Dr. Sri Sritharan joined the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University
as an Assistant Professor in December 1999. He became an Associate Professor in 2005 and Full Professor in 2010. He served as the Director
of Graduate Education (DOGE) and Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Affairs for the CCEE department from 2007 to 2012, and the faculty
Lead for the Wind Energy Initiative of the College of
Engineering from 2011 to 2014. He became the Grace Miller Wilson and T. A. Wilson Endowed Engineering Professor in 2008.
Dr. Sritharan earned his BSc degree with First class Honors in civil engineering from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka
and MS degree with Distinction from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Prior to pursuing his PhD at the University of
California at San Diego (UCSD), he worked as a Scientist in the Engineering Seismology section of the Institute of Geological
and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) in New Zealand for more than four years. His work at GNS focused in the areas of microzonation,
attenuation of ground motions and understanding the behaviour of instrumented structures subjected to earthquake loading.
He received his PhD in Structural Engineering in 1998 under the guidance of Professor M. J. Nigel Priestley. Prior to
joining Iowa State University, he served as an Assistant Project Scientist at UCSD and worked primarily on the PREcast
Seismic Structural Systems (PRESSS) program.
His research interests include Earthquake-resistant design and analysis of
structural systems, soil-foundation structure interaction
(SFSI), Ultra-high performance concrete
(UHPC) and special topics in Wind
Engineering and Wind Energy Systems.
His research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration,
Department of Transportation in Alaska, California, and Iowa, Iowa Energy Center, non-profit institutions, and private industry.