Henri P. Gavin

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Henri Gavin's research interests are in the areas of structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, nonlinear dynamics, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, system identification, the statistical characterization of environmental loads including wind and earthquake, and optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping. 

Dr. Gavin is the director of the Structural Dynamics and Seismic Response Control Laboratory.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • W. H. Gardner, Jr. Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information

Education

  • B.S.E. Princeton University, 1986
  • M.Sc.Eng. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1988
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994

Research Interests

Structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, nonlinear dynamics, system identification, optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Earl I Brown II Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 2013
  • President's Award. New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering. 2010
  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA). Duke University. 2008
  • ASEE Southeast Mid-Career Teaching Award. American Society for Engineering Education. 2007
  • Klein Family Teaching Award. School of Engineering. 2006
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2005
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, fellowship. JSPS. 2002
  • Packard Grant Finalist. Packard Foundation. 1997
  • Early CAREER award. National Science Foundation. 1996
  • Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Oak Ridge Associated Universities. 1996

Courses Taught

  • CEE 201L: Uncertainty Design and Optimization
  • CEE 293: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 294: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 393: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 394: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 541: Structural Dynamics
  • CEE 629: System Identification
  • CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ECE 291: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
  • HOUSECS 59: House Course
  • ISS 395T: Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture Research Team
  • ISS 795T: Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture Research Team
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhang, B., and H. P. Gavin. “Decentralized Control of Multiagent Navigation Systems.” Ieee/Caa Journal of Automatica Sinica 9, no. 5 (May 1, 2022): 922–25. https://doi.org/10.1109/JAS.2022.105569.
  • Zhang, B., and H. P. Gavin. “Gauss's Principle with Inequality Constraints for Multiagent Navigation and Control.” Ieee Transactions on Automatic Control 67, no. 2 (February 1, 2022): 810–23. https://doi.org/10.1109/TAC.2021.3059677.
  • Huang, L., A. Micolier, H. P. Gavin, and O. Jolliet. “Modeling chemical releases from building materials: The search for extended validity domain and parsimony.” Building Simulation 14, no. 4 (August 1, 2021): 1277–93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12273-020-0739-6.
  • Zhang, B., and H. P. Gavin. “Unified Position and Attitude Control of A Fully Nonlinear Quadrotor*.” In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, 2021-May:1064–69, 2021. https://doi.org/10.23919/ACC50511.2021.9483358.
  • Zhang, B., and H. P. Gavin. “Natural Deadlock Resolution for Multi-agent Multi-Swarm Navigation.” In Proceedings of the Ieee Conference on Decision and Control, 2021-December:5958–63, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1109/CDC45484.2021.9683102.