Patrick Laplace

Research Associate Professor, Large Scale Structures Laboratory Manager
Patrick Laplace

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2002
  • B.S., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, 1996

Research interests

  • Servo-hydraulic control and simulation
  • Seismic simulators
  • Non-structural component seismic qualification testing
  • Development of non-linear numerical simulation software
  • Development of data acquisition and instrumentation systems and supporting software
  • Development of new seismic simulation test equipment and control software

Relevant experience:

  • Laboratory Manager of the Large Scale Structures Laboratory since 2002 and laboratory graduate research since 1995
  • Installation and operation of multiple large-scale seismic shake table systems and support systems required for experimentation on large-scale specimens
  • Extensive experience in real-time servo-hydraulic and digital control systems
  • Involvement in development, design, installation, set-up, testing, and analysis of all laboratory research projects


  • Thoen, Bradford K. , Laplace, Patrick N., Offline Tuning of Shake Tables, Proceedings, 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 2004.
  • Laplace, Patrick N., Pekcan, Gokhan, Itani, Ahmad M., An Overview of Shake-Table Characteristics used for Seismic Qualification Testing, Proceedings, ATC-29-2, 2003.