Free webinar: Advances in Seismic Risk Assessment using Simulated Earthquake Ground Motions

Webinar: Advances in Seismic Risk Assessment using Simulated Earthquake Ground Motions

Monday, August 10 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET  
Cost: Free (PDH hours included upon request)


Presented by the EERI Younger Members Committee, this webinar will discuss recent studies that utilize physics-based simulations to identify the important characteristics of earthquake ground motions and expected structural response. Physics-based simulations of earthquake ground motions have steadily emerged as an alternative for seismic risk assessment of civil structures, particularly for regions expected to experience large-magnitude and rare earthquakes, for which few observational data is available.

Speakers will explore approaches in three regions in the United States: (1) shallow crustal earthquakes representative of Hayward Fault ruptures in the San Francisco Bay Area; (2) large-magnitude earthquakes due the Cascadia Subduction Zone in the Pacific Northwest; and (3) SCEC CyberShake earthquakes in the Los Angeles area. All studies utilize large-scale three-dimensional models that characterize the sedimentary basin in their respective regions. Panelists will also discuss the effects of the geologic structure on the simulated ground motions and the impacts on the structural demands and collapse risk.


Maha Kenawy is a postdoctoral scholar in structural engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on assessing the performance of reinforced concrete structures subjected to extreme events, and characterizing regional earthquake hazard and risks to the built environment. Maha holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a M.Sc and B.Sc from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is the recipient of the 2016 ASCE O.H. Ammann Research Award in Structural Engineering, and the AUC Laboratory Instruction Graduate Fellowship. She serves as a co-chair of EERI’s Younger Members Committee and a member of the Student Awards Committee, and has previously served as president of the EERI UC Davis student chapter and secretary of the EERI Student Leadership Council.

Nasser Marafi is a Senior Modeler at Risk Management Solutions, Inc. in Newark, California. Prior to joining RMS, Nasser held a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, where he also earned his PhD studying the effects of large-magnitude subduction earthquakes on structures located in deep sedimentary basins. During his studies, Nasser received the EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowship, EERI Graduate Student Paper Award, and the UW-CEE Charles H. Norris Award.

Nenad Bijelić is a postdoctoral scholar at the Unit of Applied Mechanics, University of Innsbruck, Austria. He obtained his Ph.D. (2018) and M.S. (2014) from Stanford University and B.S. (2010) from the University of Zagreb, Croatia all in civil engineering. In 2012, he received a Fulbright Science and Technology award to study earthquake engineering in the U.S. His research is in the area of structural and earthquake engineering, focusing on dynamics of nonlinear systems and application of statistical and machine learning tools.