Registration open for the 2020 EERI Annual Meeting and NEC!

Register today for the EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference!

Join hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals, leaders, and experts at one of the premier earthquake risk reduction conferences in the nation to connect, learn, and share. 

Registration is now open for the 72nd EERI Annual Meeting and the National Earthquake Conference (NEC2020), March 2-6, 2020 in San Diego, California — register today to take advantage of our early-bird rate!


The dynamic agenda will feature the first public release of results from a new earthquake scenario and risk study for the San Diego-Tijuana region. Developed by experts over the last five years, the scenario will showcase the impacts and consequences of a potential M6.9 earthquake on the Rose Canyon.

The program highlights will include findings from the M7.1 Anchorage earthquake, the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence, as well as the popular Seismic Design Competition (SDC) featuring structural designs by hundreds of students from universities around the globe.

For hotel, registration, schedule, and sponsorship information, please visit

Application open for the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program

Attention EERI Student Chapters! EERI is pleased to announce the launch of the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Generously funded by the Friedman family, the program matches professionals with host institutions, usually universities, for a workshop meant to be a part lecture and part informal discussion to foster better understanding and communications between earthquake practitioners and academics.

This year, the program will include a total of 20 visiting professionals. EERI Student Chapters must complete the application form here for a visit from a Friedman Family Visiting Professional. The application deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019. All chapters are encouraged to apply!

Review of Student Chapter requests will begin after the application closes. Universities will be notified of their match in mid-November. Depending on funding availability, approximately 20-25 trips will be funded for visits from January through May 2020. Learn more information about the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals program.

A message from Heidi Tremayne, EERI Executive Director

Heidi Tremayne (M.EERI,2004)

I just returned from the Anchorage Earthquake Symposium in Alaska that EERI planned and hosted alongside the Alaska Earthquake Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with critical support from NSF, USGS, NIST, and FEMA. I was impressed by the breadth and diversity of the attendees — seismologists, geologists, geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, emergency managers, facilities managers, and planners. As you can guess, we had many rich conversations, peppered with regular requests to define acronyms and jargon so common in each field to ensure comprehension by the broader audience.

The three-day meeting highlighted findings from ground motion recordings, structural and nonstructural performance, port and lifeline performance, and response and recovery efforts, including a field tour of impacted sites. We learned that peak ground accelerations in most cases were less than 0.3g, with engineering studies now showing that shaking was often less than the design basis earthquake. As a result, the damage was mostly limited to areas without code enforcement or on sites with poor soil conditions that were ineffectively mitigated or identified prior to construction. We learned that reactivation of former ground failures from the 1964 earthquake, fortunately, did not occur, likely due to the limited duration of the shaking.

This earthquake, like many before, certainly puts into context the importance of what we all do. Beyond technical learning, we were also reminded of the personal and emotional toll of earthquakes. A short video, shared by Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey, who led the response and recovery for Anchorage, compiled recordings from the 911 call center immediately after the M7.1 earthquake. We heard the voices of terrified residents shaken in the dark, cold early winter morning, many of whom were scared and alone, seeking assurance from the brave call operators, who continued to field calls despite their own uncertainty.

Even with limited impact on the built environment, the Anchorage community is still grappling with various challenges and struggling to afford the necessary repairs. On our field tour, we saw homes still unusable a year later due to ground failures that induced structural damage, and damage to the aging wharf piles at the critical regional port that were only revealed after the spring thaw. Local residents and officials are still dealing with the financial complexities of recovery.

My main takeaway from the event is that we need to continue working together across our professional disciplines to both solve and prevent these problems. To this aim, we need to advocate for each other to:

  • Grow the budgets and resources of local emergency managers and mitigation planners, who are the critical last step in effectively deploying our technical knowledge,
  • Ensure that the appropriate disciplines are called upon in the development of projects, such as geotechnical engineers to ensure proper site studies and soil preparation,
  • Demonstrate the importance of code adoption and enforcement to policymakers, and encourage transparency to the public when this does not exist.
  • Support the retrofit and replacement of seismically vulnerable buildings in our communities,
  • Respond with the impressive spirit and collaboration of the professionals and citizens of Anchorage, when the next earthquake comes.

I look forward to sharing many more lessons gained from this symposium at the 2020 National Earthquake Conference. Through EERI we can come together to connect with each other, learn from each other, and advocate for each other. I see this as a critical step towards earthquake risk reduction, and I hope you do too.

EERI 2020 Board of Directors Election

EERI is pleased to announce the 2020 election to select three new members to serve four-year terms on the Board of Directors. The election includes the position of president-elect and two directors. The candidate bios and vision statements are presented below. The election will open on September 30 and will close on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm PT. 


David Cocke, President, Structural Focus, Gardena, CA (M.EERI,1992)


Jonathan P. Stewart, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (M. EERI,1994)

Zia Zafir, Vice President for Earthquake Engineering, Kleinfelder, Sacramento, CA (M.EERI,2001)


Cale Ash, Office Director and Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Seattle, WA (M.EERI,2003)

Terri Norton, Associate Dean of Students & Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (M.EERI,2004)



David Cocke

David Cocke, S.E. is the founder and President of Structural Focus in Gardena, CA with expertise in seismic evaluation, historic preservation, retrofits, and new design. 

David brings a long history of involvement and leadership with EERI. David joined EERI in 1992 and is a Charter Member of the Southern California Chapter. He has served for several years as a member of the EERI Initiatives Development Committee and has participated in the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program since 2009. David served on the EERI Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017 and was Vice-President in 2017. He served as Co-Chair of the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in 2018. In addition to his engagement with EERI, David has served on the board of directors of many organizations, including the California Preservation Foundation, Pasadena Heritage, USC Architectural Guild, and SEAONC. David serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the Structural Engineers Institute of ASCE. 

A few of David’s notable professional projects include the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Red Bull North American Headquarters, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, and a new Amazon campus at Culver Studios. David has been leading the effort to bring Back to Business (B2B), a Building Occupancy Resumption Program, to Southern California. In 2013, his team worked with DreamWorks to establish southern California’s first B2B in the City of Glendale, and now partners with a multitude of clients and cities throughout Southern California to establish their B2B programs.

David’s vision

I am very honored to be nominated for election as EERI’s president, and I ask for your support.

My first exposure to EERI was shortly after starting my career, but my experience during the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake opened my eyes to the realities of a natural disaster’s impact on our communities. Until then, I was looking through the narrow lens of structural engineering, and that experience showed me that we should try to take a much wider view and grasp the impacts on our communities, both immediate and long term. Even now, as I mentor young engineers, I encourage them to try to travel to post-earthquake sites when possible, not only to “see” the damage but to “feel” the distress of the community.  

EERI is in great hands. The leadership over the years has been passionate and enthusiastic and we can be thankful for the dedication of all of those that have contributed at the staff, Board and committee levels. In the last couple of years, our staff has evolved and Heidi is hitting her stride as our Executive Director. All our staff roles are filled with highly motivated, efficient, hard-working and creative people. The pieces are in place to excel and lead and my main responsibility as President will be to keep them going, provide some guidance and the best resources possible…and do not “mess it up.” 

Interestingly, it seems that the social climate is now in place to make some significant changes for the betterment of our communities. While attending professional conferences recently I have noted considerable discussion centered on “functional recovery”. There is significant policy movement regarding NEHRP, CA AB 393 and more. EERI and SEAOC have developed a Functional Recovery Working Group and EERI produced a White Paper on the subject in response to new language in the 2018 reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). Other organizations are focusing on resiliency, performance-based design and risk reduction, all leading to achieving functional recovery of our buildings and communities.

With the push in the California legislature to consider changes to the building codes requiring a higher level of seismic performance in our new buildings as well as mandatory retrofitting of buildings, with local jurisdictions considering and passing new mandatory retrofit ordinances, and corporations becoming more sophisticated regarding risk reduction and new recovery programs, it is obvious that our communities are becoming more aware and are demanding better building performance and community recovery.

So what is EERI’s role in promoting this concept of functional recovery? Although we certainly have the individual members with expertise to establish the technical procedures and standards, there are certainly other organizations already working on those technical efforts (SEAOC, SEI, and others). What is needed and what we can provide is the leadership to coalesce and carry the policy to the public and legislatures through advocacy and communications.

We must continue to support Congressional reauthorization and funding for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. We should advocate for state adoption and implementation of resilient building codes, for higher retrofit and infrastructure standards to achieve “functional recovery”. Our membership is unique from the other organization due to the diversity of our members’ areas of expertise, and with that diversity, we are most qualified to lead with promoting the policy.

In addition, I have noted that other engineering organizations are interested in activating earthquake reconnaissance activities. Competition is not necessary – EERI has always, and now more than ever can provide the leadership and coordination that is greatly needed during reconnaissance of a disaster. Our own Earthquake Clearinghouse sets the standard. I have also noted that more and more other organizations are trying to expand their involvement in more diverse areas, and some potential overlaps are developing. The last thing that anyone of us needs is to be duplicating the work of others. With that in mind, we should be communicating and collaborating to advance our knowledge. Perhaps a leadership council between related organizations should meet on a periodic basis to compare notes, give advice and avoid duplication of efforts. 

EERI does so many things very well. With the changes in technology and media, our methods of communication, education, and learning are rapidly evolving.  EERI’s programs set the standard for professional organizations, including our annual meetings, technical seminars and regional and student chapters. We have an active Student Leadership Council and host the highly successful annual Seismic Design Competition. Through the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program and Housner Fellows Program, and, we provide meaningful opportunities for our future leaders to learn.

We need to continue to try to engage more younger professionals and help with their development as they advance. Our professional journal—Earthquake Spectra, is one of the most highly respected journals in the world and with recent actions by the Board, we have ensured its sustainability. EERI has unique research and community service opportunities like the Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program, School Earthquake Safety Initiative, Concrete Coalition, World Housing Encyclopedia and others. Our committees are active and continue to contribute significantly toward our mission. Our influence is global and when EERI issues a statement, the world listens. Our diverse membership and our excellent staff are our main strengths. I look forward very much to working with you all. 


Director A:

Jonathan P. Stewart

Jonathan P. Stewart is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA, where he has been a faculty member since 1996 and served as department chair from 2012-2018. He brings expertise in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology.

Jonathan serves on the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee and the Southern California Earthquake Center Planning Committee, and is co-principal investigator of the Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance Association. Jonathan served as chief editor for the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and editor of Earthquake Spectra. 

Jonathan has received many awards for his work, including the Bruce Bolt Medal and the Joyner Lecture from EERI and Seismological Society of America, the Huber Prize and Casagrande Award from ASCE, and the NSF CAREER Award. Through many partnerships, his work has impacted the US National Seismic Hazard Maps; the Global Earthquake Model; building code documents (NEHRP Provisions and ASCE-7); and guidelines documents for tall buildings (Tall Buildings Initiative), existing structures (ASCE-41), soil-structure interaction, and landslide hazards. 

Jonathan’s vision

I consider EERI to be the most important professional society in earthquake engineering and related disciplines due to its effectiveness in disseminating knowledge and best practices in earthquake hazard reduction, its work to introduce the field to students and other younger members, and its role to bridge the gaps between researchers and practitioners. I have been an EERI member since 1994 and contributed to many EERI committees. From 2013 to 2018, I served as Editor of Earthquake Spectra, during which time I worked with the editorial board, EERI staff, and the Board of Directors to address a series of challenges and to advance the operational efficiency and scholarly stature of the journal. 

I am honored to have been nominated for your consideration as a potential EERI Board Member. I would bring to the office a record of engineering leadership marked by consensus building and practical problem-solving. 

I envision several opportunities that could be pursued by EERI:  

  • Remembering that the ‘R’ in EERI is for Research, I see a role for the institute to catalyze major research initiatives of broad importance to the profession, but which are too large in scope for an individual researcher or research group to undertake. Leveraging the strength of EERI’s diverse membership, EERI can help define such research problems, facilitate team building, and advocate for research funding. 
  • Earthquakes are among a spectrum of natural disasters that threaten society. Through our annual meetings and webinars, EERI can foster communication across different natural hazard risk communities to enable our experience and best practices to benefit others, and vice-versa. 
  • Within the earthquake engineering community, there exist specialty areas in which standards have evolved in different directions than the profession writ large. We can learn from each other, which can be facilitated by EERI. 

I see a strong future for EERI as we strive to advance the profession for the benefit of public safety and community resilience. I would welcome the opportunity to serve. 


Zia Zafir

Zia Zafir, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. is the Vice-President of Earthquake Engineering at Kleinfelder and brings more than 35 years of experience in the field. Zia is the founder and president of EERI Sacramento Chapter and serves on the EERI’s California Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. He served on the editorial board of Earthquake Spectra for two three-year terms. 

Zia has been actively involved in seismic hazard evaluations and seismic retrofit for renowned national and international projects. Some of his significant projects include the development of: ground motions for seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge, seismic feasibility studies for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, ground motion studies for Jamuna River Bridge in Bangladesh, and ground motion criteria for two fissile material storage facilities in Russia. 

Zia serves as chair of ASCE 1 (Geotechnical Analysis, Design, Construction, Inspection and Monitoring of Nuclear Safety-Related Structures), and voting member of ASCE 7-22 Seismic Subcommittee, ASCE 61-19 (Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves), and ASCE 4 (Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Structures). He serves on the California State Mining and Geology Board, Deep Foundations Institute’s Seismic and Lateral Load Committee, and the Tsunami Technical Advisory Panel for CGS.  

Zia’s vision

I have been involved with EERI for more than 18 years and I feel honored to be nominated for the Board of Directors.  EERI is the primary organization which brings academia, researchers, practitioners, social scientists, and public policy advocates to the same forum.  It has significantly impacted the earthquake science, its dissemination, and public education in the last couple of decades. I would like to continue these EERI contributions to the society. My vision is to promote and emphasize the mission and vision of EERI.  

I would like to bring “Research” back into EERI. I would like to make the EERI Annual Meeting the primary place for presenting cutting edge research and innovative technologies in earthquake engineering.  This would increase the participation in our annual meeting which has drifted to smaller numbers in the last few years. I would like to continue with the student competition and their participation in our annual meeting which has been a great success.  

I would also like to increase the involvement of regional chapters. Regional chapters are our strength and we need them more involved at the national level. We should encourage and assist regional chapters in developing and organizing more regional workshops and seminars. Increase the communication and collaboration between the regional chapters and national EERI.  Some of the workshops which are being conducted at the regional levels could be taken to other chapters.

Global exchange of ideas and technologies needs to be increased and I would like to create an International Collaboration Committee which would collaborate with international organizations related to earthquake engineering.  

LFE program is the greatest success story of EERI and I would like to make it the primary source of global earthquake reconnaissance and part of post-earthquake recovery.  This will happen when we have more international participation and membership in EERI. This will require a focused effort from EERI to engage with international members and increase international membership especially from seismically vulnerable areas in the world.

EERI is doing a great job in public policy and advocacy. However, there seems to be some communication gap and lack of clarity between different stakeholders. I would make this a priority to clarify EERI position and develop a program to educate our membership and bring them on the same page.


Director B:


Cale Ash

Cale Ash is a Principal with Degenkolb Engineers and serves as its Seattle Office Director. He joined Degenkolb in 2003 after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While at UIUC he was part of the Mid-America Earthquake Center and served as Chair of their Student Leadership Council. 

Cale’s professional experience includes the seismic evaluation and retrofit of multiple hospital, education, and manufacturing facilities. He was the engineer of records for the nation’s first tsunami vertical evacuation refuge structure in Westport, WA and is currently working on multiple tsunami evacuation tower projects. 

Cale has been involved with numerous professional organizations including as president of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup. In 2012, he was part of the inaugural class of EERI Housner Fellows and has continued to advocate for school earthquake safety in the Pacific Northwest as part of the EERI School Earthquake Safety Initiative. 

Cale’s vision

I can directly credit my involvement with EERI and the Mid-America Earthquake Center in cultivating my interest in earthquake-risk reduction. After attending the 2003 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon as a graduate student, I decided to explore career opportunities in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Seattle in the fall of that year. 

Throughout my career, I have been involved in many multi-disciplinary efforts to raise awareness of earthquake and tsunami risks. This includes participating in the Resilient Washington State Initiative, leading volunteer teams to complete K-12 school seismic evaluations at several districts, an advisor role on Project Safe Haven: Tsunami Vertical Evacuation on the Washington Coast, and numerous post-earthquake recovery and resilience planning workshops. I find that the diverse backgrounds represented in these activities help bring a holistic view of earthquake risk reduction as this is not solely an engineering “problem” to solve.  

My vision for EERI is to continue creating opportunities for collaboration across the various disciplines involved with earthquake-risk reduction. This includes support of regional chapters and providing them with resources needed to engage local stakeholders in these discussions. The Institute has members located around the world and each locality has different challenges, opportunities, and priorities. By creating a platform for sharing policy positions and success stories, EERI can empower members to make meaningful contributions in their local community.

A good example of this in action relates to non-ductile building types such as unreinforced masonry and older concrete buildings. Jurisdictions in the Pacific Northwest are just now starting to contemplate URM ordinances and, through EERI, we can learn best practices from our colleagues in other regions on what risk-reduction strategies have been successful. Having spent my entire career in Washington State, I look forward to bringing a regional perspective to the Board of Directors while leveraging my past organizational leadership experience to EERI. 


Terri Norton

Terri Norton, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Students and Strategic Initiatives and associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University. She also serves as the executive director of the Engineering Success Alliance. Terri’s technical expertise is in the area of structural dynamics and structural vulnerability. Prior to Bucknell, Terri was faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked at the Aerospace Corporation. 

Terri has been a member of several post-disaster reconnaissance team missions including Molise Earthquake (2003), Hurricane Charley (2004), Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011), Hurricane Harvey (2017), and Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017). She also served as a Co-PI on an NSF grant to train and mentor minority graduate researchers in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields with a disaster focus. 

Terri has been an active member of EERI since joining in 2003. As a graduate student and member of the MCEER Student Leadership Council, she helped establish the first seismic design competition, now known as the EERI undergraduate seismic design competition. She also served as the graduate adviser for the FAMU-FSU seismic design team. As a professional member, Terri has served as the Student Activities Committee Chair, Student Leadership Council mentor, a Learning from Earthquakes program participant, and founding faculty advisor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln EERI student chapter.

Terri served on the boards of the American Society of Civil Engineering Infrastructure Resilience Division, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. She is a founding leader of the William “Bill” Averette Anderson Fund (BAF) and past chair of the BAF Programs Committee. 

Terri’s Vision

EERI is a global leader in the investigation of earthquakes and the dissemination of risk reduction and reconnaissance information.  I have remained actively engaged with EERI because I am committed to its core mission and support its goal of connecting people across disciplines to reduce risk and the potential losses caused by earthquakes.  Additionally, I have been a benefactor of the outstanding programming, training, knowledge exchange, and networking provided through the EERI committees and annual meeting, therefore, it is my duty to pay it forward.

My vision for EERI is that we continue to shape the future of hazard mitigation by bridging fields of expertise to build global solidarity beyond geographical differences to positively impact the world. To do so we must continue to inform and train the next generation of earthquake engineering researchers, professionals, and disaster scientists; who will create innovative advancements for earthquake risk reduction.

I believe that my contributions to the area of disaster recovery and hazard mitigation education and the community reflect my dedication to ensuring that all people are represented and respected. I strive to promote opportunities for younger professional members and students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. I have a personal passion for mentoring, thus I will use my platform through EERI to help build the pipeline of innovators in the fields of earthquake engineering and disaster recovery. 

Registration open: October 10 – NGA-East Seminar – Ground Motion Hazard for Very Hard Rock

NGA-East Seminar, Oct. 10, 2019

Join the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and partners for a special seminar on the Next Generation Attenuation Relationships for Central & Eastern North-America (NGA-East).

Register for this seminar here

At this seminar, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the database, methodology, and models developed by the NGA-East project. You’ll learn about the technical basis and model development of the ground motion models (GMM) for median and standard deviations for Central and Eastern North America. 

The seminar will also summarize the key differences with previously released GMMs for use in probabilistic seismic hazard analyses. The seminar is focused on the ground motion characterization (GMC) model for very hard rock, as for nuclear applications and site-specific studies. We will also touch on the implementation of the NGA-East models in the USGS National Seismic Hazard Maps, and their associated site amplification models.

NGA-East is a multi-disciplinary research project coordinated by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. The project is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Who should attend? Nuclear power, geotechnical, lifeline, and structural engineers; seismologists; engineering geologists; urban planners; insurance professionals; risk modelers; and students.


  • Yousef Bozorgnia, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, UCLA
  • Christine Goulet, Ph.D., Executive Director for Applied Science, Southern California Earthquake Center
  • Jonathan Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, UCLA
  • Nicolas Kuehn, Ph.D., Project Scientist, UCLA
  • Robert Graves, Ph.D., Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Linda Al Atik, Ph.D., Linda Alatik Consulting



  • Project overview and database
  • Ground motion model preliminary evaluation: from Candidate to Seed models
  • Quantification of epistemic uncertainty in median ground motions using Sammon’s maps
  • Standard deviation development and models
  • Median adjustments for Gulf Coast Region, depth and hanging wall


  • Full model implementation and hazard results
  • Accessing the reports, data, and models
  • Site response amplification models for ergodic studies
  • Q & A


Yousef Bozorgnia, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA. His expertise includes earthquake engineering and ground motion hazard, with emphasis on multidisciplinary aspects of earthquake science and engineering. He has been the principal coordinator of the interdisciplinary research projects Next Generation Attenuation (NGA), including NGA-East.

Christine Goulet, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for Applied Science at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). Her work and research interests are in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering and applied seismology. She acts as the science lead for large-scale collaborative projects involving diverse disciplines related to seismic hazard and risk.

Jonathan Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA. His technical expertise is in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, with emphases on soil-structure interaction, ground motion and ground failure hazard characterization, and seismic risk analysis for levees and other distributed infrastructure.

Nicolas Kuehn, Ph.D., is a project scientist at UCLA. His work focuses on earthquake engineering, particularly the development of empirical ground-motion models, their application to probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, and the quantification of uncertainty associated with them. For the NGA-East project, he has worked on the generation of median models and the assessment of their uncertainty distribution.

Robert Graves, Ph.D., is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. His main area of study is the characterization of strong ground shaking due to earthquakes and his research relies heavily on analysis and interpretation of ground motion recordings from past earthquakes, as well as high-performance computer simulation and modeling.

Linda Al Atik, Ph.D., provides consulting and research services in ground motion characterization, site response analysis, and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for engineering projects located in California, North America, and worldwide. These projects include a wide range of infrastructure facilities, including nuclear power plants and water and gas pipelines.

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with SAGE Publishing

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is pleased to announce a new partnership with SAGE Publishing beginning January 2020. SAGE will publish the first issue of Earthquake Spectra in February 2020 (Issue 1, Volume 36). 

We are proud of the impact and influence that Earthquake Spectra has had in earthquake engineering over the past 35 years. Our vision is to remain the leading source of innovative research and practical applications in the field, while always looking for opportunities to enhance the journal.

As a self-publisher, we lack the competitive edge in accessing advanced systems and software that would improve the production process and user experience, as well as dedicated marketing services that would help us reach more readers and libraries. We need an experienced partner to help EERI stay abreast of changes to the publishing environment so that we can expand the impact of Spectra and better serve readers and authors alike.

After an extensive 3-year process involving EERI’s board, editors, and staff, we’ve chosen to partner with SAGE. SAGE are experts in working with previously self-published titles and we believe our journal is in the best hands. EERI members, readers, and authors will get more value from your membership: an enhanced reading experience, greater ease of access, as well as improved author services. EERI and SAGE are making every effort to ensure that the transition runs as smoothly as possible.

Please note that after the transition, EERI members can access journal content via the SAGE Journals platform. Until the new website and author submission interfaces are ready later this fall, you can continue to access content as usual on 

For a full FAQ of the partnership, please click here.

Deadline extended: Call for posters M7.1 Anchorage Earthquake Symposium

In partnership with the Alaska Earthquake Center, join us September 24-26 in Anchorage for a special symposium on the 2018 M7.1 Anchorage earthquake

We are seeking poster abstracts on the following topics:

  • Tectonics, Aftershocks, and Future Hazards
  • Ground Motions – Observed and Predicted
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Building Operations/Recovery
  • Emergency Management & Response
  • Recovery
  • Public Health & Social Impacts
  • Lifelines & Utilities

DEADLINE EXTENSION: The deadline for poster abstract submissions is Monday, August 26. To learn more about the process and submit your abstract, click here. For questions about poster presentations, please contact María Luisa Jiminián from EERI at 

About the Symposium

The Nov. 30, 2018, M7.1 Anchorage earthquake in Southcentral Alaska was the most impactful earthquake in the U.S. in many years, presenting a major learning opportunity for the U.S. earthquake risk reduction community. At this symposium, you’ll get to connect with others in the field, hear the latest research, and access learning opportunities to stimulate new investigations and collaborations.

Drawing on local and national experts in a wide range of disciplines related to earthquake research and practice, the symposium will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: seismology, geology, ground motion, structural and geotechnical engineering, lifelines, public health, emergency management and response, tsunami monitoring and modeling, school safety, and public policy. 

Learn more about the symposium here, including registration information, agenda, and logistics.

PS: Early-bird pricing ends August 31, so make sure to reserve your seat now!

New white paper from EERI provides framework for functional recovery

Design for functional recovery is a necessary tool for assessing and improving community resilience. Broadly speaking, design for functional recovery means making two measures of design equally important: safety and recovery time. However, functional recovery concepts and design provisions are still nascent. 

EERI’s new white paper, Functional Recovery: A Conceptual Framework, offers an important first step: an expanded definition and conceptual framework for functional recovery that discusses its application to both buildings and lifeline infrastructure. This paper will inform a new NIST-FEMA working group mandated by recent national legislation and others considering new functional recovery standards and practices, including those involved in the implementation of California Assembly Bill 393, if passed. Click here to view or download the paper.

You can expect to hear more about this at the EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference in March 2020.


This white paper is in response to new language in the December 2018 reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This language, suggested to Senator Diane Feinstein by EERI’s PPA in 2018 and passed in the final version of the bill, calls for FEMA and NIST to convene experts to recommend “options for improving the built environment and critical infrastructure to reflect performance goals stated in terms of post-earthquake reoccupancy and functional recovery time” (42 U.S.C. § 7705(b); 2018 Senate Bill 176).

With this governmentally-mandated expert committee now launching, EERI’s PPA set about developing a white paper to outline a multidisciplinary perspective that (1) offers some background and definition of functional recovery in the context of community resilience, (2) identifies four key issue areas to be researched, developed, and discussed to clarify and refine this new performance target, and (3) explores how the current state of practice can be applied to future functional recovery goals. 

As a part of the development process, EERI’s Board of Directors felt that it was critical to forge consensus amongst technical experts. Towards this aim, EERI’s PPA collaborated with the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) on this white paper, and SEAOC has endorsed the structural engineering concepts of the paper. EERI plans to work with SEAOC to engage additional technical experts and organizations in the coming months.

Registration open: 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence Webinar

Join us for a free reconnaissance briefing webinar on the Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence, hosted by the California Earthquake Clearinghouse:

When: Wednesday, August 14, 10 – 11:30 am PT

Click here to register.

You’ll get the opportunity to hear observations from members of reconnaissance teams that studied the impacts of the July 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence. The briefing will include the following presentations:

  • Welcome: Cindy Pridmore, California Geological Survey
  • Earthquake Overview: Ken Hudnut, USGS
  • Geological Observations: Janis Hernandez, CGS
  • Geotechnical Engineering Impacts: Jon Stewart, UCLA/GEER
  • Structural Engineering Impacts: Wayne Chang, Structural Focus

Professional Development Hours (PDH): PDH will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.

Questions? Please contact Vida Samardzic at You can also find more information on the California Earthquake Clearinghouse response to the RidgecrestEarthquake Sequence on the Virtual Clearinghouse website.

Don’t forget to register today!

This webinar is supported with funding from FEMA/U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Virtual clearinghouse established for the Searles Valley earthquakes