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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Founded in 1948, EERI's mission is to reduce earthquake risk by (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.

News of the Institute

Remember to Apply to be on the EERI Board of Directors!

EERI is currently accepting applications for those interested in serving as elected or appointed Directors on the EERI Board of Directors beginning in March 2025. The 2024 Nominating Committee will review applications and will identify four individuals for the two open Director positions to be candidates in the 2025 Board of Directors Election, which takes place in October 2024. The elected Directors will be announced in early December 2024. The EERI Board will select the appointed director in late 2024. The Director terms will begin at the first board meeting of 2025, typically in March. 

Eligible applicants are Regular Members, Young Professional Members, Retired Members, Subscribing Members Representatives, and Honorary Members in good standing. All eligible members interested in serving in the Director role are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to eligible members who fit any of the following criteria to maintain the diversity of the Board as a whole. An asterisk (*) indicates a special emphasis on that specific criteria.

  • Represent the following employment sectors: business/industry, educational institutions.*
  • Represent the following disciplines: structural engineering, lifelines, or risk analysis.*
  • Interested in leveraging their connections to enhance member recruitment and engagement.*
  • Experience or interest in fundraising and sponsor recruitment.*
  • Interested in supporting the design and implementation of meetings/conferences for fiscal sustainability and mission impact.
  • Interested in strategic planning and goal setting.
  • Interested in amplifying or accelerating the work of EERI Chapters.
  • Represent the following regions: Southern California, Pacific Northwest, Central US, or international.
  • Enhances the board’s ethnic diversity.
  • Identify as early and mid-career professionals. 
  • Recent involvement in EERI Committees or Regional Chapters.

To apply to be on the Board:

  1. Click here to learn more about the application process. 
  2. Carefully read the EERI Board Member Roles and Responsibilities document.
  3. Submit the application form.

The application deadline is July 10, 2024, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. The 2024 Nominating Committee will review applications and finalists may be invited for an informal interview. Eligible applicants are Regular Members, Young Professional Members, Retired Members, Subscribing Members Representatives, and Honorary Members in good standing. 

Questions about the application process should be sent to silvana@eeri.org.

Board Meeting Highlights: December 2023 and April 2024

December 2023 Board Meeting

The EERI Board of Directors met virtually on December 6, 2023. The meeting was chaired by President Janiele Maffei.

The Board approved the minutes from the September board meeting and the results of the 2023 Board of Directors election, confirming Ellen Rathje as President-Elect and Rebecca Laberenne and Michael Mahoney as incoming Directors. The board also approved Dustin Cook, Manish Kumar, and Rocio Segura as new co-chairs for the World Housing Encyclopedia and Kaleigh Yost as a new co-chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPA). The Board also approved a new student chapter at Bucknell University. 

The Board reviewed and approved quarterly financial and investment statements, the 2024 Budget, an updated LFE Endowment Fundraising Completion Campaign Plan, and EERI’s Document Retention and Destruction Policy. The Board reviewed and discussed a number of documents and updates, including a memorandum on 2024 Annual Meeting planning, updates on the 13NCEE and 2028 WCEE bid processes, a membership update, and the Executive Director’s report. The Board confirmed the decision not to hold an EERI annual meeting in 2025. The Board unanimously voted to appoint Maggie Ortiz-Millan as Acting Executive Director during Heidi Tremayne’s leave of absence from January-April 2024.

The Board approved a PPA white paper and position statement titled “Promote Comprehensive Tsunami Risk Management in the United States,” and reviewed a PPA memo about monitoring NEHRP and TWERA reauthorization. The Board also approved the Spectra Editorial Board’s recommendation for the 2023 EERI Outstanding Paper Award and the Student Awards Committee’s recommendation for the 2023 Graduate Student Paper Prize, and confirmed EERI appointments to the 2024 William B. Joyner Lecturer Selection Committee.

Finally, departing Board members David Cocke, Terri Norton, Lucy Arendt, and Jonathan Stewart were recognized for their service and made farewell comments to the Board.

April 2024 Board Meeting

The EERI Board of Directors met in-person at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Seattle, WA on Tuesday April 9, 2024 during the 2024 Annual Meeting (2024AM), and virtually on Thursday, April 18, 2024. President Janiele Maffei chaired the meetings and welcomed new board members Ellen Rathje, Rebecca Laberenne, and Michael Mahoney.

The Board approved Keith Knudsen to serve a one-year term as the Secretary-Treasurer, and appointed Terri Norton to replace Knudsen as an at-large Director in the seat vacated by Knudsen for the remainder of his two-year term.

The Board reviewed the Conflict of Interest Policy, the Board Manual, and other policies and procedures, and approved Board Liaison assignments to EERI committees. The Board also reviewed and discussed the Executive Director’s report, 2024AM meeting activities, and future Oral History subjects. They approved quarterly financial and investment statements, and discussed a membership update.

The Board reviewed and approved the December 2023 board meeting minutes, committee and chapter annual reports, and a new student chapter at the University of South Carolina. The board reviewed a memo from the Honors and Awards committee and approved a plan for recognizing 2025 awardees at the 13NCEE. The Board also approved a “Scientific and Technical Collaboration Agreement” between EERI and the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, which was signed at the 2024AM. 

2024 Annual Business Meeting: Recording and Slides

EERI's 2024 Annual Business Meeting was held via Zoom webinar on April 24, 2024. You can view a video recording of the meeting here and download a PDF of the slides here.

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In Memoriam

Naveed Ahmad, PhD, 1981—2024

Contributors: Shama Naveed, Zahoor Ahmad, Manny Hakhamaneshi

Naveed AhmadNaveed Ahmad (M.EERI 2010), born on April 10, 1981, in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, hails from a farming family. Following his graduation from Nisar Shaheed High School, he secured admission to the Bachelor’s degree program in Civil Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, also in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Excelling in his undergraduate studies, he was offered a Teaching Assistant (TA) position at the Department of Civil Engineering upon completing his bachelor's degree in 2005. In 2006, fueled by his commitment to lifelong learning and passion for structural engineering, Naveed secured the MEEES Scholarship for Master Studies and pursued enrollment in the graduate program in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology at the Instituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS, School for Advanced Studies) in Pavia, Italy. After completing his Master's degree in 2008, he embarked on his PhD studies in Structural and Earthquake Engineering at ROSE School-IUSS, ultimately earning his PhD degree in 2011.

In 2012, Naveed came back to Pakistan, assuming the role of Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. Additionally, he embarked on a part-time position as a Structural Design Engineer at Dr. Qaisar Ali Associates. In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at the same university. Throughout his tenure at the University of Engineering and Technology, he has motivated and assisted numerous students. His commitment to education and community service has had a profound impact on hundreds of students and engineering professionals. He was a part of the core group for Seismic Building Code at the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), as well as a member of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) USA. He also served as an external examiner for Ph.D. candidates at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Furthermore, he provided guidance to the KP Public Service Commission of Pakistan, aiding in oral examinations for Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil Engineer) in various government departments. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the design and validation of earthquake-resistant schools in Nepal through a project with the Asian Development Bank. His efforts at the Earthquake Engineering Centre of UET Peshawar ensured the safe reconstruction of earthquake-affected regions, contributing to the development of the National Building Code of Nepal and elevating building safety standards.

Naveed has been instrumental in advancing structural and seismic research, having contributed as an author or co-author to more than 100 research papers and 3 books. Additionally, he was honored by HEC with the Outstanding Research Award in 2012 (Best Paper) for his work titled "Simplified engineering tools for seismic analysis and design of traditional Dhajji-Dewari structures" published in the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Volume 10(05), pages 1503-1534. In December 2021, Naveed was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral scholarship at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, through the renowned Fulbright Scholar Program of the United States Education Foundation (USEF), prompting his relocation to the United States. Upon completion of his postdoctoral studies in December 2022, he opted to continue his career in the United States rather than returning to Pakistan.

In March 2023, Naveed secured a position as a Structural Associate at Moffatt & Nichol (M&N), headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. His core duties at M&N encompassed linear and nonlinear modeling, seismic performance evaluation and retrofitting, risk assessment, and seismic design of marine structures, including concrete cellular cofferdams, double combi steel sheet pile wall systems, and port structures such as piers and wharves. After starting a full-time position at Moffatt & Nichol, Naveed made the choice to permanently move to the United States, bringing along his cherished family, comprising his wife, Shama Naveed, and their four children. Together, they decided that while he pursued his career, Shama would pursue her Master’s degree. Subsequently, she enrolled in a Master’s Program at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Naveed was very excited with his new career and was committed to reach the heights of it. He passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Principles and Practice of Engineering exam in May 2023 and was preparing for getting his Professional Engineer (PE) license.

On May 12, 2024, Naveed encountered a significant tragedy. While spending a joyful day with his children at a swimming pool, he unexpectedly experienced a heart attack. Remaining submerged and unnoticed for over five minutes, rescue efforts were eventually able to bring him to safety. He was subsequently admitted to the ICU at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, California, where he fought valiantly for his life. Despite the unwavering dedication of healthcare professionals, his journey toward recovery remained uncertain until May 22, 2024, when he was declared as dead. He is survived by his wife Shama Naveed, four (4) sons; sixteen (16), fourteen (14), nine (9) and four (4) years old. Being the sole breadwinner for his family, the unanticipated medical and everyday expenses have left them in a challenging financial position. To provide support during this critical time, the local community and colleagues have organized a GoFundMe campaign for Naveed's family.

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Webinars

Quick Quake Briefing: April 5, 2024 M4.8 New Jersey Earthquake

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
12:00-01:00 PM Pacific Time 
REGISTER HERE

QQB NY EarthquakeThe EERI Northern California Regional Chapter is hosting a FREE webinar on the recent earthquake that affected the northeast United States. The earthquake struck mid-morning near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and was felt by over 40 million people all across the northeastern United States from Maine in the north to Washington, D.C. in the south. USGS classified the shaking as light (MMI < IV) throughout the region. The following link is to a New York City evening news summary. The New Jersey event was an intraplate earthquake, unlike those that occur in California that are near a plate boundary.  While this earthquake was relatively small, quakes of this magnitude are widely felt in the eastern United States because of the seismic wave propagation characteristics in the region.  Although New York City did not suffer significant damage (40 miles east of epicenter), the city emergency response systems were activated.

Speakers:

  • Oliver Boyd, Ph.D., Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey.  He will present on the earthquake mechanism and the seismology of the east coast region.

  • Yegal Shamash, PE, Chief Structural Engineer, NYC Department of Buildings.  He will present on the earthquake damage and emergency response actions.

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Students

2024 SDC Highlights Video

Don't miss this incredible video about the 2024 Seismic Design Competition, created by Computers and Structures Inc (CSI)! Watch interviews with student participants and supporters, see the teams set up their models, witness the excitement of Shaking Day, and see highlights from the awards ceremony and party.

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Awards

Last Chance to Nominate Someone for EERI's Awards and Honors!

Time is running out to nominate someone for one of EERI’s prestigious awards! The EERI Honors Committee depends on your nominations to identify members whose contributions should be recognized. The committee considers all nominations and provides recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

Nomination Process: 

Please review the award description and criteria and submit the nomination form. The nomination deadline is today, June 17, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Click here for a list of past award recipients.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for the 2024 Shah Family Innovation Prize!

Click here to access the nomination form | Deadline: June 17, 2024

Do you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? This is your last chance to nominate someone for the 2024 Shah Family Innovation Prize! The intent of the prize is to stimulate further creativity and leadership in the earthquake risk mitigation community and EERI. The selection process recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential, emphasizing creative and innovative thinkers who have demonstrated at early stages in their careers the potential to make major contributions.

Click here for more information about the required nomination package, including selection criteria. The nomination deadline is June 17, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Note that the nomination form requires a google account to complete. If you do not have/can not make a google account but would like to submit a nomination, please contact silvana@eeri.org.

Today is the Deadline to Apply for the Younger Member Award!

Click here to apply | Deadline: June 17, 2024

The Annual EERI Younger Member Award application is due today! The award recognizes early-career EERI members who have made outstanding contributions to EERI and the pursuit of its objectives – especially contributions that have improved opportunities for and increased the impact of younger members within the Institute. To read more about this award click here.

The application deadline is June 17, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Nominations for the 2025 Bruce Bolt Medal are due June 30

Click here to access the nomination form | Deadline: June 30, 2024

The Bruce A. Bolt Medal is a distinguished honor awarded jointly by COSMOS, EERI, and SSA to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

Nomination Process
COSMOS, EERI, and SSA members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or peer for this prestigious honor. Please carefully review the nomination and selection process. Complete nomination packages should be submitted using this form.

The deadline to submit nominations is June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Selection Committee.

Please note, the nomination form requires a google account to submit. If you do not have a google account, you can submit your materials by sending them in an email to boltmedal@eeri.org. Any questions regarding this award should be sent to boltmedal@eeri.org.

Reminder: Submit Nominations for the Joyner Lecture by June 30

Nominations should be sent to awards@seismosoc.org | Deadline: June 30, 2024

Nominations are open for the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture Award. Established by SSA in cooperation with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) to honor Bill Joyner’s distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and his abiding commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering. Current EERI and SSA members are encouraged to nominate a colleague who meets the following criteria:

  1. Membership in SSA or EERI.
  2. A demonstrated professional commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering.
  3. A demonstrated professional history of strengthening the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering, by either making significant contributions from earthquake science to earthquake engineering or significant contributions from earthquake engineering to earthquake science.

Nominations should be submitted to awards@seismosoc.org by June 30, 2024. Click here for additional award details, including what must be included in your nomination package.

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Announcements

Kinemetrics Webinar: Latest Advances in the Antelope Environmental Monitoring System

Kinemetrics is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, June 19 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time

The Antelope Environmental Monitoring Software sets the standard for data acquisition, analysis, and management software. Designed to provide a comprehensive set of real-time environmental monitoring data and processed information, Antelope is leveraged by the 10 largest seismic networks in the world (outside of Japan) to ensure the highest level of data return and robustness. 

In this presentation and live Q&A, Dr. Kent Lindquist will discuss the new challenges addressed and important advances in the recently released version 5.14 of the Antelope Environmental Monitoring System. Register here to attend the webinar.

SPUR Webinar: Earthquake Recovery in Türkiye

SPUR is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, June 25, at 12:30 PM Pacific Time featuring three EERI members discussing the 2023 magnitude 7.8 and magnitude 7.5 earthquakes that devastated Türkiye and Syria. The panelists will discuss why the earthquakes caused so much damage in Türkiye, how the recovery is proceeding, and the ways leaders are thinking about housing recovery and “building back better.” They will also discuss how they have incorporated lessons from these earthquakes into their own practice.

  • Moderator: Sarah Atkinson / Hazard Resilience Senior Policy Manager, SPUR
  • Rupa Garai / Senior Associate Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
  • Ayse Hortacsu / Director of Projects, Applied Technology Council

Learn more and register to attend here

USGS Alaska National Seismic Hazard Model Workshop

EERI will partner with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to host a one-day, in-person workshop on the 2023 USGS National Seismic Hazard Model for Alaska. More details on this workshop are available below. If you would like to attend, please register here.

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: BP Energy Center, Birch Room, 1014 Energy Ct, Anchorage, AK 99508
Purpose: To (i) summarize, for an earthquake engineering audience, the updates within the 2023 Alaska National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM) and their initial dissemination to building codes and other users, (ii) solicit feedback and user needs, particularly for future NSHMs, and (iii) demonstrate USGS software and online tools

For more information on the workshop schedule and speakers, view the post on the EERI website here

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Subscribing Member Spotlight

Risk Management Solutions

RMSFor over 30 years, Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) has led the way in transforming the catastrophe risk industry, helping organizations make better decisions to improve human and environmental outcomes with 1,200 employees across 13 offices and products and models covering six continents. By combining proven modeling science with powerful advances in technology, RMS offers models and solutions to help insurers, financial markets, corporations, and public agencies evaluate and manage global risk throughout the world.

Shannon & Wilson Inc.

Shannon WilsonEstablished in 1954, Shannon & Wilson Inc. is an employee-owned consulting firm headquartered in Seattle. S&W provides integrated geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, environmental, and natural resource services for clients worldwide.

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  1. Open Google Calendar
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  4. Click Add Calendar. The calendar will appear on the left side under "Other calendars."

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