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John F. Hall

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  • BSCE, WVU, 1972
  • MS, University of Illinois
  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley

John F. Hall graduated from West Virginia University in 1972 and went on to get his MS from the University of Illinois and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his PhD study he worked as a practicing engineer in Chicago designing buildings. Dr. Hall has spent the last 30 years at the California Institute of Technology as Professor of Civil Engineering, where he also served as Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs. He has taught classes in civil, mechanical and aeronautical engineering and published many investigations on earthquake effects on structures. Dr. Hall has served on seismic advisory boards for the California Departments of Transportation and Dam Safety and led the reconnaissance effort into the 1993 Northridge earthquake. During the last two years, he has switched his academic emphasis to water resources engineering, especially environmental problems caused by large water acquisition projects. Dr. Hall is currently writing a book on hydraulic engineering and developing a seminar series on the political/legaI/environmental effects of water development in California.