j. E. Luco

Professor/Chair, Structural Engineering




Earthquake engineering, strong motion seismology, soil structure interaction

Professor Luco is an expert in earthquake engineering, and structural and soil dynamics He uses computational modeling and large-scale testing to evaluate the behavior and interaction of structures and soils during seismic events. Luco has developed active vibration control mechanisms for tall buildings, and has used systems identification techniques to determine changes in structural behavior.

Capsule Bio:

Prior to coming to UCSD in 1974, J. Enrique Luco was a senior research fellow at Caltech. A former associate dean at the Jacobs School, Luco was awarded the Walter L. Huber, Civil Engineering Research Prize from the ASCE in 1986. His research interests are in the areas of earthquake engineering, and structural and soil dynamics. Luco in a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, Structural Engineering (1969)
  • Civil Engineer, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, Structural Engineering (1967)

Awards:

  • Walter L. Huber, Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE, 1986
  • Ismael Valdes Valdes Award, Instituto de Ingenieros de Chile, 1969
  • Marcos Orrego Puelma Award, Instituto de Ingenieros de Chile, 1968

Selected Publications:

  • Luco, J.E., and F.C.P. de Barros., (1998). "Seismic Response of a Pipeline Embedded in a Layered Medium," Proceedings, UJNR Workshop on Soil-Structure Interaction; pp. 25-1 to 25-51.
  • Luco, J.E., (1999). "Equivalent 1-DOF Model for Structural control Including Soil-Structure Interaction Effects," Proceedings, UJNR Workshop on Soil-Structure Interaction; pp. 24-1 to 24-32.
  • Murakami, H. and J.E. Luco (Editors), (1998). “Engineering Mechanics -- a Force for the 21st Century”, Proceedings, 12th Engineering Mechanics Conference, ASCE, La Jolla, California.
  • Luco, J.E., and F.C.P. de Barros., (1998). "Optimal Damping Between Two Adjacent Elastic Structures," Vol. 17, pp. 649-659.
  • Luco, J.E., (1998). "A Simple Model for Structural Control Including Soil-Structure Interaction Effects," Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics," Vol. 27, pp. 649-659.
  • Luco, J.E., and F.C.P. de Barros, (1998). "Control of Seismic Response of a Composite Tall Building Modeled by Two Interconnected Shear Beams," Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 17, pp. 205-242.
  • Luco, J.E., (1996). Foreward to "Finite-Element Modelling of Unbounded Media," by J.P. Wolf and C. Song, John Wiley & Sons.

j. Luco
Office Phone:
858-534-4338
Institute Affiliation:
Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories


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