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UTPAL DUTTA,  Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: ENGR 204
Phone: (907) 786-1952
Email: udutta2@uaa.alaska.edu

Biography

Utpal Dutta graduated from Indian School of Mines, Dhandad, India with M.Sc (Tech) in Applied Geophysics in 1988 and then received his Ph.D from the same institute in 1992. After a brief assignment for one year as a Research Fellow at University of Delhi South Campus, Dr. Dutta joined as Lecturer (Assistant Professor Level) in Geophysics at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, India. He taught various graduate courses in Exploration and Solid Earth Geophysics at GNDU from 1992-1998. He joined as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998. He carried out work in the field of urban earthquake hazard,seismic microzonation and engineering seismology. In 2003, Dr. Dutta joined as a Research Associate at Environment and Natural Resource Institute, under the joint appointment of University Alaska Anchorage and Geophysical Institute, UAF. In 2007, Dr. Dutta moved to the School of Engineering as faculty in the Civil Engineering department. Dr. Dutta has already published nearly 40 technical papers journals of international repute and in various conference proceeding in the field of earthquake engineering, earthquake hazards and urban seismic microzonation related issues.

Education

1992 Ph.D in Applied Geophysics, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India
1988 M.Sc (Tech) in Applied Geophysics, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India
1984 B.Sc (Hons) in Physics, Calcutta University, India

Career History

Current Position

Aug 2007 – present Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage. Research and teaching interest surround earthquake engineering with emphases on strong motion earthquake seismology including instrumentation and utilization of strong-motion data, and special topics related to cold regions earthquake engineering. Courses taught include Engineering Seismology in the Graduate level and Engineering Dynamics and Engineering Statics in the Undergraduate level.

Professional Development

  • Research Associate (2003-2007), University Alaska Anchorage/ Geophysicsal Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Post Doctoral Fellow (2001-2003), Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks           
  • Research Scientist (1998-2001), Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Assistant Professor (1992-1998), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India
  • Research Fellow (1991-1992), University of Delhi, South Campus, India                              

Teaching Responsibilites

  • ES 209: Engineering Statics
  • ES 210: Engineering Dynamics
  • CE A610: Engineering Seismology
  • ES A302: Engineering Data Analysis

Professional and Departmental Service

  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member, Seismological Society of America (SSA)
  • Member,Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Member, Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG)
  • Member, The George E. Brown Jr., Network of EarthquakeEngineering Simulation (NEES)
  • Member, Undergraduate Academic Board, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2007-present
  • Member, General Education Review Committee, University of Alaska Anchorage 2008-present
  • Faculty Advisor, Engineers Without Borders (EWB-UAA), Spring 2009 – 2011
  • Member of Faculty Senate, University of Alaska Anchorage 2012-14

Professional Activities

  • Presided over the Technical Session: Earthquake Engineering Research and Practices in Seasonally Frozen and Permafrost Conditions, 14th. World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Beijing, China, (Oct 12-17, 2008).
  • Presided over the Technical Session: "Strong Ground Motion", 7th. U.S. National Conferrence on EarthquakeEngineering held at Boston, MA, July, 2002.
  • Reviewed technical articles submitted in
    • Bulletin of Seismological Society America
    • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
    • Pure and Applied Geophysics
    • Journal of Geophysics
  • Reviewed project proposals submitted to theEarth Science Divison, National Science Foundation.
  • Elected as a member of Undergraduate Academic Board of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
  • Served in the Technical Committee of7th. U.S. National Conferrence on EarthquakeEngineering held at Boston, MA, July, 2002.

Research Interests

 

1.        Effect of Load History on Performance Limit States of Bridge Columns: Submitted to Alaska University Transportation Center, Fairbanks, 2010, $27,131, Co-PI. PI: Prof. Mervin Kowalsky (NCSU).

2.        Anchorage Strong Motion Network: Maintenance and Data Archival: U. S. Geological Survey,$77,762, PI, 2009-2010, Collaborating Investigators: Dr. Z. Yang (Funded)

3.        Anchorage Strong Motion Network: Maintenance and Data Archival (matching Grant):Municipality of Anchorage, $35,000, 2009-2010, PI, Collaborating Investigators: Dr. Z. Yang (Funded).

4.        Anchorage Strong Motion Network: Maintenance and Data Archival (matching Grant): University of Alaska Anchorage, $72,000, 2009-2010,PI, Collaborating Investigators: Dr. Z. Yang (Funded).

5.        Temporary Relocation of Seismic Data recorder of the Port Access Viaduct, Anchorage, AK: U. S. Geological Survey,$10,208, PI, 2009-2010, Collaborating Investigators: Dr. Z. Yang (Funded)

6.        Temporary Relocation of Seismic Data recorder of the Port Access Viaduct, Anchorage, AK, Phase II: U. S. Geological Survey,$20,308, PI, 2009-2010.

7.        Structural Investigation: the Frontier Building, Anchorage, Alaska. PI. Funded by Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) of U.S. Geological Survey. $101,800. Aug. 2006 - Dec. 2008. Collaborting Investigator: Dr. Z. Yang, Prof. Niren Biswas. (Funded).

8.        Strong-Motion instrumentation and study of seasonal frozen ground effects on Soil-Foundation-Structure interaction system using the Port Access bridge in Anchorage, Alaska. Co-PI. Funded by Advanced National Seismic System(ANSS) of U.S. Geological Survey. $209,720. Aug. 2006 - Sept. 2007. Collaborating Investigator: Dr. Z. Yang, Prof. Niren Biswas. (Funded).

9.        Evaluation of Seasonally Frozen Ground Impact on Civil Structures using Experimental Data, UAA Chancellor's Fund; $10,000. Co-PI, Dec. 2006 - Nov. 2007, Collaborating investigator: Dr. Z. Yang, Dr. Feng Xiong. (Funded).

10.     Evaluation of UAA Campus Site Amplification using Data from Densified Seismic Network, UAA Chancellor's Fund; $ 10,000. PI, Collaborating investigator: Dr. Z. Yang and Dr. Feng Xiong. (Funded).

11.     Ground Motion Characteristics of Fossil Creek Power Plant Site, Municipal of Light and Power, Anchorage, $25,000, PI, Collaborating Investigator: Dr. B. Haldoorsson (Iceland) and Prof. Niren Biswas (Funded).

Publications

  1. Mandal, P., and U. Dutta (2011). Estimation of earthquake source parameters in the Kachchh seismic zone, Gujarat, India from strong motion network data using generalized inversion technique. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 10, 1719-1731.
  2. U. Dutta, H. Liu and Z. Yang (2011). Seismic microzonation and infrastructural response monitoring programs in Alaska, Jour. Highway and Trans. Res. and Dev. 28, 49-62.
  3. Z. Yang, U.Dutta, G. Xu, K. Hazirbaba and E. Marx (2011). Numerical Analysis of Permafrost effects on the seismic site response Jour. Soil Dyn. and Earthq. Engg, 31, 282-290.
  4. G. Xu, Z. Yang, U.Dutta, L. Tang and E. E. Marx (2011). Seasonally frozen soil effects on the seismic site responses, Jour. of Cold Reg. Engg. 25, 53-70.
  5. G. Xu, U. Dutta, Z. Yang and K. Hazirbaba (2010) Frozen soil effect on the observed ground motion characteristics, in Proc of. 9th US National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Reaching Beyond Boarder
  6. Dutta, U., M. K. Sen, N. Biswas, and Z. Yang (2009). Investigation of shallow sedimentary structure of the Anchorage basin, Alaska using simulated annealing inversion of site response. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 99, 326-339.
  7. Dutta, U., M. K. Sen, N. Biswas, and Z. Yang (2008). Waveform Modeling of Earthquake Data for Delineating the Sedimentary Structure of the Anchorage Basin, Alaska, Proceeding of 14th. World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Beijing, China, (Oct 12-17, 2008). CD ROM., Paper #02-125.
  8. U. Dutta, Z. Yang, G. Xu and K. Hazirbaba (2008). Effect of seasonally frozen soil and permafrost on seismic site response, Proceeding of 14th. World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Beijing, China, (Oct 12-17, 2008). CD ROM., Paper #S09-09.
  9. Mavroeidis, G.P., B. Zhang, G. Dong, A. S. Papageorgiou, U. Dutta, and N. N. Biswas (2008).Estimation of strong ground motion from the Great 1964 Mw 9.2 Prince William Sound, Alaska, earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 98, 2303-2324.
  10. Miranda, R., Z. Yang and U. Dutta (2008). Seasonally frozen ground effects on the dynamic response of high-rise buildings. Accepted in Ninth International Conference on Permafrost (NICOP), University of Alaska Fairbanks, June 29 – July 3, 2008.
  11. Mandal, P., U. Dutta, and R. K. Chadha (2008). Estimation of Site Response in the Kachchh Seismic Zone, Gujarat, India,Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 98, 2559-2566
  12. Yang, Z., U. Dutta, F. Xiong, N. Biswas and H. Benz. (2008). Seasonal frost effects on the dynamic behavior of a twenty-story office building.Cold Reg. Sci. and Tech. 51, 76-84.
  13. Dutta, U., T.Satoh, H. Kawase, T.Sato, N.Biswas, A.Martirosyan, and M.Dravinski (2007). S-wave velocity structure of sediments in Anchorage, Alaska estimated with array measurements of microtremors, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 97, 234-255.
  14. Xiong, F., Z. Yang and U. Dutta. "Effects of Seasonally Frozen Soil on a Four-Story Reinforced Concrete Garage in Anchorage, Alaska", 8th International Symposium on Cold Region Development ISCORD 2007.
  15. Dutta, U., M. K. Sen, N. Biswas, and Z. Yang (2007). Waveform inversion of local earthquake data from Delaney Park downhole seismic array, Anchorage, Alaska, Modern trends in Geophysical Science, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad, India. Nov 10-14th., 2007, pp. 1-5
  16. Yang, Z., U. Dutta , D. Zhu, E. Marx, and N.Biswas (2007). Seasonal frost effects on soil-foundation structure interaction system.ASCEJour. Cold Region Engg. 21, 108-120.
  17. Xiong, F., Z., Yang, and U. Dutta (2007). Effects of seasonally frozen soil on the seismic behavior of bridge bent-foundation-soil system, Structures Congress in Long Beach ,May 16-20, 2007. 13 pp.
  18. Liu, H., M. Wang , Y. Zheng , Y. Yao, X. Zhou, and U. Dutta (2005). Identification of Site Dynamic Properties for Soil-Structure Systems, Proceeding of Structures Congress Metropolis and Beyond, Structural Engineering Institute, April 20-24, New York, USA, 13 pp.
  19. Liu, H., Z. Yang, W. Scott, T. Kono and U. Dutta (2005). Seismic Response of Atwood Building, Anchorage, Alaska: comparison study by finite element modelling, Proceedings of McMat2005, Joint ASME/ASCE/SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials, June 1-3, 2005, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
  20. Yang, Z., U. Dutta, H. Liu, R. Pratt, E. E. Marx, N. Biswas, D. Zhu (2005). Strong-motion instrumentation and structural health monitoring of the port access bridge, Anchorage, Alaska, Proceedings of McMat2005, Joint ASME/ASCE/SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials, June 1-3, 2005, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
  21. Dutta, U.,N. Biswas, D. Adams, A. Martirosyan, A. Papageorgiou (2004). Analysis of S-wave attenuation in southcentral Alaska.Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 94, 16-28.
  22. Badal, J., U. Dutta, F. J. Seron, N. Biswas (2004). 3D imaging of shear wave in uppermost 30m soil coloumn in Anchorage, Alaska . Geophys. Jour. Int. 158, 983-997.
  23. Badal, J., U. Dutta, F. J. Seron, N. Biswas, and F. Gomez (2004). Delineacion de suelos en un area metropolitana medinate el empleo de ondas Rayleigh de alta frecuencia. Geo-Temas, 6 (3), 2, 209-212.
  24. Yang, Z., U. Dutta, M. Chelebi, H. Liu, N. Biswas, T. Kono and H. Benz (2004). Strong motion instrumentation and structural response of Atwood Building in Downtown Anchorage, Alaska. 13th. World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.(Aug 1-6, 2004).
  25. Yang, Z., U. Dutta, H. Liu, N. Biswas (2004). Seismic Instrumentation of the building/Downhole Array system and Analysis of Preliminary Data. 17th. ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference, University of Delware, Newark, DE (13-16th. June).
  26. Biswas, N., A. Martirosyan, U. Dutta, M. Dravinski, and A. Papageorgiou (2004). Invesigation for Seismic Zonation of Anchorage, in Earthquake Hazard, Risk, and Strong Ground motion, Y. T. Chen, G.F.Panza,and Z.L.Wu (Editors), IUGG Special Volume, Seismological Press, Beijing, 243-257. (ISBN 7-5028-2506-1).
  27. Dutta, U., N. Biswas, A. Martirosyan,A. Papageorgiou, and S. Kinoshita (2003). Estimation of earthquake source parameters and site response in Anchorage, Alaska from strong motion networkdata using generalized inversion method. Phys. Earth and Planet. Inter. 137, 13-29.
  28. Martirosyan, A., N. Biswas, U. Dutta, D. Cole, and A. Papageorgiou (2003). Ground motion analysis in the Anchorage basin: 1-D approach.Jour. Earthq. Engg. 7, 251-274.
  29. Dutta, U., H. Kawase, T. Satoh, T. Sato, N. Biswas, A. Martirosyan and M. Dravinski (2002) Esimation of S-wave velocity structure in Anchorage basin, Alaska using array measurements of Microtremors. In Proc 7th. U.S. National Conferrence on Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Oakland, CA.,Vol. II, 1325-1333.
  30. Martirosyan, A., U. Dutta, N. Biswas, A. Papageorgiou, and R. Combellick(2002). Determination of Site responsein Anchorage, Alaska, on the basis ofspectral ratio methods, Earthquake Spectra 18, 85-104
  31. Martirosyan, A., N. Biswas, U. Dutta, D. Cole (2002). Investigation of the ground-motion characteristics in Anchorage, Alaska: using 1-D soil model. In Proc. 7th. U.S. National Conferrence on Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Oakland, CA., Vol.II, 1335-1343.
  32. Dutta, U., A.Martirosyan, N. Biswas, A.Papageorgiou, andR. Combellick (2001).Estimation of S-wave site response in Anchorage, Alaska from weak motion data using general­ized inversion method,Bull. Seism. Soc. America, Vol. 91, 335-346.
  33. Dutta, U., N. Biswas, A. Martirosyan,S. Nath, M. Dravinski, A. Papageorgiou, and R. Combellick (2000). Delineation of spatial variation of shear wave velocity with high fre­quency Rayleigh waves in Anchorage, Alaska, Geophysical Journal International, Vol.143, No. 2, 365-375.
  34. Dutta, U., A. Martirosyan, N. Biswas, and A. Papageorgiou (2000). Determination of site factor in Anchorage, Alaska for seismic microzonation studies, In Proc. 6th. International Conference on Seismic Zonation, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Oakland, CA., 253-258
  35. Martirosyan, A. H., U. Dutta, N. N Biswas, M. Dravinski, A. Papageorgiou, and R. Combellick (2000). Site Amplification studies for Anchorage, Alaska, In Proc.6th. International Conference on Seismic Zonation, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Oakland, CA. 557-562.
  36. Dutta, U., and R. K. Verma (1996). Analysis of aeromagnetic anomalies over the eastern part of the Narmada-Son lineament, Jour. Assoc. Expl. Geophys. Vol. XVII, No. 1., 17-33.
  37. Verma, R. K., G. S. Roonwal, V. P. Kamble, W. K. Mohanty, U. Dutta, Y. Gupta, D. Chatterjee,N. Kumar,andP. K. S. Chauhan (1995).Seismicity of Delhi and surrounding region, Jour. Himalayan Geology, Vol. 6, No. 1, 75-82.
  38. Verma, R. K., G. S. Roonwal, V. P. Kamble, U. Dutta, N. Kumar, Y. Gupta,andS. Sood (1995).Seismicity of Northwestern part of the Himalayan arc, Delhi-Hardwar ridge and Garhwal -Kumaun Himalaya region: Asynthesis of existing data, Mem. Geol. Soc. India, No. 30,83-99.
  39. Verma, R.K., and U. Dutta (1994). Analysis of aeromanetic anomalies over the central part ofNarmada-Son lineament, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 142, No. 2,383- 404.