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Abheetha Peiris, PhD, PE

Research Engineer, Adjunct Assistant Professor


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July 2019 – Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky

Sept. 2011 – Present: Research Engineer, Kentucky Transportation Center, University of Kentucky

Jan. 2007 – July 2011: Graduate Research Assistant, Kentucky Transportation Center/Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky

May 2006 – Dec. 2006: Visiting Researcher, Kentucky Transportation Center, College of Engineering, University of Kentucky

Apr. 2003 – March 2006: Research Assistant, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Osaka University, Japan


Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Kentucky, 2011

M.Eng., Civil Engineering (Structures), Osaka University, Japan, 2006

B.Sc. (Hons.), Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2002

Research Interests

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

Bridge Repair and Strengthening

Bridge Load Testing

Structural Health Monitoring

Structural Analysis and Design

Abheetha Peiris joined the Kentucky Transportation Center as a Research Engineer in 2011. His research interests include structural analysis, evaluation and design of bridges and bridge retrofits, fiber reinforced polymer composites for structural applications, load rating and field testing of bridges, and structural health monitoring and remote sensing of highway structures. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board committee on Structural Fiber Reinforced Polymers (AFF080). Dr. Peiris received his PhD in Civil Engineering (Structures) from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Structures) from Osaka University, Japan and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky.