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S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Structural Engineering (Apr 2013 Aug 2016) : GPA 4.2
S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
Master of Science (MS) in Structural Engineering (Sep 2011 Mar 2013) : GPA 4.2
B IR LA IN ST IT U T E OF T E C H N OL OGY A N D S C IE N C E (B I TS ), PIL A N I , I N DIA
Bachelor of Engineering (BE) (Honors) in Civil Engineering (Aug 2003 Jun 2007) : CGPA 10.0 / 10.0

R ESEARCH E XPERIENCE
U N IV ER S IT Y OF CAN T E R B U RY , C HR ISTC H U RC H , N EW Z E A LA N D
Postdoctoral Fellow (Aug 2016 Present)
Working with Prof. Brendon Bradley to verify and validate common structural modeling techniques,
ranging from concentrated plastic hinge models to more advanced distributed plasticity fiber and
continuum models with soil-structure-interaction, by comparing simulation results to measurements
from instrumented buildings. Findings will be coupled with physics-based ground motion simulations
to further QuakeCoREs Smart Seismic Cities initiative, which will employ large-scale community-level
numerical simulations to inform pre-event planning and post-disaster response efforts.
S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant (Sep 2011 Aug 2016)
Investigated the influence of ground motion duration on the seismic collapse risk of structures, with
Prof. Greg Deierlein and Prof. Jack Baker. Highlighted the need to explicitly consider ground motion
duration in structural performance assessment and design, in addition to response spectral shape.
Demonstrated that structures designed at sites near active subduction zones (e.g., US Pacific
Northwest, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, North India) without considering duration are likely to
possess significantly lower margins of safety against collapse. Developed strategies to explicitly
account for the effect of duration in standards for structural performance assessment and design.
D A N I S H H Y D R AU L I C S I N S T I T U T E ( D H I ) , C O P E N H A G E N , D E N M A R K
Undergraduate Intern (Jan 2007 Jun 2007)
Created a numerical hydrodynamic model to study the flow of water within a commercial
recirculating aquaculture fish tank, using ANSYS ICEM CFD and NS3 (a numerical Navier-Stokes
solver developed in-house at DHI), under the supervision of Dr. Karl Iver Dahl Madsen.
I N DIA N I N ST IT U T E OF TE C H N OL OGY (I I T) M A DR A S, I N DIA
Undergraduate Intern (May 2006 Jul 2006)
Developed code in C++ and Matlab to numerically simulate the slosh dynamics of liquids using
Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), a mesh-free Lagrangian method.
B IR LA IN ST IT U T E OF T E C H N OL OGY A N D S C IE N C E (B I TS ), PIL A N I , I N DIA
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Jan 2006 May 2006)
Studied the feasibility of using Artificial Neural Networks as an alternative to the traditionally used
harmonic analysis to predict tidal levels at a coastal site, under the supervision of Prof. K. Srinivasa
Raju.

J O U R N A L P UB L I C AT I O N S
Chandramohan R, Baker JW, and Deierlein GG (2016). Impact of hazard-consistent ground motion
duration in structural collapse risk assessment. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics 45
(8), pp. 13571379. doi: 10.1002/eqe.2711.
Chandramohan R, Baker JW, and Deierlein GG (2016). Quantifying the influence of ground
motion duration on structural collapse capacity using spectrally equivalent records. Earthquake
Spectra 32 (2), pp. 927950. doi: 10.1193/122813EQS298MR2.

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C O N F E R E N C E P AP E R S
Chandramohan R, Baker JW, and Deierlein GG (2017). Physical mechanisms underlying the
influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse capacity. 16th World Conference on
Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile.
Chandramohan R, Baker JW, and Deierlein GG (2014). Hazard-consistent ground motion
duration: Calculation procedure and impact on structural collapse risk. 10th US National
Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, USA.
Chandramohan R, Baker JW, and Deierlein GG (2013). Influence of ground motion duration on
the collapse response of bridge structures. 7th National Seismic Conference on Bridges and
Highways, Oakland, CA, USA.
Chandramohan R, Lin T, Baker JW, and Deierlein GG (2013). Influence of ground motion spectral
shape and duration on seismic collapse risk. 10th International Conference on Urban Earthquake
Engineering, Tokyo, Japan.

T E C H N I C A L R E P O RT S
Jampole E, Chandramohan R, Frank T, and Bandelt M (2015). Shelter, Retrofit, and Reconstruction
of Housing: A summary of previously used strategies in developing regions applicable for the 2015
Lamjung, Nepal Earthquake. The World Bank, Washington DC, USA.

I N V I T E D L E CT U R E S
Influence of ground motion duration in structural collapse risk assessment and design. Arup, San
Francisco, CA, USA. Mar 2016.
Ground motion duration: Influence on collapse capacity and implications for structural design.
OpenSees Days, Richmond, CA, USA. Aug 2013.

C O N F E R E N C E P R E S E N TAT I O N S
Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. 2nd ATC-SEI Conference on
Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures, San Francisco, CA,
USA. Dec 2015.
Robust and efficient estimation of structural collapse capacity using the central difference time
integration scheme. Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Stanford, CA, USA. Jun 2015.
Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. 6th Kwang-Hua Forum, Shanghai,
China. Dec 2014.
Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. 10th U.S. National Conference on
Earthquake Engineering, Anchorage, AK, USA. Jul 2014.
Influence of ground motion duration on the collapse response of bridge structures. 7th National
Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways, Oakland, CA, USA. May 2013.
Effect of long duration ground motions on structural performance. PEER Annual Meeting,
Berkeley, CA, USA. Oct 2012.

P O ST E R P R E S E N TAT I O N S
Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting,
Taupo, New Zealand. Aug 2016.
Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. SSA Annual Meeting, Reno, NV,
USA. Apr 2016.
Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. EERI Annual Meeting, San
Francisco, CA, USA. Apr 2016.
Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. PEER Annual Meeting, Berkeley,
CA, USA. Jan 2016.
Effect of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk. Blume Center Affiliates Meeting,
Stanford, CA, USA. Feb 2013.
Effect of long duration ground motions on structural performance. PEER Annual Meeting,
Berkeley, CA, USA. Oct 2012.

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REAGAN CHANDRAMOHAN

S ERVICE

TO THE

P ROFESSION

Was part of a student volunteer team that prepared a detailed report, upon request by the World
Bank, summarizing immediate shelter options, and housing retrofit and reconstruction guidelines
following the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal, based on past experience from earthquakes in
developing regions
Peer-reviewed manuscripts for
Earthquake Spectra
Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics
Developed the official LaTeX template for Earthquake Spectra to enable authors to prepare
manuscripts formatted to the journals specifications using LaTeX
Made OpenSees models and Tcl scripts developed as part of doctoral dissertation to efficiently
conduct nonlinear dynamic analyses using the robust central difference time integration scheme
on parallel computers, freely available to the community using an open-source license. The
objective of making these scripts publicly available is to encourage the use of rigorous
computationally intensive analysis procedures in research and practice.
Received the ATC-20 training to conduct post-earthquake safety evaluations of buildings
Professional affiliations
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Seismological Society of America (SSA)
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)
QuakeCoRE, New Zealand

H ONORS

AND

A WARDS

Won the EERI Graduate Student Paper Competition, 2015, with a paper titled A structural
reliability framework for collapse risk assessment incorporating ground motion duration and
response spectral shape. Received an award at the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Awarded the Gerard J. Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University's premier award that recognizes
doctoral students who have demonstrated the potential to become outstanding scholars and
academic leaders (Sep 2015 Aug 2016)
Awarded the Shah Graduate Student Fellowship for research and scholarship in the management
of catastrophic risk (Sep 2014 Aug 2015)
Won the ASCE San Jose Branch Inter-University Student Essay Competition, 2015, with an essay
titled Civil Engineering: The path behind us and the direction forward. Wrote another award
winning entry, titled The Real Civil Engineering Failures, in the 2013 edition of the competition.
Received the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Research Assistantship (Sep 2012
Mar 2013)
Awarded the Stanford School of Engineering Graduate Fellowship (Sep 2011 Jun 2012)
Graduated with the Silver Medal from the BITS Pilani Batch of 2007 (Ranked 2 nd in a batch of over
1000 students)
Awarded the BITS Institute Merit Scholarship for all semesters during undergraduate study (2003
2007)
Ranked 1st in India, in the National Grade XII CBSE Board Examination, 2003

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T EACHING

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M ENTORING E XPERIENCE

S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
Instructor (Jan 2015 Mar 2015)
Taught CEE 282: Nonlinear Structural Analysis, an advanced graduate level course, to a class of 33
students. The course covered the geometric and material nonlinear analysis of framed structures,
including theoretical concepts and applications in stability design and seismic evaluation procedures.
Prepared own course material, including slides and handouts. Mentored students as they worked on
open-ended term projects. Successfully integrated online tools like Piazza (as a discussion forum) and
Gradescope (as an aid for grading exams consistently) into the course. Received overwhelmingly
positive end-quarter feedback, including comments like exceptional at explaining concepts and very
adept at presenting material, encouraged students to think in class by asking questions,
demonstrated deep knowledge of the class material, and best course I've taken so far in my
undergraduate and graduate experience.
S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
Teaching Fellow (Sep 2014 Dec 2014 and Sep 2015 Dec 2015)
Assisted Prof. Gregory Deierlein in teaching CEE 280: Advanced Structural Analysis, an
introductory graduate level course, to a class of 43 students. Was entrusted the task of completely
redesigning the course project that required students to implement a linear elastic analysis of an
arbitrary 3D framed structure in Matlab, using an Object Oriented Programming (OOP) approach.
Presented four lectures describing the different stages of the project. Conducted tutorials to teach
students how to use Matlab, and to introduce the concept of OOP. Challenges included helping
students with little or no prior programming experience, understand and appreciate the philosophy
of OOP.
S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
Teaching Assistant (Jan 2014 Mar 2014)
Assisted Prof. Gregory Deierlein in teaching CEE 282: Nonlinear Structural Analysis, an advanced
graduate level course, to a class of 32 students. Redesigned the programming assignment that
required students to implement a second order elastic analysis of an arbitrary 2D framed structure in
Matlab, using an Object Oriented Programming approach. Presented two lectures introducing and
describing the programming assignment. Other responsibilities included holding office hours,
preparing homework solutions, grading homework assignments, and mentoring students as they
worked on open-ended term projects. Received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the students,
and was thus given the opportunity to teach the course the following year.
S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
PhD mentor (Sep 2013 Present)
Volunteered to mentor three to five incoming Master's students every year, as part of the EERI
student chapter's Meet a PhD program. Advised the students about effectively transitioning from
undergraduate to graduate student life, course planning, time management, funding options, and
future career paths. Also participated on a panel for the CEE 379: Introduction to PhD Studies in
Civil and Environmental Engineering seminar, to discuss life as a PhD student with other
prospective PhD students, and to encourage them to pursue doctoral studies.
B IR LA IN ST IT U T E OF T E C H N OL OGY A N D S C IE N C E (B I TS ), PIL A N I , I N DIA
Teaching Assistant (Aug 2006 Dec 2006)
Assisted Prof. Vinayaka Rao in teaching CE 392: Geodesy, an undergraduate level course, to a class of
62 students. Responsibilities included teaching the students to use surveying equipment, and
supervising their use during field practical sessions.

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P ROFESSIONAL E XPERIENCE
S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y , S TA N F O R D , C A , U SA
System Administrator (Sep 2012 Aug 2016)
Administered the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Centers shared computing facilities,
including five Windows and two Linux workstations. Was responsible for installing, licensing, and
ensuring uninterrupted availability of software like Matlab, Abaqus, Comsol, LS-Dyna, OpenSees, and
ETABS to all graduate students. Was also responsible for hardware maintenance and providing
technical support to users. Developed and implemented a streamlined system, with detailed
documentation, to conduct a number of administrative tasks like creating new user accounts,
installing software, renewing software licenses, and monitoring resource usage. Also devised
methods to automate many of these tasks. Led the movement to migrate all research computing from
personal computers to high-performance distributed clusters like NSF XSEDE and Sherlock, Stanford
University's shared research computing environment.
S C H L U M B E R G E R O I L F I E L D S E R V I C E S , Y O PA L , C O L O M B I A
Senior Wireline Field Engineer (Dec 2007 Apr 2011)
Operated sophisticated tools to take measurements deep inside oil wells using the principles of
nuclear radiation, acoustics, hydraulics, electromagnetic induction, seismic wave transmission, etc.,
in extremely harsh and remote field locations. Worked in a highly technical and multi-disciplinary
setting. Shouldered large responsibilities in the maintenance, calibration, transportation, and
operation of expensive equipment in the field, and the use of radioactive sources, explosives, and
equipment containing high fluid pressure of the order of thousands of psi. Managed a cell of
operators, junior engineers, and trainees, and supervised their training. Was solely responsible for
interacting with clients (e.g. BP, Shell, Chevron, Pemex, Ecopetrol, and Petrobras), and the safe and
successful execution of all field operations.

C OMPUTING S KILLS
Conducting linear and non-linear, static and dynamic structural analyses using OpenSees, ETABS,
SAP2000, and Mastan2; special expertise in conducting large-scale, non-linear dynamic simulations
of structures on high-performance parallel clusters using OpenSees
Programming using Python, Matlab, R, Tcl, C, and C++, and parallel computing using OpenMP, MPI,
CUDA, PP (Parallel Python), and MPI4Py (MPI for Python)
Profiling and optimizing code for performance
Using the Linux environment, linear algebra libraries (BLAS, LAPACK, PETSc), and build
management tools (Autotools, Cmake); creating high-level application interfaces using SWIG
Typesetting using LaTeX

L ANGUAGES S POKEN
English
Hindi
Tamil
Spanish

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