University of Southern California, USA
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Trifunac is one of the leading experts in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology worldwide. He has conducted both theoretical and experimental work on a variety of topics including: earthquake source mechanism, empirical scaling of strong ground motion, strong motion arrays deployment, seismic wave propagation and site effects on strong ground motion, seismic hazard assessment, structural dynamics and soil-structure interaction, full-scale testing of structures, seismic instrumentation and data processing, statistics of earthquake response, and tsunami research. He is an author or coauthor of nearly 450 technical publications, and his work is widely cited. Prof. Trifunac joined the University of Southern California (USC) in 1976. Before joining USC, he spent three years at California Institute of Technology (1972-1975) as Assistant Professor of Applied Science, two years at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University first as Research Scientist, and then as Research Associate and Lecturer in Department of Geology (1970-1972), and one year at California Institute of Technology as Research Fellow in Applied Mechanics (1969-1970). His other appointments include J.S.P.S. Research Professor at Kyoto University, School of Civil Eng: (1988/89), and Consultant of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to its Advisory Committees on Reactor Safeguards (1971-1994), and on Nuclear Waste (1989-1994). He is a member of American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Seismological Society of America (SSA), Sigma Xi; Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Indian Society of Earthquake Technology (ISET), and New York Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the Serbian Academy of Engineering, of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and Honorary Member of Indian Society of Earthquake Technology. He has received the Kapitsa Gold Medal, to author of scientific discovery in 2002 from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Lockheed Martin Senior Research Award for seminal contributions in the field of earthquake engineering and seismology in 2000 from the University of Southern California, the ISET Award in Earthquake Technology in 1989 for the best paper in that year, and the Hanumatacharya Joshi Award in 1991 for the best paper in structural dynamics. He has been named among Top 20 Authors on the Special Topic Earthquakes worldwide for the period 1993-2003 (one of only two earthquake engineers on this lists), and among Top 1% Authors in Engineering worldwide by the Institute of Scientific Information (Thompson ISI). He is ranked by Microsoft Academic Search ( among the top authors (All years) in Civil Engineering (12th), Mechanical Engineering (46th), Seismology (1st), and Reliability and Risk (1st).

Presentation Day&Time: 22nd October 2014, 09:45 - 10:30