I conduct research that aims to minimize human and economic losses incurred during earthquakes by enhancing the seismic safety of our built environment. My research seeks to advance the state-of-the-art in structural risk and reliability assessment using modern high-performance computing tools and statistically rigorous structural analysis techniques. I employ large-scale numerical simulations to answer fundamental questions relating the characteristics of earthquake ground motion to the nonlinear dynamic response and collapse behavior of structures.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Following a brief stint in industry, I obtained my Master’s and PhD degrees in Structural Engineering from Stanford University, USA. My doctoral research explored the need to explicitly consider the duration of earthquake ground motion in structural performance assessment and design. During my tenure as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, I worked on the verification and validation of common structural modeling techniques. I am currently employed as a Lecturer at the University of Canterbury.
I am on the lookout for bright and talented students looking to pursue doctoral studies in Structural/Earthquake Engineering. Please refer to the Opportunities page for instructions on how to get in touch with me.