Durgesh C. Rai




Department of Civil Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Kanpur 208016

Office: Structural Engineering Laboratory, Workshop II
Phone: 91 - 512 - 2597717 (O); 2598236 (R)
Fax: 91 - 512 - 2597395/7794
Email: dcrai@iitk.ac.in


Dr Durgesh Rai is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Prior to joining IIT Kanpur, he was a research fellow at the University of Michigan (1996-1997), and on the faculty of the Department of Earthquake Engineering at IIT Roorkee (1997-2001). His research interests are in the design and behaviour of structures under earthquake loads, experimental investigations, supplemental damping, seismic rehabilitation, masonry structures and seismic design codes. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences in the area of structural and earthquake engineering. He received the 2021 John B. Scalzi Research Award from The Masonry Society, USA for an outstanding, lifetime contribution to masonry research; the 2000 Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (USA) for innovative approaches to earthquake risk mitigation and retrofit, and public entrepreneurship in code development, continuing education and improved standards to reduce future earthquake risk; and the Young Engineer Award from the Indian National Academy of Engineering (1999), among others. He is also elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (2010). Dr. Rai received a B.E. (Honors) from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli (1989), an M.S. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman (1992), and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1996). He is the Coordinator of the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at IIT Kanpur since 2009 and a Director of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) since 2021. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, the official journal of IAEE.

Field of Specialization:  
Earthquake Engineering / Structural Engineering
Professional Focus:

Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics.

Dynamic and inelastic behaviour of structures, Masonry structures, Steel-Reinforced Concrete Composite Structures, Experimental investigations of large-scale structural sub-systems, Small-scale modeling of structural systems for real time dynamic testing, Supplemental damping & energy dissipation devices, Seismic evaluation and rehabilitation, Seismic qualification testing on shake tables and earthquake damage surveys and seismic design codes .


Courses I teach or have taught recently

CE 272: Structural Analysis CE 621: Advanced Structural Analysis
ES0202: Mechanics of Solids CE 622: Theory of Plates and Shells
CE 371: Design in steel structure CE 623: Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering
CE 371: Structural Design - I (Steel) CE 625: Masonry Structures
CE 372: Reinforced Concrete Design CE 627: Advanced Steel Design
CE 471: Special Topics in Structural Design CE 629: Earthquake & Design of Structures
CE 423: Introduction to Earthquake Engineering CE 626: Earthquake Engineering
CE 620: Structural Dynamics    


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NICEE, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur