Daniel P. Abrams is the Hanson Engineers Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Director of the Mid-America Earthquake Center. His fields of research include earthquake-resistant design of building structures with a current emphasis on evaluation and rehabilitation of masonry construction. He is the principal author of the masonry chapter for the FEMA 273 Seismic Rehabilitation Guidelines, a member of the Provisions Update Committee that authors the US seismic building regulations, a member of FIB Task Groups 7.1 and 7.2 on seismic rehabilitation and displacement-based design, and past President of The Masonry Society. As the Director of one of the three US earthquake engineering research centers, he is the principal coordinator of cross-disciplinary research in seismology, engineering and social sciences. Further information can be found here.


  • Abrams, D.P. [2000] "Seismic Response Evaluation for URM Buildings", Joumal of The Masonry Society, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 71-78.
  • Abrams, D.P. [1999] "Meeting the Challenges of Reducing Earthquake Losses: Engineering Accomplishments and Frontiers", Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 813-823.
  • Schneider, S.P., B.R. Zagers, and D.P. Abrams [1998] "Lateral Strength of Steel Frames with Masonry Infills Having Large Openings", ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 124, No. 8, pp. 896-904.
  • Abrams, D.P. [1997] "Response of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings", Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 257-273.