Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Reginald DesRoches' primary research interests are design of buildings and critical infrastructure under earthquake loads, and seismic risk assessment. He has a particular interest in mitigating the impacts of earthquakes in the Caribbean and Western Africa. He has published over 250 articles in the general area of earthquake engineering and seismic risk assessment and has given over 100 presentations in 30 different countries.
Dr. DesRoches has served as a key technical leader in the US response to the Haiti earthquake, and has traveled to Haiti numerous times since the earthquake. He was a member of an early response team which traveled to Haiti immediately following the earthquake to conduct critical building safety assessments for the United Nations. He later led a team of 28 engineers, architects, city planners, and social scientists to study the impact of the earthquake. This visit resulted in a series of recommendations on the recovery and rebuilding of Haiti, and was the foundation for the Earthquake Spectra special issue on the Haiti earthquake, which consisted of a compilation of research papers on the lessons learned from the Haiti earthquake.