Professor Armen Der Kiureghian Biography

Armen Der Kiureghian
Taisei Professor of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

University Profile

Armen Der Kiureghian is Professor and holder of the Taisei Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Teheran, Iran, and his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1978, where he has served as Chair of the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Program and as Vice Chair for Instruction of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

After the devastating Spitak earthquake of 1988 in Armenia, Der Kiureghian was instrumental in founding the American University of Armenia (AUA) as an affiliate of the University of California. He has served as the Founding Dean of the College of Engineering (1991-2007), Director of the Engineering Research Center (1991-2004), and Interim Provost (2011-2012) of AUA, all concurrently with his Berkeley position. Der Kiureghian continues to serve as a founding member of the Board of Trustees of AUA.

Der Kiureghian is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the Seismological Society of America (SSA), the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR), and the Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA). He has served as Chair of the ASCE-EMD Technical Committee on Probabilistic Methods, as President of CERRA, and as Chair of the IASSAR Committee on System Reliability and Optimization. He has served or is serving on the editorial boards of Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Structural Safety, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, and International Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering. He has served as consultant to many major clients, including Agbabian Associates, Lockheed Martin, Geomatrix, Boeing and BART. 

Der Kiureghian's research deals with development and application of probabilistic methods to solve civil engineering problems, with special emphasis on problems arising from the effects of earthquakes on constructed facilities. Specific interests are in safety and reliability assessment of structures, risk analysis and decision-making for infrastructure systems, stochastic dynamic analysis of linear and nonlinear structures, and systems modeling and performance assessment. He has more than 380 publications, including more than 110 in archival journals.

Among other awards, Der Kiureghian is a recipient of the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (1988), CERRA Award (1999), ASCE Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal (2006), and ASCE Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award (2006). In 2001 he was awarded the Movses Khorenatsi Medal from the Government of Armenia for his contributions in advancing higher education in Armenia. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Faculty of Engineering of Tehran University (2004) and of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006). He is an elected foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (1998) and an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (2011).