Dean, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering
Walter J. Zable Professor
Eric & Johanna Reissner Professor of Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering
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Frieder Seible is the Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His responsibilities include strategic planning and operations, School-wide research and education initiatives, academic affairs, and UCSD-wide cooperative programs. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is the Walter J. Zable Professor of Engineering and the Eric and Johanna Reissner Professor of Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering.
Dr. Seible's research achievements include the development of large-scale structural testing techniques, seismic assessment and retrofit of bridges, and the application of Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC) in civil engineering structures. He was the founding director of the Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories, which serve as a worldwide resource for full-scale testing and analysis of structures. Dr. Seible is the chair of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Seismic Advisory Board and has contributed to the Caltrans Bridge Seismic Safety Program through his large scale testing and retrofit research. Dr. Seible is an expert on the seismic safety of transportation structures, in particular large transportation hubs (stations) and elevated track/guideways. He has served on or led national and international committees on bridge reconstruction and retrofit, and serves as a structural engineering consultant on many of the world's long-span bridges. Dr. Seible has received numerous awards for his research and has published more than 500 papers and technical reports mainly related to seismic design of bridges and buildings, as well as blast resistant design of critical structures.
Dr. Seible joined the UCSD faculty in 1983, and served as the founding Chair of the Department of Structural Engineering from 1995 to 2001. As chair, he oversaw the development of the first nationally accredited program in structural engineering. He was appointed Executive Associate Dean of the Jacobs School in 2001, and was subsequently appointed Dean in 2003.
Dr. Seible received a Dpl. Ing. from the University of Stuttgart, a M.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, all in civil engineering.