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Michael O’Rourke, Ph.D., P.E., received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. During most of his 38 years on the faculty in Civil Engineering at Rensselaer, he has been involved in research on snow loading on roofs, and the effects of earthquakes on buried pipeline.

The snow load research has been sponsored by U.S. Army CRREL, the National Bureau of Standards, and the National Science Foundation among others. Dr. O’Rourke has been a member of ASCE 7 Snow Load Committee since 1978 and has been chair since 1997. He is the author of the Snow Load Guides (ASCE Press) on the proper application of the ASCE 7 snow provisions, and has presented numerous ASCE webinars on snow load topics. He was the 2011 recipient of the ASCE/SEI Walter P. More Award.

His lifeline earthquake engineering research has been sponsored primarily by NSF. He is the lead author of two MCEER Monographs on the Seismic Behavior of Buried Pipelines and was the 2001 recipient of the ASCE C. Martin Duke Award.

Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2012