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Oren Lavan, Associate Professor

Structural Engineering and Construction Management
Phone: +972-4-8292276
Fax: +972-4-8292276
Email: lavan@technion.ac.il
Address: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel
Home Page: http://cee.technion.ac.il/lavan
Research Interests  
Earthquake Engineering
Passive Structural Control
Progressive Collapse Prediction

Academic degrees

2006     Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel

1997     B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude), Civil Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel

 

Academic appointments

  • § Mar. 08-present Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
  • § Mar. 08-present Visiting Research Scientist, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA.
  • § Nov. 05-Dec. 07 Post Doctoral research associate, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA.

 

teaching experience

  • § Design of Tall Buildings (graduate, Technion)
  • § Introduction to Earthquake Engineering (undergraduate, Technion)
  • § Steel Structures 1 (undergraduate, Technion)
  • § Reinforced Concrete Design (undergraduate, University at Buffalo, Substitute lecturer)

 

public professional activities

  • § Oct. 08-present Member of the Israeli technical committee of standards 102 in steel structures design.
  • § May 10-present Member of the Indirect Design Subcommittee of the Disproportionate Collapse Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • § Sep. 10-present Member of the Israeli expert committee of standards 10401 (SI413): 'Design Provisions for Earthquake Resistance of Structures'.
  • § Oct. 10-present Member of the Disproportionate Collapse Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • § Oct. 10-present Member of the Seismic Effects Committee (SEC) of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • § Oct. 10-present Member of the Structural control Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

 

membership in professional societies

  • § 2003-present Israeli Association of Earthquake Engineering
  • § 2003-present European Association of Earthquake Engineering
  • § Feb. 09-present American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • § June. 10-present Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • § Oct. 10-present Israel Association for Computational Methods in Mechanics (IACMM)
  • § Oct. 10-present International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
  • § Oct. 10-present European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)

 

honors

  • § 2006 The Tuvia Netzer Prize for the Best Dissertation in the Field of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion
  • § 2006 Nominated as the Israeli Candidate for the ECCOMAS Award for the Best Ph.D. Theses in 2006
  • § 2005 The Vivian Konigsberg Award for Excellence in Teaching (Assistant), Technion (Winter 2004/2005 semester)
  • § 2004 The Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Memorial Fellowship for Extraordinary Academic Excellence
  • § 2004 The Sandor Szego Award for Excellence in Teaching (Assistant), Technion (Spring 2003/2004 semester)
  • § 2004 The Vivian Konigsberg Award for Excellence in Teaching (Assistant), Technion (Winter 2003/2004 semester)
  • § 2003 The Sandor Szego Award for Excellence in Teaching (Assistant), Technion (Spring 2002/2003 semester)
  • § 2003 The Sandor Szego Award for Excellence in Teaching (Assistant), Technion (Winter 2002/2003 semester)
  • § 2002 The Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Memorial Fellowship for Academic Excellence.
  • § 2002 Scholarship for academic excellence, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technion.
  • § 2001 Scholarship for academic excellence, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technion.
  • § 1997 The Beryl Freed Leonards Prize for Excellence in the 'Soil and Foundation Engineering' and the 'Stability of Retaining Structures and Slopes' courses, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technion.
  • § 1997 The Pnina and Michael Shtrumpf prize for excellence in the 'acoustics in civil engineering' course, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technion.
  • § 1996 The Nissim Sachi prize for excellence in the 'structural analysis' course, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technion.
  • § 1996 The Yitzhak Alpan Prize for Excellence in the 'Geomechanics' course, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technion.

 

graduate students

  • § Ph.D., Gian Paolo Cimellaro, 'Optimal control methods for seismic retrofit of inelastic structures', University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA, Feb. 2008, unofficial advisor with A.M. Reinhorn - primary advisor. Currently Assistant Prof., Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering DISTR, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy.

 

Theses in progress

  • § Ph.D., Seda Dogruel, 'Optimal Multi-Hazard Design of Passively Damped Structures', University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA, expected March 2011, unofficial advisor with G.F. Dargush - primary advisor. Currently with Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc., San Francisco, California.
  • § Ph.D., Yael Daniel, 'Performance based seismic structural passive control using friction energy dissipation devices', Technion, Haifa, Israel, expected Sep. 2011, with R. Levy - adjacent advisor.
  • § M.Sc., Meiri Avishur, 'Seismic behavior of passively controlled structures under uncertainties', Technion, Haifa, Israel, expected March 2011.
  • § M.Sc., David Tubul, 'Implementation of fracture mechanics concepts in Dynamic collapse analysis by Mixed Lagrangian Formulation (MLF) approach', Technion, Haifa, Israel, expected March 2011.

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

  • § 04/10-03/11, Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing, 'Seismic retrofitting of wall structures using viscous dampers '
  • § 01/11-12/11, German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (Young Scientists' Program), 'Progressive Collapse of Buildings: Fundamental Theory and a Numerical Algorithm for its Prediction'

 

Publications

Papers in Professional and Scientific Journals with Referees

  • § Lavan, O. and Levy, R. 'Performance based optimal seismic retrofitting of yielding plane frames using added viscous damping.' Earthquakes and Structures (in press).
  • § Lavan, O. (2010). 'Dynamic analysis of gap closing and contact in the Mixed Lagrangian Framework: Towards progressive collapse prediction.' Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE 136(8): 979-986.
  • § Gillani, A. S. J., Reinhom, A. M., Glasgow, B., Lavan, O. and Miyamoto, H. K. (2010). 'Earthquake Simulator Testing and Seismic Evaluation of Suspended Ceilings.' Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE 16(2): 63-73.
  • § Cimellaro, G. P., Lavan, O., and Reinhorn, A. M. (2009). 'Design of passive systems for control of inelastic structures.' Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 38(6), 783-804.
  • § Lavan, O., and Dargush, G. F. (2009). 'Multi-objective optimal seismic retrofitting of structures.' Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 13, 758-790.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. (2009). 'Simple iterative use of Lyapunov's solution for the linear optimal seismic design of passive devices in framed buildings.' Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 13(5), 650-666.
  • § Lavan, O., Sivaselvan, M. V., Reinhorn, A. M., and Dargush, G. F. (2009). 'Progressive collapse analysis through strength degradation and fracture in the Mixed Lagrangian Framework.' Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 38(13), 1483-1504.
  • § Levy, R., and Lavan, O. (2009). 'Quantitative comparison of optimal solutions for the design of supplemental damping in earthquake engineering practice.' Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 135(3), 321-325. (Levy, R. and Lavan, O. 'Closure to 'Quantitative comparison of optimal solutions for the design of supplemental damping in earthquake engineering practice'.' Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE (in press))
  • § Reinhom, A. M., Lavan, O., and Cimellaro, G. P. (2009). 'Design of Controlled Elastic and Inelastic Structures.' Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 8(4).
  • § Sivaselvan, M. V., Lavan, O., Dargush, G. F., Kurino, H., Hyodo, Y., Fukuda, R., Sato, K., Apostolakis, G., and Reinhorn, A. M. (2009). 'Numerical collapse simulation of large-scale structural systems using an optimization-based algorithm.' Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 38, 655-677.
  • § Lavan, O., Cimellaro, G. P., and Reinhorn, A. M. (2008). 'Noniterative optimization procedure for seismic weakening and damping of inelastic structures.' Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 134(10), 1638-1648.
  • § Greenberg, B. J., and Lavan, O. (2006). 'Vibrations of orthotropic annular plates subjected to non-uniform boundary conditions over different sections of the inner and outer circumferences.' Thin-Walled Structures, 44, 455-465.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. (2006). 'Optimal design of supplemental viscous dampers for linear framed structures.' Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 35, 337-356.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. (2006). 'Optimal peripheral drift control of 3D irregular framed structures using supplemental viscous dampers.' Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 10(6), 903-923.
  • § Levy, R., and Lavan, O. (2006). 'Fully stressed design of passive controllers in framed structures for seismic loadings.' Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 32(6), 485-498.
  • § Greenberg, B. J., and Lavan, O. (2005). 'Flexural vibrations of composite orthotropic annular plates with edge-damage.' Journal of Sound and Vibration, 284, 1165-1179.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. (2005). 'Optimal design of supplemental viscous dampers for irregular shear-frames in the presence of yielding.' Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 34, 889-907.
  • § Levy, R., Lavan, O., and Rutenberg, A. V. (2005). 'Seismic design of friction-damped braced frames based on historical records.' Earthquake Spectra, 21(3), 761-778.

Book chapters

  • § Reinhom, A. M., Sivaselvan, M. V., dargush, G. F., and Lavan, O. (2008). 'Chapter 21: Mixed Lagrangian Formulation in Analysis of Collapse of Structures.' Progress In Computational Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, M. Papadrakakis, D. C. Charmpis, N. D. Lagaros, and Y. Tsompanakis, eds., A.A. Balkema Publishers, Taylor & Francis The Netherlands, 325-337.

Research reports

  • § Lavan, O., Cimellaro, G. P., Reinhorn, A. M., and Pitman, M. (2007). 'Seismic qualification test of suspended ceiling systems.' Report No. UB CSEE/SEESL-2007-06, Buffalo, NY.
  • § Sivaselvan, M. V., Lavan, O., Dargush, G. F., Reinhorn, A. M., Kurino, H., Yoshikawa, K., Hyodo, Y., Fukuda, R., and Sato, K. (2007). 'Investigation of factors leading to progressive collapse of structures: Toward analysis of full system failure of structures (Evaluation and Development of Analytical Tools).' a report submitted to Kajima-CUREE Joint Research Program, Tokyo, Japan.
  • § Lavan, O., Reinhorn, A. M., Shao, X., and Pitman, M. (2006). 'Seismic qualification test of suspended ceiling systems.' Report No. UB CSEE/SEESL-2006-06, Buffalo, NY.
  • § Levy, R., and Lavan, O. (2006). 'Performance based optimal seismic retrofitting of structures by means of passive control.' a report submitted to the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing, Grant No. 2004920, Haifa, Israel, (in Hebrew).

Refereed papers in Conference proceedings

  • § Lavan, O. 'On the seismic response of walled structures equipped with viscous dampers.' 14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.
  • § Dogruel, S., Lavan, O. 'A comparative study of the seismic retrofitting of structures using various innovative technologies.' 14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.
  • § Levy, R., Lavan, O., Daniel, Y. 'Multiple Tuned Mass Dampers for Multi-modal Control and Retrofitting of Structures.' 14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.
  • § Daniel, Y., Nseir, I. Lavan, O., Levy, R. 'Methodology for Allocating and Sizing of Friction Dampers in Framed Structures.' 14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.
  • § Lavan, O. 'Seismic design and retrofit procedure for total accelerations and inter-story drifts reduction of buildings with protective systems.' 9th U.S. National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Toronto, Canada.
  • § Avishur, M., and Lavan, O. 'Seismic behavior of passively controlled frames under structural uncertainties.' Structures Congress 2010, Orlando, Florida.
  • § Lavan, O. 'Seismic design procedure for total accelerations and inter-story drifts reduction of existing and new buildings with protective systems.' Structures Congress 2010, Orlando, Florida.
  • § Lavan, O. 'Contact analysis in the mixed Lagrangian framework.' Computational methods in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering (COMPDYN2009), Island of Rhodes, Greece.
  • § Dogruel, S., Lavan, O., and Dargush, G. F. 'A Unified Framework for Evolutionary Optimization with Application to Structural Engineering.' International Conference on Engineering Optimization (EngOpt2008), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • § Gillani, A. S. J., Reinhorn, A. M., Ingratta, T., Glasgow, B., and Lavan, O. 'Earthquake Simulator Testing and Evaluation of Suspended Ceilings: Standard and Alternate Perimeter Installations.' Proceedings of 2008 ASCE Structures Congress, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • § Cimellaro, G. P., Lavan, O., and Reinhorn, A. M. 'Optimal weakening and damping of inelastic structures for seismic loadings.' Computational methods in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering (COMPDYN2007), Rethymno, Crete, Greece, Paper no. 1472.
  • § Gillani, A. S. J., Glasgow, B., Ingratta, T., Reinhorn, A. M., and Lavan, O. 'Seismic Qualification and Fragility Testing, and Evaluation of Suspended Ceilings.' Proceedings of the 2007 SEAOC Convention, Squaw Creek, California, 105-123.
  • § Lavan, O., Dargush, G. F., Reinhorn, A. M., and Sivaselvan, M. V. 'Modified mixed Lagrangian formulation for impulsive loadings and impacts.' Computational methods in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering (COMPDYN2007), Rethymno, Crete, Greece, Paper no. 1508.
  • § Levy, R., and Lavan, O. 'Optimal Seismic Retrofitting of Structures Using Added Viscous Damping.' Proceedings of the Third Structural Engineers World Congress [SEWC-Nov.-2007], Bangalore, India, (invited keynote lecture).
  • § Reinhorn, A. M., Sivaselvan, M. V., Dargush, G. F., and Lavan, O. 'Mixed Lagrangian formulation in analysis of collapse of structures.' Computational methods in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering (COMPDYN2007), Rethymno, Crete, Greece, Paper no. 1507 (invited keynote lecture).
  • § Cimellaro, G. P., Lavan, O., Reinhorn, A. M., Kim, H. U., and Viti, S. 'Optimal strength reduction and enhanced damping of inelastic structures.' 10th world conference on seismic isolation, energy dissipation and active vibration control of structures, Istanbul, Turkey, Paper no. 129.
  • § Lavan, O., Dargush, G. F., and Reinhorn, A. M. 'Multi-Objective Evolutionary Optimization of Passive Energy Dissipation Systems under Seismic Loading.' 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), Beijing, China.
  • § Lavan, O., and Greenberg, B. J. 'Vibration of laminated orthotropic annular plates with non-uniform boundary conditions at inner and outer edges.' Proceedings of the 44th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, Haifa, Israel.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. 'Optimal design of supplemental viscous dampers for linear framed structures.' Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, Canada, Paper No. 42.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. 'Optimal seismic retrofit of irregular 3D framed structures using supplemental viscous dampers.' Proceedings of the 4th European Workshop on the Seismic Behavior of Irregular and Complex Structures, Thessaloniki, Greece, Paper no. 52.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. 'Gradient based optimization of added viscous damping for seismic applications.' Proceedings of an International Conference on Advances in Engineering Structures, Mechanics and Construction, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 663-671.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. 'Performance based optimal seismic retrofitting of yielding plane frames using added viscous damping.' First European conference on earthquake engineering and seismology, Geneva, Switzerland, Paper no. 1300.
  • § Lavan, O., and Levy, R. 'Simple iterative use of Lyapunov's solution for the optimal seismic design of passive devices in framed buildings.' Proceedings of the 4th World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring, San-Diego, California, Paper no. 442.
  • § Lavan, O., Sivaselvan, M. V., Reinhorn, A. M., and Dargush, G. F. 'Progressive Collapse Analysis through Strength Degradation and Fracture in the Mixed Lagrangian Framework.' 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), Beijing, China.
  • § Levy, R., and Lavan, O. 'Fully stressed seismic design of dampers in framed structures.' Proceedings of an International Conference on Advances in Engineering Structures, Mechanics and Construction, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 303-315.
  • § Levy, R., and Lavan, O. 'Riccati solution versus truly optimal design of supplemental damping in earthquake engineering practice.' Proceedings of the 8th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, San-Francisco, California, Paper no. 617.

 

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