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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.

Labs and centers

Faculty

Ian Buckle

Ian G. Buckle

Foundation Professor, Director of CCEER

igbuckle@unr.edu

(775) 784-1519

Ahmad Itani

Ahmad M. Itani

Professor and Chair

itani@unr.edu

(775) 784-4379

Patrick Laplace

Patrick Laplace

Research Assistant Professor, Large Scale Structures Laboratory Manager

plaplace@unr.edu

(775) 784-8080

Manos Maragakis

Emmanuel "Manos" Maragakis

Dean of Engineering

maragaki@unr.edu

(775) 784-6925

Eric Monzon

Eric V. Monzon

Postdoctoral Scholar

emonzon@unr.edu

(775) 784-6965

Gokhan Pekcan

Gokhan Pekcan

Associate Professor

pekcan@unr.edu

(775) 784-4512

Keri Ryan

Keri Ryan

Associate Professor

keri.ryan@unr.edu

(775) 784-6928

M.  Saiid Saiidi

M. "Saiid" Saiidi

Professor

saiidi@unr.edu

(775) 784-4839

David Sanders

David Sanders

Professor

sanders@unr.edu

(775) 784-4288

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