Berman J., and Wichman S. (2020) “A Simplified Model for Dynamic Response Prediction of Post-tensioned Cross Laminated Timber Rocking Walls” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics,

  • Pei, Shiling, John W. van de Lindt, Andre R. Barbosa, Jeffrey W. Berman, Eric McDonnell, J. Daniel Dolan, Hans-Erik Blomgren, Reid B. Zimmerman, Da Huang, and Sarah Wichman. “Experimental Seismic Response of a Resilient 2-Story Mass-Timber Building with Post-Tensioned Rocking Walls.” Journal of Structural Engineering 145, no. 11 (2019): 04019120.

  • Kordziel Steven, Shiling Pei, Samuel V. Glass, Samuel Zelinka, and Paulo Cesar Tabares-Velasco. “Structure Moisture Monitoring of an 8-Story Mass Timber Building in the Pacific Northwest.” Journal of Architectural Engineering 25, no. 4 (2019): 04019019.
  • Deng, P., Pei, S., van de Lindt, J., & Zhang, C. (2017). Uncertainty quantification for seismic responses of bilinear SDOF systems: A semi-closed-form estimation. Soil Dynamics And Earthquake Engineering93, 18-28. doi: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2016.11.016
  • Jin, Z., Li, G., Pei, S., & Liu, H. (2017). Vehicle-induced random vibration of railway bridges: a spectral approach. International Journal Of Rail Transportation5(4), 191-212. doi: 10.1080/23248378.2017.1338538
  • Khavari, A., Pei, S., & Tabares-Velasco, P. (2016). Energy Consumption Analysis of Multistory Cross-Laminated Timber Residential Buildings: A Comparative Study. Journal Of Architectural Engineering22(2), 04016002. doi: 10.1061/(asce)ae.1943-5568.0000206
  • Pei, S., & van de Lindt, J. (2009). Methodology for earthquake-induced loss estimation: An application to woodframe buildings. Structural Safety31(1), 31-42. doi: 10.1016/j.strusafe.2007.12.002
  • Pei, S., van de Lindt, J., & Popovski, M. (2013). Approximate R-Factor for Cross-Laminated Timber Walls in Multistory Buildings. Journal Of Architectural Engineering19(4), 245-255. doi: 10.1061/(asce)ae.1943-5568.0000117
  • Pei, S., van de Lindt, J., Popovski, M., Berman, J., Dolan, J., & Ricles, J. et al. (2016). Cross-Laminated Timber for Seismic Regions: Progress and Challenges for Research and Implementation. Journal Of Structural Engineering142(4), E2514001. doi: 10.1061/(asce)st.1943-541x.0001192
  • Pei, S., van de Lindt, J., Wehbe, N., & Liu, H. (2013). Experimental Study of Collapse Limits for Wood Frame Shear Walls. Journal Of Structural Engineering139(9), 1489-1497. doi: 10.1061/(asce)st.1943-541x.0000730
  • van de Lindt, J., Pei, S., Dao, T., Graettinger, A., Prevatt, D., Gupta, R., & Coulbourne, W. (2013). Dual-Objective-Based Tornado Design Philosophy. Journal Of Structural Engineering139(2), 251-263. doi: 10.1061/(asce)st.1943-541x.0000622
  • van de Lindt, J., Pei, S., Pryor, S., Shimizu, H., & Isoda, H. (2010). Experimental Seismic Response of a Full-Scale Six-Story Light-Frame Wood Building. Journal Of Structural Engineering136(10), 1262-1272. doi: 10.1061/(asce)st.1943-541x.0000222
  • Pinelli, Jean-Paul; Roueche, David; Kijewski-Correa, Tracy; Plaz, Fernando; Prevatt, David; Zisis, Ioannis; Elawady, Amal; Haan, Fred; Pei, Shiling; Gurley, Kurt. (2018). Overview of damage observed in regional construction during the passage of Hurricane Irma over the state of Florida. Proc., ASCE Forensic, 18.