Speaker Name(s): Shamim A. Sheikh, PhD, P.Eng Description: The Kashmir earthquake of October 8, 2005 was the latest of major earthquakes that have caused devastation around the world. In addition to more than 76,000 deaths and 80,000 injured, the earthquake made over 3 million people homeless. Most of the loss of life and damage was due to the destruction of housing and other structures. Structures built before 1971 even in the developed countries were not adequately designed for earthquake resistance. In the developing world, a large part of construction still lacks the minimum seismic standards. Recent developments in earthquake engineering research provided guidelines for the design of new structures and retrofitting of old ones for safe earthquake resistance.