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Oklahoma State University

Hartell, Julie Ann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Structures and Materials Engineering
Office: 320 Engineering South
Phone: 405-744-5222


Dr. Hartell is part of the Structures and Materials Group housed in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at OSU.  Her current research interests are based on advancing our understanding of the behavior of cementitious concrete material through the improvement of testing methods, both destructive and non-destructive, to properly assess its performance in service.  She is currently investigating the micro-mechanical behavior of normal and degraded concretes. A part of her research program concentrates on evaluating tensile behavior and facture processes in order to determine appropriate non-destructive means to quantify the extent of micro-cracking or damage an element as sustained under various serviceability and durability conditions. 

Her research interests are reflected in the classroom by teaching the Engineering Materials Laboratory course at the undergraduate level and offering graduate courses on Concrete Testing and Monitoring Methods, along with Infrastructure Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation.

Current Research Projects

  • The use of acoustic emission techniques for monitoring extreme loading and climate impact on infrastructure.
  • The use of resistivity testing for quality control of concrete mixtures.
  • Determining sulfate movement in concrete and its effects on mechanical and physical properties.
  • Development of novel test procedures to measure tensile properties of concrete.


  • Doctor of Philosophy. – McGill University Montreal, Canada, 2014
  • Master of Engineering – McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2008
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering – Université de Sherbrooke, Shebrooke, Canada, 2005

Awards and Recognition

2009 - 2013
Collaborative Research and Training Experience – Infrastructure
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

CREATE-INFRA Doctoral Research Stipend
2008 - 2011
McGill Engineering Doctoral Award
2008 - 2009
Fellowship: Bourses de doctorat Hydro-Québec en génie
2009 - 2010
Fellowship: Sheryl and David Kerr Eng. Graduate Studies Fund
2008 - 2011
Quebec Research Funds - Nature and Technology (FQRNT)
Doctoral Research Scholarship
2009 - 2010
SR Telecom Award
Graduate Travel Program Award (Internship)

Professional Memberships

Member of American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Associate Member on committees: 228 – Nondestructive Testing of Concrete, 236 – Concrete Material Science, 444 – Structural Health Monitoring

Voting member on sub-committees: 228-0B - Visual Inspection, 236-TG1 – Advanced Analysis Techniques for Concrete

Professional Registrations

Junior Engineering license, Quebec Order of Engineers, Canada

Recent Publications

Hartell, J. (2013) “Three Methods for Evaluating the Change in Tensile Strength of Sulfate-Degraded Concrete”, Open Paper Session, ACI Spring 2013 Convention, Minneapolis, MN.

Hartell J. and A. J. Boyd (2013). “Acoustic Emission for Localizing Damage in Sulfate–Damaged Concrete.” Durability of Concrete in Severe Environmental Conditions - Anna Maria Workshop XIV, Holmes Beach, FL.

A.J.K. Komar, J. Hartell & A.J. Boy (2013). Pressure Tension Test: Reliability for Assessing Concrete Deterioration. 7th International Conference on Concrete under Severe Conditions - Environment and Loading, RILEM, Nanjing, China, pp 337-344.

Hartell, J. and A. J. Boyd (2012). “Determining Sulphate Movement in Concrete Exposed to Evaporative Transport.” Proceedings of the 9th fib International PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering, KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe, Germany, pp. 511-516.

Hartell, J., A. J. Boyd and C. C. Ferraro (2011). “Sulfate Attack on Concrete: Effect of Partial Immersion”. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp. 572-579.