Earthquake and Structural Engineering

About our program

Our world-class research program in earthquake and structural engineering focuses on understanding how key infrastructure stands up to extreme forces such as an earthquake. We simulate earthquake effects on large-scale models, such as a curved bridge and use those results to engineer safer buildings, bridges and roads.

Researchers and students in this program have access to two state-of-the-art earthquake engineering facilities, the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, which opened in 2014 and houses our four shake tables, and the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory, which offers a 9,000 square foot high-bay laboratory for researchers to do floor experiments.  

Labs and centers


Ian Buckle

Ian G. Buckle

Foundation Professor

(775) 784-1519 | SEM 111

Denis Istrati

Denis Istrati

Research Assistant Professor

(775) 784-6937 | EEL 310

Ahmad Itani

Ahmad M. Itani

Foundation Professor and Chair

(775) 784-4379 | SEM 103

Patrick Laplace

Patrick Laplace

Research Associate Professor, Large Scale Structures Laboratory Manager

(775) 784-8080 | EEL 118

Manos Maragakis

Emmanuel "Manos" Maragakis

Dean of Engineering

(775) 784-6925 | SEM 133

Mohamed Moustafa

Mohamed A. Moustafa

Assistant Professor

(775) 682-7919 | SEM 349B

Gokhan Pekcan

Gokhan Pekcan

Associate Professor

(775) 784-4512 | SEM 130B

Keri Ryan

Keri Ryan

Associate Professor

(775) 784-6928 | SEM 227

M.  Saiid Saiidi

M. "Saiid" Saiidi

Foundation Professor

(775) 784-4839 | SEM 229