Marijan Dravinski

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Southern California


Research Fellow in Applied Mechanics. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (1975-76).

Ph.D. in Mechanics. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois (1975).

Dipl. Ing. in Mechanical and Naval Engineering. University of Zagreb, Croatia (1966-71).

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate and graduate courses in Solid Mechanics, Numerical Methods, Elasticity, Elastic Wave Propagation, and Engineering Analysis.

Outstanding Teaching Award (1995).

Other Activities

  • Referee for the following journals: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, International Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, International Geophysical Journal, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of Computational Physics, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Wave Motion, Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering.

  • Established (1988) a laboratory for large scale measurements of long period microtremors. The laboratory consists of portable sets of instruments and complete data processing facility. By the end of year 1996, several hundred microtremor records were measured, and digitized, for San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Anchorage metropolitan areas. Through the laboratory a long term cooperation with universities from Japan has been established (Hokkaido University in Sapporo and Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo).

  • Initiated (1990) long term U.S.-Taiwan cooperation research program with scientists of Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, R.O.C.

    Research Interests

    Diffraction of and scattering of elastic waves; nondestructive testing; soil-structure interaction; strong ground motion amplification; effect of soil and local geology on amplitude of surface strong ground motion; analysis and measurements of long period microtremors within alluvial basins; numerical methods in wave propagation problems; boundary integral equation approach in elastodynamics; hybrid methods in elastodynamics; fluid-solid interaction; elastodynamics of composite structures; waves in multilayered media with irregular interfaces; waves in anisotropic media; nondestructive measurements of subsurface soil velocity structure.

    Recent Refereed Journal Publications:

    Dravinski, M.G. Ding, and K.-L. Wen (1996). Analysis of spectral ratios for estimating ground motion in deep basins, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 86, 3, 646-654.

    Ding, G., and M. Dravinski (1996). Scattering of SH waves in multilayered media with irregular interfaces, Earthq. Eng. Struct. Dyn., 25, 1391-1404.

    Nath, S.K., D. Chatterjee, N.N. Biswas, M. Dravinski, D.A. Cole, T.A. Papageorgiou, J.A. Rodriguez, and C.J. Poran (1997). Correlation study of shear wave velocity in near surface geological formations in Anchorage, Alaska, Earthquake Spectra, 13, 1, 55-75.

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