2013 EERI Annual Meeting Organizing Committee update

For my individual Housner Fellow project I decided to take an active role with organizing the 2013 EERI Annual Meeting. The Local Organizing Committee is in the proverbial home stretch in planning the 2013 Annual Meeting technical sessions and I would like to take this opportunity to share some of my thoughts.

Serving as co-chair of this committee has definitely been a learning experience for me and I want to thank my co-chair Scott Miles and all of the committee for their hard work compiling the program. Going into the process, I really wanted to provide sessions that relate to a local audience as well as touching on national and international topics. We have sessions on tsunami risk and vulnerable buildings, both very relevant to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. And we also have sessions on resilience and sustainability – both are topics of national significance that will continue to shape the field of earthquake engineering.

Each session organizer is currently working with their respective panelists and speakers to arrive at a cohesive and well-coordinated session. The pre-conference workshop planning is nearly complete and we are finishing up the last details for the three tours which conclude the meeting. Please visit http://2013am.eeri.org/ to register and learn more about the program. While there, don’t forget to register for the Christchurch Earthquakes pre-conference workshop.

Earthquake engineering is necessarily a broad field and we have done our best to create a program with the breadth to interest all EERI members while offering enough substance to engage our many technical experts. I hope everyone finds the program relevant and interesting and I look forward to seeing you in Seattle next month.

Happy New Year!