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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Learning from Earthquakes

Lizundia and Shrestha Named to Lead EERI Reconnaissance Team in Nepal More >

News of the Institute

Reminder: EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowship Application Deadline May 29, 2015 More >

Honors Committee Seeks Awards Nominations More >

Announcements

Webinar on Expanding the Field of Hazard and Disaster Relief and Mitigation to African Americans and Other Minorities More >

QuakeCoRe: New Zealand Research Centre on Earthquake Resilience Funded More >

Opportunities for Students

PhD in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology: Applications Open More >

Publications

New EERI Oral History Featuring William J. Hall More >

Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts More >

Member Spotlight

Welcome New EERI Members More >

25 Ways to Get Involved

Get Involved with EERI More >

Calendar

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

iziis50.mk

 

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

www.masonrysociety.org

 

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

www.emi2015.info

 

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

csmspace.com/events/grouting/

 

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

www.shmii2015.org

 

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

www.canadianearthquakeconference.ca

 

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

http://inqua2015.jp/

 

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

http://asem.cti3.com/asem15.htm

 

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

www.aegannualmeeting.org

 

6th Int'l Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
November 1–4, 2015
Christchurch, New Zealand

www.6icege.com

 

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

aees.org.au/10pcee

 

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

atc-sei.org

 

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

www.iabmas2016.org

 

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

www.ialcce2016.org

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Learning from Earthquakes

Lizundia and Shrestha Named to Lead EERI Reconnaissance Team in Nepal

bhaktapurThe Executive Committee of EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program has selected Bret Lizundia and Surya Narayan Shrestha as co-leaders of EERI’s reconnaissance activities for the Nepal-Gorkha Earthquake of April 25, 2015. (EERI Announcement)

Lizundia and Shrestha will direct a multidisciplinary team of earth scientists, engineers, and social scientists to observe and investigate damaging effects from the earthquake and assess the need for follow-up areas of research. The team will travel to the affected region in late May through early June.

Surya Narayan Shrestha (M. EERI, 2014) is the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Structural Engineer at the National Society for Earthquake Technology, Nepal. He acted as the program manager for the Nepal Earthquake Risk Management Program focused on the safety of school buildings, building code implementation, and disaster preparedness planning and capacity. Shrestha was selected as an EERI Housner Fellow in 2014.

nepal leadersBret Lizundia (M. EERI, 1992) is a structural engineer and principal at Rutherford + Chekene in San Francisco. He has over 26 years of experience in structural design of new buildings, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings, peer review and plan checking, and applied research and guideline development. Lizundia was part of reconnaissance teams for the 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, 2001 Nisqually Washington, 2010 Eureka, California, 2010 Chile, 2011 New Zealand, and the 2014 South Napa, California earthquakes. He is a past president of the Applied Technology Council and the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and a past recipient of the EERI Shah Family Innovation Prize.

Updated information on reconnaissance activities will be included on EERI’s virtual clearinghouse website, where curated posts on geotechnical, housing, seismology, and other topics about the Nepal-Gorkha earthquake are being added daily.

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News of the Institute

Reminder: EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowship Application Deadline May 29, 2015

The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction is May 29, 2015.

fema logo 50The one-year fellowship, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. A nine-month stipend of $12,000 with an additional $8,000 for tuition, fees, and research expenses will be provided. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university and must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

Read more about the EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowship criteria and application requirements.

Candidates may apply online at https://eeri.org/cohost/registration/fema-grad-fellowship. Deadline for submission of all application materials is May 29, 2015. Announcement of the award will be made on July 1, 2015.

Honors Committee Seeks Awards Nominations

EERI's Honors Committee is charged with developing recommendations for several awards. The committee greatly depends on nominations submitted by the members of the Institute and seeks help in identifying worthy members whose contributions should be recognized.

EERI (logo)Please consider possible candidates for the George W. Housner Medal, the Alfred Alquist Special Recognition Award, and authors who deserve the 2014 Outstanding Paper Award for Earthquake Spectra (vol. 30).

Submit Your Nominations
All nominations should be accompanied by a brief justification, and must be received by July 1, 2015, in order for the Honors Committee to complete deliberations and forward its recommendations to the Board of Directors. Send your nominations to the EERI office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A list of all past awardees and complete descriptions of each award are accessible from http://www.eeri.org/about-eeri/honors-awards/.

All awards will be presented at EERI's Awards Luncheon at the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, April 5–8, 2016.

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Announcements

Webinar on Expanding the Field of Hazard and Disaster Relief and Mitigation to African Americans and Other Minorities

anderson fundThe William Averette Anderson Fundexternal link icon will host a webinar, "Expanding the Field of Hazard and Disaster Relief and Mitigation to African Americans and Other Minorities," on May 20, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m. (EST).

This webinar is part of the Hazard Disaster Mitigation Professional Development Series under the the Bill Anderson Fund Student Advisory Council Part III, featuring speakers from emergency management, academic, and research professionals as speakers.

To participate in the webinar, register at The William Averette Anderson Fund website.external link icon

QuakeCoRe: New Zealand Research Centre on Earthquake Resilience Funded

On May 7, 2015, the New Zealand Government announced funding for a 5-year, $21.5M, national Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) on earthquake resilience called QuakeCoRE. (Link to news releaseexternal link icon)

ken elwood capQuakeCoRE will be hosted at the University of Canterbury, in partnership with University of Auckland and seven other institutions from across New Zealand. EERI Board member Ken Elwood (M. EERI, 1994) of the University of Auckland will serve as Director, with Brendon Bradley (M. EERI, 2012) of the University of Canterbury serving as Deputy Director.

Starting January 2016, QuakeCoRE will support research, education, industry engagement, and outreach in addressing its mission: to place New Zealand at the worldwide forefront of earthquake disaster resilience by utilizing New Zealand as a natural earthquake laboratory, producing new knowledge on the seismic response of the built environment, developing models to understand vulnerabilities within this environment, and designing innovative technologies and decision-support tools enabling rapid recovery of New Zealand communities.

QuakeCoRE will focus funding on multidisciplinary flagship projects addressing ground motion simulation, liquefaction impacts on infrastructure, earthquake-prone buildings, next-generation infrastructure, performance of critical facilities, and pathways to improved resilience.

Building on a history of strong collaboration with international partners will be key to the success of QuakeCoRE. International researchers interested in visiting New Zealand and contributing to the QuakeCoRE mission are invited to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Opportunities for Students

PhD in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology: Applications Open

Applications are currently open for 2015/16 terms in the following program in Pavia, Italy, with a deadline of May 18, 2015. A number of scholarships are available for the highest-ranking applicants.

The 2015/2016 edition of the Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (ROSE) curriculum of the PhD Programm in Understanding and Managing Extremes (UME) is being offered by the UME Graduate School of the IUSS Pavia. The PhD courses aim to provide students the highest quality training with an unique scientific and professional expertise and advanced knowledge of the cultural, technical and managerial characteristics of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology . The syllabus offers a comprehensive set of subjects covering applied mechanics, structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering seismology and soil dynamics, with emphasis on both theoretical background and design considerations. The fundamental fields of instruction include aspects of seismology, geology, geotechnics, behavior of materials and structures, structural analysis, design of new structures and upgrading of existing structures. For details and the online application procedure, visit http://www.roseschool.it/page/252/application-procedure.html external link icon
Application start page: https://myiuss.unipv.it/iscrizioni_PhD.php?id=30 external link icon

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Publications

New EERI Oral History Featuring William J. Hall

hallConnections: The EERI Oral History Series features interviews with pioneers in the multidisciplinary fields of earthquake engineering. This month EERI members (Regular, Young Professional, Retired, Honorary, and Affiliate) are receiving the latest issue with interviews of William J. Hall (M. EERI, 1973). Interviewers are Robert D. Hanson (M. EERI, 1968) and Robert Reitherman (M. EERI, 1979), with Doug Nyman (M. EERI, 1975) providing a personal introduction to the volume. A special appendix on Nathan M. Newmark, Hall's mentor and close colleague, is included.

Hall has conducted research and consulting projects on earthquake ground motions and structural response, steel design and fracture mechanics, the seismic design of nuclear power plants and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and blast-resistant design. He was one of the youngest individuals to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

hall web revAfter serving in the Merchant Marine in World War II, Hall completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and went on to get his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his advisor was Nathan M. Newmark. An extensive appendix in this volume offers biographical information on the late Professor Newmark, who developed many widely used methods for analyzing structural components under a variety of loading conditions, and for calculating the stresses in the soil beneath foundations.

The William J. Hall Oral History is also available online as a PDF download from the EERI Knowledge Center and Online Store.

Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

spectra 150Eight preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The papers to be published are:

"Seismic Performance of Nonductile Reinforced Concrete Frames with Masonry Infill Walls: I. Development of a Strut Model Enhanced by Finite Element Models" by Siamak Sattar (M. EERI, 2011) and Abbie B. Liel (M. EERI, 2009)

"Seismic Performance of Nonductile Reinforced Concrete Frames with Masonry Infill Walls: II. Collapse Assessment" by Siamak Sattar (M. EERI, 2011) and Abbie B. Liel (M. EERI, 2009)

"Comparison Study of 1-D Site Response Analysis Methods" by Chi-Chin Tsai (M. EERI, 2011) and Chun-Way Chen

"Field Testing of a Structure on Shallow Foundation to Evaluate SSI Effects" by Lisa M. Star (M. EERI, 2007), Michael J. Givens (M. EERI, 2014), Robert L. Nigbor (M. EERI, 1984), and Jonathan P. Stewart (M. EERI, 1994)

"Experimental Fragility Analysis of Suspension Ceiling Systems" by Siavash Soroushian (M. EERI, 2011), Esmaeel Rahmanishamsi, Ki P. Ryu (M. EERI, 2011), Manos Maragakis (M. EERI, 1984), and Andrei M. Reinhorn (M. EERI, 1986)

"The 5 May 2014 MW 6.1 Mae Lao (Northern Thailand) earthquake: Interpretations of recorded ground motion and structural damage" by Teraphan Ornthammarath (M. EERI, 2012) and Pennung Warnitchai

"Full-Scale Seismic Testing of Piles in Improved and Unimproved Soft Clay" by Bradley J. Fleming (M. EERI, 2011), Sri Sritharan (M. EERI, 1994), Gerald A. Miller and Kanthasamy K. Muraleetharan (M. EERI, 2014)

"Assessing the Collapse Probability of Base Isolated Buildings Considering Pounding to Moat Walls" by Armin Masroor (M. EERI, 2009) and Gilberto Mosqueda (M. EERI, 2001)

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.

REGULAR MEMBERS
Erik Bishop, Reid Middleton, Structural
Sreekar Pulijala, Leighton Group, Geotechnical

STUDENT MEMBERS
Victor Calderon, North Carolina State University, Structural
Lukas Moschen, University of Innsbruck, Structural

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBER
Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Natural Hazards Center, Social Science

E-AFFILIATE MEMBER
Ricardo Narvaez, Narvaez Hinds, Structural

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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 list of opportunities for members. Each edition of The Pulse will highlight a way to do more.
Download the 25 Ways flyerexternal link icon (PDF)

#22: Offer to meet with or advise a student chapter.

Connect with and mentor the next generation of earthquake engineering professionals. Find the chapter closest to you by visiting the EERI website and the list of EERI student chapters.

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