2014 Housner Fellows


John Bevington

John is a geospatial technologist, specializing in the development of innovative new geospatial products for understanding risk for the insurance and disaster risk reduction sectors. He is currently the Managing Director of ImageCat Ltd., ImageCat’s European operations. John has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geography and GIS & Remote Sensing respectively from the University of Ulster, UK. His Ph.D. from the University of Southampton, UK, focused on change modeling of buildings in pre- and post-event remotely-sensed imagery, during which time he joined ImageCat. Today, he manages R&D activities using remote sensing and advanced geospatial technologies to better support decision making in the London insurance market and beyond. John was Project Manager for the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Risk Global Component, Inventory Data Capture Tools. He was co-author on a 2012 UK Government Office for Science Foresight Project: Reducing Risks of Future Disasters – Priorities for Decision Makers. In 2010, he played a central role in ImageCat’s coordination of the GFDRR Global Earth Observation Catastrophe Assessment Network (GEO-CAN) remote sensing damage assessment following the Haiti earthquake. John has provided expertise to national governments for their post-earthquake and tsunami and hurricane damage assessment through the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters. He has directed field reconnaissance teams to capture in-situ situational assessments of post-disaster response and recovery efforts following disaster events in Europe, Asia, North America and the Caribbean, and he has used remote sensing observations to assess post-disaster damage following natural disasters on five continents.

HortacsuAyse Hortascu

Ayse is the Associate Director of Projects at the Applied Technology Council, headquartered in Redwood City, California where she manages projects pertaining to structural engineering and earthquake hazard mitigation. She has more than 10 years of experience as a structural engineer and project manager. Ayse served as the Project Manager for the ATC-71-5 and ATC-71-6 projects that developed the Third Edition FEMA P-154 and FEMA P-155 reports, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook and Supporting Documentation, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She also manages the development and conduct of nationwide webinars and in-person trainings nationwide on these and other earthquake hazard mitigation topics through the National Earthquake Training Assistance Program (NETAP) funded by FEMA. At ATC, she has also served as Project Manager for developing the FEMA E-74 document, Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage-A Practical Guide, which received the Award of Excellence by the Structural Engineers Association of California in 2012, and numerous other projects, including the development of a postearthquake safety evaluation assessment methodology for Bhutan, Cost Analyses and Benefit Studies for Earthquake-Resistant Construction in Memphis, Tennessee (GCR 14-917-26 report funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)), and Selecting and Scaling Earthquake Ground Motions for Performing Response-History Analyses (GCR 11-917-5 report funded by NIST). Ayse has served as a director for the Northern California Chapter of EERI and is a member of the EERI Housner Fellow class of 2014. She has bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. Ayse is originally from Istanbul, Turkey and currently resides in San Francisco.

Kishor Jaiswal
Dr. Jaiswal is a licensed professional engineer and a lead loss model developer of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) program in Golden, Colorado. His primary responsibilities include development of global earthquake casualty and economic loss estimation models, development of building inventory, exposure and vulnerability databases, and framework to rapidly quantifying earthquake’s impact as a part of National Earthquake Information Center’s operational response. He is recipient of numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, including inaugural recipient of 2012 Global Earthquake Model (GEM)’s Outstanding Contribution Award and Earthquake Spectra Outstanding Paper Award.

LanningForrest Lanning

Forrest Lanning, PE, CPEng is a former USAID Structural and Forensic Engineer and worked in Afghanistan leading the agency’s Building Forensic Task Force. The Task Force’s mission was to structurally evaluate all USAID constructed hospitals and schools in the country for seismic safety. Prior to working in Afghanistan and following the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, Forrest headed up the Technical Support Unit of the United Nations Office for Project Services in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. There, Forrest led a team of local engineers designing earthquake-resistant schools throughout the devastated province of Aceh and the island of Nias.

Forrest is currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand where he is an Associate with the Australasian based engineering company, Aurecon. He relocated to New Zealand during the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake sequence. Forrest’s work included emergency assessments and demolitions of earthquake-damaged buildings in the severely hit downtown. Currently he is working on seismically retrofitting key buildings in the city including the Christchurch Art Gallery and the University of Canterbury’s College of Engineering campus.
Forrest is a San Francisco Bay Area native and graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

MentorGarmalia Mentor-William

Garmalia Mentor-William, Medical doctor and Specialist in Disaster management is a Haitian native educated both in Cuba and the US. She is highly experimented in Emergency and disaster response and currently working for the Ministry of Health of Haiti. She is looking forward to incorporating disaster awareness into school curricula in Haiti.


NaeemGhazala Naeem

As one of founding member of ‘Resilience Group’; Ghazala is providing disaster management expertise and consultation to various national and international organizations, especially NGOs, in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Capacity Building, and Architecture. Her recent assignments include documentation of indigenous knowledge on DRR with coastal communities, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DRR projects, strategic planning & programme development, training sessions and development of outreach material for disaster management programmes, development of fire safety bye-laws for Lahore City. Ghazala has been involved in damage assessment and relief activities for the Kashmir Earthquake of 2005 and for the floods of 2010 and 2011. She holds an M.S in Disaster Management from Japan and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Pakistan. She has been involved with national level academia as a researcher, visiting faculty and curriculum developer. Ghazala started her professional career in 1998 and entered the field of disaster management in 2006. She also promoted a low-cost, energy-efficient design for emergency shelters, using indigenous materials (bamboo, mud, and lime), for post disaster communities.

ShresthaSurya Shrestha

Surya Narayan Shrestha is the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Structural Engineer at the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) in Nepal. He serves 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. Mr. Shrestha has experience in earthquake response in Nepal, Indonesia, and Pakistan.


ThibertKatherine Thibert
Structural Engineer
Vancouver, BC, Canada