Archives for 2013

Northridge 20 Symposium: Save the Dates


To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 Northridge, CA earthquake, Northridge 20 will open on Thursday, January 16, 2014 with a multidisciplinary plenary session, “NorthridgeEarthquake: Impacts, Outcomes, Next Steps,” and continue on Friday, January 17, 2014 with concurrent technical and educational sessions on a wide variety of related topics.

Please save the dates on your calendar now so that you can attend this important event! More information, including registration details, speakers list, and the symposium agenda, will be made available at the Northridge 20 website in the coming months.

The current participating organizations include the American Institute of Steel Constriction, California Earthquake Authority, the California Seismic Safety Commission, Caltrans, City of LA Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Los Angeles Tall Building Structural Design Council (LATBSDC), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, Southern California Earthquake Center, the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), University of California, Los Angeles, and the United States Geological Survey.

Shah Family Innovation Prize: Nominations for next prize will open in Fall 2014

Do you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? Members are encouraged to nominate candidates for the Shah Family Innovation Prize from government, private firms, academia, and the international community.

The Shah Family Innovation Prize was created with a substantial gift to the EERI Endowment Fund by the Haresh C. Shah family of Stanford, California. The intent of the prize is to stimulate further creativity and leadership in the earthquake risk mitigation community and EERI.

The selection process recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential, emphasizing creative and innovative thinkers who have demonstrated at early stages in their careers the potential to make major contributions. EERI membership is not required for either the nominator or candidate, although it is strongly encouraged. For the 2014 prize, candidates must be less than 35 years of age on January 1, 2015.

Nominations for the 2014 Shah Innovation Prize will be accepted starting in the fall 2014. The opening of the nomination period will be announced in The Pulse and on the EERI website.

For more information about the required nomination package, selection criteria, and past winners, visit

10NCEE Update: Registration, Papers, and New Sponsors

Registration for the Tenth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE) will open in early 2014. As the new year approaches, visit the 10NCEE website for the latest updates and news at

10NCEE websiteThe 10NCEE program committee has received nearly 800 papers from potential authors and presenters. Authors will receive review comments and confirmation of acceptance of their papers by February 1, 2014. Final revised papers will be due by March 15, 2014. Final submission of the paper must be accompanied by payment of the full conference registration fee for the presenting author.

Of the 800 10NCEE papers received, there were a wide range of topics being covered. Here is a sampling of the most common topics:

  • Buildings, Structural and Non-Structural Systems (214)
  • Seismic Isolation, Energy Dissipation and Control Systems (68)
  • Ground Motion, Seismicity, Seismic Hazard Assessment (67)
  • Soils, Foundations, Soil-Structure Interaction, and Slope Stability (53)
  • Bridge Structures (53)
  • Risk and Loss Assessment (52)

The 10NCEE is also an important event for earthquake engineering professionals globally with authors representing:

  • USA (429)
  • Japan (57)
  • Canada (53)
  • Iran (25)
  • New Zealand (24)
  • India (23)
  • Taiwan (23)
  • Italy (22)
  • Turkey (22)

New Sponsors
FM Global (10NCEE Bronze Sponsor)FM Global (M. EERI) is a new Bronze Sponsor of 10NCEE. FM Global provides comprehensive global commercial and industrial property insurance, engineering-driven underwriting and risk management solutions, groundbreaking property loss prevention research and prompt, professional claims handling.

As a mutual company, FM Global products and services directly support its clients’ overall risk management objectives through: (1) understanding the nature and reality of their specific risks; (2) establishing sound loss prevention solutions that safeguard against loss; (3) developing cost-effective insurance and risk transfer solutions backed by large, stable capacity; and (4) providing the claims and loss mitigation support to minimize business disruption.

For more information about FM Global, visit external link icon.

New EERI Subscribing Member: CoreBrace

EERI would like to take this opportunity to welcome its newest subscribing member. CoreBrace is now a Silver subscribing member of the Institute.

New Silver Subscribing Member
CoreBrace (EERI Silver Subscribing Member)CoreBrace (M. EERI, 2013) designs and fabricates Buckling Restrained Braces at its facility in West Jordan, Utah. The company prides itself in the design and fabrication support that it provides engineers and steel fabricators. Each brace is custom built for project needs in a timely manner to meet even the tightest schedules. CoreBrace’s specialties include buckling restrained brace design, buckling restrained brace fabrication, connection design, seismic design, and much more.

For more information about CoreBrace, visit external link icon.

If you want to connect with new members of the Institute, you will find them in the online EERI Membership Directory, which requires logging into the Member Resources Area of the EERI website.

EERI Oral History on Ugo Morelli

Earlier this month EERI members (Regular, Young Professional, Retired, Honorary, and Affiliate) received the latest issue in The EERI Oral History Series. Volume 21 features interviews of Ugo Morelli (M. EERI, 1996) by Robert Reitherman (M. EERI, 1979) and a personal introduction by Diana Todd. This volume explores how Morelli went from Intelligence work with the U.S. Army in World War II to a career in emergency management that had great impacts on the field of earthquake engineering.

Ugo MorelliDuring his career, Morelli saw the birth of FEMA, NEHRP, and BSSC. This Oral History includes conversations about Morelli’s childhood in Italy, education at Harvard, and how a temporary job became a thirty-two-year career in emergency management. Read this Oral History to learn more about Morelli’s amazing life and accomplished career in his own words.

EERI Oral History Featuring Ugo Morelli The Ugo Morelli Oral History is also available online as a PDF download here: This volume of The EERI Oral History Series was produced with financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Connections: The EERI Oral History Series, initiated by Stanley Scott, serves to preserve the recollections of those who have had pioneering careers in the field of earthquake engineering. To see the full list of volumes in The EERI Oral History Series, visit

The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, Dec. 1, Issue Available

You may read the December 1, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI’s e-newsletter, at

December 1, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI's email newsletter

EERI Letter to NSF on the Future of Earthquake Engineering Research

Following the National Science Foundation (NSF) decision to not move forward with an award for NEES2 Operations, EERI President Ian Buckle sent a letter of concern to NSF on behalf of the EERI Board of Directors. The October 30, 2013 letter expresses unease about this decision and the lack of specifics or a timeline for the announcement of an alternate plan.

NSF has since replied saying the federal shutdown in October and budget uncertainties have led to this delay and, in the meantime, researchers should be aware that proposals are being accepted for use of the NEES facilities through the usual channels.

EERI played an active role in the establishment of the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) external link icon more than a decade ago, and has watched it grow and mature into a remarkably successful program in earthquake risk reduction. Since its creation, NEES has become a key part of a community-wide effort to enhance the seismic resilience of the nation and has played a unique and essential role in this regard.

To read President Buckle’s letter (PDF), visit

EERI Team Visits New Zealand

In September, a team of EERI members and colleagues visited the areas of New Zealand affected by the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. The New Zealand field visit was part of an initiative to document Building Back Better practices being developed by the European Union, the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) external link icon.

Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction of the World BankThe following EERI members traveled to New Zealand for the field visit: Scott Miles (M. EERI, 2009), Western Washington University, and Dana Brechwald (M. EERI, 2013), Association of Bay Area Governments. The following experts also joined the team: Katalin Demeter, GFDRR, World Bank; Rachel Davidson (M. EERI, 1995), University of Delaware on sabbatical at the University of Canterbury; David Johnston (M. EERI, 2013), GNS Science and Massey University; Stefano Pampanin (M. EERI, 2011), University of Canterbury and, President, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering; Sarah Beaven and Sonia Giovinazzi, University of Canterbury; Suzanne Wilkinson, Sandeeka Mannakkara, and Tinu Rose, University of Auckland.

The team aimed to track Building Back Better practices that led to successful outcomes with a specific emphasis on housing, land-use planning, insurance, commerce, the seismic design code, and infrastructure. The field visit was comprised of a series of interviews with government and non-government officials, interviews of the resident population in reconstructed and resettled locations, as well as an informal survey of the building structures in the central business district.

The New Zealand field visit was funded by a grant agreement between EERI and the GFDRR at the World Bank. A report on the Building Back Better practices and lessons learned will be available early next year.

EERI Booth at AGU Fall Meeting

Be sure to stop by the EERI booth (space 741) at this year’s AGU Fall Meeting at the Moscone Center (Hall D) in San Francisco, California.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) logoThe Institute invites EERI members who will attend the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting to visit the EERI booth and connect with old and new colleagues. The EERI booth will feature a game, best-selling monographs, special and themed issues of Earthquake Spectra, and other resources. EERI staff will be on hand to provide meeting participants with information about the Institute.

The EERI booth is open: Tuesday to Thursday, Dec. 10-12, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, Nov. 15, Issue Available

You may read the November 15, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI’s e-newsletter, at

November 15, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI's email newsletter