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Faculty of Engineering
Frieder Seible

Frieder Seible

Dean of Engineering & IT
+61 3 990 53419
Room 126, Building 82, Clayton Campus

Professor Frieder Seible is Academic Vice-President (Industry Engagement), Dean of the Engineering Faculty and Dean of the Information Technology Faculty at Monash University. He is an Elected Fellow of the US Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Professor Seible’s expertise is in the analysis and modelling of structures and their behaviour simulation in extreme events such as earthquakes and bomb blasts. His research achievements include over 600 publications and technical reports.

As the Dean of the Faculties of Information Technology and Engineering at Monash University, Professor Seible’s responsibilities include strategic planning and operations, faculty-wide research and education initiatives, academic affairs, and Monash-wide cooperative programs. As an Academic Vice-President, he is responsible for a range of external and internal engagement initiatives at Monash.

Professor Seible is not currently overseeing students or researchers.

Research Interests:

  • From a structural engineering perspective, natural and man-made hazards, e.g. earthquakes and bomb blasts, have many commonalities; most important are the unknown force and deformation demands on our built environment which often lead to local structural damage, and in the absence of redundancy, progressive structural collapse. Research has shown that seismic design and retrofit concepts, e.g. confinement in columns, can go a long way to also harden structures against air blast loadings, and that redundancy in a structural system can prevent progressive structural collapse for either load case. Thus, modern structural design needs to incorporate a multi-hazard risk assessment and hazard mitigation strategy based on a comprehensive performance assessment of the entire structural system’s response to all critical loads. To accomplish this, validated models and simulations of the performance of complex systems need to be developed. Validation of these simulation tools, in turn, requires large or full-scale structural testing that is representative of actual damage patterns and failure modes, as well as realistic loading patterns and rates. Issues of validated simulations in the hazard reduction of structures under natural and man-made hazards will be discussed.