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Dr. Roberto T. Leon is the David H. Burrows Professor of Engineering in the Via Department of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Leon earned his BSCE from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his MSCE from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Over a 25 year career in experimental structural engineering, his research interests have centered on dynamic behavior and design of composite and hybrid steel-concrete structures, composite action in beam-slab systems, bond of reinforcement under cyclic loads, testing of full-scale and model structures in the laboratory, and field instrumentation of structures.

Dr. Leon has been/is extensively involved in technical committees, including the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee (BSSC/PUC), the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) TC-5 Composite Design, TC-9 Seismic Design, the Committee on Specification, and American Concrete Institute Committees 408 (Bond and Development length) and 352 (Beam-Column Joints). He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, the co-author of a book on composite construction, a non-technical book on bridges and tunnels, and is the author and co-author of over 90 articles in refereed journals.

Dr. Leon is a Past President of the SEI Board of Governors and is on the Boards of Direction of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Earthquake Engineering Institute (EERI). He is a Fellow of ASCE, ACI and IABSE.

Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASC
SEI Fellow Since 2012