Research Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
A.B., Harvard University, 1988; Ph.D., Caltech, 1995. Assistant Research Engineer, University of California (Los Angeles), 1998-2011. Visiting Associate, Caltech, 2007-11; Lecturer, 2009, 2012, 2013; Research Assistant Professor, 2011-17; Research Professor, 2018-.
Research interests: earthquake engineering, damage detection, seismic tomography, wave propagation, and real-time internet-of-things seismic arrays
Professor Kohler's research uses technological advances in sensor and internet-of-things developments to conduct real-time vibration monitoring of the ground, and mid-rise and high-rise buildings to study damage and failure events. She focuses on tomographic inverse methods and forward dynamic computations applied to observed and numerically simulated datasets due to earthquake, wind event, explosion, and human-generated vibration sources.