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Faculty Profile

Christopher L Mullen

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Civil Engineering
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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205 CARRIER HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-5370
Joined UM: 08/13/1996

Areas of Expertise

  • CIVIL ENGINEERING
  • CIVIL ENGINEERING, DYNAMICS
  • EARTHQUAKES
  • EMERGENCY RESPONSE AWARENESS
  • ENGINEERING, COMPOSITE MATERIALS RESEARCH
  • FINITE ELEMENT SIMULATIONS
  • NEW MADRID FAULT
  • STRUCTURAL MECHANICS

Brief Bio

Chris Mullen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi where he served three years as Interim Department Chair. His Ph.D. was earned in 1996 at Princeton University and his MSCE in 1981 at Rice University. He completed a preceptorship in the Structure Group of what is now the NIST Engineering Laboratory after earning his BSCE at Rice in 1978. Before earning his PhD, Dr. Mullen completed10 years of professional practice in industry, the first 5 years at Mobil R&D Corp. in their Offshore Engineering Division which included a field assignment at Mobil E&P Southeast. He then joined the consulting firm ADAPCO Inc. from 1986-1988 and then WAI from 1988-1991. Since earning his PhD, he has completed 21 years at UM teaching courses in civil and structural engineering and conducting federally sponsored research projects for US DOE, DOT, and DHS, state sponsore projects for MEMA and MDOT, and consulting projects for private clients including as an expert in bridge collapses and insurance against hurricane damage. He has created content and been instructor for courses on mechanics, civil engineering design, steel and prestressed concrete structural design, an finite element analysis. He generated a sustained graduate program in earthquake engineering and structural systems focusing on FE based simulation of bridges and buildings, serving as major advisor for 16 masters and 3 doctoral students. In 2002 he co-found the multidisciplinary UM Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness which generated the first FEMA approved earthquake component of the state Mitigation Plan and Disaster Resistant University mitigation plan for UM. In 2005 MEMA invited him to serve in their EOC during Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina offering guidance to the director and the governor. He subsequently served as the MS representative on the Mitigatio Assessment Team that produced FEMA 549. Dr. Mullen has been a member of ASCE since 1978, serving in its Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Institutes and actively engaging in technical committees on Methods of Analysi and Objective Resilience.

Degrees

BS
CIVIL ENGINEERING
RICE UNIVERSITY/HOUSTON, TEXAS (1978)
MS
CIVIL ENGINEERING
RICE UNIVERSITY/HOUSTON, TEXAS (1981)
PHD
CIVIL ENGINEERING
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY/PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (1996)

Committee Memberships

University Standing Committee
Dean of the School of Engineering Search
Search Committee
SOE Outstanding Senior Award
Other Kind of Committee
Sch. of Engineering Curr & Policy Comm.
Other Kind of Committee