Boston — AIR Worldwide Corp. (AIR) announced that Dr. Akshay Gupta, PE, SECB, has joined AIR as principal engineer and director of its Catastrophe Risk Engineering (CRE) practice. Based in San Francisco, Gupta will be responsible for managing and developing the CRE practice. The CRE practice provides property owners and insurers with detailed structural, earthquake, and wind engineering services coupled with risk modeling both for pre-disaster planning and risk mitigation and for post-event damage assessment and repair development.

“Dr. Gupta brings a wealth of engineering consulting experience to AIR,” said S. Ming Lee, president and CEO of AIR Worldwide. “Along with analysis and design of a variety of structures, he has investigated hundreds of structures damaged by various earthquakes, hurricanes and man-made hazards such as explosions, fires, and construction vibrations. His engineering risk analysis and mitigation work extends from individual buildings to portfolios of building structures and large industrial facilities at risk from earthquakes, wind or ocean storm surge.”

Gupta also brings to AIR extensive experience in the evaluation of behavior and response of structures using finite element models and employing linear and nonlinear static and dynamic analysis techniques. Prior to joining AIR, he was with Exponent Failure Analysis Associates for about 10 years, where he most recently held the position of Principal Engineer in the Buildings & Structures practice. His continuing research focus is in the area of performance-based engineering as applied to structural risk assessment and mitigation.

In addition, Gupta has authored more than 25 technical publications, including peer reviewed journal articles, conference articles and publicly available reports. He also is a Licensed Professional Engineer, is Certified in the Practice of Structural Engineering, and holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University.

Source: AIR Worldwide Corp.

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