Ross W. Boulanger

Director

Biography

Ross W. Boulanger is the Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and 1987, respectively, and his B.A.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1986. He became a registered professional engineer in the State of California in 1992.

Ross W. Boulanger is the Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and 1987, respectively, and his B.A.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1986. He became a registered professional engineer in the State of California in 1992.

Ross’ research and professional practice are primarily related to liquefaction and its remediation, seismic soil-pile-structure interaction, and seismic performance of dams and levees. His research over the past 25 years has produced over 200 publications, including co-authoring with I. M. Idriss the EERI Monograph MNO-12 on Soil Liquefaction during Earthquakes. He has served as a technical specialist on seismic remediation and dam safety projects for private, state, and federal organizations. His honors include the TK Hsieh Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Ralph B. Peck Award, Norman Medal, Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, and Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Ross’ professional service includes being a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Society on Dams (USSD) from 2009-2015, member of the Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Committee of ASCE since 1996 (chair from 2004-2009), vice-chair of the Technical Committee on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) since 2009, co-leader with Nick Sitar on the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) team for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan, and member of the Research Committee for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center from 2003-2010.

Ross became a member of EERI in 1992, and has served on the Nominating Committee (2012-2014), the Proceedings Committee of the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference (2004-2006), and the Publications Policy Committee (1999-2004). He was a speaker for EERI’s seminar series on Learning from Recent Major Earthquakes in 2012 and on Soil Liquefaction during Earthquakes in 2010.

Vision

I am committed to EERI’s vision of a world in which potential earthquake losses are widely understood and prudent steps are taken to address seismic risks, and to EERI’s envisioned role as a global leader in the investigation of earthquakes and dissemination of earthquake risk reduction information. I believe a key factor in the success of EERI’s four strategic initiatives toward realizing this vision will be the continued and strengthened ability to bring together and lead a community of related organizations with shared and overlapping visions. Partnerships with a wide host of national and international organizations are a vital way of leveraging financial and human resources toward enhancing our educational programs, expanding outreach and advocacy, strengthening international activities, and broadening our membership – i.e., all four of EERI’s strategic initiatives. In my career, I have found that partnerships across local, national, and international geotechnical and earthquake engineering related organizations have been highly effective and satisfying means for achieving goals for all involved.