Ricardo Dobry, Ph.D.

Institute Professor,
Director of the Geotechnical Centrifuge Research Center.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, United States
Email: dobryr@rpi.edu

Ricardo Dobry studied at the University of Chile, UNAM (Mexico) and MIT. He is an Institute Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA, where he is also Director of the Geotechnical Centrifuge Research Center. His research interests include soil dynamics, geotechnical earthquake engineering and geotechnical dynamic centrifuge testing. He was a participant of the group that wrote the new seismic provisions on local site amplification in the 1990’s now incorporated in U.S. building codes. He has written more than 200 technical papers and research reports and has directed 40 PhD and MS theses at Rensselaer. Recent consulting projects include seismic retrofitting of large bridges in New York City (NYC), seismic guidelines for design of new bridges in NYC, and design of the Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece. Dobry has been an invited state-of-the-art and keynote speaker at many international meetings, including the Third Ishihara Lecture in 2011. He earned the J. James Croes Medal of ASCE in 1985, and was elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2004. He also received the 2014 ISET Shamsher Prakash Award for Significant Contributions in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering from the Indian Society of Earthquake Technology.