William M. Bulleit, PE

William M. Bulleit, PE


  • Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • PhD, Engineering Science, Washington State University
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University


Dr. Bulleit received a BSCE in 1974 and MSCE in 1975 from Purdue University.  He then worked for Perry Oceanographics, Inc. in Riveria Beach, Florida designing manned and unmanned submersibles before entering Washington State University in September 1977 to work on a Ph.D.  His dissertation involved the reinforcement of particleboard using fiberglass reinforced plastic lamina on the board surfaces.  He finished his Ph.D. in June of 1980 and went to HNTB in Bellevue, Washington where he designed bridges and was involved in the design of a large-diameter, soft-earth tunnel. In November 1981 he left HNTB to accept an assistant professor appointment at Michigan Technological University.  He has remained at MTU since then, becoming a Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering in June of 1993 and Department Chair in July 2008.  Dr. Bulleit's teaching interests include structural analysis, finite element analysis, structural dynamics, structural reliability, timber design, reinforced concrete design, and prestressed concrete design. He received the MTU Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986. Dr Bulleit's research interests include wood engineering, probabilistic methods in structural engineering, and the use of computational intelligence in civil engineering. Specific areas of research include reliability of wood members and wood structural systems, modeling of structures incorporating cumulative damage and random load processes, behavior and design of traditional timber frames, the use of reliability analysis in the development of code criteria, and the use of agent-based simulation in engineering.

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Reliability
  • Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability in Civil Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Timber Design
  • Advanced Structural Analysis: Energy Methods and Structural Stability
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

Research Interests

  • Structural Reliability/Probabilistic Modeling
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Computational Intelligence Applications in Civil Engineering
  • Philosophy of Engineering
  • Wood Structures and Elements
  • Structural Wood Engineering
  • Load-Duration Behavior of Wood Members and Connections