Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Ertugrul Taciroglu earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1998. After a stint at the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (UIUC) as a postdoctoral researcher, he joined the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA in 2001 where he currently is the Department Chair. His research interests span the disciplines of computational mechanics, and structural & geotechnical earthquake engineering. He is currently leading projects on regional performance-based risk assessment of civil infrastructure, structural health and performance monitoring, and soil-structure interaction. Dr. Taciroglu is the recipient of a 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the 2011 Walter Huber Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was elected to become a Fellow of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) in 2015 and serves on its Board of Governors since 2020. He is a Section Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, and serves on the editorial boards of ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Earthquake Spectra, Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering, and Structural Control & Health Monitoring.