Ryan Kalina, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Kalina has been involved in the evaluation and analysis of failures in hundreds of buildings and other structures due to a wide array of perils, such as design and construction defects; material defects; damage related to hurricanes, tornadoes, wind, and hail; damage to structural systems from collapse, impact, and fire; and damage to flooring systems due to improper preparation and installation of the subfloor and flooring. He has also provided repair recommendations and designs for structural systems as a result of failure and deficiencies.
Dr. Kalina’s doctorate research in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at The University of Texas at Austin was in concrete materials and structural engineering. His research is focused on deficiencies in the current ASTM standard for characterization of supplementary cementitious materials for use in concrete; behavior and comparison of high alkali fly ash and natural pozzolans in test methods for alkali-silica reaction; and the evaluation of poor performance by reclaimed fly ashes in resisting sulfate attack. Dr. Kalina obtained his M.S. in Structural Engineering, also from the Department of CAEE at The University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in research on the corrosion resistance of pre-stressing strands for use in the post-tensioning of bridges.
Dr. Kalina’s interests include the evaluation of material defects as they relate to concrete durability, such as alkali-silica reaction, sulfate attack, delayed ettringite formation, and improper concrete mixture design. He also has an interest in the evaluation and analysis of failures to structural systems due to collapse.
Prior to joining Nelson, Dr. Kalina worked in the construction industry, and is experienced in the preparation and placement of concrete foundations, erection of steel and wood framing systems, installation of roof systems, and finishing out interior spaces.