Earthquake engineering expertise

For more than 30 years, we've been conducting large-scale, experimental research to make buildings and bridges safer.

Our world-class facilities, which include two high-bay laboratories, offer researchers state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory space to conduct cutting-edge research. The result? Engineered structures that are better able to withstand an earthquake's destructive force, saving both lives and money.

Our research

An empty shake table in the earthquake engineering lab

Our facilities

Our earthquake engineering facilities are world class. Learn more about our labs and equipment. 

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Representative projects

We pride ourselves on handling innovative, complex projects. Learn more about the wide range of experimental set-ups we've tested in our labs. 

Computers in the control room, with the window overlooking the test floor in the earthquake engineering lab


We've authored hundreds of publications. Browse the list and learn how to request a copy. 

CCEER in the news

A group of researchers stands on a sunny roof wearing hardhats and smiling at the camera.

University researchers are key players in world’s tallest full-scale building ever tested on Earthquake Shake Table

Researchers intend to prove the resilience of tall timber buildings when they simulate a series of large earthquakes on a 10-story mass timber building

Head shot of Dr. David McCallen

Civil engineering professor to chair advisory board for NSF center addressing natural hazards

David McCallen to lead NHERI SimCenter advisory board.

Six individuals representing the Soil Box System project collaborators in the Large-Scale Structures Engineering Lab.

New experimental facility tests interaction of soil and structures during earthquakes

The latest College of Engineering capability to create realistic earthquakes in the laboratory will pair with collaborators’ expertise and supercomputing to lead to resilient buildings and infrastructure