William M. Bulleit

William M. Bulleit

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
William M. Bulleit

Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Educational Background: PhD, Engineering Science, Washington State University

MS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University

BS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Professional Experience:

Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff. (HNTB)  Design Engineer (June 1980 - Nov 1981)

Structural engineering for bridges and a tunnel

Washington State University  Research Assistant (Aug 1977 - June 1980)  

Wood engineering research

Perry Oceanographics, Inc.  Structural Engineer (Feb 1976 - Aug 1977)

   Structural design and testing of manned and unmanned submersibles.

Chicago Bridge & Iron, Inc.  Engineer (May 1974 - Aug 1974)

   Compilation of structural reports for hydrocracker reactors.

Academic Experience:

Michigan Technological University

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor (present)

Professor and Chair (July 2008 – June 2011)

Professor (Aug 2004 – July 2008)

Professor and Associate Chair (Sept 1998 – Aug 2004)

Professor (Sept 1993 - Sept 1998)

Associate Professor (Sept 1987 - Sept 1993)

Assistant Professor (Nov 1981 - Sept 1987)

Areas of Expertise:

Structural Reliability/Probabilistic Modeling

Agent-Based Modeling

Computational Intelligence Applications in Civil Engineering

Philosophy of Engineering

Wood Structures and Elements

Load-Duration Behavior of Wood Members and Connections

Courses Taught at Michigan Tech:


Perspectives on Inquiry – First-Year Seminar entitled Failure

Computing for Civil Engineers

Introductory Structural Analysis

Structural Steel Design I

Reinforced Concrete Design I

Reinforced Concrete Design II:

Shear and Torsion, Columns, Footings, and Two-way Slabs

Prestressed Concrete Design

Timber Design

Timber Design/Masonry Design

Introduction to Structural Dynamics

Matrix Structural Analysis


Structural Reliability

Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability in Civil Engineering

Finite Element Analysis

Advanced Timber Design

Advanced Structural Analysis:  Energy Methods and Structural Stability

Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

Structural Dynamics I

Structural Dynamics II – Earthquake Engineering

Published Works (Selected):


Sorby, S. A. en Bulleit, W. M.  Communicatieve vaardigheden voor technici.  Pearson Education Benelux, Amsterdam, Nederlands, 2006 (Dutch translation of Sorby and Bulleit, 2005).

Sorby, S. A. and Bulleit, W. M.  An Engineer’s Guide to Technical Communication.  Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2005.

Bulleit, W. M. (Editor) Classic Wood Structures, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, 1989.

Refereed Journal Articles

Bulleit, W. M. “Structural Building Codes and Communication Systems,” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2012, pp. 147-151.

Xiao, L. L., Wang, X. T., Li, Y, and Bulleit, W. M. “Reliability Analysis on Shear Capacity of Reinforced Masonry Wall Due to Earthquake,” Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 105-107, 2012, pp. 360-365.