Yousef Bozorgnia, a SUT Graduate, Selected as 2019 Bruce Bolt Medal Recipient

Prof. Youssef Bozorgnia, a graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Sharif University of Technology, is selected as the 2019 recipient of the Bruce Bolt Medal by Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and SSA.

Prof. Youssef Bozorgnia, a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences of the University of California, Los Angeles, receives the Medal for his significant contributions to earthquake ground motion models, seismic hazard analysis and structural earthquake engineering.

He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley and B.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology.  He has previously received awards from EERI, Applied Technology Council, Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, SEAOC and others.

Prof. Bozorgnia, as a leading scientist in earthquake modeling and engineering, has led large research projects in the development of ground motion models used for seismic analysis worldwide. He has co-authored the book “Earthquake Engineering: From Engineering Seismology to Performance-Based Engineering” with Vitelmo V. Bertero in 2004.

For some years he has been editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America and currently holds the same position in the professional journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Earthquake Spectra. Prof.  Bozorgniania, describing Bruce Bolt, the American-Australian seismologist, as a role model for himself, feels honored to receive the award.

Bozorgnia will accept the Bolt Medal at EERI’s Annual Meeting to be held on 5-8 March in Vancouver, Canada.

PS, The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by the Consortium of Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and SSA. It highlights the work of individuals who promote strong-motion instrumentation and data processing, make technical contributions to the fields of seismic engineering or engineering seismology and improve seismic safety through a transfer of knowledge into practice or policy.


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