Atle Gjelsvik

Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering





Research Areas

Structural Mechanics, Structural Analysis and Design, Structural Stability.


B.S., 1957, Bristol
M.S., 1960, Ph.D., 1962, Brown University

Atle Gjelsvik has spent time both in industry and education. He has worked in ship building and the design of offshore structures, including the design of several semi-submersible oil drilling rigs. In addition, he has developed solutions to various problems associated with oil drilling. Professor Gjelsvik has been a consultant to the College of Physicians and Surgeons at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in the field of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement. In more traditional fields, he has been involved in the design of composite steel and concrete buildings and on problems associated with some New York City and New Jersey bridges. He is the author of the book, The Theory of Thin Walled Bars, J. Wiley & Sons, 1981. His research interests include buckling of arches, stability of elasto-plastic columns, design of light gauge beams, minimum-weight design on continuous beams, bone remodeling, plastic design, suspension bridge cables, analog beam method for determining shear lag effects, chain drive vibrations, design of decks against impact and explosive loading, composite constructio n, and buckling of built-up columns. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of New York.

Throughout his career at Columbia, Atle Gjelsvik has been rated as one of the school's top teachers. His innovative new course, Engineering and the Rise of Modern Industry, has generated much interest in both the engineering school and the wider university community.


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