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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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Don't Forget to Vote: 2022 EERI Board of Directors Election

Don't forget to cast your vote for the 2022 EERI Board of Directors election! You can view the candidate bios and vision statements here. The election will close on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT. Please check your email for your secure ballot.

Candidates poster pulse copyPresident-Elect

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


Join the Professional Development Committee!

Enjoy EERI webinars? The Professional Development Committee (PDC), which manages EERI's technical webinar series, is seeking new members! 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..

Last Chance! Application for PPA Committee Co-Chairs due October 20

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. Click here to apply!

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. Read details about the position, the application process, and how to apply on the EERI website here.

12NCEE: Papers Are Due November 5th!

12ncee UtahSquare Red for emails margin We’re looking forward to seeing you next summer in Salt Lake City for 12NCEE! This milestone conference is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share the latest knowledge and techniques to better understand and mitigate the damaging effects of earthquakes and tsunamis. Professionals from the full spectrum of the earthquake community will gather to discuss and debate new research, advancements in practice, and emerging issues related to seismic hazard, risk, mitigation and public policy—including timely and relevant lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are seeking papers from a broad range of disciplines, covering topic areas ranging from earth science and engineering research to planning, practice, and public policy. Learn more about the program topic areas and how to submit your paper at the 12NCEE website here. Please note that there will be no preliminary abstract submission and review—the first and only submission will be a 4-page paper manuscript. Papers are due by Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:59 PT! Read the full Call for Papers here.

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Student Chapters: Apply for the 2021-2022 Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program!

Is your student chapter interested in hosting an expert professional on campus this academic year? Apply to the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program today!

EERI is pleased to announce the return to in person visits for the 2021-2022 Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program. Generously funded by the Friedman family, the program matches professionals with host universities for a workshop meant to be a part lecture and part informal discussion to foster better understanding and communications between earthquake practitioners and academics.

This year, the program will include a total of 18 professionals. EERI Student Chapters must complete the application form here to request a visit from a Friedman Family Visiting Professional. The application deadline is Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. All chapters are encouraged to apply!

Review of applications will begin after November 1, and universities will be notified of their match in mid-November. Depending on funding availability, the program expects to grant approximately 20-25 trips. Visits are anticipated to take place from February to June 2022.

For more information about the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals program, click here.

NHERI Launches Graduate Student Council

The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) is launch ing a NHERI Graduate Student Council to support graduate students interested in multidisciplinary research on natural hazards. Council meetings will support graduate students in building a network of support in the natural hazards field. The council will connect graduate students to natural hazard leaders, schedule workshops on careers, research, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and provide leadership, service, and funding opportunities.

NHERI Graduate Student Council membership is open to all graduate students interested in natural hazards research. This includes those graduate students who focus on engineering, as well as those who focus on social science or medicine related to natural hazards disasters. Under-represented minorities, women, and veterans who are graduate students are encouraged to register as a member of the GS Council. The first meeting will take place via Zoom on October 18th, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 pm Central Time. Please register here to to attend the meeting.

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New England Chapter Webinar: Determination of Undrained Strength for Contractive Coal Combustion Residuals for Seismic Assessment

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00–2:00 PM, Eastern Time


Cost: Free

The EERI New England Chapter invites you to a free webinar on the evaluation of slope stability for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) impoundments. Such evaluation is becoming increasingly important as multiple failures involving undrained behavior of granular materials have recently occurred. Seismic loading is a load case where undrained behavior can be triggered that causes a rapid increase in mobilized shear stress or a rapid decrease in effective stress if contractive saturated materials are present. This rapid loading can trigger liquefaction within a CCR layer which would require considering the residual shear strength for the CCR material. The speakers will summarize a study to improve understanding of the shear strength of CCR materials, discussing the approaches used to apply best applicable practices to make a reliable determination of peak and residual undrained shear strength of CCR materials, and provide recommendations on improving available methods to determine undrained shear strength of contractive materials.


  • Dr. Seda Gokyer Erbis is a Project Engineer/Assistant Project Manager for Geocomp Corporation—Massachusetts Consulting Group.
  • Ryan Lavorati is a Project Engineer at Geocomp Corporation—Massachusetts Consulting Group.
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Subscribing Member Spotlight

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.

Rutherford + Chekene

Rutherford ChekeneEstablished in 1960, Rutherford + Chekene provides new design, advanced structural analysis, seismic evaluations and retrofits, peer review and plan review, and full geotechnical services. R+C provides services in multiple sectors, including healthcare, higher education, corporate, research and development, art and education, and technology.

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Optimum Seismic Webinar: Earthquake Threats in California

optimum webinar jpgOptimum Seismic’s next The Resilience Advantage webinar focuses on "Earthquake Threats in California"—from San Diego to Eureka and from the Pacific to the eastern border. The webinar will feature Christine Goulet, Executive Director of Applied Science at the Southern California Earthquake Center, Laurie Schoeman, Affordable Housing/Resiliency Expert at Enterprise Community Partners, and Roderick Scott, CFM, Board Chair, Flood Mitigation Industry Association, and Ross Stein, CEO and co-founder of Temblor, Inc. discussing the risks facing all Californians and ways to become more resilient before the next major quake strikes.

The webinar will take place on October 20, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time. Register here to participate.

HayWired Volume 3 Rollout on International Shakeout Day

haywiredOn October 21, 2021, the anniversary of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake and International ShakeOut Day, the multi-hazard, multi-year, multi-volume USGS HayWired Scenario Project (which anticipates the impacts of a hypothetical but scientifically plausible magnitude-7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault) will release its third and final volume.

After the ShakeOut drill, Joint Venture Silicon Valley will host an online HayWired Volume 3 launch event featuring highlights and reflections on the Volume 3 chapters, lightning presentations by graduate students researching the Hayward fault earthquakes, and discussions on diversifying communication of the HayWired scenario. USGS partners the Earthquake Country Alliance and California Resilience Alliance will also present The HayWired Exercise Toolkit, which provides business, nonprofit, and local government users with the opportunity to use the scenario for their own exercises, and a virtual networking event will follow.

Register here for the event, which runs from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM PT on October 21.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Tenure-Track Job in Geoscience

The Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in lithospheric and/or near-surface seismology at the Assistant Professor level. The successful applicant will contribute to the research, teaching, and service mission of the Department of Geoscience. They will develop a vibrant, internationally recognized and externally funded research program. They will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor students, and participate in professional, public, and university service. For more information about the position and how to apply, view the job posting here.

Stanford Data Science and Engineering Tenure-Track Job

Stanford Data Science and the School of Engineering at Stanford University invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor or untenured associate professor level in the School of Engineering. The primary departmental home of the appointee will be in one of the departments in the School of Engineering. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute creatively and in depth to data science through research, teaching, and student mentorship. Candidates engaged in all aspects of data science with applications in one or more engineering disciplines are welcome. View the job posting here for more details and information on how to apply.

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