H. Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E., leads Miyamoto International, a global earthquake structural engineering company, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, a non-profit technical organization, and is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner. Dr. Miyamoto was the recipient of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, ENR Best Global Projects Award and ASCE Humanitarian Award. He is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers. He specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction.
Dr. Miyamoto is an expert consultant to the World Bank projects globally, including a seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul. In the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he worked with the government of Haiti, UN, USAID and various NGOs to conduct damage assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures and rebuild more than 12,000 buildings. He is currently involved with earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, where his team has completed over 1,000 assessments and is retrofitting severely damaged schools, monastries and high-rise buildings using high-performance engineering.
Dr. Miyamoto holds graduate degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. Dr. Miyamoto has published more than 100 technical papers. He has been featured by CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.