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Wilfred D. Iwan

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Phone: (510) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Consortium of Organization for Strong Motion Observation Systems
1301 South 46Th Street
Richmond, California 94804
United States

Company Description: COSMOS is a non-profit organization whose goal is to expand and significantly modernize the acquisition and application of strong-motion data in order to increase...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • doctorate
    California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D.
    California Institute of Technology
  • doctoral degree
    California Institute of Technology
  • bachelor's Degree
    California Institute of Technology
  • master's Degree
    California Institute of Technology
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Web References
Board of Directors, 26 Sept 2014 [cached]
Wilfred D. Iwan, President California Institute of Technology
CUREE: The Organization, 13 April 2014 [cached]
Wilfred Iwan, Vice-President Caltech
CUREE Homepage, 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
Election Results: Congratulations to Professors Maria Garlock, Wilfred Iwan, Tara Hutchinson and Ronald Pak on their recent election to the 2014 CUREE Board of Directors.
Prof. Wilfred D. Iwan CUREE Vice-President - Buildings in Covina lack quake sturdiness, 12 Oct 2006 [cached]
Unreinforced masonry buildings are the most dangerous of all structures in an earthquake, said Wilfred D. Iwan, director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at Caltech in Pasadena.
"They were built at times when the concerns about earthquakes were not as great, codes were not as
strict and building materials were not as highly rated as they currently have to be," said Iwan of the Covina buildings, some of which date to the late 1800s.
But relatively simple measures, such as anchoring roofs to walls with metal bolts and plates, are cost-effective and would keep roofs on masonry buildings from quickly collapsing in the event of an earthquake, said Iwan.
"Citizens should demand these types of improvements - they are the ones who work, shop and in some cases even live in these buildings," he said, adding that a magnitude-6quake would cause significant damage to an unreinforced masonry building.
The recipients were Wilfred D. ..., 1 Sept 2006 [cached]
The recipients were Wilfred D. Iwan, Ph.D., M.ASCE, John W. Rudnicki, Ph.D., Armen Der Kiureghian, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, and George J. Dvorak, Ph.D., F.ASCE.
Iwan received the Society's William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, which recognizes an ASCE member whose activities demonstrate a strong commitment to the Society's history, traditions, developments, and technical and professional endeavors.Iwan was honored for his outstanding leadership and dedicated service to ASCE's Engineering Mechanics Division.He is currently a professor emeritus of applied mechanics at the California Institute of Technology and the director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory there.He earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at Caltech and joined the faculty there in 1964 after teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy.He is the founding president of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering-a nonprofit organization based in Richmond, California-and currently serves on its board of directors.Iwan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the holder of five U.S. patents.He has served as chair of the Executive Committee of ASCE's Engineering Mechanics Division, and in 1997 ASCE presented him with its Nathan M. Newmark Medal, which honors contributions in structural mechanics that help to advance structural engineering.Iwan is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and edited that body's report on the earthquake and tsunamis that ravaged southern Asia in December 2004.
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