Board of Directors

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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


 
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Ian Buckle

Past President

Biography

Ian Buckle is a Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and director of the University’s Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research. He has previously served as the deputy vice-chancellor (research), University of Auckland, New Zealand,

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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,  Read more


 
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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


 
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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  Read more


 
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Scott Ashford

Director

Biography

Scott Ashford is the Kearney professor of engineering and head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). He joined OSU in 2007 as school head and served as interim dean of engineering in 2011-12. Scott oversees one of the largest civil and construction engineering programs in the country, with more than 1,000 students. Under his leadership, the School of Civil and Construction Engineering has  Read more


 
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David Cocke

Director

Biography

David Cocke, S.E. has been practicing Structural Engineering since he moved to California from Virginia in 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 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Read more


 
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Kenneth J. Elwood

Director

Biography

Kenneth J. Elwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Ken received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002, his M.S. from the University of Illinois at  Read more


 
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Danielle Mieler

Director

Biography

Danielle Hutchings Mieler, P.E. is the Resilience Program Coordinator for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). She received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz.  Read more


 
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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 Senior Associate with Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in New York City, where she directs the firm’s Geo-Seismic Department. 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. Her technical capabilities span from structural to geotechnical engineering in multi-hazard environments with emphasis on performance-based engineering, seismic hazard analysis, liquefaction evaluation and mitigation and risk/resiliency assessment of critical facilities. Sissy’s approach to challenging bridge, infrastructure, and private development projects is to bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop unique, creative solutions in continuous dialogue with clients.

Sissy is a dedicated EERI member with many leadership roles over the years. She was one of the founding members of the UB student chapter and the New York-Northeast Regional Chapter where she currently serves as President; she is a member of the Initiatives Development Committee (IDC) and a mentor to several student chapters. She serves on scientific committees, including the one that created the 2014 New York City Building Code, and has been part of reconnaissance and recovery missions after disasters including 9-11, Hurricane Sandy, and several earthquakes. With an active involvement with the academic community, Sissy keeps advancing the state of practice of earthquake engineering as is evident in her numerous publications and in recognitions such as the Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice of Earthquake Engineering.

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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