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Dr. Frieder Seible's Presentation on "Large Scale Laboratory Testing in Support of Seismic Bridge Design and Retrofit"

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly video conferences on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.

Dr. Frieder Seible
Dr. Frieder Seible
Dean of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering

On June 17, 2004, Dr. Frieder Seible presented "Large Scale Laboratory Testing in Support of Seismic Bridge Design and Retrofit."

Dr. Frieder Seible, chair of the Caltrans Seismic Advisory Board and one of the world's foremost seismic structural engineers, will be the featured speaker at the department's June Research Connection video conference.

Seible, who is dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, has worked closely with the department on bridge seismic engineering research projects for nearly 20 years.

Seible is the third in a series of monthly Research Connection videoconferences sponsored by the Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation designed to share information about department funded research efforts.

Earlier videoconferences featured Dr. Martin Wachs, director of the University of California's Institute of Transportation Studies, who discussed transportation financing and Dr. Patricia Mokhtarian, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, who spoke on the concept of latent traffic demand.

"Caltrans' well earned reputation as the world's finest transportation agency was based in large part on its long history of pioneering new engineering ideas and applying them to improve safety and mobility at the best cost for the taxpayers," said Randy Iwasaki, deputy director of Maintenance and Operations.

"Through this lecture series, we hope to not only share information about ongoing research but to foster the collective creative knowledge of our employees to continue pushing the envelope to develop better and more cost effective ways to meet California's future transportation needs," Iwasaki said.
Seible has been a member of the USCD faculty since 1983. He served as the founding chair of the university's Department of Structural Engineering from 1995 until 2001. He has been dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering since 2002. He holds the Eric and Johanna Reissner Chair in Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering and the Walter J. Zable Chair in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

"Frieder Seible is one of top seismic structural engineers in the world. He has worked on numerous research projects for Caltrans including the pioneering the design and successfully testing various seismic strengthening techniques that have been widely applied to bridges in California and around the world," said Iwasaki.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Seible earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and his Master's from the University of Alberta, Canada. He earned his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Seible also is a Professional Engineer in California.

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