Sinan Akkar is a faculty member in the Department of Earthquake Engineering at the Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. He received his MSc (1995) and Ph.D. (2001) in Structural Engineering from Middle East Technical University. In 2001, Dr. Akkar worked as a research associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Akkar visited the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College in 2005.

The main research interests of Dr. Akkar are displacement-based seismic assessment and prediction of strong ground-motion parameters for seismic design.  Dr. Akkar is currently the Principal Investigator of the Turkish National Strong Motion Project and the NATO Project Director of the Harmonization of Seismic Hazard Maps for the Western Balkan Countries. He is involved in the Seismic Harmonization in Europe project (SHARE, EC-FP7) as a research member.  He also serves as consultant on seismic safety assessment and other related issues to several companies.  Sinan Akkar is a faculty member at the Rose School Earthquake Engineering Graduate Program of the Pavia University, Italy.

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