Dr. Saatcioglu is a Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair in the Department of Civil Engineering, at the University of Ottawa, specializing in reinforced concrete structures. His research interests include performance, analysis and design of structures under extreme loads, such and earthquakes, bomb blasts and tsunamis. He is currently the Director of the Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Management Research Centre of the University of Ottawa, which focuses on "all hazards” approach to risk mitigation.
Dr. Saatcioglu has conducted extensive experimental and analytical research on earthquake and blast engineering. He has developed seismic and blast retrofit technologies for existing substandard infrastructure, as well as design and analysis methodologies for new construction. His research extends into the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) in the construction industry. He has conducted seismic and tsunami reconnaissance investigations after major earthquakes, and contributed towards "lessons learned” after major natural disasters. He was involved in the development of codes and standards worldwide, specifically for seismic and blast design of structures. Dr. Saatcioglu is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, Engineering Institute of Canada, American Concrete Institute, and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. He is currently a Director of the Board for the International Association for Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Saatcioglu is the recipient of a large number of research and teaching awards, and academic distinctions.
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