Joseph Hartmann, PE
Affiliate faculty, Structural Engineering
Dr. Joseph Hartmann is the Federal Highway Administration’s Director of the Office of Bridges and Structures. Prior to his promotion in 2014, he served at headquarters for the Federal Highway Administration where he was responsible for bridge and tunnel research and strategic planning nationally. Before that, Dr. Hartmann led the Bridge Design and Construction Team in the Office of Infrastructure Research and Development at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration, in McLean, VA, where he conducted and published his own bridge research, while managing the essential work of other researchers.
Dr Hartmann’s research and academic interests include design, construction, inspection, rating and management of steel and concrete highway bridges, large-scale experimental testing, and structural failure analysis. This high level of expertise made him the lead forensic investigator for the Federal Highway Administration when major bridges experience structural failure, and he has been recognized for that work with the highest level agency-wide awards. Dr Hartmann brings his extensive experience in bridge engineering, high-performance materials, fatigue and fracture, and non-destructive evaluation and testing techniques into his structural analysis classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Among Dr. Hartmann’s many career recognitions is the GMU Civil Engineering Institute Engineering Leadership and Excellence Award in 2011.