Jennings is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics,
California Institute of Technology. He served as Chairman of the Division of Engineering and Applied
Science from 1985 to 1989 and as Caltech's Vice President and Provost between 1989-95. Later he
served twice as Acting Vice President for Business and Finance and once again as Provost from 2005
to 2007. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Enresco, Inc., in Colorado Springs and served
two years on the Teaching Staff at the US Air Force Academy, Department of Mechanics.
Jennings served as a member of the CCST Council from 1995-2002,
including a term as Council Chair. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering,
past President of the Seismological Society of America, and past President of the Earthquake
Engineering Research Institute. He is the author of numerous technical papers on earthquake
engineering and dynamics of structures and has served as earthquake engineering consultant on the
design of high-rise buildings, offshore drilling towers, nuclear power plants, and other major
projects. A member of ASCE, he is past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Engineering
Mechanics Division and served a term as chairman of the Structural Dynamics Committee. He has
studied earthquake damage in various parts of the world and was co-editor of the Engineering Volume
of the National Academy of Sciences report on the great Alaska earthquake of 1964.
He was a member of the Board of Inquiry on the Loma Prieta earthquake appointed by Governor
Deukmejian and is chair of the City Hall Oversight Committee for the seismic rehabilitation of
Pasadena City Hall. He has received the Newmark Medal, the Huber Prize of the American Society of
Civil Engineers, and the Honor Alumnus and the Achievement in Academic Awards from his undergraduate
alma mater, Colorado State University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers,
the Seismological Society of America, the Structural Engineers Association of California, the
American Geophysical Union, and the American Society for Engineering Education.
He stepped down from the CCST Board in 2016.