Board of Directors

Mary C. Comerio

President

Biography

Mary Comerio is a Professor in the Graduate School at UC Berkeley and a faculty member in Architecture since 1978, serving at Chair from 2006 to 2009.
As an architect, she has designed numerous public- and private facilities but her career focus has been on seismic safety for housing and post-disaster recovery. She is the author of numerous publications, bringing together engineering and retrofit technologies, economic impacts and policy guidance.  Read more


 

David A. Friedman

President-Elect

Biography

David is a Senior Principal, and emeritus President, CEO and Board Chair of Forell/Elsesser Engineers Inc., with over 40 years of professional practice (35 years at F/E!) in structural and earthquake engineering. His strength, gained over the breadth and depth of his career, is a holistic perspective of a projects’ planning, design and construction and the collaborative integration of creative structural solutions with architects, engineers and builders.
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James O. Malley

Vice President

Biography

James O. Malley is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers of San Francisco, California. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Joining Degenkolb after completing his Masters’ degree, Jim now has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures.  Read more


 

Janiele Maffei

Secretary/Treasurer

Biography

Janiele Maffei is Chief Mitigation Officer of the California Earthquake Authority in Sacramento, California. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she obtained her AB degree in architecture and an MS in civil engineering. Maffei is a registered structural engineer who has worked in the earthquake engineering industry for over 30 years.   Read more


 

Lucy Arendt

Director

Biography

Lucy Arendt, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean and Director of the Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is also an Associate Professor of Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been a full-time faculty member since 2006. She was the recipient of the 2008 Founders Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2010 Student Nominated Teaching Award.  Read more


 

Ross W. Boulanger

Director

Biography

Ross W. Boulanger is the Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and 1987, respectively, and his B.A.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1986. He became a registered professional engineer in the State of California in 1992.  Read more


 

David Cocke

Director

Biography

David Cocke, S.E. has been practicing Structural Engineering since 1981. He received his Bachelors from Virginia Tech and his Masters from San Jose State University. David founded Structural Focus in 2001 after 20 years at Degenkolb Engineers. He is a registered Structural Engineer in California and several other states, with expertise in seismic evaluation, historic preservation, retrofits and new design.

David joined EERI in 1992 and is a Charter Member of the Southern California Chapter. He is an active member of the EERI Initiatives Development Committee and has participated in the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program. David has served on the Board of Directors of numerous other organizations including the California Preservation Foundation, Pasadena Heritage, USC Architectural Guild, SEAONC, SEAOSC, and SEAOC, and is currently on the Board Los Angeles Conservancy and the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineers Institute of ASCE, as well as the EERI Board of Directors. David has also served as the SEAOC appointed Alternate Structural Engineer Member on the California Historical Building Safety Board since 2007.

In 2014, David was named to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Mayoral Seismic Safety Task Force to perform a year-long study of seismic risk in Los Angeles, resulting in the Mayor’s Resilience by Design report. The focus of the study was to improve community resilience. The report included the basis for the recent Los Angeles’ seismic retrofit ordinances – the strictest seismic retrofit ordinances in the nation.

A few of David’s more notable projects include the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Red Bull North American Headquarters, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, DreamWorks Animation Lakeside Annex, Warner Bros. Post-Production Facility, and Sony Pictures Akio Morita building. David has been leading the effort to bring Back to Business (B2B), a Building Occupancy Resumption Program, to Southern California. In 2013, his team worked with DreamWorks to establish southern California’s first B2B in the City of Glendale. Now the team is partnering with a multitude of clients and cities throughout Southern California to establish their programs.

Vision

I am extremely honored to be part of the EERI Board of Directors. I have always held EERI apart from other engineering organizations because of its diverse membership. EERI has impressed on me that we as practicing Structural Engineers have a critical role in the reduction of seismic risk, to be successful it is vital for us to work with other earthquake professionals. EERI provides us with a platform to be successful by engaging professionals from all fields who share the goal of seismic risk reduction stated in the EERI mission statement.

It is my desire to serve on the Board as a voice representing practicing Structural Engineers. I believe that it is important to include practicing Structural Engineers on the Board as they are actively involved in the evaluation and design of the buildings in our communities. Our practicing Engineers can be considered to be “on the front line” – they must communicate the importance of good engineering and construction practices to reduce their clients’ and other stakeholders’ risks, and reduce the risks to the buildings’ occupants, even for decades in the future. Learning from other professionals involved in EERI will prepare Engineers to do a better job at communicating that message so that we can truly reduce our society’s earthquake risks.

As a member of the Initiatives Development Committee, I have seen that there is enthusiasm and motivation to further EERI’s Mission. We need to gather those ideas, harness that enthusiasm, help where possible, and point our members in the right direction. As part of the EERI Board of Directors, I will continue these efforts.

My experience as a Visiting Professional has also been very meaningful to me. During our discussions, students shared their interest in inspirational stories from our projects, they are not only interested in the math equations in our analysis and design efforts. They want to improve the world and they have chosen Structural Engineering as their path to do so. It is very important for EERI to stay connected and involve our younger professionals in the organization as their careers develop.

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Gregory G. Deierlein

Director

Biography

Gregory G. Deierlein is the John A. Blume Professor of Engineering at Stanford University where he directs the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin. Between his M.S. and Ph.D., Greg worked with Leslie E. Robertson and Associates in New York, where he was involved in the structural design of the 72-story Bank of China Building in Hong Kong and other landmark buildings.  Read more


 

Danielle Mieler

Director

Biography

Danielle Hutchings Mieler, P.E. is a Project Engineer and Risk/Resilience Specialist with A3GEO, Inc. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Danielle’s experience includes natural hazard and risk assessments, mitigation, adaptation and resilience planning, policy development, risk communication, and civil and geotechnical design for infrastructure facilities. Danielle’s career interests include incorporating resilience thinking into land use and development plans, developing actions needed to address the seismic risk of the Bay Area’s housing, and communicating hazard and risk to the public.

In her previous position as the Resilience Program Coordinator at the Association of Bay Area Governments, Danielle worked with local governments, infrastructure owners and operators, engineers, planners, and residents to jointly plan and act to create a more climate and earthquake resilient Bay Area. Danielle also spent a year working as a research engineer for GNS Science, New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute for earth sciences, where she studied the impacts of the Christchurch earthquakes and performed hazard and risk analysis for infrastructure systems and the built environment.

Danielle was an EERI Housner Fellow in the inaugural class and a former Director of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. Danielle served as co-chair of the organizing committee for the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting.

Vision

EERI is a unique organization that brings together professionals from many backgrounds to address the common issue of seismic safety. EERI has been an important organization in guiding my professional development and has introduced me to many fascinating and distinguished people.

My vision is for EERI to continue to build on its strength of producing state of the art technical information and to use that information to influence seismic safety, as well as resilience policy. EERI’s ability to develop and produce high quality scientific and technical information is one of its best strengths that we should continue to strongly support and develop. But technical information is only useful when we use it to inform action. Promoting seismic safety and resilience policy at local, state and national levels both in the United States and abroad should be a priority for bringing EERI’s work to life. This means also placing priority on finding ways to address the social, financial, and political barriers to implementing smart seismic safety policies in addition to the technical barriers.

In order to ensure EERI is able to carry out this important work in the future, EERI needs to be more inclusive and accessible for younger and international members. EERI must continue to find more ways to attract and involve younger members in its work. The Housner Program has personally supported my engagement with the EERI community and it a great opportunity for younger members. As the newly appointed young member representative on the Board, I will strive to find new opportunities to support the careers and interests of younger members. Additionally, EERI needs to expand its global presence and find ways to better serve its international members. Earthquakes are a global challenge that has devastating consequences in many developing countries. Bringing together professionals separated by distance, language, and culture is a major challenge, but one that must be overcome to address this global issue.

Finally, seismic safety is one component of a resilient community. We need to make the connection for community leaders and decision makers between seismic safety and the many other challenges a given community faces, like sea level rise, affordable housing, or aging infrastructure. As a profession we should find ways to leverage points of intersection with other hazards and common goals with other professions and organizations working to increase the resilience, sustainability, and livability of our communities.

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Sissy Nikolaou

Director

Biography

Sissy Nikolaou, PhD, PE, is a practicing earthquake engineer with more than 20 years of experience. She is a Multi-Hazards & Geotechnical Engineering Principal with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York City, where she oversees the organization’s multi-hazard resilience engineering practice. Her education includes a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), where she is now an Advisory Board member of the Dean of Engineering.  Read more


 

David J. Wald

Director

Biography

David Wald is a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Golden, Colorado and is on the Geophysics Faculty at the Colorado School of Mines. David is involved in research, management, operations, and development for the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) and the Advanced National Seismic System.  Read more