REGINALD DESROCHES, Ph.D.
Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Office: Mason 1109
Reginald DesRoches is the Karen and John Huff School Chair, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are in resilient systems and design of critical infrastructure under extreme loads. He has published over 250 articles in the general area of resilience and seismic risk assessment and has given over 100 presentations in 30 different countries.
Dr. DesRoches has served as the key technical leader in the US response to the Haiti earthquake, and led a team of 28 engineers, architects, city planners, and social scientists to study the impact of the earthquake. He has also participated in numerous congressional briefings to underscore the critical role that University research must play in addressing the country’s infrastructure crisis and resilience to natural hazards. Dr. DesRoches has taught classes to over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students. He has advised over 25 Doctoral and 17 Master’s thesis students. These students have gone on to be leaders in top industries around the world as well as premier academic institutions.
Dr. DesRoches has served as Chair of the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee (2006-2010), Chair of the executive committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (2010), and Board of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). He is currently a member of the executive committee of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, and is a member of the National Academies Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST). Dr. DesRoches has received numerous awards, including 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 2015 ASCE Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award (2010), and the Georgia Tech ANAK Award (2008). The ANAK award is considered the highest honor the undergraduate student body can bestow on a Georgia Tech faculty.
Dr. DesRoches 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.