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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

12NCEE Conference Report

After a fantastic week of sessions, workshops, special events, committee and chapter meetings, and tours, the 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Salt Lake City is coming to a close! Over 1200 people participated in the conference, including more than 300 undergraduate students in the Seismic Design Competition. A particularly bright spot was the record rate of participation by younger members and graduate students, who made up more than a third of the conference attendees—when counting the SDC teams, the number rises to half! EERI thanks Computers and Structures, Inc. and FEMA for their generous support in funding the registration grants that made it possible for so many early-career participants to take part in 12NCEE.

governor cox speaking at the opening plenaryAfter a day of board meetings and a welcome reception on Monday, the conference program began Tuesday morning with the Welcome and Opening Plenary. Governor Spencer J. Cox opened the conference with a keynote emphasizing the importance of ongoing work to advance seismic safety in Utah. “I am grateful that you chose Salt Lake City,” he said. “Having the best experts from all over the world here will help us prepare for the worst to come.” In the roundtable that followed, Professor Lisa Grow Sun of Brigham Young University School of Law led a discussion with State Representatives V. Lowry Snow and Clare Collard, and Utah Seismic Safety Commission members Jessica Chappell and Robert Grow that delved into those issues. The opening plenary received press coverage in The Salt Lake Tribune and kicked off a special track of programming focused on Utah, including sessions on the 2020 Magna earthquake and the Wasatch Front URM risk reduction strategy.

Wednesday morning’s plenary featured the 2022 Distinguished Lecture by Ken Elwood on using the lessons learned from Christchurch to shift from designing for ductility to designing for repairability, followed on Thursday by David Wald’s Joyner Lecture on the future of rapid earthquake impact estimation. 12NCEE also featured in-person committee and regional chapter meetings, special events like the Meet the Leaders networking session, and an engaging panel exploring the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in earthquake risk mitigation and engineering education. As usual, one of the highlights of the conference was Shake Day, when 34 teams from nine countries, nine US states, and Puerto Rico gathered to test their Seismic Design Competition model structures. Over 10,000 people viewed the live streams of the shaking table tests.

On Thursday evening, the 12NCEE Closing Plenary brought members of the organizing committee and Utah chapter together to reflect on the lessons learned during the conference, before the Awards Ceremony recognizing EERI’s honoraries. EERI Board President David Cocke presented the Housner Medal to Mary Comerio, the Alquist Medal to Barry Welliver, and the Bolt Medal to C.B Crouse. Jack Moehle and Robin McGuire were recognized with Honorary Membership. Ashly Cabas and Samuel Yniesta received the Shah Family Innovation Prize; Maha Kenawy and Jack English received the 2022 Younger Member Awards; and Patrick Bassal and Alan Poulos were recognized as the recipients of the FEMA/NEHRP Graduate Student Fellowship. Spectra Editor-in-Chief David Wald presented the 2020 Outstanding Paper Award to Vitor Silva; the 2021 Outstanding Paper Award to Adrian Rodriguez-Marek; and the Graduate Student Paper Award to Rodrigo Costa. EERI congratulates all of the awardees!

SDCFinally, the Student Leadership Council took to the stage to present the 2022 Seismic Design Competition awards. The winner of the T-shirt design competition was UC San Diego, with honorable mentions to McMaster University and Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest. Universitas Indonesia won the new Fan Favorite Poster Award, and the Best Architecture Award went to University of Toronto. The Seismic Performance Award was won by Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, the Charles Richter Spirit of the Competition Award by the University of British Columbia, the Best Communication Skills Award to the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, and the Structural Innovation Award to Oregon State University. In the overall competition, third place went to the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, second place to Cornell University, and first place to the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca! Congratulations to all the SDC teams for their hard work and achievements.

Thank you to the 12NCEE Organizing Committee and everyone who came together to make 12NCEE a success! Stay tuned for more content from the conference and information about conference proceedings publication in future issues of the Pulse.

Learning From Earthquakes Matching Gift Campaign

endowment thermometerDuring the month of June, 63 donors doubled their impact with the LFE Endowment Matching Gift Campaign! 

Thanks to the amazing generosity of members, EERI rasied $53,443, which, combined with the match, resulted in a total of $103,443 in donations for the LFE Endowment Fund! This is a big leap towards the overall campaign goal and EERI is especially appreciative of the anonymous donor for their match. 

If you missed your chance to get in on the Matching Gift Campaign, you can still make an impact by making a gift to the LFE Endowment today!

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Member Spotlight

Reginald DesRoches Takes Office as President of Rice University

DesRoches photoReginald DesRoches (M.EERI 1995) is the new president of Rice University. After a nationwide search, DesRoches was chosen to lead the university and its 7,500 students, seven schools, and over 700 faculty. "am deeply honored to be the next president of Rice University," DesRoches said. "I look forward to building on the tradition of excellence established by those who served before me." A member of EERI for nearly three decades, DesRoches was the recipient of the 2018 EERI Distinguished Lecture Award, and delivered his lecture on The Promise of Smart Materials in Earthquake Resistant Design at the 11NCEE in Los Angeles.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, DesRoches was raised in the New York City borough of Queens. A boyhood love of science and math encouraged him to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. While studying at the University of California at Berkeley, DesRoches witnessed the damage wrought by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. That experience led him to focus on earthquake resilience as he pursued his masters and Ph.D. degrees in structural engineering at Berkeley.

DesRoches has since become an internationally recognized expert on earthquake resilience. He has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate and chaired the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Construction Safety Team, which is overseeing the investigation of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium in Surfside, Florida. He also previously served on the Advisory Committee for the Engineering Directorate for the National Science Foundation.DesRoches is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute.

DesRoches's primary research interests are in the design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads and the application of smart materials. He has published approximately 300 articles and delivered more than 100 presentations in over 30 different countries. He also has mentored more than 30 doctoral students, many of whom hold faculty positions at top universities around the world. Prior to becoming president,he served as Rices Howard Hughes Provost and William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering. EERI congratulates President DesRoches on taking office today!

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Learning From Earthquakes

EERI Response to June 22, 2022 M5.9 Earthquake in Afghanistan

On June 22, 2022, a M5.9 earthquake struck near Khōst, Afghanistan. The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims.

EERI is currently monitoring the situation from media reports as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program, but is not considering further response at this time.

Information on the 2015 Hindu Kush region earthquake is archived on the LFE website and includes several reports and resources.

Visit the USGS website for more information and the PAGER report on the recent earthquake.

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Awards

Don’t Forget! Submit a Nomination for the Joyner Lecture Award

Nominations are currently open for the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture Award. Established by the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in cooperation with EERI, the William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures honor William Joyner's distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering. Nominations for the Joyner Lecturer may be made by any current SSA or EERI member.

Nominations must:

  1. Document the nominees accomplishments in fostering and enhancing communication at the earthquake-science/earthquake-engineering interface.
  2. Explain why that persons work makes a difference.
  3. Include a brief summary of the candidates professional history. This may include honors, awards, professional affiliations, lectures and publications, and professional service and experience that address the intent of the Joyner Award.

Nominations should be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 31, 2022. Learn more on the SSA website here.

Last Chance for Nominations for EERI's Awards and Honors

Don’t forget 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:

Please review the award description and criteria and submit your nominations via this form. The nomination deadline is July 10, 2022 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

The recipients of these prestigious awards and honors will be announced in Fall 2022. They will also be recognized during the 2023 EERI Annual Meeting.

View past award recipients here.

Just a Few Days Left to Apply for the EERI Younger Member Award!

The Annual EERI Younger Member Award application is open! 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. Read more about this award here on the EERI website.

The application deadline is July 10, 2022 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. You can access the application form here.

The recipient of this prestigious award will be announced in fall 2022. They will also be recognized during the 2023 EERI Annual Meeting.

Last Chance to Nominate Someone for the 2022 Shah Family Innovation Prize!

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 2022 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.

Go here to read more information about the required nomination package, including selection criteria. You can access the nomination form here. The nomination deadline is July 10, 2022 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

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Webinars

Risk, Resilience, and Society: Understanding Societal Risk Perceptions and Expectations of the Built Environment

Wednesday July 27, 1:00-2:00 PM Pacific Time
REGISTER HERE

When we try to define what it means to be resilient, and to support the recovery of services, shelter, and businesses after a hazard event, many unique considerations arise. What do we know now? What can we technically accomplish? What do we have funding for? And, perhaps most important, who needs what, and when? The EERI Younger Members Committee is hosting a webinar with researchers to share insights from recent projects that contextualize and explore key issues around community resilience research and policy. Presentations will cover societal perceptions of risk and decision-making processes, the influence of the wants of particular parties over the needs of society, and the expectations of the built environment in future hazards versus the desire for enhanced performance. 

The webinar features two speakers:

  • Dr. Katherine J. Johnson (Jo) is an applied environmental anthropologist working as a Social Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her focus is to promote reduction of risk from natural hazards through emerging areas of research and collaboration from her home base within NIST’s Engineering Laboratory.
  • Dr. Shannon Abeling is a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, where she completed a PhD in Civil Engineering in 2021. Her current research explores societal expectations for the seismic performance of buildings to inform future building code and standard updates.
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Subscribing Member Spotlight

Simpson Strong-Tie

Simpson StrongTieSimpson Strong-Tie is is one of the world's largest suppliers of structural building products. The company is recognized as the genuine connector brand in the residential construction industry and for its offering of shearwalls, moment frames, and fasteners. The company also offers products in infrastructure, commercial and industrial construction, including mechanical anchors and adhesives that repair, protect and strengthen concrete and masonry. Simpson Strong-Tie was an exhibitor at 12NCEE in Salt Lake City.

Risk Management Solutions

RMS logo for pulseFor 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. RMS was a Technical Session Sponsor at 12NCEE in Salt Lake City.

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Opportunities

USGS ShakeCast Team is Hiring a Civil Engineer/Programmer

The USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado is hiring a Civil Engineer/Programmer for the USGS ShakeCast Team. Some of the specific duties for the position will include:

  • Working with a team of earthquake scientists and civil engineers on research and development related to real-time earthquake information products, primarily USGS ShakeCast;
  • Collaborating with Information Technology (IT) professionals to develop and implement software that can be used for near-real-time structural analyses, primarily related to ShakeCast;
  • Coordinating and responding to inquiries and providing operational and trouble-shooting guidance to external civil engineers, emergency managers, and planning communities who are running ShakeCast software; and
  • Operational response and maintenance of critical software application in a cloud environment.

The ideal candidate for this position is a civil engineer who is comfortable with or interested in coding, rather than a software engineer interested in structures. For more information about the position, requirements, and information how to apply, visit the USAJobs posting here. Applications will be accepted through July 25, 2022.

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Announcements

Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to September

The application deadline for the 2022 Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarships has been extended to September 30, 2022. The Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation (China) and the US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation (USA) will fund about ten (10) Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Awards in 2022. Applicants must currently be enrolled as a full-time master’s degree or doctoral degree student in earthquake engineering or a closely related field. Applicants must be at a university or research institute in China, USA, Singapore, or a member center of the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER).

Application materials should be submitted electronically to the Secretariat of the Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation by September 30, 2022. The guidelines and the application form can be found here.

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