Predicting earthquake forces,
calculating seismic risks
Master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from University at Buffalo, SUNY
Bachelor of technology in civil engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.
“My job requires a lot of critical thinking, solving interesting problems and learning new things.”
I am a research scientist working with the Seismic Research Group. I do earthquake engineering research, which involves improving mathematical models that predict earthquake forces, modernizing methods that are used to calculate earthquake risk and also performing various earthquake-related experiments.
What led you to become a research scientist?
As a kid I was fascinated by gigantic structures like bridges and dams. I also enjoyed math, physics and writing computer programs. These interests led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on structures. After college, I found myself interested in research and asking myself the question: “Which field in civil engineering can help people the most?” Growing up in India, which has historically seen devastating earthquakes, earthquake engineering was quite an easy choice. So I went ahead, pursued a master’s and Ph.D. in structural and earthquake engineering, and here I am applying my knowledge to nuclear structures.
The full interview is posted here.