C. Allin Cornell

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C. Allin Cornell
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C.A. Cornell while at Stanford University
Born (1938-09-19)19 September 1938
Palo Alto, California, USA
Died December 14, 2007(2007-12-14) (aged 69)
Residence Portola Valley, California, USA
Nationality United States
Fields Earthquake engineering
Institutions Stanford University
MIT
Alma mater Stanford University
Doctoral advisor Jack Benjamin
Doctoral students R. Corotis, R.K. Maguire,
E. Vanmarcke, D. Veneziano
Known for Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis
Notable awards Norman Medal (1983,2003)
H.F. Reid Medal (2001)
G.W. Housner Medal (2003)

C. (Carl) Allin Cornell (September 19, 1938 – December 14, 2007) was a civil engineer who made important contributions to reliability theory and earthquake engineering and, along with Dr. Luis Esteva, developed the field of Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis in 1968.[1]

Biography[edit]

Cornell was born in Mobridge, South Dakota in 1938. He received his A.B. in architecture in 1960 and M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1961 and 1964 respectively, all at Stanford University. He held a professorship at the MIT from 1964 to 1983, and in 1983 became a Research Professor at Stanford University. He was awarded the Moisseiff Award (1977), two Norman Medals (1983, 2003), and the Fruedenthal Medal (1988) from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He also received the Harry Fielding Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in 2001, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Housner Medal in 2003. He was a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (2002) and Member of the National Academy of Engineering (1981).[2][3][4] His wife is Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, currently (2009) chair of Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and one of his five children is Eric Allin Cornell Nobel Laureate in Physics.

He is best known for his 1968 seminal paper "Engineering Seismic Risk Analysis" that started the field of Probabilistic Seismic Hazard analysis (PSHA), his work in reliability especially on second-moment methods and reliability-based code calibration, and his development of the probabilistic framework for performance-based earthquake engineering that became the unifying equation of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. His 1971 book, Probability, Statistics, and Decision for Civil Engineers (coauthored with Jack Benjamin), exposed an entire generation of civil and structural engineering students to the field of probabilistic modeling and decision analysis, and remains a standard reference for students and researchers to this day.

As of 2011, the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) has renamed its quadrennial scientific recognition award as the C. Allin Cornell Award,[5] in honor of its first recipient.

Students[edit]

Jack Baker (Ph.D.) Hugh Banon (M.Sc.) Paolo Bazzurro (Ph.D.) Jorge Carballo (Ph.D.)
Peter Chu-Chuan Tsai (Ph.D.) Ross Corotis (Ph.D.) Rabi De (Ph.D.) Mike Fardis (M.Sc.)
LeRoy Fitzwater (Ph.D.) Mircea Grigoriu (Ph.D.) Yves Guenard (Ph.D.) Ron Harichandran (M.Sc.)
Shou Nien Hou (Ph.D.) Yaacob Ibrahim (Ph.D.) Iunio Iervolino (M.Sc.) Takashi Inoue (M.Sc.)
Fatemeh Jalayer (Ph.D.) Ashish Karamchandani (Ph.D.) Bob Kilcup (Ph.D.) Rich Larrabee (Ph.D.)
Nicolas Luco (Ph.D.) Lance Manuel (Ph.D.) Yuji Nakamura (M.Sc.) Robin McGuire (Ph.D.)
Hanz Merz (M.Sc.) Jong Peir (Ph.D.) Douglas Schmucker (Ph.D.) Robert Sewell (Ph.D.)
Nilesh Shome (Ph.D.) Keto Soosaar (Ph.D.) Gabriel Toro (Ph.D.) Polsak Tothong (Ph.D.)
Dimitrios Vamvatsikos (Ph.D.) Erik Vanmarcke (Ph.D.) Daniele Veneziano (Ph.D.) Shen-Chyun Wu (Ph.D.)
Gee Liek Yeo (Ph.D.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cornell C.A. (1968). Engineering Seismic Risk Analysis. "Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America", 58(5):1583-1606.
  2. ^ Corotis R.B. (2008). In Memoriam - C. Allin Cornell. "Structural Safety", 30:181-182. doi:10.1016/j.strusafe.2008.01.001
  3. ^ Corotis R.B., McGuire R.K., Baecher G.B. (2009). Eminent Structural Engineer: Dr C. Allin Cornell (1938-2007). "Structural Engineering International", 2:220-221. http://www.elearning-iabse.org/board/EminentEng/C.%20Allin%20Cornell_2_2009.pdf
  4. ^ McGuire R.K., Hanks T.C., Baker J.W. (2008). Eminent Structural Engineer: Dr C. Allin Cornell (1938-2007). "Earthquake Spectra", 24(2):559-562. http://scitation.aip.org/getpdf/servlet/GetPDFServlet?filetype=pdf&id=EASPEF000024000002000559000001&idtype=cvips
  5. ^ CERRA awards. http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/projects/cerra/CERRA_Awards.html

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