Kenneth E. Otárola Madrigal
Kenneth’s research interests include performance-based earthquake and wind engineering, and multi-hazard physical vulnerability and risk modelling of buildings. He obtain his Licentiate Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica (2014). Later, he completed his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards at IUSS Pavia, Italy (2020). As part of his M.Sc. final project and dissertation, he worked with UCL and AIR Worldwide, UK; investigating advanced structural modelling options and ground motion-selection criteria for nonlinear dynamic analysis, fragility derivation and seismic loss assessment of reinforced concrete (RC) structures, with special focus on the effect of earthquake-induced ground-motion duration on structural performance. Prior to joining IUSS, he worked as structural engineering in Costa Rica carrying out structural analysis, assessment, design, and inspection of structures from medium to large-scale; and at the National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (LanammeUCR) participating in experimental studies for different materials and structural systems.