Reginald Desroches - Biography

Reginald Desroches, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Chair
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Reginald DesRoches is a Professor and Associate Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  His primary research interests are design of buildings and critical infrastructure under earthquake engineering, seismic risk assessment of lifeline systems, and application of innovative materials in rehabilitation of structures.  He has published over 180 articles in the general area of structural and earthquake engineering.      Dr. DesRoches has served as Chair of the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee (2006-2010), and Chair of the executive committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (2010).  He is currently a member of the executive committee of the National Academy of Sciences Disasters Roundtable, and is on the Board for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).   Dr. DesRoches has been a key technical leader in the U.S. response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.  He has taken eight trips to Haiti since the earthquake, including a trip where he led a group of 28 engineers, architects, city planners, and social scientists, to study the impact of the earthquake with the goal of informing the Haitian government on effective ways to rebuild Haiti to be more resilient and sustainable.Dr. DesRoches was a recipient of the 2001 NSF CAREER Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2002.  The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed upon scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.  Most recently, he was a recipient of the 2007 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award (2010), and the Georgia Tech ANAK Award (2008) for outstanding research, teaching, and service.  The ANAK award is considered the highest honor the undergraduate student body can bestow on a Georgia Tech faculty.  Dr. DesRoches was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in Queens, NY.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering, and PhD in Structural Engineering – all at the University of California, Berkeley.