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About Sri Sritharan

Dr. “Sri” S. Sritharan joined the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering 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 behaviour 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.
His research interests include Earthquake-resistant design and analysis of structures, precast/prestressed structural systems, soil-foundation structure interaction (SFSI), Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) and special topics in Wind Engineering and Wind Energy Systems.


Present Interim Assistant Dean, Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Present Wilson Engineering Professor, Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • Grace Miller Wilson and T.A. Wilson Endowed Engineering Professorship, College of Engineering, Iowa State University, 2013-2018
  • Visiting Professor, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013
  • Best Paper Award, Soil Mechanics Section of the Transportation Research Board, 2012
  • Iowa State University Mid-Career Achievement in Research, 2011
  • Fellow, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich., 2009
  • Best IT Innovation Award for Real-time System Visualization Tool (RSVtool), The George E. Brown, Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), 2008

Contact Information

376 Town Engr
813 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011-3232
Phone: 515-294-5238
Fax: 515-294-8216


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Precast/Prestressed Structural Systems (16)