scott hamel

Scott Hamel

Assistant Professor
Office: EIB 301S
Phone: (907) 786-1070



University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2011
Dissertation: “Modeling the Time-dependent Flexural Response of Wood-Plastic Composites
Ph.D. Advisor: Professor Steven M. Cramer


University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO, 2005
Thesis: “Effects of Freezing and Freeze-Thaw Damage to the Transport Properties of Concrete”
Thesis Advisor: Professor Yunping Xi


Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, 2000

Career History

2004-2007,Design Engineer II
S.A. Miro, Denver, CO,

2002-2003, Bridge Engineer
Green International Affiliates, Medford, MA

2001-2002,Staff Structural Engineer
BSC Group Inc., Boston, MA

1998-1999, Engineering Intern and Draftsman
Spaulding Associates, Worcester, MA

1997-1998, Surveyor
Jones and Beach Engineering, Stratham, NH

Teaching Responsibilities

  • CE A432 Steel Design
  • CE A433 Concrete Design
  • CE A494 Structural Analysis II
  • CE A639 Loads on Structures
  • CE A652 Advanced Steel Design

Professional and Departmental Service

  • Engineers Without Borders, West Coast Technical Advisory Commitee, 2011-Present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2011-pres
  • Reviewer, ACI Materials Journal, 2010-pres
  • ASTM, DO7 Commitee on Wood Plastics, 2008-Present
  • ASTM, D20 Commitee on Plastic Lumber, 2008-Present
  • UAA ASCE Steel Bridge Advisor
  • UAA Search Commitee for Transportation Faculty, 2011-2012


Research Interests

  • Characterizing the time-dependent mechanical behavior of structural plastics and Wood-plastic Composites (WPC)
  • Use of high performance computers to analyze structural systems composed of inelastic and time-dependent materials
  • Evaluation and design of non-ferrous reinforcement in concrete
  • Professional application and code development of new civil infrastructure materials
  • New technology and design methods for infrastructure in developing countries
  • Seismic analysis and design of confined masonry and earthblock construction 
Research Projects
  • Investigation of High-mast Light Pole Anchor Bolts, AKDOT and FHWA, 2012-2013 
  • Analysis of Resistance-board Fish Weirs, AKF&G, 2012-2013
  • Evaluating the Performance of Structural Plastics in Cold Regions, UAA Innovate Award, 2012


Hamel, S., Hermanson, J., and Cramer, S. “Tension and Compression Creep Apparatus and Testing for Wood-Plastic Composites.” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 39(6), November 2011.

Hamel, S., Hermanson, J., and Cramer, S. “Mechanical and Time-Dependent Behavior of Wood-Plastic Composites Subjected to Tension and Compression.” Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, (accepted November 2011).

Hamel, S., Hermanson, J., and Cramer, S. “Mechanical and Time-Dependent Behavior of Wood-Plastic Composites Subjected to Shear.” Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, (submission pending).

Hamel, S., Bechle, N., Hermanson, J., and Cramer, S. “Characterizing Macroscopic Creep Behavior of Wood-Plastic Composites in Tension and Compression.” In The Tenth International Wood & Biofiber Plastic Composites Conference. Madison, WI, 2009.

Rollins, C., Hamel, S., and Reiner, M. “Concrete Mixing Guidelines”, Engineers Without Borders Technical Guidelines, Boulder, CO, 2005.