Nanyang Technological University

Professor Haresh Shah

Prof Haresh Shah
Member, NTU Board of Trustees
Obayashi Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University
Founder and Senior Advisor, Risk Management Solutions, Inc


Professor Haresh Shah has been a pioneer in the fields of risk analysis, earthquake engineering, and probabilistic methods for over 35 years. He has served Stanford University in many capacities, including Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering and Founding Director of the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center.

Haresh Shah is the author of one book, has contributed to chapters in many books and has been an author or co-author of more than 350 technical papers and reports. He has been keynote speaker at many national, international conferences and has been a regular keynote invited speaker for many corporations. He is a member of many Editorial Boards of Professional Journals and Professional Societies.

Haresh Shah has been recently involved in the following activities:

  1. Founder and Senior Advisor of Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS, Inc.)
  2. Founding Director and Chairman, World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI).
  3. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore.
  4. Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of the NTU Board of Trustees.
  5. Founder and Advisor of the Singapore-NTU Alliance for Micro-Insurance.
  6. Elected as honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute of USA.
  7. Elected as the honorary member of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering.
  8. Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management, NTU, Singapore


Prof Shah received a B. E. degree (1959) from Poona University, India, and degrees of M. S. (1960) and Ph. D. (1963) from Stanford University. Prof. Shah has received many awards, including the John S. Bickley Gold Medal for Excellence Award from the International Insurance Society for his sustained and outstanding contributions to the insurance industry. Prof Shah was named as the “Top Seismic Engineer of the 20th Century” by the Applied Technology Council/Engineering News Record of USA in 2006. Prof. Shah was recently awarded the Alfred Alquist Medal from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute of America for his contributions and service for earthquake safety to global community. Prof Shah was awarded the most prestigious EERI award, the 2013 Housner Medal for his extraordinary and lasting contributions to earthquake safety worldwide through the development and application of earthquake hazard reduction practices and policies. Most recently, Prof Shah was given “Bharat Gaurav” award by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS) in January 9, 2014 and awarded at the National Day Awards 2014 in Singapore with the Public Service Medal (PINGAT BAKTI MASYARAKAT) for his contributions in the Ministry of Education (FOS) on August 9, 2014.


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