Committees

The Board of Directors recognizes that great reliance is placed on the work of committees to further EERI’s goals. Therefore, it is the policy of EERI to encourage and facilitate the work of the Institute’s committees (Article XVII, Bylaws). EERI membership is required of committee participants. Click on the following committees to view more information including committee charge and membership lists. Association Committees: View the typical organizational structure for Association Committees.

Program Committees: View the typical organizational structure for Program Committees.

 



 

Association Committees

Organizational Structure for Association Committees Association committees will include six types:  Awards, Education, Governance, Meetings, Membership, and Publications.  These committees will have the following characteristics (unless dictated otherwise in their committee charge):

  • Each committee will be led by a Chair who is appointed by the EERI Board for a term of 2 years, with an option for reappointment if agreed upon by the EERI Board.
  • Any EERI member can apply to join and participate in an open committee. The Chair is also encouraged to invite committee members to expand the committee, as are EERI Staff and Board.
  • Closed committees will have their membership appointed as indicated in their committee charge. In most cases, members of closed committees will be invited by the Chair, with support or recommendations as needed from EERI Staff or Board.
  • Annually, the committee will review its charge and develop a list of priority actions for the coming year. The committee’s progress on priority actions will be assessed at the end of the year as the updated list of priorities is developed for the following year.
  • The chair will be responsible for providing an annual written update of the committee’s progress and activities to the EERI Board.
  • The committee will meet via conference call or other mechanisms on a regular basis to conduct their business. At a minimum these meetings shall be held quarterly.
  • The EERI Board can disband any inactive committee or create new committees at their discretion.

Annual and National Meeting Advisory Committee

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Charge The Annual and National Meeting Advisory Committee provides feedback to the Local Organizing Committees and EERI staff. Appointment of Chair and Members Members are selected based on past involvement in EERI Annual Meeting planning and activities, especially chairmanship of a local organizing committee. Current Membership Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Member Roster: David Cocke Jim Malley



Earthquake Spectra Editorial Board

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Charge Manage production of Earthquake Spectra, including:

  • Identification of appropriate material, including special issues
  • Providing peer review of submitted and solicited manuscripts
  • Approving manuscripts for publication
  • Working with the Executive Director and Managing Editor to arrange for editorial guidance and final publication and
  • Monitoring and enforcing Institute policies regarding commercial product promotion
  • Select Outstanding Paper Award

Appointment of Chair and Members The Earthquake Spectra Editor is appointed by the Board to a term of five years. A multidisciplinary editorial board serves staggered three-year renewable terms. The size of the Editorial Board and its specific activities are determined by the editor. Note: Further operational details appear in the EERI Publications Strategy and Guidelines for Spectra. Current Membership Editor: Jonathan P. Stewart Associate Editor: Yousef Bozorgnia Ombudsman: Farzad Naeim Spectra Managing Editor/Staff Lead: Elizabeth Stalnaker Member Roster: Mark Aschheim Dominic Assimaki Jack W. Baker Paolo Bazzurro Brendon Bradley Louise K. Comfort Helen Crowley Rachel Davidson John Douglas Ronald T. Eguchi Kenneth Elwood Rakesh Goel Laurie Johnson Erol Kalkan Mervyn J. Kowalsky Steven L. Kramer Paulo Lorenco Gilberto Mosqueda Michael O’Rourke Keith A. Porter Ellen M. Rathje Adrian Rodriguez-Marek P. Benson Shing Peter Stafford Haluk Sucuoğlu Ertugrul Taciroglu Toru Takeuchi Harry Yeh


Finance Committee

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Charge Prepare the annual operating budget for the Institute and submit it to the Board of Directors for approval at the fall meeting of the Board. During the fiscal year monitor the income and expenses of the Institute. Chair to submit progress reports to the Board of Directors during regularly scheduled meeting, and recommend modifications to the operating budget of the Institute if necessary. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Board about proposed expenditures and projected budgets for all non-operating and nonrecurring items or activities of the Institute (i.e., those items not included in the approved annual operating budget). Review and recommend to the Board of Directors the investment or disposition of reserve funds. Appointment of Chair and Members The Chair and members are appointed by the Board. Current Membership Chair: Janiele Maffei Staff Lead: Sonya Hollenbeck Member Roster: Jim Malley


Honors Committee

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Charge Submit to the Board names of nominees for the following: Annual EERI Distinguished Lecture Award: One nominee and two alternates shall be recommended to the Board each year. Candidates shall be selected for recommendation by the Honors Committee at their meeting during the Annual Meeting of the Institute. Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal: The Special Recognition Medal is presented to an individual, company, or organization that has made substantial contributions to the field of seismic safety and earthquake risk reduction, having directly affected the seismic safety of the general population. EERI Honorary Membership: Candidates shall be selected for recommendation by the Honors Committee at its second meeting of the year. No more than five and in some years no candidates may be recommended to the Board for action. If no candidates are recommended, then the Board should be so notified in writing. From the list of candidates recommended, the Board may elect no more than two members to Honorary Membership status each year. The George W. Housner Medal: Written justifications for one nominee and one alternate may be recommended to the Board each calendar year. Citations for each candidate will be prepared by prominent and well-qualified members of the Institute prior to consideration by the Board. If no candidates are recommended by the Honors Committee, then the Board should be so notified in writing. Appointment of Chair and Members The Chair is nominated by members of the Committee from the current committee membership and approved by the Board to serve a one-year renewable term. Total membership composed of five members. Members serve a maximum term of three years. New members selected annually by the Board of Directors, from nominations provided by the Committee, with retiring member(s) rotating off the Committee at the time of the EERI Annual Meeting. EERI members eligible to serve on the Committee include: past presidents of the Institute, past members of the Board of Directors, Honorary Members, and past recipients of the Housner Medal, Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Special Recognition Award, Wm B. Joyner Lecture, and the Bruce Bolt Medal. Current Membership Chair: Stephanie Chang Member Roster: Scott Ashford Farzad Naeim Ivan Wong Sharon Wood Board Liaison: David Cocke Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne


Initiatives Development Committee

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Charge The Initiatives Development Committee (IDC) makes recommendations about projects that should be funded from EERI endowment resources by completing the following tasks. For a complete description of the IDC’s role, download the IDC Charter.

    • Nourish ideas that make EERI more vital, important and healthy as an organization. Past examples include the Learning from Earthquakes Program, Technical Seminars, Concrete Coalition, World Housing Encyclopedia, and Housner Fellows.
    • Establish a process to proactively find good ideas that would engage and energize the membership.
    • Ensure that projects contribute to building staff at EERI and keep the Institute on the cutting edge of the field.
    • Assist member(s) in developing proposals to the IDC for funding with Endowment resources (The IDC would make recommendations to the Board for their final selection).

Appointment of Chair and Members The Chair and members are appointed by the Board. Current Membership Chair: Craig Comartin Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Member Roster: Cale Ash David Cocke David Friedman Judy Mitrani-Reiser Sissy Nikolaou Ellen Rathje


Membership Committee

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR Charge The Membership Committee develops strategies to increase the membership of the Institute:

  • Recommend ways to attract new members from all disciplines who can contribute to the goals of EERI, recommend ways to involve younger members, and recognize their special needs as young professionals;
  • Periodically review membership services and recommend modifications for action by the Board;
  • Periodically review membership policies and recommend new or modified policies for action by the Board;
  • Assist in preparing brochures describing the objectives and activities of the Institute and encouraging participation as a member;
  • Assist in developing an outreach program directed toward expanding the subscribing membership of the Institute;
  • Maintain a follow-up procedure on programs to determine their effectiveness;
  • Work with regional chapters to identify local needs and recommend the formation of new regional chapters.

Current Membership Chair: Ivan Wong Staff Lead: Rita Wilds Member Roster: David Friedman Keith Knudsen David Lallemant Erika Lund Joe Maffei Scott Miles Sahar Safaie Nick Sherrow-Groves


Nominating Committee

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Charge Nominate a President-Elect and two members of the Board of Directors under the following guidelines:

  1. No member of the Nominating Committee may be nominated by the Committee to any EERI office
  2. A nominee must have been an active member of the Institute for at least five years at the time of her/his nomination
  3. No individual may be nominated to more than one Board position in any two-year period
  4. The Board should at all times be representative of the geographic (national) and multidisciplinary mix of the Institute’s membership
  5. Nominees will be submitted to the Board for announcement to the membership by August 1st
  6. The Board will provide guidance in the policy directive issued to the Nominating Committee that at least one international member should sit on the Board and should an affiliate member be nominated as a candidate and stand for election to the Board, that member’s status will be upgraded to regular membership.

Appointment of Chair and Members The Chair and members are appointed by the Board. Current Membership Chair: Jim Malley Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Member Roster: David Frost Jorge Meneses Laura Samant


Oral History Committee

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN AND/OR MAKE SUGGESTIONS BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD (rita@eeri.org) AND CHAIR (robertkreitherman@gmail.com). Charge Responsible for the Connections series of publications, which are oral histories of individuals who:

  1. have made an outstanding career-long contribution to earthquake engineering, have valuable first-person accounts to offer concerning the history of earthquake engineering and
  2. have backgrounds, considering the series as a whole,that appropriately span the various disciplines that are included in the field of earthquake engineering.

The selection decisions of the Committee are recommendations forwarded to the Board of Directors for its approval to proceed. Current Membership Chair: Bob Reitherman Staff Lead: Rita Ortiz Board Liaison: John Anderson; Member Roster: Thalia Anagnos, Roger Borcherdt, Robert Hanson, Laurie Johnson, Loring Wyllie,Jr.


Professional Development Committee

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR Charge The Committee will manage EERI’s Technical Seminar Series, including: (a) Identify appropriate seminar topics and speakers; (b) Prepare seminar plans and identify locations and timing of seminars; (c) Work with Executive Director to arrange for facilities and conduct seminars. In carrying out these actions, the committee may coordinate with other committees, particularly the Monograph Editor, to identify timely seminar topics. At least one technical seminar will be conducted each year. Current Membership Chair: Jim Malley Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Member Roster: Marshall Lew


Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR(s) Charge Work with the Board of Directors to craft Institute policy positions. Periodically review significant state and federal policy initiatives regarding seismic safety. May host a forum at Annual Meetings to discuss public policy issues related to seismic safety. Current Membership Co-Chairs: Zahraa Saiyed and Chris Poland Staff Lead: Beki McElvain Member Roster: Ibrahim Almufti David Bonowitz Christine Butterfield Arrietta Chakos Louise Comfort Sahar Derakhshan Charlie Eadie Michael Germeraad Phillip Gould Anne Hulsey Rob Jackson Victoria Johnson Keith Knudsen Laurence Kornfield Janiele Maffei Peter May Rob Olshansky Robert Olson Tom O’Rourke Jelena Pantelic Jeanne Perkins Chris Poland Sharyl Rabinovici Zahraa Saiyed Woody Savage Charles Scawthorn Hope Seligson Kathleen Tierney Tom Tobin Ken Topping Yumei Wang Barry Welliver Michael Willford


Shah Family Innovation Prize Selection Committee

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Charge Solicit and review nominations and select individuals to receive the prize. The award will be presented at the EERI Annual Meeting. Appointment of Chair and Members The Chair and members are appointed by the Board. Current Membership Chair: Emily So Staff Lead: Silvana Cobos Member Roster: Gregory Deierlein Jack Baker Glen Rix Chuck Menun 


Student Activities Committee

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR Charge Focus on secondary and university education:

  1. At the university level, interact with interested faculty in order to encourage student activities and formation student chapters
  2. Develop an incentive mechanism for transferring student members to active members
  3. Promote and conduct a student paper contest for the EERI Annual Meeting
  4. Assist in the development of professionally oriented graduate programs in Earthquake Engineering, if requested
  5. Annually, coordinate with the Executive Director to review applications for the EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowship and select a recipient
  6. Annually, coordinate with the Executive Director to recommend graduate students and young professionals to receive Annual Meeting attendance grants.

Current Membership Chair: Terri Norton Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Member Roster: Anahid Behrouzi Patricia Clayton James Kaklamanos Arash Khosravifar Joel Lanning Benjamin Mason Andreas Stavridis


Student Leadership Council

OPEN – Eligible Members (per the SLC bylaws) can apply to join by contacting the Staff Lead and Co-Chairs Visit the SLC web pages for additional information. Charge The members of the EERI Student Leadership Council represent their university’s student chapter in an effort to: – Promote earthquake engineering practice and research among undergraduate and graduate students – Gain practical experience and exposure to earthquake engineering – Develop a community and network between EERI student chapters and student members Current Membership Co-Presidents: Kristen Hess & Yi Tyan Tsai Staff Lead: Maggie Ortiz-Millan Secretary: Yolanda Lin Treasurer: Ryan Whelchel SDC Co-Chairs: Jorge Archbold Jennifer Briggs Trevor Carey Angel Perez-Irizarry Outreach Co-Chairs: Maha Kenaway Daniela Martinez Nathan Scharenbrock Webmaster: Farhad Sedaghati Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Workshop Co-Chairs: Camilla Favaretti Christopher Price Aishwarya Puranam


Younger Members Committee

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY EMAILING ymc@eeri.org Charge Explore ways of encouraging students and young professionals to join the Institute and become involved in EERI programs and activities; make recommendations to the Board about what policies it might implement to promote greater representation of younger members so that the Institute remains a vital and effective organization; develop social and technical activities for younger members and students at the Annual Meeting and throughout the year to foster their increased participation. Current Membership Co-Chairs: Anahid Behrouzi, Guillermo Diaz-Fanas, and Maria Koliou Staff Lead: Maggie Ortiz-Millan Member Roster: Jacquelyn Allmond Tracy Becker Erica Fischer Julie Fogarty Alex Greer Manny Hakhamaneshi Ezra Jampole Arash Khosravifar Kristijan Kolozvari Eddie Vega Haitham Dawood Diane Moug Sahar Derakhshan Martha Cuenca Alex Julius Maryam Tabbakhha Jeena Rachel Jayamon Nicole Paul Kristen Hess Tyan Yi Tsai Tanmay Ramani Panagiota Kokkali Nonika Antonaki Patrick Bassal Ashley Morales


 

Program Committees

Organizational Structure for Program Committees Program committees are structured to provide more consistency across programs.  Each program and program committee will have the following structure: Program Chair: Each program will be led by a Chair who is appointed by the EERI Board for a term of 2 years, with an option for reappointment if agreed upon by the EERI Board.  Program Executive Committee: The executive committee will be an invitational group of 5-10 members who guide and make decisions for the program.  The Program Chair invites members, with support or recommendations as needed from EERI Staff or Board.  The Program Chair is the leader of the Executive committee and the chair of each subcommittee is automatically appointed to the Executive Committee.  Additional at-large members may be appointed at the discretion of the Chair, if addition of these members will benefit the program and not make the committee unwieldy in size. The Executive Committee will report to the EERI Board on behalf of the project and provide annual written report of the initiative’s progress and activities.  An EERI Staff member will also be assigned to the executive committee to support its work. Program Committee: This committee’s membership is open to any EERI member and has no size limit.  The committee will engage via regular update meetings or calls (ideally quarterly).  The program committee is designed in this fashion to provide all EERI members the opportunity to learn more about the program, its activities, and find ways to participate.  Program Subcommittee Chairs are expected to report the progress of their subcommittee activities during these regular meetings. Program Subcommittees: Subcommittees are open to any EERI member, and are tasked by the Executive Committee to achieve various actions and activities of the program.  Each Subcommittee will be led by a Subcommittee Chair, who is appointed by the Executive Committee.  Proposals for the establishment of new activities and subcommittees can be developed by any EERI Program Committee member with the support/signatures of at least 6 EERI members, and must be formally approved by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee can disband inactive subcommittee at their discretion.  There is no limit to the number of subcommittees.


Concrete Coalition

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR Visit the Concrete Coalition Project web pages for more information. Current Membership Chair: Russell Berkowitz Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne  Member Roster: Scott Adan Perry Adebar David Bonowitz Craig Comartin William Holmes Kishor Jaiswal Abbie Liel Fred Turner Alper Ucak  


Friedman Family Visiting Professional Program

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Appointment of Chair and Members To keep the program lean and efficient, the executive committee operates with support of EERI staff and the Chair without additional committee members or other structure. The Chair is appointed by the Board. Visit the Friedman Family Visiting Professional Program web pages for more information. Charge The executive committee for the Friedman Family Visiting Professional Program shall: • Advise the Executive Director and EERI Staff in the administration of the program. • Help the program achieve its objectives via feedback and refinement of ongoing activities, as well as recommendations for and development of new activities. • Provide oversight of staff who coordinate program visits by professionals and engage student chapter participation. • Ensure that the program operates on budget, within the fiduciary requirements of its endowment. • Ensure that the EERI membership is aware of activities and how members can participate in the program. • Report progress to the EERI Board annually. The program objectives are to: – improve the understanding of students and faculty of the active professional earthquake engineering and risk reduction community; – enhance the students’ understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of earthquake engineering; – increase the professional’s understanding of the educational process; – utilize the unique intellectual resources of EERI to broker useful relationships; and – use the resources of EERI to help students understand and consider professional careers associated with earthquake engineering and earthquake risk reduction. Current Membership Chair: David Friedman Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne


Housner Fellows Program

CLOSED – MEMBERSHIP BY INVITATION ONLY Visit the Housner Fellows Program web pages for more information about the program. Appointment of Chair and Members The Chair and members are appointed by the Board. Current Membership for Housner Fellows Management Committee Co-Chairs: Tom Tobin & Lindsey Maclise Staff Lead: Beki McElvain Member Roster: Arrietta Chakos David Applegate Svetlana Brzev David Friedman Bill Iwan Simin Naaseh Chris Poland Kate Stillwell


Learning from Earthquakes (LFE)

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR Visit the LFE web pages for more information about the LFE Program. Charge • Advise the Executive Director and LFE Staff in the administration of the program, including the various components funded by external agencies. • Help the program achieve its mission and goals via feedback and refinement of ongoing activities, as well as recommendations for and development of new activities. • Plan for and coordinate post-earthquake reconnaissance studies, including immediately after important events and in periods following events during which recovery and resilience lessons can be learned. • Develop and conduct reconnaissance training programs. • Ensure that the EERI membership is aware of LFE activities and how members can participate in the LFE program. • Report progress to the EERI Board annually, or on a more regular basis when appropriate. Current Membership for Learning from Earthquakes Committee LFE Executive Committee Chair: Charles Huyck Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Member Roster: Thalia Anagnos Craig Davis David Friedman David Frost Jeff Hunt Laurie Johnson Rob Olshansky LFE Sub Committee: NSF Resilience Panel Co-Chairs: Laurie Johnson & Rob Olshansky Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Member Roster: Ibbi Almufti Stephanie Chang Leonardo Duenas-Osorio Scott Miles Lori Peek Chris Poland Nate Wood Yu Xiao LFE Sub Committee: On-Site Learning Chair: Thalia Anagnos Staff Lead:  Member Roster: Sissy Nikolaou LFE Sub-Committee: Reconnaissance Tools and Training Chair: Jeff Hunt Staff Lead: Member Roster: Anna Birely Kevin Clahan Ramin Golesorkhi Charles Huyck Jeena Jayamon Alex Julius Alan Kropp Jorge Meneses Mike Mieler Anne Rosinski Fred Turner LFE Program Committee Chair: Ken Elwood Member Roster: Ibbi Almufti Thalia Anagnos Anna Birely Stephanie Chang Kevin Clahan Mary Comerio Craig Davis Leonardo Duenas-Osorio Guillermo Franco David Friedman David Frost Ramin Golesorkhi Jeff Hunt Charles Huyck Jeena Jayamon Laurie Johnson Alan Kropp Justin Marshall Jorge Meneses Mike Mieler Scott Miles Judy Mitrani-Reiser Sissy Nikolaou Rob Olshansky Maggie Ortiz-Millan Lori Peek Chris Poland Liesel Ritchie Ian Robertson Anne Rosinski Sahar Safaie Heidi Tremayne Fred Turner David Wald Mason Walters Nate Wood Sharon Wood Yu Xiao


School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI)

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR Visit the SESI Project web pages for more information. Current Membership Chair: Barry Welliver Staff Lead: Heidi Tremayne Executive Committee Member Roster: Thalia Anagnos Lucy Arendt Veronica Cedillos Ken Goettel Phil Gould Bill Holmes Karen Izumoto Rob Jackson Mike Mahoney (ex officio) Vince Pericoli Lelli Van Den Einde Eddie Vega Yumei Wang Ivan Wong


World Housing Encyclopedia (WHE)

OPEN – MEMBERS CAN APPLY TO JOIN BY CONTACTING THE STAFF LEAD AND CHAIR Visit the WHE Project web pages for more information. Charge The committee will work to accomplish the following objectives: (a) Oversee the continued development of the World Housing website and establish linkage to the Learning from Earthquakes website. (b) Recruit participants to complete forms on worldwide construction types and building practices to post on the website. (c) Establish global links with the earthquake engineering professional community to promote strong collaborative efforts to reduce the seismic risks and losses from earthquakes through better understanding of earthquake-resistant construction practices. Current Membership Chair: Andrew Charleson Staff Lead: Beki McElvain Member Roster: Qaisar Ali Takim Andriono Marcial Blondet Jitendra Bothara Svetlana Brzev Craig Comartin Helen Crowley Junwu Dai Dina D’Ayala Marjorie Greene Jorge Gutierrez Kishor Jaiswal Dominik Lang Chitr Lilavivat Marjana Lutman Chiara McKenney C.V.R. Murty Farzad Naeim Tatsuo Narafu Sahar Safaie Baitao Sun Sugeng Wijanto