Dr. Rajesh RupakhetyDr. Rajesh Rupakhety is an Associate Professor at the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Iceland and director of research at EERC, University of Iceland. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Tribhuwan Univeristy, Nepal; MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology from University of Pavia, Italy and University of Patras, Greece; and a PhD in Earthquake Engineering from University of Iceland. He has worked as a professional structural engineer designing and constructing buildings, roads, and elevated water towers. Areas of his main academic interest are solid and fluid mechanics, structural analysis and design, engineering seismology, and earthquake engineering. Within the fields of solid and fluid mechanics, he has hands on experience in design and construction of hydropower systems. He has professional and research experience in analysis and design of structures for seismic action. In engineering seismology, his research activities include processing of strong motion data, modelling of inelastic response spectra, theoretical and empirical ground motion modelling and prediction, modelling of ground motion random field, quantification of near-fault ground motion, local site effects and soil amplification, and most recently formulation of rotation-invariant ground motion parameters. He is also active in use of historical and macroseismic data, probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard assessment, and seismic hazard assessment for facilities storing hazardous mining waste. Dr. Rupakhety is currently working on advanced structural dynamics research projects such as stochastic dynamic analysis of submerged floating tunnels, seismic response of large-span suspension bridges, and dynamic response of offshore structures to various environmental loads modelled as random fields. In earthquake engineering, Dr. Rupakhety is actively researching seismic design methods and codes, code limitations, quantification of seismic design loads.  His primary teaching activities are in continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, finite element analysis, structural dynamics, stochastic processes and random vibration, earthquake engineering 1 (engineering seismology), earthquake engineering 2 (seismic design), soil structure interaction, signal processing of strong-motion data, and computer applications in advanced earthquake engineering problems.