Scientific Committee

Ian G Buckle

Foundation Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.

1664 N. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89557.

Member of Scientific Committee International Joint Research Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China.


Professor Ian G. Buckle, received his B.E. (Hons, 1964) and Ph. D. (1967) from University of Auckland, New Zealand. Ian Buckle was the Director of the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Previously, he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Auckland, New Zealand and as Deputy Director of the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, University at Buffalo, New York (now the Multidisciplinary Center). Now he works in the University of Nevada, Reno, United states, as a foundation professor. His research interests include: seismic performance of bridges, lifelines and buildings; design and retrofit criteria for bridges; earthquake protective systems for structures including the theory, hardware, and engineering applications of seismic isolation; non-seismic bridge performance for extreme loads such as thermal effects and overloads; and linear and nonlinear analytical techniques for structures subject to dynamic loads. He has conducted short courses in bridge engineering, seismic retrofitting, and the seismic isolation of highway bridges; conducted full-scale field testing and large-scale laboratory testing of structures using static and dynamic loads; and has been a member of reconnaissance teams to earthquakes in California, Japan and Taiwan. He has very impressive academic achievements and professional experiences. He was the lead author of the seismic provisions in the AASHTO LRFD Comprehensive Bridge Specifications (1994), the AASHTO Standard Specifications (16th Edition) Division I-A (Seismic Design), and the FHWA Seismic Retrofitting Manual for Highway Bridges (1995 and 2006 eds). Dr. Buckle was also the chair of TRB Committee AFF50 on Seismic Design of Bridges, vice chair of the Caltrans Seismic Advisory Board, past president Board of Directors NEES Consortium, past chair ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, a member of the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, and the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering.