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Michael Seek

  • Michael Seek
  • Assistant Professor
  • Engineering Technology
  • 214 Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3775
  • mseek@odu.edu
  • Education

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007
    Major: Civil Engineering
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2005
    Major: Civil Engineering: Structures
    Degree: M.S.
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1998
    Major: Civil Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    Finite element modeling and laboratory testing of cold-formed structures and systems o As cold-formed components become increasingly popular and structures increasingly optimized, products require testing to understand behavior, determine capacities and optimize efficiency.  Seismic analysis/design/retrofit of buildings o Reinforcing existing structures for seismic demands in the eastern United States. o Performance based design  Stacking tube design o seismic soil-structure interaction and unbalanced material pile  Steel connection design o Seismic design and detailing of connections o Connections for Hollow Structural Sections o Connections to minimize thermal bridging  Passive and active solar systems o Tools for designing, sizing and locating solar systems o Tools for quantifying the benefits of solar shading  Sustainable Design o Development of energy effiecient details o Integrated energy efficient structural components o Green roof systems  Blast performance of structures o Mine seal walls
  • Licensures and Certifications

    Professional Engineer
  • 2011: 2nd Place, Faculty Advisor to Student Team for Portable Wind Turbine Capstone Project, Appalachian Ideas Conferences
  • 2010: Best Application of Principles of Sustainability, Faculty Advisor to Student Team for Johnson City Farmers Market Capstone Project, Appalachian Ideas Conference
  • 2005: Via Scholarship, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2004: MBMA Graduate Fellowship Award
  • 2001: Pratt Fellowship , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University