Rakesh K. Goel
Rakesh Goel is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.A. where he joined in 1997. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he taught at Syracuse University, New York, for two-and-a-half years and worked at the Earthquake Engineering Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley for four years as a post-graduate research engineer.
His primary interest has been structural analysis/dynamics with emphasis on earthquake analysis and design. His research is focused on seismic safety of buildings and bridges. Findings of his practical research have been adapted by seismic codes and guidelines in the US, such as ASCE 7-02 and FEMA-356. He has authored/co-authored more than one-hundred technical publications in the area of seismic analysis and design of buildings and bridges. He was awarded the Huber Research Prize in 2000 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his notable achievements in the area of seismic analysis of asymmetric buildings and bridges. One of the papers he co-authored was also awarded the prestigious Norman Medal in 2001 by the ASCE. He has also contributed to improvements to the Nonlinear Static Pushover procedures being used for seismic design and safety evaluation of structures in the United States and other parts of the world.
He is a member of the ASCE committee on Seismic Effects for which he currently chairs the Sub-Committee on Emerging Analysis Methods in Earthquake Engineering. He is currently one of the Associate Editors of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. He is a Fellow of ASCE and Member of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.