Sashi Kunnath is Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Davis (UCD). He received his undergraduate degree from Bangalore University (India), his Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) and his PhD at the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York. His research interests include performance-based seismic engineering, nonlinear modeling of structural behavior and structural response evaluation under extreme loads. He has published over 200 technical papers and reports, chaired and/or co-chaired international symposia, technical sessions at international conferences and workshops, and delivered invited/keynote lectures in China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Slovenia and Thailand. He has served on numerous technical committees of ASCE and ACI including the SEI/ASCE Standards committee on Disproportionate Collapse and ACI Committee 377, Performance-Based Structural Integrity & Resilience of Concrete Structures. He formerly served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering (2003 – 2010) and also chaired the ASCE Technical Administrative Committee on Dynamic Effects and the Technical Committee on Seismic Effects. He has received various research and service awards including: the 2012 Norman Medal from ASCE, the Richard Torrens Award in 2009, the Raymond Reese Research Prize from ASCE in 2008, and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Structural Research Award in 2001. He is Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (2007), the American Society of Civil Engineers (2010) and the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (2013).