Distinguished Teaching Awards -- Anil Chopra
By Steve Tollefson, Educational Development -- Student Life
"This was a liberating event," Chopra recalls. "I was free to start from scratch."
Out of this revitalization came a widely acclaimed textbook, "Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering." Chopra's students, not known for their lavish praise of textbooks in general, feel differently about this one. "The book is awesome ã I enjoyed reading it!" one student commented.
Dedication to student learning is evident in all aspects of Chopra's teaching. Beyond making a conceptually difficult subject accessible to students, "it is my goal to share with them the satisfaction of comprehending ã and the joy of resolving ã complex structural dynamics issues that arise in ensuring seismic safety," he says.
A widely respected authority on structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, Chopra received his BS from Banaras Hindu University, and his PhD from Berkeley. He joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1967.