STEVEN CHASE is a Research Professor focusing on the critical national problem of aging civil infrastructure. Dr. Chase’s research currently focuses on condition assessment and analysis of highway bridges. His research interests include the development and application of non-destructive and non-invasive evaluation of civil structures through the use of mechanical, vibration, ultrasonic, acoustic, thermal, electromagnetic, optical and radiographic methods. Dr. Chase’s research also encompasses the translation of the data obtained from the application of advanced nondestructive evaluation methods into quantitative and actionable information useful for the management of large inventories of civil infrastructure assets. This includes the emerging areas of structural health monitoring and smart structures.

Dr. Chase joined the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Virginia in August 2008 after a distinguished 30-year career with the Federal Highway Administration where he made significant contributions in the areas of non-destructive evaluation of highway bridges, bridge management and bridge engineering research. Several notable contributions included the establishment and direction of the Nondestructive Evaluation Validation Center and the Bridge Management Information Systems Laboratory at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center and the conception and implementation of the Long-term Bridge Performance Program.


  • Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Achievement 2004
  • Secretary’s Team Award 2004
  • Secretary’s Team Award 2003
  • FHWA Engineering Excellence Award 2001
  • Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement 2000
  • Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement 1996