Andrew S. Whittaker, PE, SE, is the Director of the Institute of Bridge Engineering, and a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Whittaker joined UB in 2001, and received his PhD in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. Whittaker’s research interests are broad and include earthquake and blast engineering of long-span bridges, buildings and nuclear structures. The National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Highway Administration, and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission fund his research. He consults to federal agencies, regulators, consultancies, contractors, and utilities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.