List of Visiting Professionals

Geotechnical Engineers

Ramin Golesorkhi Ramin Golesorkhi, 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, SAGE Engineers, Oakland, CA
Principal Engineer with SAGE Engineers in Oakland, California. He 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. Recently, 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 many 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, Group Delta Consultants Inc, 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.

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Risk Analysis, Lifelines, and Industrial Facilities

RTE Ronald T. Eguchi, 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 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. 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 recently recognized by EERI as the 2008 Distinguished Lecture 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). He has authored over 250 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, Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco
Principal seismologist and seismic engineer in Bechtel’s San Francisco office focusing on probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA) and seismic probabilistic risk analysis (SPRA) for nuclear and other critical facilities. Prior to joining Bechtel in November 2013, she was in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, where she managed and performed research in the US NRC’s Seismic and Tsunami Research Program. Her Research topics included incorporating expert judgment into PSHA, seismic hazard in the central and eastern US, probabilistic soil-structure-interaction (SSI), impact of very high-frequency seismic motions on nuclear plants, correlated fragility of similar components, seismic isolation of nuclear plants, probabilistic techniques applied to tsunami, and determination of tsunami hazard on US East and Gulf coasts. Annie was also part of the NRC’s post-Fukushima seismic team and was the technical lead for the NRC’s seismic walkdown project. Prior to her time at the NRC, Annie spent 5 years as a seismic hazard and risk specialist and geotechnical engineer in Arup’s San Francisco and London offices.  Annie is active in the international nuclear community and is a contributor to guidance for the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, in addition to authoring guidance for the NRC. She holds a BS, MS and PhD in geotechnical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

  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, URS Corporation, Oakland, California
Principal Seismologist and Vice President with URS Corporation in Oakland, 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.  At URS, Ivan has directed the seismic hazard evaluations of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide, mostly 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 hazard maps.  Ivan has authored or coauthored more than 300 professional publications.

  1. Learning From Earthquakes: Lessons Learned for Evaluating Seismic Hazards
  2. The Role of Site Characterization in Evaluating Seismic Hazards

Structural Engineers

David Cocke 2013 Portrait-sq David Cocke, Structural Focus, Gardena, CA
Founder and President of Structural Focus in Los Angeles. He started Structural Focus in 2001 after 15 years in San Francisco with Degenkolb Engineers, and another five years founding and managing the Degenkolb 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 all 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, an adobe ranch house on Santa Cruz Island, Fresno’s Santa Fe Depot, to the adaptive reuse of a 1930’s concrete sound stage at Sony. 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, which includes the renovations of a historic Post Office building. 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. David believes that preplanning and partnerships with cities can greatly reduce business interruption after an earthquake or other disaster. That belief was the driving idea behind co-founding SAFEq Institute. 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, SEI Futures Fund Board and 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
David-Friedman1-sq David Friedman, Forell/Elsesser, San Francisco, CA
Senior Principal, Chair of the Board of Directors, and immediate past President and CEO with more than 34 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. UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
  2. UCSF Institute for Regeneration Medicine Building
  3. California Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley
Nathan Gould Nathan C. Gould, 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 design
  4. Lessons learned from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
  5. Midwest and East Coast seismic evaluation and retrofit
Hooper John Hooper, 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.
Janiele-Maffei-sq Janiele Maffei, 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, 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 a member of the AISC Specifications Committee and the 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. 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”.

  • The basis for the AISC Seismic Provisions
  • Seismic retrofit project of a 15 story steel moment frame building with connection modifications and viscous dampers
  • ATC 72-1 Interim Guidelines on Modeling and Acceptance Criteria for Seismic Design and Analysis of Tall Buildings
Farzad Naeim Farzad Naeim, Farzad Naeim Inc, Irvine, CA
President.  Has lead a team of experts in research and development activities, special seismic studies, and design of specialized computer applications. He has a national reputation for cutting edge engineering and computer technology. Editor of Seismic Design Handbook. Performed static and dynamic nonlinear analysis for several landmarks, including Los Angeles City Hall, UCLA’s Royce Hall and Knudsen Hall. He is one of the key developers of the new guidelines and procedures for performance based design of tall buildings and has used them for evaluation of seismic design of numerous tall buildings.
Maryann Phipps-sq Maryann Phipps, Estructure, Oakland, CA
President of Estructure in Oakland, California. Maryann is a practicing Structural Engineer with over 30 years’ experience evaluating, designing and renovating buildings in California. Designing for post-earthquake resilience, as required in hospital renovations, represents the mainstay of her practice. Current clients include UCSF Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health. 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. Most recently she was co-leader for a FEMA-sponsored data collection effort following the South Napa Earthquake and studied the performance of a range of building types from retrofitted unreinforced masonry buildings to recently constructed steel frame buildings. The role of nonstructural damage in post-earthquake recovery was also investigated. Maryann is a Fellow and Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of California.

  1. Seismic protection of nonstructural components
  2. Lessons learned from the South Napa Earthquake
  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, 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. 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. Has served on EERI’s Board of Directors, elected of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and as 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, City & County of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Patrick Otellini is the newly appointed Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City and County of San Francisco. Mr. Otellini was originally appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in October of 2012 as the Director of San Francisco’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program. This public policy driven group has recently passed unanimously approved pieces of legislation that range from mandatory retrofits of soft story building to post-earthquake repair standards. All of these require innovative seismic solutions before and after earthquakes with the goal of making San Francisco more resilient in the face of disaster. Prior to his appointment Mr. Otellini was a Senior Associate with A.R. Sanchez-Corea & Associates, San Francisco’s premier permit and code consulting firm. His work there included the management of the permit and inspection process for over $2 Billion worth of construction in San Francisco with projects ranging from the Millennium Tower at 301 Mission St to the Westfield San Francisco Centre Mall at 845 Market. He Is a Certified Building Inspector through the International Code Council (ICC) and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Outside of work he serves on the Board of Directors at the San Francisco Zoo and serves as a member of the steering committee for San Francisco’s new Veteran’s Memorial Monument which broke ground last month. Patrick lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westmont College in Political Science.


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