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CUREE Past Presidents

Over the course of its 28 year history, CUREE had the honor of having many distinguished figures in the field of Earthquake Engineering research serve in the role as president of the organization. Professor Wilfred Iwan of the California Institute of Technology, who was instrumental in the founding of the organization when it began as the California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, was the first to serve in this role.

Filiatrault photo André Filiatrault - University at Buffalo, SUNY (2001-2002)

André Filiatrault, Ph.D. -- a leading expert on shake-table testing of structural and nonstructural building components, including electrical substation equipment -- is deputy director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) headquartered at the University at Buffalo.

Filiatrault, formerly a professor of structural engineering at the University of California-San Diego, is responsible for coordinating MCEER's nationwide research program in advanced technology applications. He is also a professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Filiatrault is past president of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) and was project manager for testing and analysis for the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project, a federally funded effort to develop reliable and economical methods of improving woodframe building performance in earthquakes. And later he served as the project manager for the Experimental Studies testing component in the NSF-funded NEES-Nonstructural Project.

His full-scale dynamic tests on a variety of structural and nonstructural systems and components over the past 15 years have led to improved seismic design standards. Filiatrault has led or has been a member of several earthquake reconnaissance teams, including those that investigated the Nisqually Valley earthquake in Washington State in 2001, the Loma Prieta and Northridge, Calif., earthquakes in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and the Kobe, Japan, earthquake in 1995. He is a recipient of the Moisseiff Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Gzowksi Medal from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. He authored over 150 scientific publications including over 80 refereed journal articles and is author of the textbook "Elements of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics."

Before joining the University of California-San Diego, Filiatrault was professor of Civil Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. He also continues to serve on the scientific board and faculty of the Rose European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk at the University of Pavia in Italy.

He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, and a Master's degree and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

He is also a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Quebec, Canada.

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