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CSET Facutly - Amelia Patrick

Amelia Patrick

Adjunct Professor

Office: N738

​​​​​Amy (Barr) Patrick is a structural engineer in the Houston, Texas, area. She founded Thalia Engineering Studio in 2012 and has been an adjunct professor of structural analysis and design at the University of Houston - Downtown since 2013.

Her professional interests include enhancing the integration of engineering and architectural design; high-performance structural design; seismic, blast, and flood mitigation; engineering education; construction safety; finite element analysis of structural systems; consequence-based engineering; and engineering management methods.

She is passionate about community outreach and is a two-time panelist for the Hockaday Alumnae in Technology and Science program, along with being a founding mentor of the Houston Chapter of the nationally-recognized ACE Program. She serves on the Project Lead the Way advisory board for the Houston Independent School District and assisted with the program's accreditation.

In December 2011, Ms. Patrick traveled to Brazil as one of a U.S. Department of State delegation of eight women scientists chosen for a special diplomatic mission to study the advancement of women in STEM fields. In 2014 she was a recipient of the University of Illinois CEE Young Alumni Award.

Ms. Patrick is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of California and Texas and lives in Houston with her husband, composer Joseph Timothy Patrick.

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering​, Rice University
  • Master of Science in Structural ​Engineering​, University of Illinois

Academic Interest

Healthcare design and construction, floodproofing/disaster retrofit methodologies and strategies, project management, lean building methods and integrated project delivery methods, knowledge management, retrofit prioritization, weldment analysis and fatigue, structural design and analysis, construction safety (OSHA/CALOSHA), bridge durability and longevity research, vibration analysis.


  • CEE Young Alumnus Achievement Award – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
  • Woman Scientist Delegate to Brazil, U.S. Department of State
  • Board of Directors, Hockaday School Alumnae Association
  • Advisory Board, Houston I.S.D. Project Lead the Way
  • Board of Directors, ACE Mentor Program - Houston Chapter

Selected Projects

Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women (Structural Design); Menil Collection Master Plan (Civil Engineering Master Site Plan, 2010); ExxonMobil Campus (Deputy Project Manager, Infrastructure)

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