Dr. “Sri” S. Sritharan joined the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at Iowa state University as an Assistant Professor in December 1999. He became an Associate Professor in 2005 and Full Professor in 2010. In addition to his departmental role as the Director of graduate Education (DOGE), he currently serves as the Associate Department Chair and Wilson Engineering Professor.
Dr. Sritharan earned his BSc degree in civil engineering from the University of Peradeniya, MS degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Prior to pursuing his PhD at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), he worked as a Scientist in the Engineering Seismology section of the Institute Geological and Nuclear Sciences (IGNS) in New Zealand for more than 4 years. His work at IGNS focused in the areas of microzonation, attenuation of ground motions and understanding the behavior of field structures subjected to earthquake loading. He received his PhD in Structural Engineering in 1998. Prior to joining Iowa State University, he served as an Assistant Project Scientist at UCSD and worked primarily on the PREcast Seismic Structural Systems (PRESSS) program.
Prof. Sritharan’s research expertise includes earthquake-resistant design of structures, precast structural systems, soil-foundation-structure interaction, and ultra-high performance concrete. Prof. Sritharan is an active member of several professional societies and organizations including the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and Transportation Research Board (TRB), and is the current chair of the ACI’s Committee on Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Bridges.