Dr. Reginald DesRoches

Reginald DesRochesReginald DesRoches is the Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As School Chair, he provides leadership to a top-ranked program with 100 faculty and staff and 1,100 students. His primary research interests are in design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads. He has published more than 250 articles in the general area of resilience and seismic risk assessment.

Dr. DesRoches has served as the key technical leader in the United States’ 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 served as thesis advisor to 29 Doctoral and 17 Master’s thesis students.

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 Academies Resilient America Roundtable, a member of National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, a member of the board of the Global Earthquake Model Project (GEM), 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 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 the highest honor the undergraduate student body can bestow on a Georgia Tech faculty member.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) in 2015, and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) in 2016.

Dr. DesRoches earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1990, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1998 — all from the University of California, Berkeley. He was inducted into Berkeley’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni from Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2015.