Dr. John Osteraas is a internationally renowned earthquake engineer and heads the Civil Engineering, Buildings and Structures, and Construction Consulting Practices at Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting, California, USA. He specializes in the evaluation of the performance of buildings under extreme loads, including earthquake, wind, flood, landslide, explosion, high-energy impact, and construction failure.
Dr. Osteraas has been a guest lecturer multiple times during the International Graduate Summer Course Series at the EERC. Dr. Osteraas also volunteers as a Structures Specialist with FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue program and has been deployed to New Orleans in 2005, the World Trade Center in 2001, and Oklahoma City in 1995 to assist with search and rescue activities. He was a founding Board Member and Corporate Secretary for Krawinkler Luth and Associates, Inc., a structural design firm, and has held research and consulting positions with the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University, the Counter Quake Corporation, Structural Research Inc., Engineering Research Inc., Marshall Erdman and Associates, and Fel-Pro Energy Systems.
His research has focused on performance of structures under seismic loading and full-scale instrumentation and testing of structures under dynamic loading. Dr. Osteraas’ expertise in structural and earthquake engineering includes structural safety and damage assessment; structural analysis; soil-structure interaction; seismic site response assessment; and analysis and design of wood, steel, concrete, masonry, and composite systems. His geotechnical engineering expertise extends to foundation and retaining structure analysis and design, slope stability analysis, and analysis of soil-structure interaction. Drawing upon his construction experience, he addresses problems of construction failure analysis; design and construction codes and standards; properties, performance, response, and deterioration of construction materials; and repair methodology.