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Xiao, Yan

Contact Information
Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Office: KAP 224B
(213) 740-6130

Professor Xiao's research interests are in seismic analysis and design of structures; experimental analysis of structures, components and materials, and implementation of new materials into structural design and retrofit.


  • Ph.D., Kyushu University, Structural Engineering, 1989
  • M.S., Kyushu University, Structural Engineering, 1986
  • Dalian Foreign Language University, Japanese Language Study, 1983
  • B.S., Tianjin University, Civil Engineering, 1982

Selected Publications:

  • Li, X.; Xiao, Y.; and Wu, Y.T., “Seismic Behavior of Exterior Connections with Steel Beam Bolted to CFT Column,” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Volume 65, Issue 7, July 2009, Pages 1438-1446. [SCI, EI]
  • Huo, J.S.; Huang, G.W.; and Xiao, Y., “Effects of sustained axial load and cooling phase on post-fire behaviour of concrete-filled steel tubular stub columns,” Journal of Constructional steel Research, Volume: 65   Issue: 8-9, 2009, Pages: 1664-1676
  • Cai, XJ; Tian, SZ; Wang, DP; Xiao, Y, “Networked collaborative pseudo-dynamic testing of a multi-span bridge based on NetSLab,” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 8(3): 387-397 SEP 2009[SCI, EI]
  • Xiao, Y.; Shan, J.H.; Zheng, Q.; Chen, B.S. and Shen, Y.L., “Experimental studies on concrete filled steel tubes under high-strain rate loading,” American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol.21, No.10, October 2009, pp.569-577. [SCI, EI]
  • Wu, Y.T.; Xiao, Y.; and Anderson, J.C., “Seismic Behavior of PC Column and Steel Beam Composite Moment Frame with Post-Tensioned Connection,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol.135, No. 11, November 2009, pages: 1398-1407. [SCI, EI]
  • Choi, K.G. and Xiao, Y., “Analytical Model of Circular CFRP Confined Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular Columns under Axial Compression,” American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE Journal of Composite for Construction, Vol.14, No.1, Jan./Feb. 2010, pp.125-133. [SCI, EI]
  • Choi, K.G. and Xiao, Y., “Analytical Studies of Concrete-Filled Circular Steel Tubes under Axial Compression,” American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol.136, No.5, May 2010, pp.565-573. [SCI, EI]
  • Wu, Y.F.; Yan, J.H.; Zhou, Y.W. and Xiao, Y., “The Ultimate Strength of Reinforced Concrete Beams Retrofitted with Hybrid Bonded FRP,” ACI Structural Journal, V. 107, No. 4, July-August 2010, pp.451-460. [SCI, EI]
  • Xiao, Y.; Zhou, Q.; and Shan, B., “Design and Construction of Modern Bamboo Bridges”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Volume 15, Issue 5, September/October 2010, pp.533-541. [SCI, EI]
  • Deng, Y., Tuan, C.Y., Zhou, Q. and Xiao, Y. “Flexural Strength Analysis of Non-post-tensioned versus Post-tensioned Concrete-Filled Circular Steel Tubes”, Journal of Construction Steel Research, 67(2), 2011, pp. 192-202. [SCI, EI] 

Honors and Awards:

  • Registered Professional Civil Engineer in California.
  • Fellow of ACI, elected in 2009
  • Member of ASCE, CUREE
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering


March 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally. 

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will join this important discussion on April 6.