Why we need to earthquake-proof old buildings | Dr. Kit Miyamoto | TEDxCSUS

Dr. Kit Miyamoto, an earthquake engineer, draws attention to the relationship between earthquakes and the architecture of outdated, dangerous buildings. Specializing in high performance earthquake engineering, disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction, Dr. Miyamoto showcases innovative architectural feats and techniques to suggest solutions to protect our children and ourselves from the risk of earthquakes not only in California, but also around the world.

Dr. Miyamoto was the recipient of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, ENR Best Global Projects Award and ASCE Humanitarian Award. He is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers. He specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction. Dr. Miyamoto is an expert consultant to the World Bank projects globally, including a seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul. In the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he worked with the government of Haiti, UN, USAID and various NGOs to conduct damage assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures and rebuild more than 12,000 buildings. He is currently involved with earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, where his team has completed over 1,000 assessments and is retrofitting severely damaged schools, monastries and high-rise buildings using high-performance engineering.

Dr. Miyamoto was the recipient of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, ENR Best Global Projects Award and ASCE Humanitarian Award. He is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers. He specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction. Dr. Miyamoto is an expert consultant to the World Bank projects globally, including a seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul. In the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he worked with the government of Haiti, UN, USAID and various NGOs to conduct damage assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures and rebuild more than 12,000 buildings. He is currently involved with earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, where his team has completed over 1,000 assessments and is retrofitting severely damaged schools, monastries and high-rise buildings using high-performance engineering.

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