Mihailo Trifunac

Expert in natural disasters, engineering seismology, and soil/structure interaction

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • natural disasters – earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis
  • earthquake hazard predictions – strong ground motion, liquefaction, differential motions, strong motion strains
  • engineering seismology
  • physics of the earthquake source
  • seismic wave propagation
  • tsunami hazard predictions
  • soil/structure interaction – bridges, dams and long structures
  • structural response – analysis and design, damage detection, structural health monitoring
  • probabilistic methods in geotechnical and structural earthquake engineering
  • full-scale testing of structures and of soils, using microtremor excitation

Additional Information

  • Author or co-author of more than 300 technical publications in the areas of earthquake engineering and mechanics
  • Consultant to Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1971-1994) and Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste (1989-1994)
  • United Nations development program expert on missions to India, Yugoslavia and the former republics of the Soviet Union, French, German, Russian and Serbo-Croatian


  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Serbian

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