Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) at Rice University, is the recipient of the 2017 IASSAR Early Achievement Research Award, given every four years by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability.
The award goes to researchers who are “at early stages of their careers and generally below 40 years of age,” and recognizes “contributions to and impact on the field of structural safety and reliability.” Dueñas-Osorio’s research focuses on computational and theoretical models for structure and infrastructure system reliability, resilience and risk assessment in the context of natural hazards, deterioration and complex operation.
He earned his Ph.D. in CEE from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005 and joined the Rice faculty the following year. Dueñas-Osorio received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to investigate risk-mitigation principles for smart utility systems in 2008, and the Outstanding Earthquake Spectra Paper of 2013 award by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) for his contribution titled, “Calibration and Validation of a Seismic Damage Propagation Model for Interdependent Infrastructure Systems.”
He is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the EERI, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the Network Science Society. Dueñas-Osorio received the IASSAR award during the twelfth international conference on structural safety and reliability (ICOSSAR) held Aug. 6-10 in Vienna, Austria.