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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Adam Phillips

Associate Professor




(509) 335-6362


(509) 335-7632



  • Ph.D, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2016
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2013
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2012

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, WSU, 2016-present
  • Research Assistant, Virginia Tech, 2013-2016

Research Interests

  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Hybrid Structures
  • Large-scale Structural Testing
  • Engineering Education


  • Structural Steel Design
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Analysis of Indeterminate Structures
  • Advanced Steel Design


  • Wilson, A., Phillips, A. R., Motter, C., Lee, J.Y., and Dolan, J. D. (2020). “Seismic Loss Analysis of Buildings with Post-Tensioned Cross-Laminated Timber Walls,” Earthquake Spectra. Online access.
  • Luo, Q., Olszko, E., Phillips, A. R., and Bender, D. (2020). “Bending and impact testing of wood guardrail posts evaluated using stress wave timing inspection,” Transportation Research Record. 2674(10). 299-309.
  • Wilson, A., Motter, C., Phillips, A. R., and Dolan, J. D. (2020). “Seismic response of post-tensioned cross-laminated timber rocking wall buildings,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 146(7).
  • Phillips, A. R. and Lambie, C.* (2019). “Assessing Civil Engineering Students Perceptions of Their Problem Solving Ability,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 35(5), 1551-1560.
  • Wilson, A., Motter, C., Phillips, A. R., and Dolan, J. D. (2019). “Modeling Techniques for Post-Tensioned Cross-Laminated Timber Rocking Walls,” Engineering Structures, 195, 299-308.
  • Conrad, K. and Phillips, A. R. (2019). “Full-scale Testing and Development of Wood-Steel Composite Shear Walls,” Structures, 20, 268-278.
  • Phillips, A. R. and Eatherton, M. R. (2018). “Computational Study of the Elastic and Inelastic Ring Shaped – Steel Plate Shear Wall Behavior,” Engineering Structures, 177, 655-667.
  • Phillips, A. R. and Eatherton, M. R. (2018). “Large-scale Experimental Study of Ring Shaped – Steel Plate Shear Walls,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 144(8).
  • Judd, J. P., Marinovic, I., Eatherton, M. R., Hyder, S., Phillips, A. R., Tola, A. T., and Charney, F. A. (2016). “Cyclic Tests of All-Steel Web-Restrained Buckling-Restrained Brace Subassemblages,” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 125, 164-172.