Robert E Abendroth

  • Associate Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

412 Town Engr
Ames, IA 50011-3232
Phone: 515-294-7435


Ph.D. Civil Engineering - Structures, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1983
M.S. Civil Engineering - Structures, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1968
B.S. Civil Engineering,  University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1966

Interest Areas

Steel Structures
Integral Abutment and Integral Piers for Bridges
Intermediate Diaphragms in Prestressed Concrete Bridges
Stay-In-Place Bridge Deck Forms
Aluminum Bridge Girders
Composite Metal Floor Decks

Brief Biography

CE 333 - Structural Steel Design I
CE 448 - Building Design
CE 548 - Building Design

Honors and Awards
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, ISU Engineering Student Council (2005)
Joseph C. & Elizabeth A. Anderlik Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering (1997)
Newspaper Announcements of Iowa DOT Research Grant (1992)
Charles W. Schafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service (1988)

Selected Publications

Abendroth, Robert E., Greimann, Lowell, F., Phares, Brent, and Cook*, Ashley, E., Instrumentation and Monitoring of An Integral Abutment Bridge Supported on HP- Steel Piles/Concrete Drilled Shafts, Institute for Transportation (formally the Center for Transportation Research and Education), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Iowa Highway Research Board (IHRB Project), Iowa Department of Transportation (InTrans Project), July 2010, 103 pp.

Abendroth, R. E. and Greimann, L. F., Ductility- Limit States for Integral Abutment Piles, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Bridge Engineering, submitted for publication (2009).

Sritharan, S., Vander Werff, J.*, Abendroth, R. E., Wasseff, W., Greimann, L. F., Seismic Performance of a Concrete/Stell Integral Bridge Pier System, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering, , Vol. 131, No. 7, July 2005. p. 1083-1094.

Fanous, Fouad S., Abendroth, Robert E., and Andrawes*, Bassem O., Lateral Load Resistance of PC Bridges with Different Types of Diaphragms, accepted for publication as a technical note to the ASCE Bridge Engineering Journal, the reviewers comments are being incorporated into the paper for publication.

Chang*, Byung-Ik, Phares, Brent M., Abendroth, Robert E., Wipf, Terry J., Analysis of Contact Stresses for Launched Plate Girder Bridges, Transportation Research Record (published on CD ROM), Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, January, 2005