Nicholas Brake, Ph.D.

Selected Publications

  • Edwards, Kyle AT., Al-Abed, Suhaib H., Hosseini, Seyedsaeid,  Brake, Nicholas A. (2019). Properties of a magnetic concrete core transformer for application in wireless power transfer systems. Construction and Building Materials 227:117041.
  • Naddaf-Sh, M.,Hosseini, Seyedsaeid, Zhang, Jing,  Brake, Nicholas A., Zargarzadeh, Hassan. (2019). Real-Time Road Crack Mapping Using an Optimized Convolutional Neural Network. Complexity
  • Brake, Nicholas, A., Jao, Mien, Su, Dan. (2018). The integration of micro Design-Build-Test projects in instructor-centered courses to increase engineering design confidence. ASCE J. Prof. Issues Eng. Educ. Pract., 144(2): 05018002
  • Oruji, Soheil, Brake, Nicholas, , Nalluri, Likhith, Guduru, Ramesh. (2017). Strength activity and microstructure of blended ultra-fine coal bottom ash-cement mortar. Construction and Building Materials, 153, 317-326
  • Mahmud, Mohammad H., Elmahmoud, Weam, Barzegaran, M.R., Brake, Nicholas, A. (2017). Efficient Wireless Power Charging of Electric Vehicle by modifying the magnetic characteristics of the medium. DOI 10.1109/TMAG.2017.2654164, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics
  • Brake, Nicholas, A., Allahdadi, Hamid., Adam, Fatih., (2016). Flexural strength and fracture size effects of pervious concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 113, 536-543
  • Brake, Nicholas A., Adam, Fatih. (2016). Integrating a 3D printer and a truss optimization project in Statics, In American Society of Engineering Education, New Orleans, June 26-28.
  • Brake, Nicholas A., Chatti, Karim. (2013). Prediction of size effect and non-linear crack growth in plain concrete under fatigue loading, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 109, 169-185.


  • Ph.D. (Civil Engineering)-Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2012
  • M.S. (Civil Engineering)-Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2008
  • B.S. (Civil Engineering)-Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2005

Awards & Honors

  • Anita Riddle Excellence in Engineering Teaching Fellowship, 2018
  • Lamar University Merit Award, 2018
  • Texas Society of Professional Engineers (Sabine Chapter) Engineering Education Excellence Award, 2017
  • Presidential Faculty Fellowship, Lamar University, 2015
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2012
  • Outstanding Civil Engineering Ph.D. Student Award, Michigan State University, 2012
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Michigan State University, 2011
  • AGA Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2010
  • Engineering Scholarship, Michigan State University, 2005
  • Park-Deaver Scholarship, Michigan State University, 2003-04