H. Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E.
H. Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E., is the CEO and a structural engineer for Miyamoto International, Global Risk Miyamoto and a nonprofit organization, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief. He is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner. Under his leadership, more than 14,000 projects have been successfully completed worldwide. Known for innovative engineering, Dr. Miyamoto gains industry recognition, including the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Excellence in Structural Engineering Award. Dr. Miyamoto specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, and disaster mitigation, response, and reconstruction.
Dr. Miyamoto was an expert consultant to the World Bank on the seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul, Turkey. He worked with the government of Haiti, the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various NGOs to conduct seismic assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures in that country. Dr. Miyamoto is currently implementing the repair and strengthening of more than 120,000 damaged Haitian buildings. He is also involved with post-disaster reconstruction in New Zealand and natural disaster risk reduction in Bangkok.
A past director for the Structural Engineers Association of California, Dr. Miyamoto is an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow, who has served on many code-writing organizations, including the ASCE 7 Seismic Task Committee. He was also an adjunct professor at California State University. Dr. Miyamoto holds graduate degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni.
Dr. Miyamoto has published more than 100 technical papers and is a frequent international speaker on disaster issues. He has been featured by several media organizations, including CNN, NBC, the Discovery Channel, the New York Times, and Rolling Stone.