CUREE Organization

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.

Iwan photo Wilfred Iwan - Caltech (1988-1991)
Wilfred Iwan, a professor emeritus of applied mechanics at the California Institute of Technology, and director of Caltech's Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory was the 2002 recipient of the Alquist Medal by the California Earthquake Safety Foundation for "his lifetime of service to the profession of structural engineering and its application to the safety of the people of California and the world [more]
Shah photo Haresh Shah - Stanford University (1992-1993)
Professor emeritus, Haresh Shah has been a pioneer in the fields of risk analysis, earthquake engineering, and probabilistic methods for over 35 years. He has served Stanford University in many capacities, including Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering and Founding Co-Director of the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center. [more]
Mahin photo Stephen Mahin - UC Berkeley (1994-1996)
Stephen Mahin was the Byron and Elvira Nishkian Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He had wide-ranging interests in the field of earthquake engineering. His research work focused on integrating high performance numerical and experimental simulation methods to improve understanding of the seismic behavior of systems, and applying that understanding to improve earthquake performance. [more]
Krawinkler photo Helmut Krawinkler - Stanford University (1997-1998)
Helmut Krawinkler was the John A. Blume Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. He received an Engineering Diploma from the Technical University Vienna, Austria, an M.S. degree from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His research focused on the seismic behavior of steel and reinforced concrete structures and on the development of general concepts for performance-based seismic design. [more]
James Beck James Beck - Caltech (1998-1999)
James Beck is Professor and Executive Officer of Applied Mechanics and Civil Engineering at Caltech. Jim has broad research interests in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. [more]
Romstad photo Karl Romstad - UC Davis (1999)
Professor emeritus, Karl Romstad served as chair of the Civil Engineering Department at UC Davis. His areas of earthquake engineering research include nonlinear dynamic analysis using reduced order models; soil-structure interaction in bridge abutment systems, soil-pile systems and reinforced earth systems; and development of damage calibrated response spectra. [more]
Pardoen photo Gerard Pardoen - UC Irvine (1999-2001)
Gerard Pardoen, professor emeritus of Civil & Environment Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, obtained his BS in Civil Eng. from the University of Pennsylvania and MSCE and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Eng. from Stanford University. His research interests include analytical and experimental vibration methods, nonlinear response of shell membrane structures as well as the cyclic testing and behavior of concrete and timber structures. [more]
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 was deputy director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) headquartered at the University at Buffalo. [more]
R. Leon photo Roberto Leon - Georgia Tech (2003-2004)
Roberto T. Leon was a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests centered on dynamic behavior and design of structures with partially restrained composite connections, composite floors and floor systems, bond of reinforcement under cyclic loads, testing of full-scale and model structures in the laboratory, and field instrumentation of structures. [more]
A. Whittaker photo Andrew Whittaker (2005-2011)
Dr. Whittaker is Professor and Chair in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB) and is Director of the NSF-funded NEES facility that is housed in the Department. [more]
M. Garlock photo Maria Garlock (2011-2016)
Dr. Maria Garlock is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering at Lehigh University and Cornell University respectively and her PhD in structural engineering at Lehigh University. Her professional practice as a licensed engineer in New York includes several years with Leslie Robertson Associates. [more]

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