Erol Kalkan


I, Dr. Erol Kalkan, am a Research Structural Engineer and Project Manager at the Earthquake Science Center of United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California.

I earned my B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. degree in Engineering Seismology from the Middle East Technical University. My second M.Sc. degree in Structural Engineering is from the Bosphorus (Bogazici) University in Turkey. My doctorate degree is in Structural Engineering (major) and Geotechnical Engineering (minor) from the University of California, Davis. My postdoctoral studies were conducted at the University of California, Berkeley.

I have years of experience in conducting multi-component research and consulting as a practitioner. I am the author and co-author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications on various issues in structural engineering, dynamics, earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. I am an active member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Seismic Effects Committee, and Structural Health Monitoring and Control Committee.

I was the recipient of the “2008 American Society of Civil Engineers Raymond C. Reese Research Prize in Structural Engineering”. I have been also granted “2008 EERI-FEMA NEHRP Professional Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction”.

I have served as a guest editor of five special journal issues in Engineering Structures, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, and Seismological Research Letters. I am currently acting as an associate editor for Earthquake Spectra, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Engineering Structures, and Seismological Research Letters, and a regional editor for International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering.


Please click here for a chronological list of my publications including peer-reviewed journal papers, open-file reports, factsheets and conference proceedings. 

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