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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2016 Annual Meeting

68th Annual Meeting Goes Beyond the Epicenter More >

Professional Development Hours Available More >

13th Student Design Competition More >

Thanks to Our Sponsors More >

More to Come and Get Ready for Next Year More >

News of the Institute

Reminder: Taiwan Reconnaissance Webinar April 19 More >

EERI Endowment Donors More >

News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views More >


Post-Doctoral Opportunity from USGS More >

Chapter Spotlight

Reminder: Utah Earthquake Resiliency Workshop April 27 More >


Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts More >

Member Spotlight

Welcome New EERI Members More >


2016 National Earthquake Conference
May 4–6, 2016
Long Beach, California, USA

IABSE Conference Guangzhou: Bridges and Structures Sustainability
May 8–11, 2016
Guangzhou, China

Jogja Earthquake in Reflection
May 24–26, 2016
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

7th China-Japan-US Trilateral Symposium on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering
June 1–4, 2016
Shanghai, China

Short Course on Grouting Fundamentals and Current Practice
June 13–17, 2016
Austin, Texas

World Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering-Architecture-Urban Planning Symposium
June 13–17, 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

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

16th U.S.-Japan-New Zealand Workshop on the Improvement of Structural Engineering and Resiliency
June 27–29, 2016
Nara, Japan

1st International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure
June 28–30, 2016
Chania, Greece

6th Int'l Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics
August 1–6, 2016
Roorkee, India

Istanbul Bridge Conference 2016
August 8–10, 2016
Istanbul, Turkey

World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences Symposium
September 5–9, 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Annual Meeting
September 18–24, 2016
Kona, Hawaii

1st International Workshop on Resilience
September 20–22, 2016
Torino, Italy

2016 SEAOC Conference
October 12–15, 2016
Ka’anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

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

4th Int'l Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction
October 17–20, 2016
Wellington and Christchurch, NZ

16WCEE World Conference Earthquake Engineering
January 9–13, 2017
Santiago, Chile

International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies
May 15–18, 2017
Istanbul, Turkey

GeoMEast 2017
July 15–19, 2017
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

3rd International Conference on Performance-based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
July 16–19, 2017
Vancouver, Canada

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2016 Annual Meeting

68th Annual Meeting Goes Beyond the Epicenter


The 68th EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco proved to be a lively and informative meeting with 600 attendees, including more than 270 undergraduates participating in the Seismic Design competition.

Great thanks are extended to the local organizing committee, led by Lindsey Maclise (M. EERI, 2011) and Danielle Mieler (M. EERI, 2009) from the EERI Northern California Regional Chapter. The committee built the technical program around the meeting theme of "Beyond the Epicenter: Expanding our Risk Perspective,” with many interesting sessions focused on progress with community resilience initiatives, LFE for recent events and recovery efforts, seismic safety of schools, using legal action to improve earthquake safety and a host of other engaging topics. The trainings, workshops, and local tours were also smoothly arranged by the local organizing committee and the Northern California Chapter.

Professional Development Hours Available

Meeting attendees who would like to receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending the technical portions of the conference may register for them on the EERI website at 2016 AM PDH Registration

13th Student Design Competition


Thirty-three teams from around the world competed in the 13th Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition during the Annual Meeting. The presentations, live auction, and testing all took place in the foyer of the hotel, bringing the excitement of the competition to the heart of the meeting. Fifteen team structures survived all three of the shake test ground motions, and judges noted some particularly interesting designs this year.

In the final judging for the 2016 SDC Champions—the team with the highest annual revenue as determined by cost performance, oral presentation, poster, workmanship, and architectural design—Technical University of Cluj–Napoca won for the third year in a row. Second place went to University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University came in third place. Congratulations to all the teams and to the Student Leadership Council, led by Cristian Acevedo (M. EERI, 2012) and Diane Moug (M. EERI, 2014), which organized and ran an efficient, professional, and very fun competition.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Our sponsors made the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting and Seismic Design Competition possible. We offer our gratitude and appreciation to FEMA, Computers & Structures, Inc., PG&E, Degenkolb Engineers, California Earthquake Authority, Kinemetrics, Applied Technology Council, ARUP, MTS Systems, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Amec Foster Wheeler, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, and Oregon State University.

More to Come and Get Ready for Next Year

moehle-ajPresentation slides from many of the Annual Meeting sessions will be posted on the 2016 Annual Meeting website in the coming weeks, along with more news and reviews from the meeting.

You can start making plans now for EERI's 69th Annual Meeting, which will take place in Portland, Oregon, from March 7-10, 2017. There will be an enticing program with a focus on the Pacific Northwest, workshops, and special tours. Details will be shared as they become available.

We again thank you for your support, and look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland!

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News of the Institute

Reminder: Taiwan Reconnaissance Webinar April 19

Briefing-Webinar-Reconn-BannerEERI will host the Taiwan Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar, as a part of its Learning from Earthquakes program, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm Pacific Time.

During this free event, reconnaissance teams that traveled to Taiwan to study the February 6, 2016, earthquake will present their observations. Briefing content will be a collaboration from more than five teams that traveled to the impacted region, and will provide key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage, response, and performance of pre-event mitigation measures.

Please register for the webinar using the following link: external link icon

After registration, you will be sent a confirmation email with more information on how to join the webinar.

Questions? Please email EERI intern Shizza Fatima at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EERI Endowment Donors

EERI would like to thank donors to the Endowment Fund and acknowledge their recent contributions. EERI’s Endowment supports innovative projects that assure the Institute’s continuing leadership in the earthquake engineering profession.

The list below reflects recent donations that the Institute received through mid April 2016.

William "Woody" Savage

Craig Cole
Alan Moore
Jelena Pantelic

Other Amounts
Cindy Hoover
Siamak Sattar
Kenneth Topping
Fred Ziaripour

Thank you for your support!

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Ten recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the Web:

oneQuake survivors in Gorkha start building houses on their own (The Kathmandu Post) Villagers race to beat the monsoon season after waiting on the government. external link icon

oneOne Year Later: Photographer Shows 'Endurance' of Nepal Earthquake Victims (BlouinArtInfo) 'If the story is not told, it does not exist.' external link icon

oneDamaging Earthquakes Are Now As Likely in Oklahoma City and Dallas As in Most of California (Vice News) US Geological Survey maps make graphic new elevated risk. external link icon

oneSeismic sensors help USGS show earthquake impact on buildings (KTVA) Video of the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska in response to M7.1 January quake. external link icon

oneVancouver releases map of Disaster Support Hubs in event of "the big one" (Vancity Buzz) Locations identified for family meeting spots, support, and organization after disaster. external link icon

oneSchools awarded $50 million in seismic upgrade grants (Portland Tribune) Amount exceeds all of the money Oregon has awarded since grant program started six years ago. external link icon

oneSenator: Feds need to better prepare for massive Pacific quake (The Hill) Says government agencies needed to better “knit together” a response plan. external link icon

oneTaiwan Charges 5 with Negligence after Deadly Earthquake (Voice of America) Developer and employees charged after collapse of 17-story housing complex. external link icon

oneTreasury criticizes CERA in management of Christchurch's major rebuild projects (Interest) Labels Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority worst performing government agency in most recent report. external link icon

oneStrong quake in Japan kills at least nine, nuclear plants safe (Reuters) 6.0 earthquake hits southwestern Japan, thousands evacuated. external link icon

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Post-Doctoral Opportunity from USGS

mendenhallThe U.S. Geological Survey’s Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program has an open post-doctoral opportunity (proposed duty station is Menlo Park, CA) to study the variation of modal properties within different regimes of vibrations of buildings: Investigation of the Variation of Structural Modal Properties with Vibration Amplitude Utilizing Recorded Data from Monitored Buildings (RO #16-12) external link icon.

The Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to conduct concentrated research in association with selected members of the USGS professional staff, often as a final element to their formal career preparation. The program is also intended to provide research experiences that enhance their personal scientific stature and credentials. Mendenhall Fellows are appointed to the USGS for two years, receive full salary and benefits at the GS-12 level, and are expected to publish their results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications - Research Structural Engineer (with particular expertise in structural dynamics, system identification, digital signal processing, computer programming and capability to organize and process large amounts of data.) Complete instructions can be found here. Candidates for this fellowship are encouraged to contact potential research advicsors Mehmet Celelbi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ertugrul Taciroglu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions. Applications will be accepted through May 2, 2016.

More information and an application link for this opportunity, and other research openings in the program, can be found at external link icon

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Chapter Spotlight

Reminder: Utah Earthquake Resiliency Workshop April 27

utah-resiliencyThe Utah Chapter of EERI is pleased to announce the Utah Earthquake Resiliency Workshop to be held April 27, 2016, at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan, UT. This event will bring together engineers, architects, planners, geologists, government officials, community leaders, business owners, utility companies, and representatives from healthcare, public education, universities, and transportation.

The workshop will bring in nationally known experts as keynote speakers with significant background in the field of resilience. Chris Poland, SE, NAE, (M. EERI, 1978), a world-renowned authority on earthquake engineering, will be speaking on Earthquake and Disaster Resiliency Planning. Kent Yu, PhD, SE, of SEFT Consulting Group will be speaking on the Oregon Recovery plan.

Panel discussions will include local and national experts to discuss such topics as:

  • Earthquakes: Public Perception vs Reality
  • The Critical Three: Schools, Housing, Jobs
  • Utah's Economic Resilience: Getting the Wheels Rolling
  • State Healthcare Resiliency Efforts: What Can We Learn?
  • Utilities and Infrastructure: Understanding the Interdependencies
  • The Role of Government: Mitigation Efforts and Recovery Expectations

Registration page external link icon

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

spectra 150One preprint manuscript has been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The paper to be published is:

  • "Lateral Load Behavior of Open Ground Story RC Building with AAC Infills in Upper Stories" by Supratik Bose and Durgesh C. Rai (M. EERI, 2000)

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

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Member Spotlight

Welcome New EERI Members

EERI welcomes 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.

Celine Beauval, ISTerre, Seismologist
John Crofts, Utah DEM, Emergency Prep Response
Asif Iqbal, University of Northern British Columbia
Dimitris Pitilakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Geotechnical
Eloy Retamal, EUR Consulting & Development, Inc.
Esteban Saez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Geotechnical
Douglas Schwarm, Atlas Geotechnical, Geotechnical
Marie Souliere, Frontiers, Sales
Robert Thiele, Architect
Iain Tromans, CH2M Hill, Geotechnical
Michael Vail, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Geotechnical
Battalgazi Yildirim, Zizmos Inc

Sandeep Barwal, CH2M
Prakash Basnet, Sanjen Jalavidhyut Co Ltd, Structural
Fabian Cevallos-Larco, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador
Tolga Tonguc Deger, Geotechnical
Cesar Armando del Cid, University Mariano Galvez
Mohsen Kohrangi, IUSS, Risk Analysis
Carlos Mendez-Galindo, Seismic Protection Solutions LLC
Ronak Motiani, PDPU
Tariq Nazarwall
Evelyn Tipanluisa, Civil

Zahra Amini, Geosyntec Consultants, Geotechnical
Ishan Chowdhury, AIR Worldwide, Risk Analysis
Clement Fernando, GDC Consultants Ltd
Bryan Franke, AECOM, Geotechnical
YeongAe Heo, Case Western Reserve University, Risk Analysis
Michael Leung, Degenkolb Engineers
Matthew Michnewich, Degenkolb Engineers
Luis Alejandro Pinzon, UTP, Civil
Taylor Rawlinson, AECOM
Sandip K. Saha, University of Canterbury
Vaibhav Singhal, IIT Patna, Structural
Luis Sousa, University of Porto, Risk Analysis
Florent Vieux-Champagne, Civil

Roberto Aguiar, Univ de las Fuerzas Armadas - ESPE
Laila Alafifi, University of Texas - Austin
Miguel Araajo, University of Porto, Risk Analysis
Russel Balan, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Alejandro Banag, UCSD
Zachary Bartula, University of MA - Amherst, Civil
Salvador Beltran, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Casey Bunce, SUNY Buffalo, Civil
Kenny Buyco, California Institute of Technology
Cody Candler, University of Colorado, Civil
Matteo Casacci, NYU - Tandon School of Engineering, Geotechnical
David Castillo, California State University Los Angeles
Ignacio Cetrangolo, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Zhao Cheng, Iowa State University
Kai Hin Kelvin Chu, Iowa State University, Civil
Austin Cormier, University of Connecticut, Civil
Brandon Cortez, Stanford University
Samantha Cristol, UC Berkeley, Civil
Victoria Cuenca, USC, Architect
Zhen Cui, Iowa State University
Alex Dang, University of California Berkeley, Civil
Priya Dewan, UC Berkeley, Civil
Jonathan Disenhof, UC Berkeley, Civil
Nathaniel Evelkin, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Civil
Jinsong Fan, Ohio State University
Mehrnoush Farhadi, Virginia Tech
Mackenzie Finklea, University of Texas - Austin, Civil
Lori Fomenko, University of Connecticut, Civil
Jordan Galloso, University of Texas - Austin, Civil
Emad Gheibi, University of South Carolina, Geotechnical
Jaime Grabinski, California State University Long Beach
Casey Gragg, University of Texas - Austin
Zana Haddad, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Calvin Hang, UCSD
Leah Holleran, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Michael (Yuk Hon) Hui, UC Berkeley, Civil
Erin Hynes, University of Texas - Austin, Civil
Stephanie Istillarte, USC
Matthew Itzler, SUNY Buffalo, Civil
Tsend Jamsran, Cal Poly Pomona, Civil
Janae Johnston, University of Nevada Reno, Civil
Mary Jreisat, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Max Jung, UC Berkeley, Civil
Isako Kashino, Diablo Valley College, Public Policy
Dylan Kato, UC Berkeley
Yuna Kim, UCLA, Architect
Sam Kinsey, University of Southern California, Civil
Dee Dane Koh, University of Minnesota
Mia Le, UCSD
Seung Ho Lee, UCSD
Gijun Lee, UCSD
Chang Seok Lee, Hanyang University
Megan Leether, University of Connecticut, Civil
Alejandro Levesque, UCSD, Mechanical
Monica Liu, UC Berkeley, Civil
Dominic Lo, Purdue University
Ruishen Lou, Purdue University, Civil
Andres Lozano, University of California Irvine
Xin Ma, University of Toronto, Geotechnical
Mojgan Maadandar, University of New Mexico, Civil
Praveen K.R. Majjigapu, West Virginia University
Clayton Malcomb, Rice University
Claudia Maldonado, University of Connecticut, Civil
Rodion Malyshev, USC, Civil
Ahmed Maree, University of Nevada Reno
Jonathan Marquez, California State University Los Angeles, Civil
Ulises Martinez, University of California Irvine, Civil
Edwin Martinez, California State University Los Angeles, Civil
Arqa Mast, University Of Texas - Austin, Civil
Ian Mastick, University of Nevada-Reno, Civil
Emiliana Medina, University of Colorado
Mamun Miah, University of Mississippi
Emanuele Morbidoni, NYU - Tandon School of Engineering
Mohammad Mualla, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Civil
Edwin Navarrete, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Alice Nguyen, California State University Los Angeles, Civil
Kien Nguyen, California Institute of Technology, Geotechnical
Quy Nguyen, California State University Long Beach, Civil
Valerie Niemiec, Purdue University, Civil
Rene Ocampo, University of California Irvine, Civil
Ekin Ozer, Columbia University, Civil
Cory Powell, New Mexico State University
Nicole Prete, University of Connecticut, Civil
Adam Price, UC Davis, Geotechnical
Giorgio Proestos, University of Toronto
Denise Ramirez, California State University Los Angeles, Civil
Stephen Ramos, Cal Poly Pomona, Civil
Anoush Razavian, UC Berkeley
Cameron Ritchie, University of Toronto, Civil
David Rivera, University of Minnesota, Civil
Arash Rohani, UCSD
Joshua Rojo, UC Berkeley, Civil
Dani Rustagi, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Rana Sadat Kashani, USC, Civil
Shiori Sageshima, Rice University, Architect
Jeffrey Salmon, University of Toronto
Katelin Selby, SUNY Buffalo, Civil
Andrew Sen, University of Washington
Nihar Shah, USC
Jian Shi, California Institute of Technology, Geotechnical
Barbara Simpson, UC Berkeley
Enes Sinan, NYU - Tandon School of Engineering, Civil
Mikael Sjoblom
Christopher Smith, University of California Irvine, Civil
Gavin Spray, University of Colorado, Civil
Matthew Steventon, University of Nevada-Reno
Rachel Stewart, Purdue University, Civil
Nickolaus Sundholm, University of Minnesota
Maryam Tahir, SUNY Buffalo, Civil
Umma Tamima, McGill University, Risk Analysis
Nazir Tokhi, California State University Los Angeles, Mechanical
Alex Tong, University of Illinois, Civil
Kyle Tousignant, University of Toronto
Victoria Trexel, Rice University, Civil
Jeremy Tsay, Cal Poly Pomona
Samuel Turek, University of Connecticut
Ruben Vega, University of Colorado
Jacob Verry, Iowa State University, Civil
Loshini Vickneshwaran, Purdue University, Civil
Ilaria Vinci, University of Nevada-Reno
Phuong Vo, Iowa State University, Civil
Darrell Warberg, University of Memphis, Civil
Alex Weisfeld, USC, Architect
Ryan White, University of Colorado
Nathaniel Wilson, University of Memphis, Civil
Simon Wolfling, SUNY Buffalo, Civil
Kevin Wong, Purdue University
Jason (Xu) Yan, Iowa State University, Civil
Jacob Ybarra, UC Berkeley, Civil
Alina Zaki , UC Berkeley, Civil
Antonio Zaldivar de Alba, University of Illinois
Junqing Zhao, Rice University
Chao Zhou, Iowa State University, Civil
Siang Zhou, University of Illinois
Sharon Zhu, University of Texas - Austin, Mechanical
Wen Zou, UCSD
Francesco Zuniga, University of Nevada-Reno

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