Andrew Ziccarelli

Assistant Professor

  • Fitts-Woolard Hall 3359

Dr. Ziccarelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His expertise is in the simulation of structural components at extreme limit states, including large scale yielding, fracture and buckling, with an emphasis on steel structures and seismic loading conditions.

Dr. Ziccarelli has experience in both engineering industry and academics, which informs his research interests and his teaching. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a BS in Civil Engineering and from Stanford University in 2014 with an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, he worked as a Project Engineer for TGRWA, LLC in Chicago from 2014-2017. In this role, Dr. Ziccarelli performed the structural design of new commercial and multi-family residential structures, assessed the condition of existing structures, and designed various retrofits and structural reinforcements. He then returned to Stanford in 2017, where he completed his PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2021. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.

Dr. Ziccarelli teaches Mechanics of Solids (CE 225) and Theory and Behavior of Steel Structures (CE 523).


B.S. 2011

Civil Engineering

University of Notre Dame

M.S. 2014

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Stanford University

Ph.D. 2021

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Stanford University

Research Description

Dr. Ziccarelli's research is part of the Structural Engineering and Mechanics group within CCEE. His primary research area is in the area of nonlinear structural analysis of structural components at extreme limit states, including large-scale yielding, fracture and buckling. His previous work focused on developing finite element techniques to simulate ductile crack propagation in steel structures under the effects of seismic loading. He is currently engaged in projects studying the propagation of fatigue cracks in marine hydrokinetic devices, and the transition from ductile to brittle fracture in steel structures under seismic loading. His projects generally involve both computational and experimental components.


Finite Element Study to Support Revised AISC 341 Local Buckling Limits
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) (6/30/23 - 6/01/24)