David McCallen

Professor and Director of Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research
David McCallen

Dr. McCallen previously worked for the University of California (UC) in a number of positions related to the UC National Laboratories at Lawrence Livermore Lab and Lawrence Berkeley Lab. His career started in the Structural and Applied Mechanics Group at Livermore where he developed computational software and performed advanced simulations on a number of structures. His responsibilities eventually extended to leadership of major programs including Engineering Division Leader for the National Ignition Facility, Nuclear Systems Program Leader and Deputy Principal Associate Director for Global Security. Most recently, Dr. McCallen held the position of Associate Vice President for National Laboratories in the University of California Office of the President.

Dr. McCallen has continued an active research agenda throughout his career and is currently the Principal Investigator for two large DOE-funded projects on advanced simulation development.

He has served on many senior-level committees, including the UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board, the American Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology Board of Directors and as the United States Co-Chair of the U.S.- Japan Modeling and Simulation Working Group in support of the bilateral U.S.- Japan agreement on nuclear energy.

Dr. McCallen has received Distinguished Engineering Alumni awards from both UC Davis and the California State University.

  • Ph.D., Engineering, University of California, Davis 1986
  • M.S, Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1982
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, California State University, Chico, 1979

Research interests

Dr. McCallen's research interests include computational model development for the evaluation of the nonlinear response of structural and soil systems to extreme loads and the dynamic response of solids and structures with applications to transportation, energy and nuclear infrastructure systems. Additionally, he has recently worked on advanced sensor development for infrastructure instrumentation and the exploitation of emerging web and communication technologies.

Selected publications

  • McCallen, D., Petersson, A., Rodgers, A., Pitarka, A., Miah, M., Petrone, F., Sjogreen, B., Abrahamson, N., Tang, H. (2021). EQSIM - A Multidisciplinary Framework for Fault-to-Structure Earthquake Simulations on Exascale Computers Part I: Computational Models and Workflow. Earthquake Spectra, 37(2), 707–735. https://doi.org/10.1177/8755293020970982 
  • McCallen, D., Petrone, F., Miah, M., Pitarka, A., Rodgers, A., Abrahamson, N. (2021). EQSIM - A Multidisciplinary Framework for Fault-to-Structure Earthquake Simulations on Exascale Computers, Part II: Regional Simulations of Building Response. Earthquake Spectra, 37(2), 736–761. https://doi.org/10.1177/8755293020970980 
  • McCallen, D., Tang, H., Wu, S., Eckert, E., Huang, J., & Petersson, N. A. (2021). Coupling of Regional Geophysics and Local Soil-Structure Models in the EQSIM Fault-to-Structure Earthquake Simulation Framework. The International Journal of High-Performance Computing Applications, 109434202110191. https://doi.org/10.1177/10943420211019118
  • Kenawy, M., McCallen, D., Pitarka, A. (2021). Variability of Near‐Fault Seismic Risk to Reinforced Concrete Buildings Based on High‐Resolution Physics‐Based Ground Motion Simulations. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 50(6), 1713–1733. https://doi.org/10.1002/eqe.3413 
  • Petrone, F., Abrahamson, N., McCallen, D., Miah, M. (2020). Validation of (Not‐Historical) Large‐Event Near‐Fault Ground‐Motion Simulations for Use in Civil Engineering Applications. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 50(1), 116–134. https://doi.org/10.1002/eqe.3366 
  • Rodgers, A. J., Pitarka, A., McCallen, D. B. (2019). The Effect of Fault Geometry and Minimum Shear Wavespeed on 3D Ground-Motion Simulations for an Mw 6.5 Hayward Fault Scenario Earthquake, San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 109(4), 1265–1281. https://doi.org/10.1785/0120180290
  • Rodgers, A. J., Petersson, A. N., Pitarka, A., McCallen, D. B., Sjogreen, B., Abrahamson, N. (2019). Broadband (0–5 Hz) Fully Deterministic 3D Ground‐Motion Simulations of a Magnitude 7.0 Hayward Fault Earthquake: Comparison with Empirical Ground‐Motion Models and 3D Path and Site Effects from Source Normalized Intensities. Seismological Research Letters, 90(3), 1268–1284. https://doi.org/10.1785/0220180261
  • Petrone, F., McKenna, F., Do, T., McCallen, D. (2021). A Versatile Numerical Model for the Nonlinear Analysis of Squat-to-Tall Reinforced-Concrete Shear Walls. Engineering Structures, 242, 112406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.112406
  • McCallen, D., Petrone, F., Laplace, P. (2020). An Optical Sensor and Wireless Mesh Network for Rapid Direct Measurement of Building Interstory Drift. Proceedings of the 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 17WCEE, September 13-18, 2020 in Sendai, Japan. 2020
  • McCallen, D. B., Petrone, F. (2019). An Optical Technique for Measuring Transient and Residual Interstory Drift as Seismic Structural Health Monitoring (S2HM) Observables. In Seismic Structural Health Monitoring From Theory to Successful Applications (pp. 263–278). Book chapter, Springer.
  • Petrone, F., McCallen, D., Buckle, I., Wu, S. (2018). Direct Measurement of Building Transient and Residual Drift Using an Optical Sensor System. Engineering Structures, 176, 115–126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.08.087
  • McCallen, D., Petrone, F., Coates, J., Repanich, N. (2017). A Laser-Based Optical Sensor for Broad-Band Measurements of Building Earthquake Drift. Earthquake Spectra, 33(4), 1573–1598. https://doi.org/10.1193/041417eqs071m
  • McCallen, D. B., Astaneh-Asl, A., Larsen, S. C., Hutchings, L. J. (2009). TCLEE 2009: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in a Multihazard Environment. The Response of Long-Span Bridges to Low Frequency, Near-Fault Earthquake Ground Motions (pp. 165–176). Reston, VA; ASCE.
  • McCallen, D. B., Romstad, K. M. (1994). Nonlinear Model for Building‐Soil Systems. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 120(5), 1129–1152. https://doi.org/10.1061/(asce)0733-9399(1994)120:5(1129)
  • McCallen, D. B., Romstad, K. M. (1994). Dynamic Analyses of a Skewed Short-Span, Box-Girder Overpass. Earthquake Spectra, 10(4), 729–755. https://doi.org/10.1193/1.1585795