Protecting Lives and the Built Environment Through Research in Earthquake Engineering

This lecture will provide an overview of the role of earthquake engineering research on protecting lives, mitigating collapse, maintaining functionality of critical facilities, and minimizing dollar losses of buildings exposed to seismic loads. Research associated with both structural and nonstructural systems (i.e. architectural components, mechanical and electrical equipment) will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of communication between the earthquake engineering research community, engineering practitioners, and society to design, build, and maintain buildings that satisfy various societal needs. A discussion will ensue on challenges associated with translating research findings into seismic design and evaluation criteria to facilitate decision-making and cost-effective risk management of the built environment. This presentation will be based on the speaker’s experience as an academic researcher as well as an active member of seismic-code development committees in the United States.

Ricardo A. Medina, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of New Hampshire, USA


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