Jorge F. Meneses

Director
Term: 2019 – 2022

Biography

Jorge F. Meneses, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, RMA Group, Inc., has more than 30 years of consultancy, project management, research, and teaching experience, in both private industry and research institutions in the field of geotechnical and earthquake engineering. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in geotechnical earthquake engineering and foundation engineering across the country and various markets including water, nuclear, transportation, high rise buildings, energy, schools, hospitals, commercial and industrial. Dr. Meneses frequently acts as a peer reviewer for technical conferences and technical journal publications, is a guest speaker for domestic and international conferences, and has published more than 60 technical publications. He is currently a part-time faculty member in the graduate school of San Diego State University. He is the President and Founder of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) San Diego Chapter, California Seismic Safety Commissioner, Honorary Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, Member of the ASCE 7-16 (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures) and ASCE 1 (Geotechnical Analysis, Design, Construction, Inspection and Monitoring of Nuclear Safety-Related Structures) Committees, member of the Industry Advisory Board, Department of Structural Engineering (University of California San Diego), member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Vision

• Strengthen the EERI Regional Chapters. The regional chapters are important groups to promote and disseminate the EERI mission at small scale. I will support and strengthen the chapters with the objective of broadening their memberships.
• Reduce communication gap between researchers and practitioners. Earthquake engineering is permanently evolving and each earthquake teaches new lessons. My unique position between academia and consultancy makes me suitable to promote the reduction of the ever expanding communication gap between research and practice. I will also encourage practitioners to publish in the Journal Earthquake Spectra, in the topic category of “Earthquake Engineering Practice.”
• Promote exchange of technology on earthquake engineering. I will strengthen relations with earthquake risk mitigation centers to promote the exchange of information and technologies focusing on reducing earthquake risk in poverty-stricken areas in the world, particularly those areas with large population densities.
• Increase international membership particularly from Asian, Latin American and European countries. Current numbers of EERI members of countries such as China, Japan, and India do not reflect the population and size of the local earthquake engineering communities. We need a strong international network of earthquake professionals across the world. This will facilitate the exchange of technologies, coordination and organization of post-earthquake reconnaissance missions, and coordination of mitigation plans. Also this will result in more effective ways of raising awareness of the most seismically vulnerable regions of the world.