Chris Mullen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University
of Mississippi where he served three years as Interim Department Chair. His Ph.D. was earned in
1996 at Princeton University and his MSCE in 1981 at Rice University. He completed a
preceptorship in the Structures Group of what is now the NIST Engineering Laboratory after
earning his BSCE at Rice in 1978.
Before earning his PhD, Dr. Mullen completed 10 years of
professional practice in industry, the first 5 years at Mobil R&D Corp. in their Offshore
Engineering Division which included a field assignment at Mobil E&P Southeast. He then joined
the consulting firm ADAPCO Inc. from 1986-1988 and then WAI from 1988-1991.
Since earning his PhD, he has completed 21 years at UM teaching courses in civil and structural
engineering and conducting federally sponsored research projects for US DOE, DOT, and DHS,
state sponsored projects for MEMA and MDOT, and consulting projects for private clients
including as an expert in bridge collapses and insurance against hurricane damage. He has
created content and been instructor for courses on mechanics, civil engineering design, steel and
prestressed concrete structural design, and finite element analysis. He generated a sustained
graduate program in earthquake engineering and structural systems focusing on FE based
simulation of bridges and buildings, serving as major advisor for 16 masters and 3 doctoral
students. In 2002 he co-found the multidisciplinary UM Center for Community Earthquake
Preparedness which generated the first FEMA approved earthquake component of the state
Mitigation Plan and Disaster Resistant University mitigation plan for UM. In 2005 MEMA
invited him to serve in their EOC during Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina offering guidance to the
director and the governor. He subsequently served as the MS representative on the Mitigation
Assessment Team that produced FEMA 549.
Dr. Mullen has been a member of ASCE since
1978, serving in its Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Institutes and actively
engaging in technical committees on Methods of Analysis and Objective Resilience.