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

  • D. McCallen, F. Petrone (2019), An Optical Technique for Measuring Transient and Residual Interstory Drift as Seismic Structural Health Monitoring (S2HM) Observables, Springer Book on Seismic Structural Health Monitoring (in press).
  • F. Petrone, D. McCallen, I. Buckle, S. Wu (2018), Direct Measurement of Building Transient and Residual Drift Using an Optical Sensor System, Engineering Structures, Vol. 176, pages 115-126.
  • H. Yang, S.K. Kumar, Y. Feng, D. McCallen, B. Jeremic (2018), Energy Dissipation Analysis of Elastic-Plastic Materials, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 331, pages 309-326.
  • D. McCallen, F. Petrone, J. Coates, N. Repanich (2017), A Laser-Based Optical Sensor for Broad-Band Measurements of Building Earthquake Drift, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 22, No.4, pages 1573-1598.
  • H. Johansen, A. Rodgers, A. Petersson, D. McCallen, B. Sjogreen, M. Miah, (2017), Toward Exascale Earthquake Ground Motion Simulations for Near-Fault Engineering Analysis, Computing in Science and Engineering, IEEE, Vol. 19, No. 5.
  • F. Petrone, J. Wong, D. McCallen, F. McKenna (2017), Implementation Verification and Validation of 3D Structural Elements in a Numerical Tool for Nonlinear SSI Seismic Analysis, Proceedings ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering 2017, Seattle Washington, pages 315-322.
  • J. Abell, N. .Orbovic, D. McCallen, B. Jeremic (2017), Earthquake Soil-Structure Interaction of Nuclear Power Plants, Differences in Response to 3-D, 3x1-D, and 1-D Excitations, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 47, pages 1478-1495.
  • F. Petrone, J. Wong, D. McCallen, F. McKenna (2016), Development of Advanced Numerical Tools for the Nonlinear Seismic Analysis of Nuclear Systems, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 115, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • D. McCallen, S Larsen (2009), High Performance Simulations for Transformational Earthquake Risk Assessments, Invited plenary session presentation, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 180, Paper No. 01261, IOP Publishing.
  • D. McCallen, A. Astaneh-Asl, S. Larsen, L. Hutchings (2009), The Response of Long-Span Bridges to Near-Fault Earthquake Ground Motions, Proceedings of the ASCE Technical Conference on Life Line Earthquake Engineering, Oakland, California, June 2009.
  • D. McCallen, K.M. Romstad (1994), Dynamic Analysis of a Skewed, Short-Span, Box Girder Overpass, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 4, No. 10, pages 729-755.