Dr. Istrati is a research assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. from the same institution specializing in tsunami inundation of bridges and fluid-structure interaction. He has been awarded multiple awards to conduct his research and present his pioneering work at annual meetings of leading research institutions, such as the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER). He has also participated in reconnaissance surveys with leading experts from the US and Japan, where he investigated the performance of highway bridges during extreme natural hazards, such as the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.
Dr. Istrati is currently involved in four multi-disciplinary research projects, serving as a co-principal investigator in three of those projects. The first project awarded to Dr. Istrati is part of a Transportation Pooled Fund study led by Oregon Department of Transportation, and focuses on the development, verification and validation of tsunami design loading equations and risk assessment methodologies for highway bridges. The second project, which is funded by PEER, investigates the effect of tsunami-borne debris on coastal bridges, focusing particularly on the quantification of the damming and impact loading, the development of mitigation strategies and the calibration of cutting-edge numerical methods. These two projects will contribute to the development of tsunami design guidelines for bridges, providing the first of its kind official documentation for assessing the effects of tsunami-induced flooding on bridges.
Dr. Istrati’s research work aims at improving the performance of structures and critical infrastructure against extreme natural hazards, such as tsunamis, hurricanes and extreme flooding events, ultimately paving the way to a safer and more resilient society.
- Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno
- Diploma Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Affiliations and memberships
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
- Transportation Research Board (TRB)
- Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER)