Aaron S. Bradshaw

  • Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Phone: 401.874.2680
  • Email: abrads@uri.edu
  • Website

Aaron Bradshaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI), and has been at URI since 2011. He also holds a limited joint appointment in the Department of Ocean Engineering. Dr. Bradshaw earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) in 1996 from Tufts University, his M.S. in Ocean Engineering in 1999 from URI, and his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2006 from URI. He worked as a geotechnical engineering consultant at Hart Crowser in Seattle, WA from 2000 to 2003 and is a registered professional engineer in Rhode Island. Dr. Bradshaw’s research interests are in marine geotechnics including soil-structure interaction and soil liquefaction. While at URI he has taught courses in soil mechanics, shallow and deep foundations, marine geotechnics, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.


  • Block Island Wind Farm Structural Monitoring - The goal of this study is to monitor the natural frequencies, damping characteristics, and deformations of the jacket structures currently in service at the Block Island Wind Farm. The information will be used to check design assumptions and inform future designs.
  • Cyclic Axial Load Testing of Piles for Jacket Foundations - The goal is to investigate the behavior of pipe piles under axial cyclic loading considering the effects of time and large numbers of cycles. The information will be used to improve foundation design procedures for piled offshore wind jackets.
  • Innovative Anchoring System for Offshore Wind - The goal of this study is to develop a cost-effective anchoring system for floating offshore wind turbine platforms.


  • Meet the Experts — Aaron Bradshaw - Aaron Bradshaw currently serves in both the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Ocean Engineering departments at the University of Rhode Island, and his research interests lie in marine geotechnics.