Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental
Engineering, Professor and Chair
Structural and earthquake engineering
Dr. Whittaker is Professor and Chair in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB) and is Director of the NSF-funded NEES facility that is housed in the Department. He is the President of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE), which is a not-for-profit corporation in the United States. The CUREE membership includes 26 research universities and 280+ affiliated faculty. He has served as President of the organization since 2005. Dr. Whittaker has led the development of numerous multi-campus, multidisciplinary proposals including the recently funded, $30M USD NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, which is a joint venture of CUREE and the Applied Technology Council. He developed and now leads the University of Buffalo involvement in three Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with US federal agencies on topics related to blast engineering and infrastructure protection; the lead organizations for the IDIQ contracts are CUBRC and Black and Veatch. Dr. Whittaker served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) from 2008-2010, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) and the Advisory Committee of the Southern California Earthquake Center.