Professor Emeritus Karl V. Steinbrugge

Professor Steinbrugge was very active as a professor, lecturer, researcher and consultant in the fields of structural and earthquake engineering and public risk for more than forty years. He was a licensed civil and structural engineer in the State of California. He was Professor of Structural Design at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design from 1950 until his retirement in 1978 and served a term as acting dean of that College. Concurrently, he was Manager of the Earthquake Department of the Pacific Fire Rating Bureau in San Francisco (later the Insurance Services Office). His work included engineering investigations of potential earthquake damage to structures as well as field studies of earthquakes and their effects around the world. The results of these investigations were published as reports.

He was the first chairman of the California State Seismic Safety Commission (1975-80) and president of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (1968-70). On two occasions he served in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C., helping to formulate earthquake hazard reduction policy. He served as consultant to many local, state, and federal agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and the California Division of Mines and Geology. He published more than 100 articles and becoming a respected authority in his field. One of his best-known works is Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis: An Anatomy of Hazards. In active retirement, he served as consultant to government and the private sector on earthquake hazard evaluation. Born in 1918 in Tucson, Ariz, Professor Steinbrugge passed away on October 9, 2001 at his home in Los Gatos, California.


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