Tara C. Hutchinson

Term: 2018-2021


Tara Hutchinson is a Professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego with broad research interests in the area of geotechnical, structural and earthquake engineering. Much of her efforts involve full- or large-scale shake table and fixed reaction-type experimentation.

She obtained her Ph.D. in 2001 at UC Davis and M.S. in 1995 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to her current appointment, she served on the faculty at the University of California, Irvine until 2007. She has been on the faculty at UC San Diego since 2007.

She has been an active contributor of various EERI activities, including serving on the Earthquake Spectra editorial board (recently completing a 10 year term), on several LFE reconnaissance efforts, and currently serving as the co-chair for the technical program of the EERI 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (to be held in 2018 in Los Angeles).


I am truly honored to be considered to serve on the EERI board of directors. Amidst a list of distinguished colleagues who thanklessly offer their expertise, time, and energy to support the mission of EERI, serving on the BOD offers one the opportunity to both continue to support the excellent ongoing programs EERI has built through the years; while also enriching it with new ideas. In particular, the expanse of many technical societies into a wider range of natural hazards as well as the availability of new technologies are elements the Institute should pay particular attention as it continues to serve its constituents as a leading global organization representing earthquake professionals. Should the opportunity to serve on the board matriculate, my focus would be on supporting our advancement as a scientific and engineering community with these elements in mind, with an overall eye on supporting EERIs overarching desire to mitigate future losses from earthquakes.