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Earthquake and Structural Engineering

About our program

Our world-class research program in earthquake and structural engineering focuses on understanding how key infrastructure stands up to extreme forces such as an earthquake. We simulate earthquake effects on large-scale models, such as a curved bridge and use those results to engineer safer buildings, bridges and roads.

Researchers and students in this program have access to two state-of-the-art earthquake engineering facilities, the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, which opened in 2014 and houses our four shake tables, and the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory, which offers a 9,000 square foot high-bay laboratory for researchers to do floor experiments.  Our program is one of 14 NSF-supported faciliticies in the George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).

Recent research has focused on how non-structural systems, such as a building's pipes and ceiling tiles stand up to an earthquake.

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Ian Buckle PhotoIan G. Buckle

Foundation Professor, Director of CCEER
(775) 784-1519

Ahmad Itani PhotoAhmad M. Itani

Professor and Chair
(775) 784-4379

Patrick Laplace PhotoPatrick Laplace

Research Assistant Professor, Large Scale Structures Laboratory Manager
(775) 784-8080

Manos Maragakis PhotoEmmanuel "Manos" Maragakis

Dean of Engineering
(775) 784-6925

Eric Monzon PhotoEric V. Monzon

Postdoctoral Scholar
(775) 784-6965

Gokhan Pekcan PhotoGokhan Pekcan

Associate Professor
(775) 784-4512

Keri Ryan PhotoKeri Ryan

Associate Professor
(775) 784-6928

M. Saiid Saiidi PhotoM. "Saiid" Saiidi

(775) 784-4839

David Sanders PhotoDavid Sanders

(775) 784-4288

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University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  NV  89557-

(775) 784-1110
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