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Ryan Solnosky

Assistant Research Professor


  • Architectural Engineering
  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design

104 Engineering Unit A


Research Areas:

Building Structural Systems

Interest Areas:




  • Integrated BAE/MAE, Architectural Engineering, Penn State University, 2009
  • Ph D, Archtiectural Engineering, Penn State University, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Ryan L. Solnosky, 2015, "Analytical, Communication, and Information Technology Directions in the Structural Industry"
  • A. Memari, R. L. Solnosky and H. J. Stallworth, 2015, "Behavior of a Reinforced Brick Veneer Over Steel Studs Wall Panel System", Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, pp. 20
  • Ali M Memari, Ryan L. Solnosky, J Turfand and M. Dillen, 2014, "Comparative Study Multi-hazard Resistance and Embodied Energy for Residential Wall Systems", 1, (6), pp. 367-387
  • Ryan L. Solnosky, M. Kevin Parfitt and Robert Holland, 2014, "An IPD and BIM Industry focused Capstone Course based on the AEC Industry Needs and Involvement", 140, (4), pp. A4013001 (11)
  • A. Memari, A. Ray, N. Nasrabadi and W. Jenkins, 2014, "Shear Strength of Drywall Sheathed Wood Shear walls with Different Joint Enhancements", Open Journal of Civil Engineering, 4, (1), pp. 54-70
  • Ryan L. Solnosky and John Lawrence Hill, 2013, "Formulation of systems and information architecture hierarchies of building structures", 18, pp. 261-278
  • Ryan L. Solnosky, , "Building Information Modeling Supporting Integrated Structural Processes"
  • Ryan L. Solnosky and Greg Luth, , "Structural Processes within Integrated Building Design and Construction", pp. 20
  • Ryan L. Solnosky, M. Kevin Parfitt and Robert Holland, , "Delivery Methods for a Multi-disciplinary Architectural Engineering Capstone Design Course"
  • Ali M Memari, Lisa D Iulo, Ryan L. Solnosky and Chris Shultz, , "Building Integrated Photovoltaic Systems for Single Family Dwellings-Efficiency and Innovation Concepts", 4, (2), pp. 102-119
  • Ali M Memari and Ryan L. Solnosky, , "Shear Strength of Drywall Sheathed Wood Shear walls with Different Joint Enhancements", 4, (1), pp. 54-70

Conference Proceedings

  • Ryan L. Solnosky and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2016, "Shear wall Design in Residential Construction: A Comparison of Methods", PHRC
  • Ryan L. Solnosky, C Cox, S. Wing and D. Goldberg, 2015, "Interdepartmental Collaborative Design Studio with an Energy Education Focus"
  • Ryan L. Solnosky and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2015, "A Curriculum Approach to Deploying BIM in Architectural Engineering"
  • Ryan L. Solnosky and R. Leicht, 2015, "Advancing Student Engagement of Buildings through Virtual Facility Dissection", ASCE
  • Ryan L. Solnosky and A/ Memari, 2015, "Sustainability Metrics for Efficient and Innovative Residential Building Wall Systems"
  • Ryan L. Solnosky, 2013, "Current Status of BIM Benefits, Challenges, and the Future Potential for the Structural Community", ASCE Structures Congress 2013
  • Ryan L. Solnosky, 2013, "Process Modeling focusing on Interdisciplinary Design relating to Structural Design and Construction", 2013 Architectural Engineering Institute Conference
  • M. K. Parfitt, R. Holland and Ryan L. Solnosky, 2013, "Results of a Pilot Multidisciplinary BIM-Enhanced Integrated Project Delivery Capstone Engineering Design Course in Architectural Engineering at Penn State", 2013 Architectural Engineering Institute Conference
  • L. Jiang, Ryan L. Solnosky and R. Leicht, 2013, "Virtual Prototyping for Constructability Review", 2013 CSCE Conference Construction: 4th Construction Specialty Conference Track


  • R. Solnosky and M. Kevin Parfitt, , "Delivery Methods for a Multi-disciplinary Architectural Engineering Capstone Design Course", Architectural Engineering and Design Management, pp. 15


  • Ryan L. Solnosky, 2013, "Feasibility Assessment of Virtual and Augmented Reality for Structural Applications"

Research Projects

  • July 2016 - May 2018, "A multi-disciplinary Approach to Building Codes," (Sponsor: The Raymond A. Bowers Foundation).
  • August 2016 - July 2017, "Multi-disciplinary evaluation of structural wall systems for market selection," (Sponsor: NCMA and PCMA Foundation with HUD).
  • April 2016 - April 2016, "Engineers Can Build Too: Masonry Edition," (Sponsor: PACMA).
  • September 2015 - December 2016, "Scenario-Based Learning Modules for Teaching Complex Building Code Topics," (Sponsor: Leonhard Center).
  • September 2015 - September 2016, "SCIA Engineer Software Acquisition," (Sponsor: Nemetschek Scia).
  • September 2016 - September 2016, "SCIA Engineer Software Acquisition," (Sponsor: Nemetschek Scia).
  • July 2014 - September 2015, "BIM Academic Guide," (Sponsor: The Raymond A. Bowers Foundation).
  • July 2014 - June 2015, "Shear wall Opportunities in Residential Construction," (Sponsor: PHRC).

Honors and Awards

  • ASCE Exceed Early Teaching Award, ASCE, February 2015
  • Recoganized as a Top downloaded Paper between 2013-2015, ASCE Structures Congress, May 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty Juror, Penn State University, May 2014 - May 2014
  • ACI Walter P. Moore Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, ACI, October 2016


Service to Penn State:

  • Member, NAAB Accreditation Taskforce for M.Arch, August 2016 - September 2016
  • Member, NAAB Accreditation Taskforce for M.Arch, April 2015 - October 2015
  • Faculty, Faculty Marshall, Penn State, May 2016
  • Faculty, Member, 5yr Strategic Planning Retreat, January 2015
  • Liaison, Member, Structural Concentration Group within Civil Engineering, August 2014

Service to External Organizations:

  • Committee Member, Conference Organizing Advisory Council, TMS Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials & Resources Conference, February 2014 - July 2015
  • Committee Member, Building Integration Modeling, August 2013 - August 2015
  • Contributor, Building Information Modeling, May 2014
  • Committee Member, ACI 118: Digital Technology, March 2014
  • Committee Member, ACI 131: BIM for Concrete Structures, August 2011
  • Committee Member, DC-110: Building Information Modeling, May 2012
  • Chairperson, Building Integration Modeling, August 2015



Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

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104 Engineering Unit A

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