Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Raymond B. Seed, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley was the keynote speaker at the CCST dinner program in Sacramento on January 31, 2006. His keynote address, Performance of the New Orleans Flood Defenses in Hurricane Katrina and a Look at the State of California’s Levee-Related Exposure, presented the results to date of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored investigations of the New Orleans flood protection system in Hurricane Katrina, explaining what happened and why. He also discussed some of the key issues and risks associated with California’s own extensive levee systems, and some of the actions underway to address these poorly understood and currently unacceptable high risk levels.
Professor Seed is a leading expert in the fields of geotechnical and earthquake engineering, and routinely serves as a consultant and advisor to both state and national government agencies, both here and abroad, on issues and policies associated with earthquake safety, and also safety of dams and levees. He is a prolific researcher and excellent lecturer, and he has received numerous awards for his teaching, his research and his contributions to public safety.