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.

EERI Administrative and Technical Committees are established by and report to the Board of Directors. The President or Board appoints the chair of each. The Vice President assists the Board by monitoring activities and recommending needed changes to policy, structure and operations. The staff supports and assists the activities of all Committees. The President appoints a Board contact member to monitor activities of each and report to the Board.

The most recent committee roster can be downloaded here.

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General Committees

Bylaws Committee

Charge
Review the EERI Bylaws when requested by the Board of Directors, or by a petition from the membership-at-large, and propose appropriate changes as may be necessary for the efficient operation of the Institute. Any proposed amendments will be voted upon by the general membership in accordance with the provisions of Article XIII of the Bylaws.

Earthquake Spectra Editorial Board

Charge
Manage production of Earthquake Spectra, including:

  1. Identification of appropriate material, including special issues
  2. Providing peer review of submitted and solicited manuscripts
  3. Approving manuscripts for publication
  4. Working with the Executive Director and Managing Editor to arrange for editorial guidance and final publication and
  5. Monitoring and enforcing Institute policies regarding commercial product promotion

Chair
Earthquake Spectra Editor, appointed by the Board to a term of five years.
Members
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.

Development Committee

Charge
Direct and oversee the systematic development of the financial base of the Endowment Fund. The Committee will oversee the annual campaign, seek out other gifts and begin to incorporate programs for bequests and planned giving.
Chair
Appointed by the President to open-ended term of office.
Members
Three to five members, plus Secretary/Treasurer and EERI President

Honors Committee

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.Outstanding Paper Awards for Earthquake Spectra – Candidates for these awards are to be selected for recommendation by the Honors Committee from nominations submitted by the Editorial Board of Earthquake Spectra.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.
Chair
Nominated by members of the Committee from the current committee membership and approved by the Board to serve a one-year renewable term.
Members
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.

Housner Management Committee

Charge
To oversee the development and management of the Housner Fellows Program, including the annual selection of Fellows and the initial design of the curriculum.
Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.
Members
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.

Information Technology Committee

Charge
Provide guidance to EERI in implementing the electronic information plan; assure quality for electronic products and services consistent with EERI’s tradition of excellence.
Chair
Appointed by the President. Chair also serves as a core member of the Publications Policy Committee to provide guidance on current technologies that may benefit Institute publications.
Members
Members identified by the Committee and approved by the Board with one member serving as a liaison to the LFE Committee at all times.

Initiatives Development Committee

Charge
At the end of 2012, EERI’s Board of Directors convened a group comprising the President, President-Elect, former Presidents, and several others with substantial experience with the Institute over the years. The assignment for this panel was to review the history of projects funded by EERI with Endowment funds with the aim to improve the outcome of this activity for the future. The recommendation of the group, subsequently endorsed by the Board, was to disband the Special Projects and Initiatives Committee and establish a high level Initiatives Development Committee (IDC) that will report to the Board with the following general assignments:

  • 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).

IDC Charter

International Activities Committee

Charge
Explore role of expanded international activities, including chapters, student chapters, conferences, and other international linkages. Review financial implications of increased international activity, propose a membership dues structure, recommend policy on the rights and privileges that should be extended to new international members, and advise the Board on appropriate level of EERI activities internationally. Oversee ad hoc committees that manage joint activities under the international cooperative agreements.
Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.
Members
Identified by the Chair with Board approval to serve a three-year term.

Learning From Earthquakes Advisory Committee

Charge
Advises the Executive Director and the Project Manager in the administration of the
NSF grant. Develops and conducts periodic field investigation training programs.
Reviews and awards funding to carry out long-term post earthquake reconnaissance studies, and periodically reviews and updates the Post-Earthquake Investigation
Field Guide.LFE Mission Statement
LFE Reconnaissance ArchiveChair
Appointed by the President for term of current LFE grant.
Members
Appointed by the Board for term of current LFE grant.

Newsletter Committee

No charge available at this time.

Nominating Committee

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.

Chair
Selected by the President and Board on an annual basis.
Members
A committee composed of five voting members shall be appointed by the Board prior to May 1st each year.

Oral History Committee

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
  2. have valuable first-person accounts to offer concerning the history of earthquake engineering and
  3. 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.
Chair
Appointed by the President and Board.

Publications Policy Committee

Charge

  1. Regularly perform a review of the Institute’s publications policies and recommend modifications as needed to meet evolving publications activities for consideration by the Board
  2. Monitor the quality and publishing schedules for all Institute publications and recommend action as needed
  3. Recommend the editorial structure of each of the Institute’s regular publications and identify editors, associate editors, and members of editorial boards and committees
  4. Ensure that the Institute’s publications policies and standards are understood and maintained and
  5. Identify new publication initiatives that the Institute may implement to meet the needs of its membership.

Chair
Member of the Board of Directors.
Members
Core members to be identified by Committee Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Public Policy Advisory Committee

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.
Chair
Appointed by the President.
Members
Appointed by the President.

Resource Development Committee

No charge available at this time.

Shah Family Innovation Prize Selection Committee

Charge
Solicit and review nominations and select individuals to receive the prize. The award will be presented at the EERI Annual Meeting.
Chair
Appointed by the President for a term to be set at the time of appointment.
Members
Appointed by the president to a five-year term.

Special Projects and Initiatives Committee

Charge
On September 22, 1993, the EERI Board of Directors established an Endowment Fund using a portion of the Institute’s investment assets. The Fund will be used to further the Institute’s objectives: to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, by improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and by advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.Programs supported by the Fund are identified and managed by the Special Projects and Initiatives Committee. All projects will recognize the multidisciplinary challenge of earthquake risk reduction and the broad geographic and professional composition of EERI’s membership. Funding shall stimulate new or unique ventures and not duplicate ongoing EERI programs or activities that are the responsibility of other organizations.
Chair
The President will select one committee member who is serving the second year of that member’s term to serve as the Vice Chair for that year. The Vice Chair shall become the Committee Chair the following year.
Members
Committee members shall be appointed by the President of the Board. Committee members (other than the Executive Director) will serve a term of three years on a staggered basis. The committee will be comprised of at least six members of the Institute, plus one member of the Board, and the Executive Director, who will serve as an ex officio member.

Student Activities Committee

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.

Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.

Members
Identified by the Chair with Board approval to serve a three-year term

Student Leadership Council

No charge available at this time.

Technical Seminars Committee

Charge
Manage EERI’s Technical Seminar Series, including:

  1. Identify appropriate seminar topics and speakers
  2. Prepare seminar plans and identify locations and timing of seminars
  3. 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.

Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.

Members
Core committee members to be selected by the Chair with advice from the Executive Committee.

Word Housing Encyclopedia Editorial Board

Charge
Work to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. oversee the continued development of the World Housing website and establish linkage to the Learning from Earthquakes website
  2. recruit participants to complete forms on worldwide construction types and building practices to post on the website
  3. 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.

Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve as Editor for a three-year term.

Members
Appointed by the Board in consultation with the Editor and Executive Director.

Younger Members Committee

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.Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.

Members
Identified by the Chair with Board approval to serve a three-year term

 

Technical Committees

Heritage and Existing Structures Committee

Charge
Follow legislative actions taken on existing buildings at the federal, state, and local levels; support activities related to earthquake hazard reduction efforts regarding existing buildings; and act as the Institute’s principal educational resource on this topic.Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.Members
Identified by the Chair with Board approval to serve a three-year term.

Mitigation Center Committee

No charge available at this time.

Social Science Research Committee

Charge
Provide a structure within EERI for social scientists to discuss their research, the nature of their findings, and research needs for addressing earthquake hazards. It is intended to be a free-flowing discussion of research, ideas, and directions for those conducting or interested in research on the socio-economic, planning, or policy issues of earthquake hazards. It is an opportunity for participants to showcase their research and test out or suggest ideas for new directions.Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.Members
Identified by the Chair with Board approval to serve a three-year term.

Strong Motion Committee

Charge

  1. To encourage the continued development, expansion, and the maintenance of strong motion instrument deployment in the United States and other strategic locations throughout the world
  2. To recommend uniform standards for the processing and interpretation of strong motion records and advise on how the data can be related to the performance of structures and the preparation of design criteria and
  3. To recommend methods for dissemination of data, including educational programs and seminars.

Chair
Appointed by the Board to serve a three-year term.

Members
Identified by the Chair with Board approval to serve a three-year term.

 

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Seismic Safety of Schools Committee

No charge available at this time.