Distinguished Alumnus

The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management takes great pride in recognizing the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, Hideki Kit Miyamoto (Civil Engineering, 1989). Dr. Miyamoto is one of the world’s foremost authorities on structural design, analysis, and retrofit/repair – particularly as it relates to seismic mitigation strategies.

Photograph of Dr. MiyamotoDr. Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E. is the CEO of and a structural engineer for Miyamoto International and Global Risk Miyamoto. Under his leadership over 10,000 projects have been successfully completed worldwide. Known for innovative engineering, Dr. Miyamoto works on many projects that receive industry recognition including the SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering award.

As a leading authority on seismic engineering, Dr. Miyamoto specializes in high performance earthquake engineering and probabilistic performance evaluation. Dr. Miyamoto was a director for the Structural Engineering Association of California (SEAOC), is an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow, and has served on many code-writing organizations, including the ASCE 7 Seismic Task Committee. He works on major disaster risk reduction and response projects, which include his work with the World Bank as an expert consultant for the Istanbul 1000 schools seismic risk mitigation project. Presently, Dr. Miyamoto is working with the Government of Haiti, the United Nations and other government agencies to implement strategies for the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince. He is a frequent international media spokesperson for earthquake structural engineering issues.

Dr. Miyamoto and his team have been on-site in the aftermath of all of our most recent catastrophic events; from surveying the damage experienced in tsunami ravaged Thailand, to comprehensive investigations following earthquakes in New Zealand and Haiti.  His most recent effort – and personally felt given his ancestry – is in working with the Japanese government to assess the magnitude of structural damage sustained during the recent earthquake and following tsunami.