Jack P. Moehle



Ed and Diane Wilson Presidential Professor of Structural Engineering

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of California, Berkeley



BSCE (1977), MSCE (1978), Ph.D. (1980)

Department of Civil Engineering/College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Professional Activities

Licensed Civil Engineer, State of California

Consulting and review boards for several transit systems, older existing construction, and high rise buildings worldwide and including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Chair of the American Concrete Institute Building Code Committee (ACI 318)



Huber Research Prize, ASCE, 1990

Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), 1990

Roy W. Carlson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, 1993-1998

Alfred E. Lindau Award, ACI/Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, March 1998

Delmar E. Bloem Distinguished Service Award, ACI, March 2001

Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, April-May 2002.

The Annual Distinguished Lecture Award, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 2005

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Honorary Member, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, 2006

Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research, ACI, 2007.

Arthur J. Boase Award, Concrete Research Council, ACI, 2008.

President’s Award, Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council, 2008.

Fellow, Structural Engineers Association of California, 2008

Outstanding Paper Award, Earthquake Spectra, 2009

Award of Excellence (SEAONC and SEAOC) Tall Buildings Initiative Guidelines on Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings, 2011

Helmut Krawinkler Award, SEAONC, 2014

National Academy of Engineering, election year 2014

Academia de Ingeniería Mexico, Académico Correspondiente, election year 2015

Fellow, Structural Engineers Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2015

Exceptional Public- and Private-Sector Research and Development Program, Tall Building Seismic Design Guidelines, ATC/SEI Award, 2015.

Selected Publications

T. Nagae, W. M. Ghannoum, J. Kwon, K. Tahara, K. Fukuyama, T. Matsumori, H. Shiohara, T. Kabeyasawa, S. Kono, M. Nishiyama, R. Sause, J. W. Wallace, and J. P. Moehle, “Design Implications of a Large-Scale Shaking Table Test on a Four-Story Reinforced Concrete Building,” ACI Structural Journal, March 2015, V. 112, No. 2, pp. 135-146. DOI: 10.14359/51687421

Panagiotis H. Galanis and Jack P. Moehle, “Development of Collapse Indicators for Risk Assessment of Older-Type Reinforced Concrete Buildings,” Earthquake Spectra, November 2015, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 1991-2006. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/080613EQS225M

Tea Visnjic, Marios Panagiotou, and Jack P. Moehle, “Seismic Response of Tall Reinforced Concrete Special Moment Resisting Frame Buildings Designed with Current Code Provisions,” Earthquake Spectra, May 2015, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 869-893. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/082112EQS267M

Zeynep T. Değer, Tony Y. Yang, John W. Wallace and Jack Moehle, “Seismic performance of reinforced concrete core wall buildings with and without moment resisting frames,” The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, V. 24, No. 7, May 2015, Pages: 477–490, DOI: 10.1002/tal.1175

B. Bayhan, J. P. Moehle, S. Yavari, K. J. Elwood, S. H. Lin, C. L. Wu and S. J. Hwang, “Seismic Response of a Concrete Frame with Weak Beam-Column Joints,” Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 31, No. 1, February, 2015, pp. 293-315. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/071811EQS179M

Yavari S., K.J. Elwood, C.-L. Wu, S.-H. Lin, S.-J. Hwang, and J. P. Moehle, “Shaking Table Tests on Reinforced Concrete Frames without Seismic Detailing,” ACI Structural Journal, V. 110, No. 6, November, 2013, DOI 10.14359/51686155.

“Rotation-Based Shear Failure Model for Lightly Confined Reinforced Concrete Columns,” Wassim M. Ghannoum and Jack P. Moehle, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, V. 138, No. 10, October 2012, pp. 1267-1278. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000555.

“Performance assessment of tall concrete core-wall building designed using two alternative approaches,” T. Y. Yang, J. P. Moehle, Y. Bozorgnia, F. Zareian and J. W. Wallace, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, Volume 41, Issue 11, September 2012, Pages: 1515–1531. DOI: 10.1002/eqe.2219 

“Demonstration of a Practical Method for Seismic Performance Assessment of Structural Systems,” T.Y. Yang, Bozidar Stojadinovic, and J.P. Moehle, Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 28, No. 2, May 2012, pp. 811-829.

“Dynamic Collapse Analysis of a Concrete Frame Sustaining Column Axial Failures,” Wassim M. Ghannoum and Jack P. Moehle, ACI Structural Journal, V. 109, No. 3, May-June 2012, pp. 403-412.

“Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings,” (R. Hamburger, J. Moehle, et al., Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.

“Seismic Behavior and Modeling of Flat-Plate Gravity Framing in Tall Buildings,” T. Yang, G. Hurtado, and J. Moehle, 9th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Toronto, July 2010.

“Seismic Design of Cast-in-Place Concrete Diaphragms, Chords, and Collectors: a Guide for Practicing Engineers,” J. Moehle, J. Hooper, D. Kelly, T. Meyer, NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 3, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2009.

 “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Special Moment Frames: A Guide for Practicing Engineers,” J. Moehle, J. Hooper, C. Lubke, NEHRP Seismic Design Tech. Brief No. 1, National Inst. of Standards and Technology, 2008

“Update to ASCE/SEI 41 Concrete Provisions, KJ Elwood, AB Matamoros, JW Wallace, DE Lehman, JA Heintz, AD Mitchell, MA Moore, MT Valley, LN Lowes, CD Comartin, and JP Moehle, Earthquake Spectra, EERI, V 23, N 3, August 2007, pp. 493–523

“Seismic Analysis, Design, and Review for Tall Buildings,” J. Moehle, The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, V. 15, No. 5, 15 December 2006, pp. 495-513.