Message from the President

mary comerio 2015Welcome to The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, the bi-weekly email newsletter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
— Mary C. Comerio, EERI President


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News of the Institute

Chart Your Course at the Annual Meeting More >

EERI Has Two Post Graduation Internship Positions Open More >

2012 Housner Fellows Report Now Available More >

Professional Opportunities

SSA Seeks New Executive Director More >


Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts More >

Seismic Triggers Report Now Available More >

Report on the Performance of Lifelines in the South Napa M 6.0 Earthquake More >

Member Spotlight

Welcome New EERI Members More >

25 Ways to Get Involved

Get Involved with EERI More >


2015 EERI Annual Meeting
March 31 – April 3, 2015
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


2015 NZSEE Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2015
Rotorua, New Zealand


50th Int'l Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology
May 12–16, 2015
Cruise from Kiel, Germany


12th North American Masonry Conference
May 17–20, 2015
Denver, Colorado, USA


Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference
June 16–19, 2015
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California, USA


Grouting Fundamentals and Current Practice: 36th Annual Short Course
June 22—26, 2015
Golden, Colorado, USA


7th Int'l Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure
July 1–3, 2015
Torino, Italy


11th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering
July 21-24, 2015
Victoria, BC, Canada


XIX INQUA Congress 2015
July 27 - August 2, 2015
Nagoya, Japan


2015 International Conference on Earthquakes and Structures
August 16–20, 2015
Daejeon, Korea


Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 2015 Annual Meeting
September 19–26, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA, USA


6th Int'l Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
November 2–4, 2015
Christchurch, New Zealand


10th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering
November 6—8, 2015
Sydney, Australia


ATC & SEI 2nd Conference on Improving Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings
December 10–12, 2015
San Francisco, California


8th Int'l Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety, and Management
June 26–30, 2016
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil


5th Int'l Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering
October 16–19, 2016
Delft, The Netherlands

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News of the Institute

Chart Your Course at the Annual Meeting

USS ConstitutionGet ready for the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, March 31–April 3, 2015.

Tours of the FM Global Research Facilities and the Wind Technology Testing Center still have openings. Take advantage of training opportunities for Rapid Visual Screening (FEMA P-154) and FEMA E-74 Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage, and sign up for the EERI workshop on reconnaissance activities following an earthquake.

Finally, use the at-a-glance program to plan your schedule at the conference. Read about the concurrent technical sessions, the over 30 student teams in the Seismic Design Competition, the receptions, luncheons, field trips of historic Boston, and more.

There is still time to register for the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting and the attendant trainings, workshops, and field trips. Register today and join us in Boston.

EERI Has Two Post Graduation Internship Positions Open

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has two internship positions available for recent college graduates interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce the risks from earthquakes. This position can begin as early as May 2015, but the start date is flexible and students from both quarter and semester schools are encouraged to apply.

The approximately six month internship offers engagement in a number of interesting EERI projects and the intern would focus primarily on the EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative, the Concrete Coalition, the World Housing Encyclopedia, and the Confined Masonry Network projects.

Tasks are varied, although day-to-day work focuses on supporting EERI projects and staff through research, project coordination, and website development and maintenance.

Internship Requirements Include:

•          A bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, science, architecture or public policy

•          Familiarity with issues in earthquake risk reduction

•          Proficiency in Excel and Word

•          Basic HTML skills and some knowledge of website development and maintenance (WordPress and Joomla), or willingness to learn

•          Skills with graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator

•          Curiosity, strong interpersonal skills, a flexible attitude towards work

•          Ability to take initiative and independently solve problems

The intern will need to work in the EERI office, which means living in the Bay Area. (No moving or housing support provided). EERI interns are provided a monthly stipend of $1,700.

EERI Post Graduation internships are a great way to gain valuable professional experience, to be involved in meaningful projects related to seismic safety and risk reduction, and to make connections with EERI’s multi-disciplinary professional community. The EERI office is conveniently located in downtown Oakland, close to BART and the freeway.

You can learn more about EERI at and the EERI Post Graduation Internship Program at:

Interested applicants should upload their resume, a one-page cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the EERI internship program, and two references to the secure website here: Preference is given to EERI members. Applications should be submitted by April 13, 2015. EERI would like a commitment of six months, but recent graduates available only for the summer will be considered. New internship positions become available every four to six months. Interviews will be held the week of April 20, 2015.

2012 Housner Fellows Report Now Available

Improving the Earthquake Safety of Ghana’s Schools, the 2012 Housner Fellows group project report, is now available online. The Fellows travelled to Ghana in 2013 to learn first-hand about the current state of construction of schools in the country. Their report draws on what they learned and focuses on the earthquake safety of schools in Ghana. In the report, the Fellows reviewed the design and construction standard of practice for school buildings, with a focus on the Accra region. This included reviews of published building codes (not yet formally adopted), studies of sample school designs to understand code implementation, and collaboration with engineers and builders in Ghana to assess construction practices and material quality. Read the full report online

The 2012 Housner Fellows are: Syed Mohammed Ali (M. EERI, 2011), Cale R. Ash (M. EERI, 2003), Carlien D. Bou-Chedid (M. EERI, 2011), Danielle Hutchings Mieler (M. EERI, 2009), Lindsey Maclise (M. EERI, 2011), Hassan Steven Mdala (M. EERI, 2012), Vivek Rawal (M. EERI, 2011), and Kate Stillwell (M. EERI, 2000). More information about the 2012 Housner Fellows is available here: and blog posts from their 2013 trip to Ghana can be read here:

The Housner Fellows Program is supported by a bequest from George Housner, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery of the World Bank supported the participation of three Housner Fellows in the 2012 class.

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Professional Opportunities

SSA Seeks New Executive Director

Seismological Society of America (SSA) is conducting a search for its next Executive Director.

ssa-header-logoHeadquartered in Albany, CA, in the San Francisco Bay area, the Society’s core purpose is to advance seismology and the understanding of earthquakes for the benefit of society. With 3,000 members worldwide, SSA publishes two prominent journals and convenes an annual meeting of more than 500 scientists. The position is responsible for a $1.7 million annual budget and oversees a full time staff of five. (Seismological Society of America websiteexternal link icon)

To learn more about the position and how to apply, visit link icon

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

Three additional preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The papers to be published are:

"Responses of a tall building with US code-type instrumentation in Tokyo, Japan to events before, during and after the Tohoku earthquake of March 11, 2011" by Mehmet Çelebi (M. EERI, 1980), Toshihide Kashima, S. Farid Ghahari, Fariba Abazarsa and Ertugrul Taciroglu

"A New Dataset for Full-Scale RC Columns under Collapse-Consistent Loading Protocols" by Alireza Nojavan (M. EERI, 2012), Arturo E. Schultz (M. EERI, 1986), Curt Haselton (M. EERI, 2010), Sanput Simathathien, Xuejian Liu and Shih-Ho Chao (M. EERI, 2000)

"Quantifying the influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse capacity using spectrally equivalent records" by Reagan Chandramohan, Jack W. Baker (M. EERI, 2004) and Gregory G. Deierlein (M. EERI, 1989)

To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints. external link icon

Seismic Triggers Report Now Available

Alterations and Seismic Upgrade: The Building Code as Mitigation Policy by David Bonowitz (M. EERI, 1994), David McCormick (M. EERI, 1985), and Peter Somers (M. EERI, 1994) is now available online. This free report, sponsored by the EERI Endowment Fund, addresses the question of when the building code should require seismic upgrade for a building undergoing a voluntary alteration. It proposes the re-introduction of an optional alteration-based upgrade trigger into the national model codes, but with a customizable feature that both respects the local precedents and supports local mitigation planning. The report is written primarily for building officials, risk reduction professionals, and others engaged in the development of mitigations policy, especially through building codes. The full report is available in the EERI Knowledge Center here:

Report on the Performance of Lifelines in the South Napa M 6.0 Earthquake

South Napa M 6.0 Earthquake of August 24 2014, a report on the performance of lifelines related to the South Napa earthquake, is now available as a free download. Prepared by John Eidinger, Mark Yashinsky (M. EERI, 1994), Alexis Kwasinski, John Andrew, Anshel Schiff (M. EERI, 1974), and Alex Tang (M. EERI, 1985), the report covers ground motions, electric power, gas, water, sewer, communications, bridges and highways, and fire following earthquake.

The report is available as a PDF file for download at at www.geEngineeringSystems.comexternal link icon

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Member Spotlight

Welcome New EERI Members

EERI would like to welcome the members who have recently joined the Institute. If you wish to connect with your fellow members, you can locate their contact information in the EERI online membership directory, which requires logging in to the Member Resources Area of the EERI website.


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sageSAGE Engineers, Inc. (SAGE), another new Bronze Subscribing Member, provides geotechnical, earthquake, geological, and structural engineering services focused on water resource related projects in seismically active areas. Over the last two decades, SAGE refined and united their engineering and geoscience disciplines to develop a true "geostructural" practice that includes rehabilitation design for dams and water resources. SAGE best utilizes their expertise designing for structures and facilities that interface with soil, rock, and water. Visit their website at link icon


Fahad Mohammed, Risk Management Solutions, Risk Analysis
Jason Pollard, Safe-T-Proof Inc, Materials
Mohammadreza Vafaei, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Structural
Yufang Rong, FM Global


Holland Aguayo, University of Memphis, Civil
Gretchen Aquice, Iowa State University, Civil
Negin Aryaee, UCLA, Structural
Alysa Baird, Purdue University
Katia Barba, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Philip Bugay, University of Nevada-Reno, Civil
Christian A. Castro, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Timothy Chargualaf, Iowa State University, Civil
Roberto Cier-Honores, Civil
Mariano Colicchio, McMaster University, Civil
Michael Davis, Indiana University, Education
Matthew East, McMaster University, Civil
Majid Ebad-Sichani, Rice University, Structural
Veronica Felix, University of Memphis, Civil
George Fisher, University of Memphis, Structural
Jamison Fox, Brigham Young University
Paolo Garcia, California State University Los Angeles, Civil
Allison Griffiths, University of Notre Dame, Civil
Shannon Gunn, Purdue University, Civil
Piyounik Hakopian, University of So California, Structural
Jordan Hayashi, University of Nevada-Reno, Civil
Sam Haywood, University of Memphis, Civil
Joshua Hey, Iowa State University, Civil
Billy Hirchert, University of Kansas
Michael Hogan, University of Notre Dame, Civil
Fernanda Jeffers, University of California Irvine, Civil
Morgan Joel, Purdue University, Structural
Scott Kaufman, Cornell University, Civil
Jack Klucznik, University of Connecticut, Civil
Sedef Kocakaplan, University of Texas - Austin, Structural
Sungoh Kook, Risk Analysis
Sreeram Kotha, GFZ Potsdam, Risk Analysis
Chunxuan Li, Georgia Institute of Technology, Geotechnical
Ye Liu, University of Illinois, Structural
Alejandra Lizarzaburu, University of Southern California, Civil
Hilda Lovasz, University of Nevada-Reno, Civil
Amanda McBride, University of Connecticut, Structural
Ryan Meier, University of So California, Civil
Juan Meriles, Cornell University, Civil
Ashly Morales-Cartagena, University of Illinois, Geotechnical
Michael Morano, University of MA - Amherst, Structural
Thomas Morneau, University of MA - Amherst, Civil
Sean Munter, University of California Davis, Geotechnical
Jayson Musngi, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Natasha Nazarian, University of Southern California, Civil
Joseph O'Neill, University of Connecticut, Civil
Seung (Ted) Park, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Civil
Ana Maria Parra-Bastidas, University of California Davis, Geotechnical
Gian Carlo Piatos, California State University Fullerton, Structural
Esmaeel Rahmanishamsi, University of Nevada-Reno, Structural
Daniel Rawson, Purdue University, Civil
Jovinson Ripert, Stanford University, Civil
Lillian Rouillard, University of Minnesota, Civil
Saman Sabzehar, Case Western Reserve University, Structural
Sam Sabzerou, University of California Irvine, Civil
Kaele Snapp, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Structural
Ikkyun Song, Iowa State University, Structural
Jared Stankevich, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Vanessa Tarronas, San Diego State University, Civil
Chhaysrun Von, Virginia Tech, Structural
Cindy Wei, University of Southern California, Civil
Chelsea Weller, University of Nevada-Reno, Civil
Taner Yilmaz, Pennsylvania State University, Structural
Samuel Yniesta, UCLA, Geotechnical
Alek Zalewski, University of Connecticut, Civil
Bochen Zhang, Purdue University, Structural
Xilei Zhao, Johns Hopkins University, Civil
Bao Li Zheng, University of California Davis, Geotechnical


Travis Chrupalo, Degenkolb Engineers, Structural
Seyedfarid Ghahari, UCLA, Structural
Hamilton Puangnak, GeoEngineers Inc, Geotechnical


Avik Samanta, IIT Patna, Structural


Emil Albota, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Structural
Yoyong Arfiadi, Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University, Structural
Cumhur Cosgun, Fatih University, Civil
Marius Lupou, Technical University of Cluj - Napoca, Information Science
GH Sreejith, Kerala Highway Research Institute, Civil

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25 Ways to Get Involved

Get Involved with EERI

25 waysLooking to be more involved with EERI? We've come up with a lot of opportunities for members. Each edition of The Pulse will highlight a way to do more with the Institute.
Download the 25 Ways flyerexternal link icon (PDF)

Since we're all getting ready for it, lucky #13 seems appropriate:

#13 Travel to the Annual Meeting

Since this year's meeting from March 31–April 3, 2015 is in the Northeast for the first time, this is an excellent year for East Coast members to attend. We hope to see you in Boston!

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