Engineering tutor Dr Najif Ismail received the 2020 EQC/New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Ivan Skinner Award this week.
Earthquake devastation in Pakistan and Christchurch has been the driving force behind the work and career of Dr Ismail and his work in earthquake engineering.
Dr Ismail says he has dedicated his career to seismic hazards since his university days when his homeland Pakistan was hit by a huge earthquake in 2005 killing 86,000 people, “From then on all my life has been about earthquake resilience."
He moved to New Zealand to complete a PhD in assessing and strengthening existing buildings at the University of Auckland. While studying the Christchurch earthquake struck and Dr Ismail went to work assessing and tagging building for earthquake damage throughout the CBD.
Dr Ismail has worked, lectured and published across New Zealand and overseas in his chosen field of earthquake strengthening. In 2013 received the Masonry Society Best PhD Dissertation Award for his thesis on strengthening unreinforced masonry buildings. He is now an Engineering tutor at WelTec and works with the Hutt City Council to assess earthquake risks to commercial and industrial buildings near the Wellington Fault line. The award will enable him to complete this vital research project.