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Sam Kiger Professor Emeritus, P.E.

Sam A. Kiger is a professor emeritus in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Missouri, and he is a Fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is an internationally recognized leader and expert in explosion effects and blast resistant structural design. Before joining MU, Kiger worked for more than 15 years for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and is the principal author of the U.S. Army manual, Fundamentals of Protective Construction. He served as the CEE Department chair from 1996 to 2005, and the college’s associate dean for research from 2007 to 2013. He is currently a member of the National Research Council Committee for Oversight and Assessment of Blast Effects and Related Research, and he is a registered professional engineer in Missouri. Kiger’s research has been funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, the Air Force Research Center, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Technical Focus

  • Explosion effects
  • Blast resistant design
  • Materials science and mechanics


  • PhD, MS and BS from the University of Illinois