Clifford C. Furnas Eminent Professor Emeritus


Department of Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering
142 Ketter Hall
University at BuffaloBuffalo, NY 14260-4300
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Williamsville, NY 14221-3522

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Dr. Andrei Reinhorn, Professor Emeritus, is a former Professor of Structural Engineering at University at Buffalo for 33 years.  He was educated at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology where he obtained the undergraduate and graduate degrees (1968, 1978, resp.).

A structural engineer and professor of civil engineering, he is experienced in structural dynamics, testing, analysis, design and development of structural systems, advanced vibration reduction systems and vibration control for seismic retrofit. Dr. Andrei Reinhorn has conducted research on the seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing structural systems, including buildings, bridges and special structures using conventional and innovative structural control.   Dr. Reinhorn has directed multiple research experiments investigating the behavior of structures under dynamic loads near collapse.  He carried pioneering experiments of actively controlled structures and developed design procedures for controlled systems with active or passive damping components. Experienced in implementation and testing of several active control systems, such as active bracings and mass dampers, with novel control strategies of fuzzy sets and nonlinear feedback, he developed numerous analytical methods for evaluation and analysis of structures in damage state without and with control systems.   For the last six years he has worked on defining and quantifying seismic resilience of structures including technical and organizational aspects.

Prof. Reinhorn lead the design and construction of the large seismic shaking table at University at Buffalo and developed the seismic laboratory operations. He lead the expansion of the $21M large scale dynamic testing system and networking of University at Buffalo Equipment Site of NSF's George E. Brown Jr. Network of Earthquake Engineering Simulation (UB-NEES).  He is a past-director of the SEESL which supports services for the UB's Department of Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), for the Multidisciplinary Center for Extreme-events Engineering (MCEER), for George E. Brown Jr. Network of Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and for industry research and development. 

Past academic positions include lecturer and visiting fellowship at Technion- IIT/Haifa, Israel and junior to senior positions (including Department Chairman) at University at Buffalo (SUNY). Taught design of reinforced concrete structures, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, experimental dynamics methods and structure analysis. Member of the executive committee of Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), lead several projects on seismic evaluations.

Experienced in structural dynamics and engineering as employee of various firms in Israel (Israeli Army Corps of Engineers, Milstein and Singer Engineers) and in US (Fruchtbaum Engineers) and as independent consultant (Reinhorn Consulting Engineers). Experience include seismic evaluations of existing buildings / bridges and retrofit using advanced techniques of vibration control, energy dissipation, base isolations and combinations of conventional concrete technologies and epoxy based coatings. Additional experience in design, construction and site inspections of residential and industrial buildings. Special experience in structural design of machine tools and instrumentation. Holding two US patents related to machine tools and diagnostic systems.

Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in New York State and in Israel. Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Current member of ACI committees on seismic loadings and on use of computers, of ASCE committees on structural control and seismic effects and of EERI committee on experimental research. Former President of ASCE/Buffalo Section and chair of ASCE/structural control committee. Technical Program Chairman of 7th National Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Boston, 2002

Received several professional awards, i.e. 2015 ASCE Moisseiff Award, 2011 ASCE/SEI/EMI Nathan M. Newmark Medal, 2007 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity, 2006 UB - University at Buffalo Sustained Achievement Award, 2005 NEES Outstanding Service Award - for development of NEES Data Sharing and Archiving Policies, 2005 ASCE/CERF Charles Pankow Award for Innovation- “Coupled Truss Walls with Damped Link Elements” (with WSF Cantor-Seinuk, with E.M. Romero(SA), with Taylor Devices Inc, with UB / SUNY- joint with M.C. Constantinou,   2002 Engineer of the Year Award NYSPE (2002) 1996-Outstanding Achievements Award - Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council: "For outstanding contributions to the advancement of state-of-the-art in structural analysis techniques" (1996); 1995 - Outstanding Journal Paper Award - Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council: "Seismic Performance Analysis of a Multistory Steel Moment Frame Building Damaged During the 1994 Northridge Earthquake" (1996); 1995-NYSPE/Buffalo Historical Society-Historical Achievement Award: "Active Control Implementation" 1992; Best Paper Award - 3rd World Congress on Joint Sealing and Bearing; Received several educational and administrative awards, i.e. Lady Davis Fellowship/Theresa Palay Manson Lectureship/Technion IIT (1991); Educator of the Year Award, NYSPE (1991); ASCE Award for outstanding service (1983,1984).

Published 3 books, more than 200 papers in archival journals and edited books and more than 500 papers in conference proceedings and extended professional reports. Authored three computer platforms (IDARC, 3D-BASIS and NSPECTRA) for evaluation of structures and for base isolation analysis, respectively, for national and international distribution. Received and managed grants from NSF, (N)MCEER and private industries in excess of fifteen million dollars. He was senior Project Investigator of $21M NSF/NEES expansion and of the $7.5M maintenance-operations grant. Advised, supervised and graduated 39 PhD and 35 MS students and, supervised and instructed 27 post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars from US and overseas universities

Details of his performance can be found in the extended curriculum vitae: