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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.

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12NCEE: Special Sessions Proposal Deadline Extended!

12ncee logo for pulseAre you interested in proposing a special session for 12NCEE? Good news: the deadline has been extended to September 24, 2021! The program committee is particularly interested in special session proposals at the intersection of earthquake engineering with social justice, sustainability, or climate change adaptation, as well as proposals that address the complexity of response and recovery from simultaneous disasters; lessons learned from COVID for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. We also seek special session proposals that focus on earthquake engineering in Utah and the surrounding region. However, special sessions can be proposed on topic related to the 12NCEE program areas, including:

  • Earth Science and Ground Motions

  • Geotechnical Engineering
Risk/Loss Modeling, Planning, and Response
Social Science, Public Health, and Public Policy

  • Structural Engineering Practice

  • Structural Engineering Research
Transportation and Lifelines

  • Other and Cross-Cutting Topics

Special session proposals will be reviewed for content and completeness of session details. Proposals should include a session title, the session format, a description of the session, and the session speakers. Learn more at the Call for Papers on the 12NCEE website. Special session proposers will be notified of acceptance by October 8, 2021.

Apply today to be a Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

EERI is seeking applications for two new Chairs of the Public Policy & Advocacy (PPA) Committee. The PPA Co-Chairs provide oversight and leadership for EERI’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. The application deadline is October 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Apply here today!

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and finalists may be invited to an informal interview with the selection committee. The committee will select two applicants to serve as Co-Chairs of the committee. The final selection of the Co-Chairs is expected in mid November and after 6 weeks of transition, the role begins on January 1, 2022. The term of Co-Chair is two consecutive two-year terms, automatically renewed upon mutual agreement between the Chair and EERI Board.

The position of PPA Co-Chair is a volunteer position. Applicants must be EERI members in good standing. Chairs must have the availability to be in regular communication with EERI staff, lead regular committee meetings, attend EERI annual meetings, and engage in actively conducting work and determining strategies to position PPA as a lead advocate for policies to enhance community resilience to earthquakes.

The selection committee is particularly interested in applicants who:

  • Have strong public policy and advocacy experience; current or past involvement with EERI's PPA or its legislative subcommittees is heavily considered in the selection process.

  • Have an understanding of and/or strong interest in advancing seismic safety legislation through the political process at the local, regional, state, and/ or federal levels.

  • Have demonstrated leadership ability.

  • Have a proven ability to link PPA with other EERI committees, programs, and efforts.

  • Understand and value the multidisciplinary nature of the PPA Committee.

  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Show ability to behave in a professional, member-focused, and service-oriented manner. 

  • Can co-lead the committee in strategic discussions to determine future directions for the committee.

  • Have experience collaborating with the broad spectrum of PPA partners including academics, practitioners, policymakers, aligned organizations/associations, and federal agencies.

More details about the position, the application process, and how to apply are available here.

Professional Development Committee Seeks New Members

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is seeking new members! The PDC manages EERI’s technical webinar series. As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way our communities come together, webinars have become even more important as a source of information and knowledge exchange—a resource EERI hopes to continue developing in the future. The PDC helps direct and contribute to this valuable work.

Committee members help identify appropriate webinar topics and speakers, plan webinar timing and content, and help host at least six technical webinars per year. The committee may also collaborate with other committees, such as the Earthquake Spectra Editorial Board, the Learning from Earthquakes Committee, the Younger Members Committee, and the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee in order to identify timely and appealing webinar topics. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vision Statements: 2022 EERI Board of Directors Election

EERI is pleased to announce the candidates for President-Elect and Director for the 2022 Board of Directors Election. You can view the candidates' bios and vision statements here. All eligible voting members will receive an email with a link to access your secure online ballot and cast your vote on Friday, October 1. The election will close on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

President-Elect:Candidates poster pulse copy
Janiele Maffei (M. EERI, 1992)
Chief Mitigation Officer
California Earthquake Authority
Sacramento, California

Director A: 
Emily So (M. EERI, 2011)
Reader in Architectural Engineering
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Zahraa Saiyed (M. EERI, 2011)
CEO & Principal
Scyma Consulting, LLC 
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Director B:
Nicholas Gregor (M. EERI, 1992)
Consulting Seismologist
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Ramin Golesorkhi (M. EERI, 1986)
Principal/Vice President
Langan Engineering
San Francisco Bay Area, California

EERI thanks the Nominating Committee: Danielle Mieler (Chair), Judith Mitrani-Reiser, David Wald, Anne Wein, Barry Welliver, David Cocke (ex-officio), and Heidi Tremayne (ex-officio).

June 2021 Board Meeting Summary

The EERI Board of Directors held their June 2021 Board meeting in two parts on Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, via video conference due to the ongoing pandemic. The meeting was chaired by President David Cocke. 

The Board approved various meeting minutes, a Regional Chapter Citizen Advocate Toolkit prepared by the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, and the EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowship awardees. The Board confirmed their positions on several pieces of legislation in California, including support for AB1329, opposition to AB1464 unless amended, and support for AB1569. 

The Board accepted the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program annual report summarizing activities for the 2020-2021 academic year. The program provided 31 virtual visits to EERI Student Chapters by 19 professionals from late January to early July 2021. Chapter officers reported over 750 individuals attending these professional lectures.

Sissy Nikolaou (M. EERI 2004) was appointed as a new Co-Chair to the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, to join Guillermo Díaz-Fañas (M. EERI 2015). Laurie Johnson (M. EERI 1990) was appointed as a new Co-Chair to the Oral History Committee, to join Ayse Hortacsu (M.EERI 2000).

The Board reviewed and approved financial statements as of March 31, 2021, and discussed a mid-year revision and update to the 2020 operating budget. In preparation for the 12NCEE Call For Papers, the Board approved the paper submission fee.

The meeting concluded with the Board discussing progress on the five 2021-2015 strategic goals, and reviewing an updated draft of a member Ethics Code being considered for future adoption. The next Board Meeting is scheduled in late September 2021.

2020-2021 Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program

Since 1996, EERI has matched practicing professionals with host universities across the United States and nearby countries through the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program, launched in 2001 with a generous gift from David Friedman (M.EERI 1988) and his family. The 2020-2021 program was a unique year in the program's history, with all visits taking place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirty-one visits took place between January and July 2021, featuring nineteen different professionals. 

Due to the virtual format, the program reached more students than ever before. Nearly 800 students from universities across the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru were able to attend. On average, professionals spent 2 to 4 hours on Zoom for each chapter they visited virtually, providing more than 100 contact hours with expert professionals. They offered lectures, career Q&As, mock interviews, research presentations, and social hours. Lecture topics covered multiple disciplines, including structural and geotechnical engineering, risk analysis, lifelines, industrial facilities, emergency management, urban planning, and resilience. EERI has now made the lecture recordings available to watch on EERI’s Youtube channel: 2021 Friedman Family Visiting Professional Lectures

We would like to thank all professionals, Student Leadership Council moderators, and EERI Student Chapters who participated in this program. We appreciate your flexibility and creativity to make a virtual visit engaging, informative, and fun! We look forward to matching a new group of student chapters with our visiting professionals this academic year. Student members should look out for the application opening this October!

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Quick Quake Briefing: Alaska M8.2 Offshore Earthquake of July 28, 2021

Join us next week on September 23 from 12:00-1:00 PM PT for another Quick Quake Briefing! Register here.

AK QQB imageThe EERI Northern California Regional Chapter and the EERI Learning from Earthquakes Program are co-hosting this FREE webinar on the M8.2 earthquake that struck on July 28, 2021 (local date) offshore Alaska. The very strong quake was one of the largest to strike Alaska in recent history. It was located about 70 miles east southeast of Perryville, Alaska (about 500 miles southwest of Anchorage). The quake was a result of thrust faulting at a depth of 22 miles on the subduction zone between the Pacific plate and North American plate where the Pacific plate begins diving under Alaska. Fortunately, Alaska was mostly unscathed, thanks to the remote location and depth of the epicenter. Tsunami alerts were issued shortly after the earthquake and several coastal communities were evacuated. Only small tsunami waves measuring under a foot above tide level were observed initially, and tsunami alerts were called off under two hours after the quake. The Quick Quake Briefing will feature two speakers from Alaska: Dr. Michael West, the State Seismologist, and Dr. Summer Ohlendorf, a Science Officer at the National Tsunami Warning Center.

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Reminder: CEA Fifth Annual Research Forum Next Week

The California Earthquke Authority (CEA) invites you to “Equitable Residential Earthquake Resilience in California,” the Fifth Annual CEA Research Forum, which will take place in webinar form on September 20 and 21, 2021 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM PT. 

The keynote speaker, CEA’s Laurie Johnson, will focus on the importance of community resilience. For more information and to register for the Zoom meeting, click here.

NIBS Building Innovation Virtual Edition: September 27-29

The National Institute of Building Sciences is holding its second virtual edition of Building Innovation this month! Building Innovation 2021 takes place from September 27-29, 2021. BI2021 allows everyone who impacts the built environment to discuss challenges and find solutions. The conference includes three tracks: resilience, technology, and the workplace.
Keynote speakers include Jessica Matthews, Founder & CEO, Uncharted; Renee Cheng, Dean, University of Washington College of Built Environments; Edward Mazria, FAIA, Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030; Daniel Kaniewski, Managing Director, Public Sector, Marsh McLennan Advantage; Jamie Gentoso, P.E., MBA, Global Head of Solutions & Products Business Unit, Holcim; and Thomas W. Smith, III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers.
BI2021 conference registration includes access to all keynotes and educational programming. For more information, visit the website here.

FAA Survey on UAVs in Disaster Response

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is researching the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, after disasters—including earthquakes. The FAA’s Center for Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Research is conducting a survey to determine the extent of the use of aircraft (manned and unmanned) in disaster response. Your responses will help inform best practices, policies, procedures and coordination. Thank you for your help with this effort!

For more information and to participate, view the survey here.

GEM Releases New Vulnerability Modeling Toolkit

Global Earthquake Model (GEM) recently released a new toolkit for vulnerability analysis, an open‑source platform compatible with commonly used earthquake engineering software such as OpenQuake and OpenSees.
Implemented in the Python programming language, it is freely accessible through a public GitHub repository. The toolkit which comes with a graphical user interface (GUI), is divided into seven modules designed to guide users through the different stages of analytical vulnerability modelling from the selection of ground motion records to the validation and verification of the models. A unique feature of the toolkit is the integration in a single environment of all phases of seismic vulnerability assessment, including critical issues in vulnerability modelling related with the propagation of sources of uncertainty, verification of the resulting functions through risk metrics, and assessment of the performance of the chosen intensity measures in terms of sufficiency and efficiency. To learn more and download the toolkit, visit the GEM website here.

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