Welcome to the Jacques Group at the Virginia Tech Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Our research focuses on two broad areas: (i) robustness and resilience of infrastructure against extreme hazards, including blast, impact, and seismic events; (ii) development of new structural forms and innovative materials, validated through large-scale testing and analysis, for cost-effective risk mitigation and hardening.

The Principal Investigator, Eric Jacques, Ph.D., P.Eng., is an Assistant Professor in the Structural Engineering & Materials Group in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is also the Director of the Shock Tube Research Facility, equipped with a large-scale gas-detonation blast simulator, focused on the study of structural and non-structural components subject to extreme blast loads. This unique facility fosters collaborative high strain rate blast research in an on-campus environment tightly integrated with faculty from Virginia Tech and elsewhere in the country.

Meet the Team



Ali Muhammad

Fullbright Scholar


Jalen Johnson

New Horizons Fellow. N.C. A&T Grad


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Tofail Ahmed

Ph.D. Student



Lucas Arentsen

Visiting Scholar


Man Xu

Visiting Scholar



Bhavin Zaveri

Secure Design Engineer


Colton Keene

Secure Design Engineer


Erica Inmacolato

Staff Engineer


Luis Hernandez

MAOP Scholar


Zach Boykin

REU Scholar

Recent Publications

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High-Strain-Rate Response of Reinforced Concrete Lap-Spliced Beams

The experimental behavior of lap-spliced reinforced concrete beams subjected to high strain rates on the order of 1.0 $s^{-1}$ was …

Behavior of Structural Insulated Panels Subjected to Short-Term Axial Loads

Structural insulated panels, commonly known as SIPs, constitute a panelized building system composed of external facer panels, such as …

Bond-slip modelling of reinforced concrete lap splices subjected to low and high strain rates

This paper presents an analytical model developed to predict the flexural load-deformation behavior of reinforced concrete members …

High strain rate bond characteristics of reinforced concrete beam-ends

Flexural beam-end tests were conducted to characterize the effect of high strain rates on reinforcement bond in concrete. A total of 14 …