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      Omar A. Jaradat, Ph.D., P.E., DPE, M.ASCE

      is a leading industry expert in the area of seismic research, design, and construction of structural systems, with a focus on marine structures. With over 25 years of project experience as a practicing engineer, he specializes in earthquake engineering, soilstructure interaction and non-linear structural analysis, which is required for design and construction in high seismic regions of the world.

      Dr. Jaradat has co-authored the development and update of port-wide, performancebased seismic design criteria that supplements existing waterfront codes and standards at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California. He has also authored and coauthored many papers and led several technical sessions on earthquake engineering, marine structures, and the elastic behavior of concrete columns.

      Throughout his career, he has served on several national and international technical committees responsible for developing code standards for the analysis and design of earthquake-resistant structures. He is a diplomat for ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI), chairperson for ASCE Standard for Piers and Wharves, and a ember of ASCE 61-19 Standards for the Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves as well as the ASCE 7-10 Seismic subcommittee.

      In addition, Dr. Jaradat, a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), has directed an experimental program at the University of California at San Diego to study the seismic behavior of concrete decks supported by vertical pile systems. For the past 10 years he has worked at Moffatt & Nichol, a global infrastructure advisory firm, where he leads the Structures Practice in southern California.