Brett A. Story, Ph.D.

Brett A. Story, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Office Location: Embrey 301L

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  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012.
  • MS Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2007.
  • BS Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2005. 


Dr. Brett Story serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Story received his B.S., M.S.,
and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University with a specialty in structural engineering and infrastructure monitoring. and is an expert in structural engineering mechanics. After obtaining his doctoral degree, Dr. Story joined the Center for Railway Research at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute as Assistant Director and simultaneously served as a lecturer in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Story joined SMU in 2013. Dr. Story’s passion for teaching and research centers on educating students (inside the classroom, laboratory, and in the field) and challenging students to explore and master concepts of problem solving as related to applied engineering problems. His research interests comprise a combination of analytical computer modeling, experimental sensing methods and machine learning algorithms for infrastructure evaluation. Students working with Dr. Story engage in interdisciplinary research efforts in fields ranging from engineering to archeology to education. Dr. Story is funded by the National Science Foundation, industry, and local government. Dr. Story received the Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award from SMU in 2019.

Current research efforts include development and implementation of smart infrastructure techniques for assessing infrastructure components and systems. This research exists at the intersection of structural mechanics, machine learning, and measurement technologies. Dr. Story oversees the Smart Infrastructure Innovation Initiative (S3I) which simultaneously addresses technical challenges, but also provides pathways for high school students of diverse backgrounds to contribute to STEM efforts in smart infrastructure.

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2019 SMU HOPE Professor Nominee
  • 2016 Lyle Outstanding CEE Professor Award
  • 2016 Sam Taylor Fellowship
  • 2014 Sam Taylor Fellowship


  • Structural Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Railroad Engineering

  • Sustainable Construction with Compressed Earth Blocks

  • Workforce Development

Recent Publications

  • Deputy, L.T.*, Alhumaidi, M.*, Story, B.A. (2023). “Axial-Flexural Interaction in Axially Restrained Beams in Progressive Collapse Column Removal Scenarios,” ASCE J. of Perf. of Constr. Fac., 37 (2), 4023008.
  •  Sitton, J.D.*, Stenzel, C*., Buchanan, B., Eren, M.I., Story, B.A. (2023). “Static penetration assessment of stone weapon tip geometry metrics and comparison of static and dynamic penetration depths,” Archaeometry, 65(3), 463-479.

  • Zhang, X.*, Story, B.A., Rajan, D. (2021), "Night Time Vehicle Detection and Tracking by Fusing Vehicle Parts From Multiple Cameras," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 10.1109/TITS.2021.3076406.

  • Sitton, J.D.*, Zeinali, Y.*, Rajan, D., and Story, B.A. (2020). “Frequency Estimation on a Two-Span Continuous Bridge Using the Dynamic Response of a Passing Vehicle,” J. of Engr. Mech., 146(1).