CSU, Chico News

Engineering Chair Wins National Earthquake Safety Award

Date: 05-27-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Curt Haselton, chair of California State University, Chico’s Department of Civil Engineering, has received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) 2013 Shah Family Innovation Prize for his contributions to the field of earthquake safety.

The Shah Prize is awarded annually by EERI to young professionals and academics for creativity and innovation in earthquake risk mitigation and management. Preference is given to those focused on preventing the loss of lives in earthquakes.

Haselton has gained a national reputation for his research in the collapse safety of buildings to improve design and building standards. In particular, he is known for his use of nonlinear dynamic analysis, a method of representing how buildings respond to seismic activity. He has made significant contributions to studies by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, the Applied Technology Council and the U.S. Geological Survey on ways to measure strong ground motions.

The Building Seismic Safety Council’s Provisions Update Committee recently appointed Haselton to chair a new committee charged with developing guidelines for using nonlinear dynamic analysis in the design of new buildings.

Haselton has chaired CSU, Chico’s Department of Civil Engineering since 2010 and teaches upper-division courses in earthquake and wind engineering and steel design. He holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

EERI is a national nonprofit based in Oakland that aims to reduce earthquake risk through research, communication and advocacy. Its members are engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials and social scientists.

The society will present Haselton with the award, which includes a $6,000 cash prize, in July at its annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

CSU, Chico’s civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and focuses on preparing students for graduate studies or careers in civil engineering. The department boasts small class sizes, lab-intensive curriculum and close interactions between students and faculty. To learn more, visit www.csuchico.edu/ce.