A structural engineer and researcher, Dr. Eric Jacques, P.Eng, is an Assistant Professor in The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Previously, he was an Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Canada’s premier research and technology organization. He is a PhD and MASc graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada).

Dr. Jacques’s main research interests are in the effects of extreme loads on infrastructure (blast, impact, seismic), protective structural design and physical security, and experimental testing of building components at high strain rates. Other research interests include reliability-based structural analysis and development of decision-making tools for improved blast- and seismic-risk management and mitigation.



Featured Publications

Computer Software for Blast-Resistant Window Anchor Design

Under review
Eric Jacques, and Murat Saatcioglu
Manuscript submitted to the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, CFENG-2317
Publication year: 2018

Influence of high strain-rates on the dynamic flexural material properties of spruce–pine–fir wood studs

Journal Articles
Eric Jacques, Alan Lloyd, Abass Braimah, Murat Saatcioglu, Ghasan Doudak, Omar Abdelalim
Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 41:56-64
Publication year: 2013

Awards and Honors

  • 2013
    Blast Blind Simulation Competition
    1st Place Winner (NSC-SDOF Category) and 2nd Place Winner
    (HSC-SDOF Category) Blast-Blind Simulation Contest, sponsored
    by American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committees 447 (Finite Element
    of Reinforced Concrete Structures) and 370 (Blast and Impact Load
    Effects), and UMKC School of Computing and Engineering.
  • 2013
    Best Graduate Seminar Presentation Award
    Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa.
  • 2011
    2011 NSIC Winner
    1st Prize at the National Security Innovation Competition for
    “Innovative and Cost Effective Blast Strengthening of Wood Framed
    Structures”, National Homeland Defense Foundation, Colorado
  • 2011
    University of Ottawa Commission on Graduate Studies in Sciences Prize
    Recipient of the 2011 University of Ottawa Commission on Graduate Studies in Sciences Prize, awarded for an outstanding Master’s thesis in the Sciences.
  • 2010
    2010 NISC WInner
    1st Prize at the National Security Innovation Competition for “Use of Advanced Composite Technology for Mitigating Blast Risk in Structures”, Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance, Colorado Springs.