Plenary and Keynote Speakers

PLENARY SPEAKERS


Dr. Vilas Mujumdar is an independent consulting engineer since 2009. Previously he was CEO, President, and Partner in many large engineering firms and served at the highest-level in Public Sector; Chief of Operations, Division of State Architect, State of California; Director, Engineering Research Centers Program - Natural Hazards, at the National Science Foundation (NSF). His professional experience includes Design, Project Management, Research and Teaching, and Research Management in Asia, Europe, Canada and the US. He is a recipient of many awards and recognitions nationally and internationally. Some awards are: Kenneth Row award- American Association of Engineering Societies (2016), NSF Director’s Award (2009); NSF Outstanding Service Award (2008); NEES Community Visionary award (2005); Special recognition from California Governor “for making a significant contribution to enhancing seismic safety in California”(1999). Won many international awards for Building Projects in the private industry. Vilas has served, on ASCE  Board of Direction, the Board of Direction of The Masonry Society, on the Board other Professional Societies, and as a Trustee of the ASCE Foundation. He is recognized internationally for his leadership and contribution to integrated trans-disciplinary work in reducing natural hazard risks, and is involved globally, in addressing resilience and sustainability issues. He was Chief Engineering Editor for Natural Hazards Review (2009-2015), an ASCE multi-hazard, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Mujumdar has authored two books, guidelines, numerous reports and manuals and over 75 technical papers and has given over 30 keynote lectures at international conferences.