EERI announces 2019 student paper awards

EERI is pleased to announce the winners of the EERI 2019 Student Paper Awards! The winners will be honored at the EERI award ceremony at the 2020 National Earthquake Conference and EERI Annual Meeting.

Award TengThe Graduate Student Paper Award goes to Ganyu Teng of Stanford University for the paper, “Evaluation of SCEC CyberShake Ground Motions for Engineering Practice” with Jack Baker (M.EERI,2004). Ganyu is a third-year Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering and a part of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity. Her research focuses on short-term probabilistic hazard assessment for regions of induced seismicity, specifically on hydraulic-fracturing-related earthquakes. Ganyu received her B.E. in Civil Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. During her M.S. at Stanford, she worked on the evaluation of CyberShake ground motions for potential application to high-rise building design in the Los Angeles region.

Award IssaThe Undergraduate Student Paper Award goes to Omar Issa (M.EERI,2018) of UCLA for the paper, “Comparing the Seismic Collapse Performance of Cantilever Column and Moment Frame Retrofits for Wood Frame Structures Using Los Angeles Soft-Story Basic Ordinance Guidelines.” Omar is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil & environmental engineering, while also serving as the president of the EERI Student Chapter. As an undergraduate researcher in the Burton Research Group & the Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, he is passionate about improving the resilience of urban regions to natural disasters. Along with his research, Omar credits his reconnaissance work following the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake for motivating him to pursue further education in Structural/Earthquake Engineering.