Finley A. Charney is a Professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2001, Dr. Charney had more than 20 years of professional experience in structural engineering, with an emphasis on the analysis, design, and behavior of structures subjected to wind and earthquake loads. He maintains a limited consulting practice through his firm, Advanced Structural Concepts, Inc.
Dr. Charney teaches graduate level university courses in structural analysis, structural dynamics, and earthquake engineering. He also participates in the development and teaching of several professional earthquake engineering seminars, including a variety of courses for FEMA, the U.S. Corps of Engineers Prospect Course, and most recently ASCE continuing education course Seismic Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. He is author of the book Seismic Loads: A Guide to the Seismic Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10. Dr. Charney has also contributed to training materials distributed by FEMA, including FEMA 751, The NEHRP Provisions Recommended Provisions: Design Examples. He has created a number of popular computer programs for earthquake engineering education, including NONLIN, NONLIN-Pro, and EQ-Tools.
Dr. Charney is an active member of ASCE and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He is a voting member of the ASCE 7 seismic subcommittee. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley.