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Jian Zhang, Ph.D.     

Associate Professor
5731G Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593
zhangj@ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-7986      Fax: (310) 206-2222
Complete Curriculum Vitae
 
 Education
B.E., (1991), Nanjing Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute, China
M.E., (1994), Southeast University, China
M.S., (1997), University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., (2002), University of California, Berkeley
 Selected Awards and Honors
Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA, 2009
JSPS Short-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2003
EERI 9USN/10CCEE Travel Award, 2010
NEES/E-Defense Joint Coordination Meeting Travel Award, 2006 & 2007
NEES Consortium Annual Meeting Travel Award, 2003 & 2006
University Alumni Scholarship, Southeast University (China), 1993
Best Graduate Award, Nanjing University of Technology (China), 1991
 Research Interests
  My research interests are earthquake engineering, structure dynamics and mechanics, with an emphasis on the modeling, analysis and protection of structural systems under seismic excitations. The main goals of my research are to understand the seismic performance of bridges and buildings by experiments and model-based simulations; to develop seismic response models and analysis procedures validated by measurements from instrumented structures; to improve the structural performance and mitigate earthquake hazards by using innovative devices, systems and technologies.

I have worked on various research topics that dealt with seismic response of structures and their foundations. My recent research activities include seismic response analysis of highway bridges, development of advanced simulation tools for soil-structure interaction analysis, seismic protection of highway bridges using passive energy dissipation devices, numerical and experimental investigation of complex shear wall behavior, rocking response and overturning of rigid bodies (non-structural components) under seismic excitation, and time-domain visco-elastic analysis of earth structures.
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