Masayoshi Nakashima, Ph.D., M.ASCE, professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his large-scale dynamic testing of buildings, which has advanced structural earthquake engineering.
Nakashima, who earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering at Lehigh University in 1981, is involved in the research activities of various organizations, including the Architectural Institute of Japan, the Japan Society of Steel Construction, and the American Institute of Steel Construction. His fields of research include inelastic, stability, and collapse behavior of steel members and frames, seismic analysis and design of steel building structures, development of experimental techniques for simulation of earthquake responses of large structural systems, and seismic design of base-isolated buildings.
Past director of the Hyogo Earthquake Engineering Research Center (E-Defense) at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) from 2004 to 2011, he also serves as a member of Japan’s peer-review panels for highrise and base-isolated buildings. One of the contributing authors of the book Grand Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research, Nakashima was also past editor of the International Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics.