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David A Friedman-PulseWelcome to The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, the bi-weekly email newsletter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
— David A. Friedman, EERI President


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News of the Institution

EERI is Marching for Science! More >

Presentations from the 2017 Annual Meeting Now Available for Viewing More >

11NCEE Los Angeles 2018 Call for Abstracts More >

Member Spotlight - April 15, 2017

Sissy Nikolaou - Redefining Earthquake Resilience More >

Carlien Bou-Chedid - President, Ghana Institution of Engineers More >

Chad Norvell - 2017 New Faces of Engineering More >

Regional Chapter News & Announcements

NYNE Chapter presents EERI's 2016 Distinguished Lecture by Greg Deierlein More >

News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views More >

Opportunities - April 15, 2017

EERI 2017 Summer/Fall Post-Graduate Internship Opportunity - Apply Now! More >

Summer School at Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany: Forecast Engineering from Past Design to Future Decisions More >


Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics V More >


Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts More >

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members More >


EERI Endowment Donors More >


1st International Conference on Infrastructure Resilience
February 14-16, 2018


10th Gulf Seismic Forum for Seismology and Earthquake
Engineering Studies in the Arabian Plate Region
March 19-22, 2018
Muscat, Oman

PEER - MTS Hybrid Simulation Workshop
March 20-21, 2018
PEER Richmond Field Station, Richmond, CA

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference V
June 10–15, 2018
Austin, TX


16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 18–21, 2018
Thessaloniki, Greece


11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 25–29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) 43rd Annual Conference
October 24–27, 2018
Anaheim, California

Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018)
October 28–31, 2018
Ghent, Belgium

GeoMEast 2018 International
November 24–28, 2018
Cairo, Egypt

16th Symposium on Earthquake Engineering (16SEE)
December 20-22, 2018
Roorkee, India

EERI 71st Annual Meeting

March 5–8, 2019
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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News of the Institution

EERI is Marching for Science!

EERI marchAs a part of the broader science and research community, we at EERI are dedicated to evidence-based practice. Our own mission calls for (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes. We approach these charges in a number of ways, but always show up as advocates for seismic safety and policy that supports resilience research. We rely on scientific facts, and count on the innovation that stems from evidence-based research to support our mission as an organization.

The March for Science is an organized demonstration of “people who value science, science advocates, science educators, scientists, and concerned citizens” happening in Washington DC and in 425 satellite marches all around the world on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

We feel that the March for Science is an appropriate place to do our work, and plan to be visible demonstrators at the Bay Area march in San Francisco with the support of the Northern California Chapter and the EERI Public Policy Committee.

Regional, Student, and Membership Support
Not in Northern California? EERI supports any members or regional and student chapters who wish to organize around a satellite march happening wherever they are in the world. Feel free to use this template to organize and find a march near you!

Please keep EERI informed if you choose to march by entering your name on the template, contacting Beki McElvain (bmcelvain@eeri.org), or using the #EERI4Science tag on social media.

Poster-Making Happy Hour at EERI HQ
Northern California members are invited to join us the night before for a Poster-making Happy Hour at EERI Headquarters in Oakland on Friday, April 21! RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

Presentations from the 2017 Annual Meeting Now Available for Viewing

Oregon tackles CascadiaSlide-set presentations from the 2017 EERI Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon are now posted on the meeting website.

The link above takes you to the full meeting program. Scroll through the sessions and look for the red button below for a PDF of the accompanying slide presentation.

click here

EERI thanks all of our generous 2017 Annual Meeting moderators and speakers who made their presentations available.


11NCEE Los Angeles 2018 Call for Abstracts


Eleventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE)
Integrating Science, Engineering, and Policy
June 25-29, 2018
Los Angeles, California

Submit a paper abstract now!  

The Eleventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE), on the 70th Anniversary of the forming of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, will provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share the latest knowledge and techniques to better understand and mitigate the damaging effects of earthquakes and tsunamis. With the theme “Integrating Science, Engineering, and Policy,” the conference will bring together more than 1,000 professionals from the full spectrum of the earthquake community to discuss and debate a multitude of issues related to seismic hazard, risk, mitigation and public policy. This unique conference will highlight more than 800 papers and 400 posters. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2017. Authors will receive notification of provisional acceptance of their abstracts by August 15, 2017. Final papers, both full and extended abstracts, must be received by October 31, 2017. Submit a paper abstract

Paper Formats

The 11NCEE is accepting two paper types for the proceedings: The full paper option has a limit of ten pages, and the extended abstract paper option has a limit of four pages. Paper body text will be Times Roman 12-point and single spaced.

For more information visit the 11NCEE website and download the Call for Papers PDF. 

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Member Spotlight - April 15, 2017

Sissy Nikolaou - Redefining Earthquake Resilience

Sissy NSissy Nikolaou, EERI Board of Directors (M. EERI, 2004), is featured this month in WSP Insights magazine. In an article titled, "Redefining Earthquake Resilience," Nikolaou talks about her childhood memories of a devastating earthquake in Greece, and how this event set the stage for her future. The article credits Nikolaou with bringing major changes to natural disaster recovery by encouraging engineers to rethink the way they approach earthquake resiliency. Read more


Carlien Bou-Chedid - President, Ghana Institution of Engineers

Carlien Bou ChedidOn March 31, 2017, the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) inducted a new president. Carlien Bou-Chedid (M. EERI, 2011), is the first woman in the Institution's 48-year history to hold the top position. Bou-Chedid is a structural engineering consultant with more than 30 years of experience and a special interest in seismic risk reduction. Her specific areas of interest include reducing the seismic vulnerability of small non-engineered buildings in Ghana and a review of the seismic risk map for Ghana. Bou-Chedid is an alumnus of EERI's first class of Housner Fellows. Read more

Chad Norvell - 2017 New Faces of Engineering

Norvell-WEB-HEADCongratulations to Chad Norvell (M. EERI, 2016), a project manager at Nishkian Dean in Portland, OR, for being recognized by ASCE as one of the 2017 New Faces of Engineering. Chad was a participant in EERI's recent LFE Travel Study Program in Chile. The key to engineering is community, said Chad, who credits his undergraduate years as a volunteer for Engineers Without Borders USA with teaching him about community.   Read more

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Regional Chapter News & Announcements

NYNE Chapter presents EERI's 2016 Distinguished Lecture by Greg Deierlein

NYNE Distinguished lecture

  • Title: “From Performance-Based Engineering to Earthquake Resilience”
  • Speaker: Greg Deirlein, NAE – John A. Blume Professor, Stanford University 
  • Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm (5:30 pm networking, 6:00 pm lecture) 
  • Location: WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, 1 Penn Plaza (34th St, 7th-8th Ave), Room 2313AB (2nd Floor) 
  • PDH: one (1) free to EERI NYNE members/$25 non-members
  • RSVP: required, please email nyne@eeri.org by April 20, 2017


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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Six Recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the web.

1oneM=6.1 earthquake in Iran: A Near Miss (Temblor) At 9:39 a.m. local time on April 5, 2017, a M=6.1 earthquake shook northeastern Iran, 87 km southeast of the city of Mashhad, the second most populous city in the country, and home to over 3 million people. Read more

2twoWhy do Great Earthquakes Follow Each Other at Subduction Zones? (EOS Geophysical Research Letters) A decade of continuous GPS measurements in South America indicates that enhanced strain accumulation following a great earthquake can initiate failure along adjacent fault segments. Read more

3threeUSGS Lowers Seismic Hazard Forecast for Oklahoma in 2017 (Insurance Journal) The U.S. Geological Survey warns that that Oklahoma and southern Kansas, along with the Colorado/New Mexico area known as the Raton Basin, remain the areas with the highest risk of induced seismicity in the United States. Read more

4fourEarthquake Project will Detail Areas of Seismic Risk in Communities Across B.C. (Vancouver Sun) Natural Resources Canada and Emergency Management B.C. are creating a detailed earthquake risk profile of B.C. communities to help them decide how and where to reduce risk. Read more

5fiveHow Sony Team Saved $540 Million With Quick Recovery from Quake (Bloomberg) The earthquakes that jolted Japan’s southwest island of Kyushu a year ago killed dozens, left tens of thousands homeless and were a reminder of how much the global supply chain for smartphones and digital cameras depends on Sony Corp. Read more

6sixQuake Brain is Real and the Cost of Canterbury's Psychological Recovery has been Underestimated (The Press/editorial) Results from a scientific study conducted by the University of Otago's Department of Psychological Medicine in Christchurch have been released which suggest "quake brain" is a measurable phenomenon. Read more

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Opportunities - April 15, 2017

EERI 2017 Summer/Fall Post-Graduate Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
has an internship position available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk.

EERI's internships offer engagement with a number of interesting EERI projects and Institute activities, including Learning from Earthquakes, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, annual meetings and conferences, and technical seminars and webinars.

EERI’s internships are approximately six-months long and provide a monthly stipend of $2,200. These positions can begin as early as June 30, 2017. Applications should be submitted by May, 31 2017.

About EERI's Post Graduate Internship Program

View Internship Posting and Apply

Summer School at Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany: Forecast Engineering from Past Design to Future Decisions

bauhaus universityBauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany presents special topics of structural engineering to highlight the broad spectrum of civil engineering in the field of modeling and simulation. The expected outputs of the summer course, "From Past Design to Future Decisions," are to enable students to deal with advanced methods in model validation and simulation and its practical application, as well as the exchange of ideas. Through a challenging and demanding series of lectures, as well as seminars and project work, presented with state-of-the-art information and communication technology, this project seeks to impart knowledge and to combine research with a practical context. This comprehensive summer school at the graduate level will introduce selected students to six course topics and related projects. To enable participants to understand and use the presented concepts in their further professional career a main part of the summer school is devoted to interdisciplinary project work. 

A limited number of scholarships covering course fees, accommodation and some travel expenses are available. For further information regarding course topics, projects, credit points and financial support. Apply by May 1, 2017. Please click here for more information. 

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Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics V

GEESD V 2018

GEESDAustin, Texas
June 10-13, 2018
Abstracts Due: May 24, 2017

On behalf of the Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Committee of the Geo-Institute (G-I) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 5th Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (GEESD V), which will be held June 10–13, 2018 in Austin, TX. GEESD V 2018 builds upon the success of past events in Sacramento CA (2008), Seattle WA (1998), Park City UT (1988), and Pasadena CA (1978).

GEESD V 2018 will feature a wide range of knowledge-enhancing keynote speakers, technical sessions, and short courses focused on the following topics:

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics 2018 (GEESD V)
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics 2018 (GEESD V)
Ground motions and site response
Seismic hazard assessment
Recent Advances in In Situ Site Characterization
Liquefaction: Triggering, Consequences, and Mitigation
Recent Advances in Numerical Modeling
Recent Advances in Physical Modeling
Laboratory Testing
Seismic Slope Stability and Landslides
Induced Seismicity
Regional Scale Assessment of GeoHazards
Applications of Remote Sensing

The deadline for abstract submission is May 24, 2017.  Please visit the conference website for more information and to access the abstract submission system.

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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:

  • Effects of Epistemic Uncertainty in Seismic Hazard Estimates on Building Portfolio Losses by Sreeram Reddy Kotha (M. EERI, 2015), Paolo Bazzurro (M. EERI, 2000) and Marco Pagani

  • VS30 Characterization of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas using the P-Wave Seismogram Method by Georgios Zalachoris, Ellen M. Rathje (M. EERI, 1996) and Jeffrey G. Paine

  • Size Limitations for Piles in Seismic Regions by Raffaele Di Laora, George Mylonakis and Alessandro Mandolini

  • Response History Analysis for the Design of New Buildings in the NEHRP Provisions and ASCE/SEI 7 Standard: Part II - Structural Analysis Procedures and Acceptance Criteria by Curt B. Haselton (M. EERI, 2014), Andy Fry, Ronald O. Hamburger (M. EERI, 1988), Jack W. Baker (M. EERI, 2004), Reid B. Zimmerman (M. EERI, 2013), Nicolas Luco (M. EERI, 2001), Kenneth J. Elwood (M. EERI, 1994), John D. Hooper (M. EERI, 1987), Finley A. Charney (M. EERI, 1983), Robert G. Pekelnicky (M. EERI, 2000), and Andrew S. Whittaker

  • Study of Responses of 64-Story State-of-the-Art, Unique Rincon Building to Napa, Fremont, Piedmont, San Ramon Earthquakes and Ambient Motions by Mehmet Çelebi (M. EERI, 1980), John Hooper (M. EERI, 1987), and Ron Klemencic

  • Comparison of Manual and Automated Ground Motion Processing for Small-to-Moderate Magnitude Earthquakes in Japan by Tadahiro Kishida (M. EERI, 2005), Danilo Di Giacinto, Giuseppe Iaccarino

  • Trimming a Hazard Logic Tree with a New Model-Order-Reduction Technique by Keith Porter (M. EERI, 1998), Edward Field (M. EERI, 1992), and Kevin Milner    

  • A Call to Refocus Research Goals for the Development of Seismic Optimization Methods by Orlando Arroyo and Abbie B. Liel (M. EERI, 2009)

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

If you have questions about Spectra, contact Managing Editor Liz Stalnaker at liz@eeri.org

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

EERI welcomes 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.


Douglas Gonzalez, Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP
Ji Su Lee, Arup, Risk Analysis
Sunitha Palissery, IIT Madras

Young Professional

Emily Kleber, Utah Geological Survey, Geologist
Keith Schueller, Consultant, Structural
Deborah Weiser, UCLA, Geologist


Anggun Atmajayanti, Universitas Atma Jaya, Civil
A. Olavo Carvalho, Civil
Syed Humayun Basha, IIT Guwahati, Civil
Murali Shimoga Lakshminarayana, India
Luis Sirumbal Zapata, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria
Ufuk Yazgan, Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Risk Analysis


Aminollah Ghorbanpourbabakandi, University of Texas – Arlington, Geotechnical
Brisid Isufi, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Steven Melton, Oklahoma State University
Benshun Shao, UC Berkeley
Davor Stanko, University of Zagreb, Seismologist

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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 to the Institute.

Shamsher Prakash

Steve Pryor

Other Amounts
Alberto Fernandez Eusebio
James LaFave
Victor Pavon
Santiago Pujol

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