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Jacobs School Dean Named Honorary Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University

San Diego, CA, January 04, 2010 -- Frieder Seible, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, was recently awarded an honorary professorship in the School of Civil Engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University (BJYU).

Dean Seible, a professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the Jacobs School, is a world-leader in bridge design and strategies to mitigate earthquake damage to buildings and bridges. His research achievements include the development of large-scale structural testing techniques, seismic assessment and retrofit of bridges, and the application of Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC) in civil engineering structures. He was the founding director of the Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories, which serve as a worldwide resource for full-scale testing and analysis of structures. More recently, his research focuses on blast resistant design of critical infrastructures; and he is the co-principal investigator on a bomb blast mitigation program sponsored by the Technical Support Working Group for counter-terrorism research.

Frieder Seible at BJYU
Frieder Seible (left), Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, was recently awarded an honorary professorship in the School of Civil Engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University (BJYU).
The December 21, 2009 ceremony took place in Science Hall at Beijing Jiaotong University, in Beijing, China. During the ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding between the two schools was signed, symbolizing a formal collaborative relationship. Dr. Bin Ning, president of BJYU attended the ceremony, which was led by Dr. Qingchao Wei, Dean of the School of Civil Engineering at BJYU.

 Prof. Seible is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is the Walter J. Zable Professor of Engineering and the Eric and Johanna Reissner Chair in Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering. Seible is the chair of the California Department of Transportation Seismic Advisory Board and has served on or led national and international committees on bridge design and retrofit for earthquake safety. He serves as a structural engineering consultant on many of the world’s long-span bridges. Seible has published more than 500 papers and technical reports, mainly related to seismic design of bridges and buildings as well as blast resistant design of critical structures.

Seible received a Dpl. Ing. from the University of Stuttgart, a M.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, all in civil engineering. Seible joined UCSD in 1983, and served as founding chair of the Department of Structural Engineering from 1995 until 2001. He was appointed Dean of the Jacobs School in 2003.

 

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