Julio A. Ramirez, Ph.D.
NEES Operations Director & NEEScomm Center Director
Hall for Discovery and Learning Research
The study and implementation of hazard mitigation of existing buildings and bridges must be accelerated. Special seismic design standards are needed for critical buildings such as schools, hospitals and fire stations. The buildings could often be strengthened with additional walls so that they better withstand earthquakes. Damage from earthquakes accumulates over time, making certain types of old masonry buildings progressively more susceptible to collapse.
Dr. Julio Ramirez is a professor of civil engineering at Purdue University and the chief officer of the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). Ramirez is an expert in reinforced concrete structures and seismic effects. His research efforts have focused on the solution of engineering problems such as high-strength concrete, earthquake engineering and bridge design. He has been part of NSF teams investigating performance and outcomes following quakes in Kobe, Japan; Northridge, Calif.; and Mexico.