Retirement Symposium



Celebrating the Career of

Anil K. Chopra

Horace, Dorothy and Katherine Johnson Professor of Engineering Emeritus

Oct. 2-3, 2017

University of California, Berkeley campus


Professor Anil K. ChopraWe are pleased to announce a Retirement Symposium and Celebration honoring the Career of Professor Anil K. Chopra to take place on Oct. 2-3, 2017. In 2015, Professor Chopra retired after 46 years of service on the faculty of UC Berkeley. Professor Chopra has an impressive list of contributions in earthquake engineering including fundamental technical knowledge, teaching and instruction, and consulting. He is well known around the world for his popular and accessible textbook, Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, first published in 1995, and updated in 2001, 2007, 2012 and 2017. His impressive list of awards include: election to the National Academy of Engineering (1984); recipient of American Society of Civil Engineers Nathan M. Newmark Medal (1993), the Norman Medal (2014, 2001, 1991 and 1979), the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize (1989), and the Walter L. Huber Research Prize (1975); recipient of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Housner Medal (2002). He has been recognized by the magazine International Water, Power & Dam Construction as among the "60 most influential people in the hydropower and dams industry who helped shape the course of the global hydro and dams business over the last 60 years", and among “the 20 people who have made the biggest difference in the dam engineering sector over the past ten years.” He is also the long-time general editor of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, the premier international journal of the field. This is only a small list of his accomplishments, demonstrating that he has been integral to the rapid advancement during the past half-century of earthquake engineering.

If you have any questions regarding the Symposium, please send an email to or call her at 510-665-3437.


For more information, see the event details on the PEER website.