Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Greg Deierlein

Gregory G. Deierlein

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1988
M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1982
B.S., Cornell University, 1981

Greg Deierlein, John A. Blume Professor at Stanford University, has been a transformative leader in the development of computational and experimental methods for stimulating nonlinear structural performance and characterizing structural material and component behavior. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in linear and nonlinear analysis, design of steel and composite structures, and earthquake engineering.

His expertise includes fracture and stability of steel structures and composite steel and concrete structures. He has applied his research to the development of performance-based design for earthquake and fire hazards. Since 2003, he has served as Director of the J.A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center. His research has influenced the development of national codes and guidelines related to stability and collapse of buildings and other structures. He is also the former (2000-2007) Deputy Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center.

Deierlein has directed research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Applied Technology Council, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He received the ASCE Norman Medal in 1994, 2002, and 2008. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his many contributions to the profession.

Deierlein has led major collaborative teams, involving researchers from the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan to develop and test innovative composite steel-concrete frame systems and self-centering braced frame systems. In 2009, his research group completed a large-scale test of a new controlled rocking frame system with replaceable fuses on the world’s largest shaking table (the E-Defense facility) in Japan.

Working in collaboration with Geohazards International, Deierlein is involved in outreach and technology transfer on earthquake engineering and risk mitigation in Pakistan, Indonesia, Peru and other developing countries.

Inducted October 25, 2013