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 our world-renowned Large Scale Structures Laboratory, which offers four shake tables and 32,000 square feet of laboratory and research space. This laboratory 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.
Foundation Professor, Director of CCEER
Professor and Chair
Research Assistant Professor, Large Scale Structures Laboratory Manager
Dean of Engineering