Profile of Dr. Jagmohan Humar
Jagmohan Humar, is Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of
Civil Engineering at Carleton University. He is a Fellow of the
Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), a Fellow of the Engineering
Institute of Canada (EIC), and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy
of Engineering (CAE). At Carleton he served as the Chairman of the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1989 to 2000.
Humar has received several awards in recognition of his excellence
in teaching and research and for services rendered to his profession
and to Canada. They include Carleton University’s Award for
Excellence in Teaching, Research Achievement Award, Davidson Dunton
Lecturership, and Chancellor’s Professorship, and the CSCE’s
Gzowski Medal, the A.B. Sanderson Award and the Whitman Wright Award.
Humar’s main research interest is in structural dynamics and
earthquake engineering. He has published widely in these areas and
is also the author of a comprehensive and authoritative book entitled
“Dynamics of Structures”, now in its second edition.
Dr. Humar has also served as a special consultant for several outstanding
civil engineering projects, including the National Aviation Museum
in Ottawa and the SkyDome in Toronto.
Humar is an active member of the community. He serves as the President
of the Jain Society of Ottawa Carleton and a member of Ottawa’s
Multi-faith Council. He is also a founder and active participant
in a project on Women Empowerment in India. In recognition of the
quality of the project, the Canadian Development Agency provided
valuable support to it during its formative years. Dr. Humar is
well known for his poetical works in Hindi and has published a book
of poems entitled “Jeevan ke Rang”.
of the Talk
of his talk at the ICFC on June 3, 2007: "From Himalay
to Bhuj: The forces that shape and shake the earth"
a relatively thin but solid crust of the earth, there lies a restless
viscous mass of very hot soil and rock called mantle. From time
to time it vents its fury by erupting through the mouth of a volcano,
or causing the crust to shake. More often, however, the tectonic
forces trapped in the viscous mass remain invisible, slowly but
certainly changing the topography of the earth. These are the forces
that have caused the continents to drift, and mountains such as
Himalayas to form.
earth’s crust is divided into a series of plates separated
from each other by fault lines. As the underlying mantle moves these
plates move relative to each other colliding, sliding, subducting
and fracturing in a sudden spasm. The energy released through fracturing
or subduction sends tremors through the earth. These are the tremors
that we know as earthquakes.
is the natural hazard that has caused most deaths and destruction.
The proposed talk will explore the phenomenon of earthquake. It
will address questions such as: can we predict an earthquake, what
is cause of the loss of life and property during an earthquake,
what can we do to minimize this loss, and others.
of these questions will be addressed in the framework of the Bhuj
(India) earthquake of 26 January, 2001 and illustrated by pictures.
The speaker led a team of Canadian engineers to survey the damage
caused by the earthquake and to learn from what was observed in
the aftermath of the quake. The experiences of that visit will be