Dr. Mlakar is on sabbatical from the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and serving as the Class of 1953 Distinguished Chair in Civil Engineering at West Point. His focus is on the inclusion of Corps of Engineers activities in the curriculum and enriching the academic program through the mentoring of faculty. He is also actively involving faculty and Cadets in ongoing projects at the ERDC. Since 2003 Dr. Mlakar has been the Army’s Senior Research Scientist for weapons effects and structural dynamics. He conducts original research and guides the overall program in the response of structures to extreme loads at the ERDC. He was a key member of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce that studied the behavior of the New Orleans hurricane protection infrastructure in Katrina. Following the September 11 airliner crash into the Pentagon, Dr. Mlakar was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to lead a study of the structural behavior. The published results of these studies are guiding the engineering profession in designing resilience into critical projects to increase public safety.
Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2013