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
- Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research
- Center for Advanced Technology in Bridges and Infrastructure
- Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
Research Assistant Professor, Large Scale Structures Laboratory Manager