List of Visiting Professionals

Geotechnical Engineers

Ramin Golesorkhi Ramin Golesorkhi, Principal/Vice President and Director, Langan Treadwell Rollo, San Francisco, CA
Registered civil (California and New York) and geotechnical engineer (California), principal/vice president and director of earthquake engineering services at a 850-person geotechnical and environmental engineering firm with more than 26 years of experience in seismic analysis and foundation engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Tufts University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Golesorkhi directs the development of seismic and geotechnical design criteria appropriate for industrial, residential, private and government office buildings, hospitals and healthcare facilities, bridges, elevated freeways and viaducts, base isolated structures, tunnels, and seismic strengthening of existing structures. His projects include: the new Asian Art Museum, numerous high-rise towers, a major refinery in Peru, AT&T Park, Levi’s Stadium, and the State office building in San Francisco. His experience stretches throughout the United States, South America, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East.
Faiz Makdisi Faiz Makdisi, Principal Engineer, SAGE Engineers, Oakland, CA
Dr. Makdisi received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has over 35 years of specialized experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Dr. Makdisi has been actively involved in studies of the seismic behavior of earth and rock fill dams and embankments. He developed and published (with the late Professor H.B. Seed) widely used simplified procedures for estimating the dynamic response and permanent deformations in earth and rock fill dams. Dr. Makdisi has been involved in the development of seismic design criteria, evaluation of seismic stability, and design of alternative remedial measures for more than 25 embankment dams.He has authored and co-authored over fifty papers dealing with the seismic stability of dams and with various aspects of earthquake ground motions and seismic design criteria for critical facilities. He is a recipient of the 1977 Norman Medal award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the paper (co-authored with Seed, Lee and Idriss) on the analyses of the slides in the San Fernando Dams during the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.

  1. Evaluation of the seismic performance and stability of embankment dams (earth and rockfill dams)
  2. Assessment of earthquake ground motions for the design or evaluation of critical structures
  3. Potential failure modes evaluations for risk assessments of dams
Jorge Meneses Jorge Meneses, RMA Group, San Diego, CA
Jorge Meneses is an expert in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Areas of expertise include seismic hazard analysis, selection and modification of earthquake time histories, liquefaction and lateral spread evaluation and mitigation, deep and shallow foundations, seismic stability of earthworks, site response and characterization, numerical modeling and advanced geotechnical testing. Dr. Meneses specializes in seismic soil-structure interaction analysis, and analysis and design of pile foundations subjected to liquefaction and lateral spread. He has experience with seismic hazard evaluation and ground motions development in different earthquake environments. Dr. Meneses was the lead member of one of the GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance) missions to evaluate damage and seismic performance after the M9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake in April 2011.Dr. Meneses has research and working experience in USA, Japan, Peru, Venezuela, India, and Mexico. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in earthquake geotechnical engineering and foundation engineering for various markets including nuclear, energy, transportation, high rise buildings, commercial and industrial. He is currently a part-time faculty in the graduate school of San Diego State University and part-time instructor at the University of California San Diego Extension. He is also the President and Founder of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) San Diego Chapter, Honorary Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

  1. Practitioner approach to site-specific seismic hazard evaluation
  2. Development of earthquake ground motions for seismic deformation analysis of earthworks
  3. Earthquake Safety for All: The challenge of reducing seismic risk in developing countries
  4. Impact on practical design of low-probability events with large consequences
  5. Significance of Earthquake Scenarios for Mitigation and Planning
Sissy Nikolaou - color - Reduced (400x400) Sissy Nikolaou, Senior Associate, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, NY
Sissy Nikolaou, PhD, PE, F.ASCE, is a practicing earthquake engineer with more than 20 years of experience. She is a Senior Associate with WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York City, where she directs the firm’s Geo-Seismic Department. Her education includes a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), where she is now an Advisory Board member of the Dean of Engineering. Her technical capabilities span from structural to geotechnical engineering in multi-hazard environments with emphasis on performance-based engineering, seismic hazard analysis, liquefaction evaluation and mitigation and risk/resiliency assessment of critical facilities. Sissy’s approach to challenging bridge, infrastructure, and private development projects is to bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop unique, creative solutions in continuous dialogue with clients.Sissy is a dedicated EERI member with many leadership roles over the years. She was one of the founding members of the UB student chapter and the New York-Northeast Regional Chapter where she currently serves as President; she is a member of the Initiatives Development Committee (IDC) and a mentor to several student chapters. She serves on scientific committees, including the one that created the 2014 New York City Building Code, and has been part of reconnaissance and recovery missions after disasters including 9-11, Hurricane Sandy, and several earthquakes. With an active involvement with the academic community, Sissy keeps advancing the state of practice of earthquake engineering as is evident in her numerous publications and in recognitions such as the Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice of Earthquake Engineering.

  1. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Practice: From Empirical Methods to Performance Based Design
  2. Rapid Geotechnical Reconnaissance Technologies for Multi Hazards
  3. Challenges and Rewards from Practicing Earthquake Engineering – A Female Engineer’s Perspective
  4. Learning from Structural Success rather than Failures
  5. Challenges in Bridge Foundation & Seismic Design – A Practitioner’s Perspective
  6. Geo-Seismic Design in the Eastern US: State of Practice
  7. Earthquake GEER/EERI/ATC Reconnaissance 2014 Cephalonia, Greece Events

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Risk Analysis, Lifelines, and Industrial Facilities

RTE Ronald T. Eguchi, President and CEO, ImageCat Inc., Long Beach, CA
Mr. Eguchi is President and CEO of ImageCat, Inc., a risk management company specializing in the development and use of advanced technologies for risk assessment and reduction. Mr. Eguchi has over 30 years of experience in risk analysis and risk management studies. He has directed major research and application studies in these areas for government agencies and private industry. He currently serves or has served on several Editorial Boards including the Natural Hazards Review published by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, University of Colorado; the Journal on Uncertainties in Engineering Mechanics published by Resonance Publications, Inc.; and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Journal SPECTRA. He is a past member of the National Research Council’s Disaster Roundtable whose mission it is to identify urgent and important issues related to the understanding and mitigation of natural, technological, and other disasters. He is a past member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the U.S. Geological Survey, a committee that reports to Congress on recommended research directions for the USGS in the area of earthquake hazard reduction. In 1997, he was awarded the ASCE C. Martin Duke Award for his contributions to the area of lifeline earthquake engineering. He still remains active in the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering serving on several committees and having chaired the Council’s Executive Committee in 1991. In 1992, Mr. Eguchi was asked to chair a panel, established jointly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a plan for assembling and adopting seismic design standards for public and private lifelines in the U.S. This effort has led to the formation of the American Lifeline Alliance, currently managed by the National Institute of Building Sciences. He currently chairs the Technical Committee on Advanced Technologies for the SEI Division of ASCE. In 2006, he accepted an ATC Award of Excellence on behalf of the ATC-61 project team for work on An Independent Study to Assess Future Savings from Mitigation Activities that showed that a dollar spent on hazard mitigation saves the nation about $4 in future benefits. He was recognized by EERI as the 2008 Distinguished Lecturer where he discussed the topic of “Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and other Disasters: A View from Space.” He was also invited as a keynote speaker to the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, held in Beijing, China in 2008. Recently, he gave keynote talks at the 10th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering held in Tokyo, Japan (2013) and the 12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering held in Seattle, WA (2013). In December 2014, he delivered a keynote talk at the 14th Japan Earthquake Engineering Symposium to be held in Chiba City, Japan. He has authored over 300 publications, many of them dealing with the seismic risk of utility lifeline systems and the use of remote sensing technologies for disaster response.
Annie Kammerer - color - Reduced (400x400) Annie Kammerer, Annie Kammerer Consulting, LLC, Rye, New Hampshire
Dr. Annie Kammerer is an international seismic hazard and risk consultant and a visiting scholar at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center at UC Berkeley. Her work is focused on analysis and regulatory processes associated with probabilistic seismic and tsunami hazard and risk assessments for nuclear plants and other critical facilities. Prior to forming her own firm, Annie Kammerer Consulting, she was a Principal Seismologist with the Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco where she focused on probabilistic hazard studies and other seismic considerations for LNG facilities. Prior to that, she spent 7 years at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she coordinated the NRC Seismic Research Program. She was the project manager and contributing author of the current US guidance on performing seismic hazard assessments and seismic margin analysis for nuclear facilities. Starting in 2011, Dr. Kammerer was a member of the NRC’s seismic technical team developing post-fukushima response and re-evaluation guidance. From 2012 to 2013, she was also the NRC’s technical lead for a special program conducting Seismic Walkdowns of all 104 operating US nuclear plants in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Dr. Kammerer is active internationally and through 2013 chaired an IAEA Working Group on Seismic Re-evaluation of Operating Reactors, as well as special committee developing new guidance on seismic isolation.Prior to joining the NRC in 2006, she was a consultant in the Risk and Advanced Technology groups in the international design firm, Arup. As seismic hazard lead for the Americas, her consulting work encompassed a wide variety of technical areas including geotechnical earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, seismology and risk assessment. Her work focused principally in the energy, industrial and transportation sectors and included dozens of projects around the world. She hold three degrees from UC Berkeley, including a PhD in geotechnical engineering with minors in strong motion seismology and structural engineering.

  1. Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment
  2. Seismic probabilistic risk assessment
  3. Seismic nuclear regulations in the US and IAEA
  4. Tsunami hazard and risk assessment for nuclear plants
  5. Performance-based design of nuclear and LNG facilities

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Ivan_levels_brushed-sq Ivan G. Wong, Senior Principal Seismologist, Lettis Consultants International, Walnut Creek, California
Ivan has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of engineering seismology and seismic geology. A major focus in his career has been earthquake hazard reduction and awareness and public outreach. Ivan has directed the seismic hazard evaluations of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide, many for the Federal government. He has managed some of the largest seismic hazard evaluations performed in the U.S. including the Yucca Mountain Project. For FEMA, Ivan has been involved in the education and implementation of the seismic risk assessment software HAZUS in several areas in the U.S. He has been the recipient of numerous NEHRP external research grants from the USGS that have supported the development of urban probabilistic and scenario hazard maps and other earthquake hazard-related studies. Ivan is a past member of the EERI Board of Directors, past President of the EERI Northern California Chapter, past member of the Editorial Board for EERI’s Earthquake Spectra, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. He is a member of numerous scientific and engineering committees, panels, and working groups including Chair of the Working Group on Utah Earthquake Probabilities and a member of the CISN Advisory Panel, ANSS National Steering Committee, and the American Nuclear Society Working Groups on Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis and Surface Fault Rupture and Deformation. Ivan has also been particularly active in serving the U.S. Geological Survey on several review and advisory panels including the review panel for the 1996 National Seismic Hazard Maps. In 2017, Ivan was appointed to the California Seismic Safety Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. Ivan has authored or coauthored more than 350 professional publications.

  1. Learning From Earthquakes: Lessons Learned for Evaluating Seismic Hazards
  2. The Role of Site Characterization in Evaluating Seismic Hazards
  3. Site-Specific Seismic Hazard Evaluations for Critical and Important Facilities
  4. Induced Seismicity and the Oil and Gas Industry
  5. Seismicity, Seismic Hazards, and Seismic Design in the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain, Central, East, or Southeast U.S.

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Structural Engineers

David Cocke David Cocke, Founder and President, Structural Focus, Los Angeles, CA
David started Structural Focus in 2001 after 15 years in San Francisco with Degenkolb Engineers, and another five years founding and managing their Los Angeles office. While at Degenkolb, David worked on notable historic projects such as the EQ repairs to the SF Ferry Building, several quad buildings at Stanford and the Hotel del Coronado. He also participated in the study of the Bay Area Hewlett-Packard buildings, a survey of the City of Berkeley buildings, and designed retrofits of numerous buildings on several major college campuses. At Structural Focus, David has worked on the design of new buildings, and the evaluation and retrofits of hundreds of buildings including film studio facilities, university buildings, the Red Bull Headquarters, Google LA Headquarters and historic buildings ranging from some historic barns at Rancho Los Alamitos to the adaptive reuse of a 1930’s concrete sound stage at Sony Studios. Some other significant current projects include the restoration of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and the new Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and a 15-story historic hotel in Los Angeles. David is also co-founder and Managing Director of SAFEq Institute which serves as a resource for post-disaster inspections information and providing direct services to government entities and business owners. In addition to his work in preservation, David has served on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineers Association of both SEAONC and SEAOSC, as well as SEAOC. He also served on the California Preservation Foundation Board for seven years, was President of the USC Architectural Guild in 2007, and was Treasurer of Pasadena Heritage until 2012. David currently serves as the SEAOC-appointed Alternate Member on the State Historical Building Safety Board, and as a member of the EERI Initiatives Development Committee, EERI Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Conservancy. He is currently the President-Elect of the SEI Board of Governors.

  1. Retrofit of historic buildings
  2. Sustainability and existing buildings
  3. Lessons learned from some specific projects
  4. Private/Public partnerships in support of community resilience
  5. Life as a Practicing Structural Engineer
David-Friedman1-sq David Friedman, Senior Principal, Forell/Elsesser, San Francisco, CA
Senior Principal and immediate past President, CEO and Board chair, with more than 35 years at Forell/Elsesser and almost 40 years in the industry, David’s strength is a holistic approach to a project’s planning, design and construction, and the collaborative integration of creative structural solutions with architects, engineers, and builders. With a specialty in designated historic structures, David has creatively solved numerous engineering challenges. Principle examples of his solutions include the base isolation retrofits for both the San Francisco City Hall and Asian Art Museum, the adaptive reuse and retrofit for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the seismic safety corrections and remodel of UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium. The practicing structural engineer today must have a broad understanding of not just structural engineering, but must be knowledgeable about architecture, M/E/P systems, construction delivery methodologies, and the construction process. All projects come with their own litany of challenges and constraints, and the structural engineer is one of the key players in achieving the optimal solution: The project’s budget, the selected performance and design criteria, the architectural form, and the operating systems all affect the selection of the appropriate structural materials and lateral force resisting system. Then the analysis must get translated into a design, and the design must clearly and carefully be delineated into construction documents including plans, details, sections and technical specifications, with appropriate attention to sequencing, phasing and constructibility. This all gives rise to the notion of today’s structural engineer as a “Master Builder”, one who can articulate their way through a complex labyrinth of form finding, criteria setting, risk evaluation, design and documentation, and construction.

  1. Base Isolation: A Primer with Case Studies: San Francisco City Hall & UCSF Center for Regenerative Medicine
  2. The Practice of Structural Engineering Today with Project Examples: UCB Memorial Stadium, Stanford’s McMurtry Hall, Facebook
  3. The Seismic Retrofit of California Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley: Straddling the Hayward Fault
Nathan Gould Nathan C. Gould, Chief of Technology and General Manager, ABS Consulting, St. Louis, MO
Chief of Technology for the ABS Consulting Advanced Engineering Division, also serves as the General Manager of the St. Louis office of ABS Consulting. He is a practicing structural engineer with over 23 years of experience in the design, construction and rehabilitation of major structures in all regions of the United States. Dr. Gould is active in the utilization of performance based seismic design criteria and methodology for the design of new buildings, and the retrofit of existing structures and nonstructural elements. He is the technical leader for ABS Consulting in the implementation of state-of-the art seismic and multi-hazard analysis and design criteria for both buildings and equipment. Dr. Gould is the author of numerous technical papers including articles on Performance Based Seismic Design, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Non-Structural Elements, Progressive Collapse of Structures, Managing Extreme Wind Losses, and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection design. He has been a member of several post earthquake reconnaissance groups, including teams that investigated damage following the 2010 Haitian and 2011 Christchurch events. Dr. Gould was recently appointed to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) and he is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer in several states.

  1. Seismic hazard mitigation
  2. Performance based seismic design
  3. Multi-hazard and resilient design
  4. Lessons learned from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
  5. Midwest and East Coast seismic evaluation and retrofit
Hooper John Hooper, Senior Principal and Director, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, WA
John Hooper, is a Senior Principal and Director of earthquake engineering. Magnusson Klemencic Associates is a 200-person structural engineering and civil engineering firm. John has over 30 years of experience in seismic renovation, seismic design of new buildings (including the use of performance-based seismic design), structural analysis, and building code and standards development. He is active on numerous research, standards and code committees, including serving as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE 7’s) Seismic Subcommittee, member of the ASCE 7’s Main Committee, member of the NEHRP Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR), and a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) NEHRP Provisions Update Committee. John’s recent projects include major healthcare facilities, high-rise buildings, emergency operations centers, and structures with unique architecture.

  1. ASCE 7-16 Seismic Requirements
  2. Performance-based Seismic Design, today and tomorrow
  3. Research collaborations between academics and practitioners
Janiele-Maffei-sq Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer, California Earthquake Authority, Sacramento, CA
As Chief Mitigation Officer of the CEA, Janiele Maffei is responsible for planning and directing the statewide residential retrofit program; leading the processes of developing and promoting educational programs that stress the importance of mitigation; collaborating with academic institutions, and industries to promote and support mitigation research and activities; and other actions that promote seismic mitigation and support mitigation-related insurance-premium discount for CEA policyholders. Ms. Maffei also serves as the Executive Director of the California Residential Mitigation Program, a Joint Power Authority of the CEA and Governor’s Office of Emergency Services since its inception in August 2011. She is a registered structural engineer who has worked in the earthquake engineering industry for over 30 years. Her experience includes the design of new building structures and seismic strengthening of existing structures. Ms. Maffei earned her AB in Architecture and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.Ms. Maffei is a former president of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. She worked on the organizing committee of the 2010 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco. She is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California and served on their Board from 1995-1997. She participated in post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations following the Loma Prieta, Northridge, and South Napa earthquakes.
Jim Malley James Malley, Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, CA
James O. Malley is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers of San Francisco, California. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. A registered Structural Engineer in California, Mr. Malley has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures. He has specialized in the seismic design of steel frame structures, especially for health care facilities. Mr. Malley served as the Project Director for Topical Investigations for the SAC Steel Program. In that position, he was responsible for directing data collection and interpretation of steel frame buildings damaged by the Northridge Earthquake and all of the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project. In 2000, this work was recognized by AISC in presenting Mr. Malley its’ Special Achievement Award. Mr. Malley is the Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the past Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee that is responsible for developing the AISC Seismic Provisions that are the basis of the IBC.
Mr. Malley is a member of the ASCE Committee on Steel Buildings and the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee. He was named the 2010 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award winner for his work on the AISC Seismic Provisions, and in 2012 was given presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by AISC. Mr. Malley is also a member of the AWS D1.l Subcommittee on Seismic Welding Issues that publishes the AWS D1.8 Seismic Supplement to AWS D1.1. He was a member of the steel subcommittee of the ATC 33 project that developed FEMA 273/274, “NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings”, and is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee. Jim has served as a member of the SEAONC and SEAOC Board of Directors, and was President of SEAONC in 2000-2001. He was President of SEAOC in 2003-2004. He was named a SEAOC Fellow in 2007 and an Honorary Member of SEAONC in 2014. Mr. Malley was also a member of the Board of Directors of NCSEA, serving as President in 2010-2011. He was also presented the James Delahay Award by NCSEA in 2014 for his contributions to the development of building codes and standards. He is also presently a member of the Board of Directors of EERI. Mr. Malley is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Technology Council. He has made numerous presentations on the effects of the Northridge Earthquake on Steel Frame Buildings, as well as the seismic design of steel structures. The author of over fifty technical papers, Mr. Malley was the Co-Recipient (with the late Egor Popov) of the 1986 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize ASCE for the paper “Shear Links in Eccentrically Braced Frames”.

  1. The basis for the AISC Seismic Provisions
  2. Seismic retrofit project of a 15 story steel moment frame building with connection modifications and viscous dampers
  3. ATC 72-1 Interim Guidelines on Modeling and Acceptance Criteria for Seismic Design and Analysis of Tall Buildings
  4. Lessons learned from peer review of complex buildings designed using Performance Based Seismic Design
Ronald L. Mayes Ronald L. Mayes, Staff Consultant, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, San Francisco, CA
Ron received in Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1972 and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to perform post-doctoral research at the Earthquake Engineering Research Center at Berkeley. Ron has 42 years of management and technical expertise in earthquake and structural engineering. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and is a past Vice- President of The Masonry Society (TMS). He was selected “Structural Engineer of the Year” by the Wiley Journal “Design of Tall and Other Buildings” in 2006 and is a Fellow of both the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and SEAONC.

In 1982, Ron formed and became President of Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc. (DIS). DIS specialized and pioneered the design, analysis and supply of base isolation systems. At DIS, Ron had a national leadership role in developing and implementing base isolation technology and code procedures for buildings, hospitals and bridges. He joined the consulting firm of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc. (SGH) in June 2001 and is currently their in-house specialist in the application of innovative technology.

Ron is the Co-Chair of the SEAONC Ratings Committee and is a Co-Founder and the acting Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council. Ron was a member of the original ATC 58 project team that defined the scope of the performance based FEMA P-58 project that defines the earthquake performance of buildings in deaths, dollars and downtime. Ron was a co-leader of the EERI reconnaissance team for the 2011 Christchurch earthquake that once again demonstrated the disconnect between the public’s understanding of the performance of a code designed building and that given in the commentary to our building codes. Ron believes that the mission of the US Resiliency Council to be the administrative vehicle for implementing rating systems for buildings for earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, floods and blasts and to educate the building industry and the general public about these risks is a mission that is very timely.


  1. The US Resiliency Council and the new Building Rating System for the Earthquake Performance of Buildings (
  2. The latest changes in the ASCE 7-16 code provisions for the simplification and application of base isolation technology – Paper 1095 at 10NCEE or paper at 2014 SEAOC Convention
Farzad Naeim Farzad Naeim, President, Farzad Naeim Inc, Irvine, CA
Dr. Farzad Naeim is President of Farzad Naeim, Inc. and CEO of Mehrain Naeim International Inc. both of Irvine California. Dr. Naeim is also an Adjunct Professor at UCI and a faculty member at the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE). He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1982 and his J.D. with highest honors in 2002. He is a registered California civil and structural engineer, a member of California bar and a patent attorney.

Farzad is a recipient of S.B. Barnes award from SEAOSC and has served on the SEAOSC Board of Directors and has chaired its ad-hoc Foundation Design Committee in early 1990s. He has also received the Fazlur Khan Medal for lifetime achievements in seismic design of tall buildings from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Bruce Bolt Medal jointly awarded by Seismological Society of America, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and COSMOS for worldwide contribution to seismic safety.

Farzad has served two terms (1995 and 2011) as the President of the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council. He is a Past-President and an honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In addition, Farzad currently chairs California’s Strong Motion Instrumentation Advisory Committee and serves on the Seismic Advisory Board of Caltrans, Board of Expert Consultants of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and Advisory Council of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).

Farzad has published four textbooks, more than 160 peer-reviewed papers, and has developed 45 different software systems for earthquake engineering design and education. He has served as Technical Director for many landmark structures in California and across the United States and has collaborated with researchers from Stanford, UCB, UCLA, USC, UCSD, UCI and University of British Columbia on various research projects.


  1. Anatomy of a number of award winning seismic design projects
  2. Performance based seismic design of tall buildings
  3. Lessons learned from performance of engineered structures during past earthquakes
Maryann Phipps-sq Maryann Phipps, President, Estructure, Oakland, CA
Maryann is a practicing Structural Engineer with over 30 years’ experience evaluating, designing and renovating buildings. Designing for post-earthquake resilience, as required in hospitals and critical laboratory facilities, represents the mainstay of her practice. She is a recognized expert in the seismic protection of nonstructural components and was the lead technical consultant for FEMA E-74 Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage, which received a 2012 Award of Excellence from the Structural Engineers Association of California. Maryann has “chased” many earthquakes and was co-leader for a FEMA-sponsored data collection effort following the South Napa Earthquake. Maryann is currently the lead technical director for ATC-120 providing recommendations for the future of nonstructural seismic design. Maryann is a Fellow and Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of California, a member of the California Hospital Safety Board and a member of the California State University Seismic Review Board.

  1. Seismic protection of nonstructural components
  2. How to design a good building
  3. Achieving your goals

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Emergency Management

Richard Eisner Richard Eisner, FAIA, Oakland, CA
An independent consultant after two decades as Administrator of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) Coastal Region, Richard developed and was Manager of the State’s Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Programs and the California Integrated Seismic Network. From 2006 to 2009, he was a consultant to the Fritz Institute on a Bay Area earthquake preparedness initiative, developing a process to prepare non-government organizations for disaster response. In 2010 he was a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, focusing on community resilience and compound disaster risk management. As an architect, urban planner, and urban designer, a key element of his work is integration of knowledge from the earth and social science communities into mitigation and preparedness programs. Richard has served on EERI’s Board of Directors, was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and is a member of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

  1. Community Resilience
  2. Managing the Risk of Compound Disasters
  3. Disaster Management
Patrick_Otellini_March2013_0584-sq Patrick Otellini, Project Manager, Swinerton Builders, San Francisco, CA
Patrick Otellini is a Project Manager on the Oceanwide Center Development with Swinerton Builders. He was the 2016 award recipient for Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction from the Northern California Chapter of EERI for his work in developing seismic retrofit and evaluation ordinances as the Director of Earthquake Safety for the City and County of San Francisco, which was his role prior to his move to Swinerton. He has extensive experience with seismic retrofits of existing buildings and is a Certified Building Inspector with the International Code Council and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist with the National Fire Protection Association. Patrick currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children and remains active in San Francisco’s earthquake safety efforts.

  1. Seismic retrofit program development
  2. Soft story retrofits
  3. Private school evaluation programs
  4. Public Policy as it relates to earthquake safety efforts
  5. Urban resilience
  6. High rise construction and deep foundations
Jay Wilson Jay Wilson, Resilience Coordinator, Clackamas County Disaster Management, Oregon City, OR
Jay Wilson is the Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator with the Department of Disaster Management and spearheads the County’s efforts to reduce risks and assess hazards including flood, earthquake, wildfire, volcano, and climate change impacts. Mr. Wilson is the past-Chair (2014-17) of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) and previously worked for Oregon Emergency Management and as a Mitigation Reservist with FEMA Regions IX and X.

Jay recently completed a two-year appointment as a Resilience Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology during the development of the 2015 Community Resilience Planning Guide. He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and has completed post-earthquake reconnaissance trips to Japan (2011) and Central-Italy (2017). Jay holds an M.A. in geography and a B.A. in film and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Professional highlights:

  • Provide invited testimony to the House Science Committee towards the passage of the 2005 Tsunami Warning and Education Act
  • Lead role in the development of the 2013 Oregon Resilience Plan
  • Produced the award winning 2014 video documentary series on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 floods in Clackamas County, Oregon

  1. Emergency Management Perspectives from 2011 Japan and 2017 Central –Italy EERI Learning From Earthquake Reconnaissance Trips
  2. Pursuit of community resilience from federal, state, and local perspectives
  3. Role of community values and beliefs in adopting community resilience strategies
  4. How emergency managers provide context for community risk management decisions
  5. Risk communication and addressing uncertainty when translating science into policy


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