Travis Welt portrait

Travis Welt

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
FDC 315
Mail OSS100
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


  • Ph.D. 2015, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. 2010, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. 2008, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Seattle University


  • Seismic design of reinforced concrete structures
  • Rapidly deployable structures
  • Non-contact health monitoring systems
  • Integrity management & life-cycle analysis
  • Engineering education and professional development


Travis has spent his professional career working on projects ranging from single-family residential design to design of floating offshore production facilities, specifically focused on steel stiffened plate hull design.  As a structural design engineer (Shell International Exploration and Production), he developed a risk-based inspection philosophy for the largest (upon installation) floating production facility in the Gulf of Mexico, and led many brownfield projects including subsea developments and flowline pull-ins (to existing floating production facilities).  Travis’ research career has focused specifically on seismic behavior of reinforced concrete structural walls. Through large-scale experimentation, he has isolated inconsistencies with classical analytical models for confined concrete as compared with modern design, and influenced changes in the building code accordingly. Travis is a member of ACI 369 (Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Frame Buildings) and ACI 374 (Performance-Based Design of Concrete Buildings), and is a registered Professional Engineer.


ENGR 171 Engineering Graphics & Design

ENGR 365 Steel & Concrete Design


Welt, T.S., Massone, L.M., LaFave, J.M., Lehman, D.E., Polanco, P. “Confinement Behavior of Rectangular Reinforced Concrete Prisms Simulating Wall Boundary Elements.” Journal of Structural Engineering. 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001682.

Welt, T.S., Lehman, D.E., LaFave, J.M. “Confinement Recommendations for Boundary Elements in Special Concrete Structural Walls.” ACI Structural. Journal (submitted October 2016).

Behrouzi, A., Welt, T., Lehman, D., Lowes, L. Kuchma, D. (2017). “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Flexural Concrete Wall Design Details.” Proc., SEI Structures Congress 2017. American Society of Civil Engineers (to appear).

Lehman, D.E., Welt, T.S., LaFave, J.M. (2015). “Recommendations for Confinement in Boundary Elements of Special Concrete Walls.” Proc., 84th Annual SEAOC Convention. Structural Engineers Association of California.

Welt, T.S., Qureshi, A., LaFave, J.M., Lehman, D.E., McCabe, S.L. (2014). “Performance of Slender Reinforced Concrete Structural Walls under Significant Lateral Loads.” Proc., 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Welt, T., Dragovich, J. (2009). “Horizontal Shear Transfer in Composite Timber and Concrete Construction.” Proc., International Wood Composites Symposium. Washington State University.

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