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Erik Vanmarcke
Erik Vanmarcke

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
M.Sc., University of Delaware, 1967
B.Sc., University of Leuven, Belgium, 1965

Room: E222 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-5896

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Class of 2013
  • Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal, Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE, 2012
  • Kwang-hua Chair Visiting Professorship, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 2010-12
  • Chair Professorship (Visiting), National Taiwan University of Science & Technology, 2008
  • Distinguished Probabilistic Methods Educator Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2002
  • Distinguished Alumnus for 1994, University of Delaware School of Engineering, 1994
  • Elected Member (Foreign), Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of Belgium, 1999
  • Visiting Senior Scientist Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1991
  • Shimizu Visiting Professorship, Stanford University, 1990-91
  • Walter L. Huber Research Prize, ASCE, 1984
  • Gilbert W. Winslow Professorship, M.I.T., 1974-1977
  • Raymond C. Reese Research Award, ASCE, 1975
  • 23 Keynote Lectures, since 1977, Listed in CV (see above)

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Member, Faculty Affiliated with the Bendheim Center for Finance
  • Member, Academic Committee of the Program in Robotics and Intelligent Systems
  • Member, Faculty Affiliated with Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Member, Faculty Affiliated with Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)


Research Areas

  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Mechanics, Materials & Structures
  • Risk Assessment

Research Interests

Professor Vanmarcke’s research interests include: stochastic systems; random fields and random media; risk assessment and management; seismic risk and earthquake ground motions; hurricanes and related economic losses under various climate change scenarios; wind-related debris damage; geologic hazards and probabilistic site characterization; dam safety; structural reliability; random vibrations; optimum design based on reliability; modeling the energy density fluctuations in the early universe and the formation of cosmic structure.

Updated: February 22, 2017