Carnegie Mellon University
May 02, 2013

Jacobo Bielak named the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jacobo Bielak named the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jacobo Bielak, University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor Bielak is an internationally known eminent researcher in the area of large-scale ground motion modeling and its effects on structural response to earthquakes. He has also been an outstanding advisor and teacher for many graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University over the past 32 years. His technical contributions have significantly impacted the practice of earthquake engineering and the soil-structure interaction formulas he developed are the basis for those adopted in current seismic design codes, including the 2010 version of ASCE/SEI 7.

Professor Bielak’s work has been singled out for several computing awards, including the Gordon Bell Prize, ACM/IEEE SCO6 HPC Analytics Challenge Award, and the Allen Newell Award for Excellence in Research from the School of Computer Science, as well as the Outstanding Research Award from the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2009 he was elected as a University Professor at CMU, and in 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for advancing knowledge and methods in earthquake engineering and in regional scale seismic motion simulation. He is also a member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.  In 2011 he was also elected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Professor Bielak has been actively engaged in ASCE committees, seismology societies and the National Science Foundation’s Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), which links 15 university laboratories in cooperative, real-time studies of the seismic performance of large structures. He has been an active member of a number of editorial boards, such as the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics and the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.

The Paul Christiano Professorship was made possible through the generosity of a group of donors who endowed the professorship in recognition of Christiano’s significant and enduring contributions to Civil and Environmental Engineering, CIT and the university.