Award Recipients

EERI recognizes and acknowledges the extraordinary accomplishments and innovative work by members of the earthquake engineering community. From graduates students to professionals who have dedicated their careers to earthquake risk reduction, these individuals have have made important contributions to risk reduction, seismic safety, and earthquake risk mitigation and management. For more information, please click on the award title at the top of each column.

Note: Some awards are given in the next calendar year  


Year George W. Housner Medal Distinguished Lecture Award William B. Joyner Lecture Award Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal Bruce Bolt Medal Outstanding Paper Award
(details below)
Shah Family Innovation Prize Graduate Fellowship Award
2016 Thomas D. O’Rourke Gregory G. Deierlein Jonathan P. Stewart Craig D. Comartin Roger D. Borcherdt Christine Beyzaei (2016-2017) Nasser Marafi (2016-2017)
2015 Nigel Priestley* Robert Olshansky Paul Somerville Walter J. Arabasz John G. Anderson Brendon Bradley Brett Maurer (2015-2016)
2014 Masayoshi Nakashima David Wald David Boore Laurence Kornfield Anthony Shakal S. van Ballegooy et al. (30:1) Abbie Liel Julie Fogarty (2014-2015)
2013 Haresh C. Shah Mary Comerio Kelvin Berryman George G. Mader Mustafa Özder Erdik L. Duenas-Osorio and J. Wu (29:3)  Curt Haselton  Clinton Carlson
2012 Helmut Krawinkler* Thomas O’Rourke Jonathan Bray Phillip Gould Norman Abrahamson G. Deierlein and A. Liel (28:4) Helen Crowley Scott Swensen
2011 Mete A. Sozen Stephanie E. Chang Thomas C. Hanks Haresh C. Shah Kojiro Irikura J. Baker, N. Jayaram and T. Lin (27:3) Veronica Cedillos Kevin Franke
2010 Robert V. Whitman* Sharon Wood Arthur Frankel John R. Filson
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David Boore K. Jaiswal and D. Wald (26:4) Emily So Sharyl Rabinovici
2009 Lloyd Cluff Norman Abrahamson Robin K. McGuire Ugo Morelli* (Special Recognition Award) Wilfred Iwan B.F Maison, K. Kasai and G. Deierlein (25:4) Jack Baker Matthew Eatherton
2008  James M. Kelly Ronald T. Eguchi Chris Poland Richard Eisner
Susan K. Tubbesing (Special Recognition Award)
1) N. Abrahamson et al. (24:1)
2) J. Bommer and F. Scherbaum (24:4)
Jerome Lynch  David Saftner
 2007 Wilfred Iwan Eric Elsesser* Gail Atkinson S.C. Liu and
William Anderson* (Special Recognition Award)
Elwood et al. (23:3) Rui Pinho
 2006 Paul C. Jennings  Kathleen Tierney Norm Abrahamson Chris Poland 1) Kircher et al. (22:SI-II)
2) Dicleli (22:4)
Ellen M. Rathje Jamie Padgett
 2005 Luis Esteva Jack Moehle C. Allin Cornell* James F. Davis Choi and Stewart (21:1) Rebekah Green Troy Morgan
 2004 Daniel Shapiro  Kenneth Stokoe Lloyd Cluff  L. Thomas Tobin 1)Vamvatsikos and Cornell (20:2)
2) Faccioli et al. (20:2)
 Gustavo Parra-Montesinos Brady Cox
 2003 C. Allin Cornell* William Petak Daniel Shapiro  1)Olson (19:1);
2)Hamburger et al. (19:2)
Paul VanderMarck Paul Cordova
 2002 Anil K. Chopra Mete Sozen Wilfred Iwan Borcherdt (18:2) Joshua M. Marrow Larry Fahnestock
 2001 Clarence R. Allen James M. Kelly Robert A. Olson Stepp et al. (17:1) Stephanie E. Chang
 2000 Bruce A. Bolt* Joseph Penzien* Lucille M. Jones Frankel et al. (16:1) Durgesh C. Rai
 1999 Egor P. Popov* C. Allin Cornell*  William T. Holmes Reinoso & Ordaz (15:2) not awarded
 1998 William J. Hall Bruce A. Bolt* Lloyd S. Cluff Shome et al. (14:3) Bret Lizundia & Nicos Makris (shared)
 1997 Anestis S. Veletsos Thomas Paulay* James E. Roberts*,
Hal Bernson
Jennings (13:1)
 1996 Ray W. Clough L. Thomas Tobin Joseph Penzien* O’Rourke & Palmer (12:3)
 1995  Vitelmo V. Bertero  Clarence R. Allen Behr et al. (11:3)
 1994  Karl V. Steinbrugge*  Robert V. Whitman* Bruce A. Bolt*,
Robert E. Wallace*
R.  Borcherdt
 1993  Joseph Penzien*  Egor P. Popov*  Clarence R. Allen,
Frank E. McClure*
 1992  Donald E. Hudson*  George W. Housner* Donald Cheu,
Earl W. Hart
 1991  John A. Blume*  George Housner*
 1990  George W. Housner*  Christopher Arnold,
Stanley Scott*
1989 Tom Bradley,
Patricia Snyder
 1988 Henry J. Degenkolb*,
Edward M. O’Connor
 1987 Karl V. Steinbrugge*
 1986 Afred E. Alquist*


Honorary Members

 A – M  N – Z
Mihran S. Agbabian
Clarence R. Allen
Nicolas N. Ambraseys*
William A. Anderson*
Christopher Arnold
Roger Borcherdt
Perry Byerly*
John A. Blume*
Sheldon Cherry*
Lloyd S. Cluff
Craig D. Comartin
Henry J. Degenkolb*
C. Martin Duke*
W.D. Liam Finn
Marjorie R. Greene
Polat Gulkan
Robert D. Hanson
Walter W. Hays
William T. Holmes
George W. Housner*
Donald E. Hudson*
I.M. Idriss
Wilfred D. Iwan
Paul C. Jennings
James O. Jirsa
Helmut Krawinkler*
Henry J. Lagorio*
David J. Leeds*
Frank E. McClure*
Ugo Morelli*
Farzad Naeim
Nathan Newmark*
Joseph P. Nicoletti
Bruce C. Olsen*
Robert Olson
Thomas D. O’Rourke
Joseph Penzien*
William J. Petak
Clarkson Pinkham*
Chris D. Poland
F. Robert Preece*
Bob Reitherman
John E. Rinne*
Ronald F. Scott*
Stanley Scott*
H. Bolton Seed*
Haresh Shah
Daniel Shapiro
Roland L. Sharpe
Karl V. Steinbrugge*
J. Carl Stepp
Kathleen Tierney
L. Thomas Tobin
Susan Tubbesing
Robert E. Wallace*
Robert V. Whitman*
Loring A. Wyllie Jr.
T. Leslie Youd
* deceased

Outstanding Papers from Earthquake Spectra


S. van Ballegooy, P. Malan, V. Lacrosse, M. E. Jacka, M. Cubrinovski, J. D. Bray, T. D. O’Rourke, S. A. Crawford and H. Cowan, “Assessment of Liquefaction-Induced Land Damage for Residential Christchurch,” Earthquake Spectra, 30 (1), 31-55.

Leonardo Duenas-Osorio and Jason Wu, “Calibration and Validation of a Seismic Damage Propagation Model for Interdependent Infrastructure Systems,” Earthquake Spectra, 29 (3), 1021-1041.

Gregory G. Deierlein and Abbie B. Liel, “Using Collapse Risk Assessments to Inform Seismic Safety Policy for Older Concrete Buildings,” Earthquake Spectra, 28 (4), 1495-1521.

Jack W. Baker, Nirmal Jayaram, and Ting Lin, “A Computationally Efficient Ground-Motion Selection Algorithm for Matching a Target Response Spectrum Mean and Variance,” Earthquake Spectra, 27 (3), 797-815.
Kishor Jaiswal and David Wald, “An empirical Model for Global Earthquake Facility Estimation,” Earthquake Spectra, 26 (4), 1017-1037.
B.F Maison, K. Kasai, and G. Deierlein, “ASCE-41 and FEMA-351 Evaluation of E-Defence Collapse Test,” Earthquake Spectra, 25 (4), 927-953.
Norman Abrahamson, Gail Atkinson, David Boore, Yousef Bozorgnia, Kenneth Campbell, Brian Chiou, I.M. Idriss, Walter Silver and Robert Youngs, “Comparisons of the NGA Ground-Motion Relations,” Earthquake Spectra, 24 (1), 45-66.
Julian Bommer and Frank Scherbaum, “The Use and Misuse of Logic Trees in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis,” Earthquake Spectra 24 (4), 997-1009.
Kenneth J. Elwood, Adolfo B. Matamoros, John W. Wallace, Dawn E. Lehman, Jon A. Heintz, Andrew D. Mitchell, Mark A. Moore, Michael T. Valley, Laura N. Lowes, Craig D. Comartin, and Jack P. Moehle, “Update to ASCE/SEI 41 Concrete Provisions,” Earthquake Spectra, 23 (3), 493-523 .
Charles A. Kircher, Hope A. Seligson, Jawhar Bouabid, and Guy C. Morrow, “When the Big One Strikes Again—Estimated Losses due to a Repeat of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake,” The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: An Earthquake Engineering Retrospective 100 Years Later, Earthquake Spectra, Special Issue II, S297-S339.
Murat Dicleli, “Performance of Seismic-Isolated Bridges in Relation to Near-Fault Ground Motion and Isolator Characteristics,” Earthquake Spectra, 22 (4), 887-907.
Yoojoong Choi and Jonathan P. Stewart, “Nonlinear Site Amplification as Function of 30 m Shear Wave Velocity,” Earthquake Spectra, 21 (1), 1-30.
Ezio Faccioli, Roberto Paolucci, and Julien Rey, “Displacement Spectra for Long Periods,” Earthquake Spectra, 20 (2), 347-376.
Dimitrios Vamvatsikos and C. Allin Cornell, “Applied Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA),” Earthquake Spectra, 20 (2), 523-553.
Robert A. Olson, “Legislative Politics and Seismic Safety: California’s Early Years and the ‘Field Act,’ 1925-1933,” Earthquake Spectra, 19 (1), 111-131.
Ronald O. Hamburger, Douglas A. Foutch, and C. Allin Cornell, “Translating Research to Practice: FEMA/SAC Performance-Based Design Procedures,” Earthquake Spectra, 19 (2), 255-267.
Roger D. Borcherdt , “Empirical Evidence for Site Coefficients in Building Code Provisions,” Earthquake Spectra, 18 (2), 189-217.
J. C. Stepp, I. Wong, J. Whitney, R. Quittmeyer, N. Abrahamson, G. Toro, R. Youngs, K. Coppersmith, J. Savy, T. Sullivan, and Yucca Mountain PSHA Project Members, “Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analyses for Fault Displacement and Ground Motions at Yucca Mountain, Nevada,” Earthquake Spectra, 17 (1), 113-151.
Frankel, A. D., Mueller, C. S., Barnhard, T. P., Leyendecker, E. V., Wesson, R. L., Harmsen, S. C. Klein, F. W., Perkins, D. M., Dickman, N. C., Hanson, S. L., and Hopper, “USGS National Seimic Hazard Maps,” Earthquake Spectra, 16 (1).
Special Recognition Awards for Contributions to Earthquake SpectraCharles A. Kircher and Ronald O. Hamburger, editors Earthquake Spectra Theme Issue: Seismic Design Provisions and Guidelines, Earthquake Spectra, 16 (1).
Eduardo Reinoso and Mario Ordaz, “Spectral Ratios for Mexico City from Free-Field Recordings,” Earthquake Spectra, 15 (2), 273-296.
Nilesh Shome, C. Allin Cornell, Paolo Bazzurro and J. Eduardo Carballo, “Earthquakes, Records, and Nonlinear Responses, Earthquake Spectra,” 14 (3), 469-500.
Paul C. Jennings, “Enduring Lessons and Opportunities Lost from the San Fernando Earthquake of February 9, 1971,” Earthquake Spectra, 13 (1), 25-44.
Thomas D. O’Rourke and M. C. Palmer, 1996, “Earthquake performance of gas transmission pipelines,” Earthquake Spectra, 12 (3), 493-527.
Richard A. Behr, Abdeldjelil Belarbi, and Adam T. Brown, “Seismic performance of architectural glass in a storefront wall system,” Earthquake Spectra, 11 (3), 367-391.
Special Recognition Awards for Contributions to Earthquake SpectraJohn F. Hall, Editor, 1995, Northridge Earthquake Reconnaissance Report, Earthquake Spectra, 11, Supplement C, vol. 1, 523 pp.;
William T. Holmes and Peter Somers, Editors, 1995, Northridge Earthquake Reconnaissance Report, Earthquake Spectra, 11, Supplement C, vol. 2, 278 pp.1994
Roger D. Borcherdt, “Estimates of site-dependent response spectra for design (methodology and justification),” Earthquake Spectra, 10 (4), 617-654.