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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: Access Papers and Complete the Conference Evaluation

cropped photo of 12ncee sponsor signThe proceedings of the 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering will be published in the EERI Digital Library in the near future. EERI will share an announcement in Pulse and on the website once the conference papers have been made available to the public. In the meantime, 12NCEE attendees have early access to all papers via the Attendee Portal.

If you attended the conference and have yet to complete the overall conference evaluation and claim your Professional Development Hours (PDHs), please do so before August 26, 2022! The evaluation is also found in the Attendee Portal, and PDHs will become available upon completion. To access the attendee portal, check for a final reminder email with your accessed personalized link sent on July 21, 2022. Thank you again for joining us in Salt Lake City this summer and making 12NCEE such a success!

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Regional Chapters

4th Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series On Earthquake Engineering

EERI's San Diego Regional Chapter and the UCSD Student Chapter will hold the 4th Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series on Earthquake Engineering from September 1-2, 2022 at the University of California, San Diego. The colloquium series will take place both in-person and virtually via Zoom. Register before August 12 for early-bird rates; the price of all registration categories will increase by $20 after that date.

Artificial Intelligence Applications in Earthquake Engineering

Thursday, September 1, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM Pacific Time

Artificial intelligence is rapidly developing, enhancing the role of data science in many disciplines including earthquake engineering. Applications of artificial intelligence are currently present in many aspects of our daily lives (e.g. automated driving cars, finding directions between two locations, facial recognition, e-commerce and marketing, healthcare, gaming, hiring processes, etc). When big data or data analytics is involved, like in many aspects of earthquake engineering, artificial intelligence emerges as the efficient response. This symposium will present and discuss current applications of artificial intelligence in different aspects of earthquake engineering and related disciplines.

Speakers include: Prof. Krishna Kumar; Prof. Adrian Rodriguez-Marek; Prof. Scott Brandenberg; Prof. Karianne Bergen; Dr. Qingkai Kong; Dr. Youzuo Lin; Prof. Youssef Hashash and Okan Ilhan; Prof. Jorge Macedo; Prof. Hiroyuki Miura; Prof. Jamie Padgett and R. Rincon; Rodrigo Silva-Lopez and Prof. Jack Baker; and Aidin Tamhidi and Prof. Yousef Bozorgnia.

For more information on the program, visit the event post on the San Diego chapter website here.

Impact of Climate Change on Community Earthquake Resilience

Friday, September 2, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM Pacific Time

Human-induced climate change is becoming a global climate crisis. Natural hazards are increasing in frequency and intensity. New challenges are arising to earthquake professionals. Issues such as sea level rise, heavy rainfalls, and wildfires are making communities more seismically vulnerable. What are these new challenges in terms of community earthquake mitigation and resilience? How is the occurrence of earthquakes on top of natural hazards exacerbated by human-induced climate change affecting community earthquake resilience? What and how may earthquake professionals contribute to solve this global climate crisis? A global problem demands a global solution; what are the next steps in this direction? These and other questions will be discussed and addressed to provide some information and guidance about community earthquake resilience, the roles of earthquake professionals, and what other professionals are doing addressing other natural hazards directly affected by the global climate crisis.

Speakers include Prof. Daniel Armanios; Prof. Susan Cutter; Dr. Sahar Derakhshan; Prof. Negar Elhami-Khorasani; Dr. Alex Grant; Prof. Hussam Mahmoud; Dr. Therese McAllister; Vance Taylor; Prof. Benjamin Zaitchik; Prof. Adam Rose; Steve Moddemeyer; Dr. Kit Miyamoto and Dr. Amir Gilani.

For more information on the program, visit the event post on the San Diego chapter website here.

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The EERI Student Leadership Council is Recruiting New Members

Are you a graduate student interested in earthquake safety? Do you like working in a fun team environment with other engaged graduate students? We are very excited to build our EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) for 2022-2023, and we are looking for you! As a member of the Student Leadership Council you will have the opportunity to build your leadership skills while planning and running the annual EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. If you are interested in joining the SLC, please complete this form by Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT. We encourage you to forward the form to other interested graduate students. You can learn more about the SLC on the website here.

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Strategic Changes to the Editorial Board

The Earthquake Spectra Editorial Board is pleased to describe some strategic improvements. The role of Editor, currently held by Jack Baker, has been expanded to balance the load with the Editor-in-Chief (currently David Wald). The Editor will now handle roughly half of all submissions, focusing on those most closely aligned with the EIC and Editor’s primary disciplines. Currently, Wald will manage Seismology-related papers, Baker will manage Engineering papers, and they will split other key areas such as social science, geotechnical engineering, reconnaissance, and resilience. Anticipated benefits of this change include faster paper turnaround, better alignment of submissions with Editors' expertise, easier recruitment of future Editors, and freeing the Editor-in-Chief to pursue other important Earthquake Spectra initiatives.

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Second Online Workshop on Overview of Non-ergodic Ground-Motion Models

The Natural Hazards Risk and Resiliency Research Center (NHR3) is organizing a second workshop on the development and applications of Non-ergodic Ground-Motion Models (NGMMs). The workshop will be hosted online on August 22nd from 9:00am–12:00 pm (Pacific Time). The objective of the workshop is to elaborate on methodologies and demonstrate the tools for the development and application of spatially varying NGMMs. The project is supported by the California Department of Transportation and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Participants may register here (free of charge). If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Greg Lavrentiadis at

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure: Call for Abstracts and Papers

The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), a global multistakeholder partnership of national governments and international agencies, is organizing a technical conference and an open access special issue of the journal Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure on the topic of “Adaptive Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure.” 

Technical Conference: Call for Abstracts

  • Dates: October 12-13, 2022
  • Venue: New Delhi, India
  • Mode: In-person for paper presenters and speakers
  • Publication partner: Taylor & Francis for indexed conference proceedings
  • Last date for abstract submission: August 1, 2022
  • Fee: No registration fee; CDRI may sponsor visa, flight, and accommodation costs of selected authors.
  • View the conference website here for more information

Open Access Special Issue: Call for Papers

The Special Issue on Adaptive Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure aims to identify gaps and highlight solutions for uptake and implementation of adaptive pathways, and foster the resilience of infrastructure systems to disasters and climate change. The issue seeks evidence-based science, policy guidelines, case studies, literature review, and cutting-edge innovative solutions targeted toward policymakers and practitioners. 

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Optimum Seismic is Hiring an Assistant Structural Engineer

Optimum Seismic, Inc, which performs full-service seismic retrofit engineering and construction services on multifamily residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout California, is seeking an Assistant Structural Engineer. Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Producing calculations, structural design and detailing of different types of structures including wood, steel, and reinforced concrete structures.
  • Performing site evaluations and inspections
  • Working closely with construction teams to address design changes due to field conditions and with the sales team to address special design requests from clients
  • Coordinating project design efforts with drafters and other in-house and outsourced engineers
  • Coordinating and complete plan-check and permit processes with cities and building departments
  • Maintaining and improve design quality assurance processes

The candidate should have a degree in civil or structural engineering from an accredited school in the United States. Seismic design experience in California and strong familiarity with wood and steel buildings is preferred. A P.E. is not required. For more information about the position and to apply, view the full job posting and application form here.

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Subscribing Member Spotlight

Haselton Baker Risk Group

Haselton BakerHaselton Baker Risk Group provides methods and software to enable cutting-edge resilient design and risk assessment using advanced building-specific risk assessment technologies, enabling engineers to quickly implement advanced design and assessment methods into practice. Its Seismic Performance Prediction Program (SP3) implements the FEMA P-58 (ATC-58) analysis method, distilling years of research into a user-friendly tool enabling performance-based design methods (and advanced building-specific risk assessments). SP3 supports both new design and advanced building-specific risk assessments.

ABS Group

ABS GroupFor four decades, ABS Group has delivered technical service and expertise across the globe, and our leadership team has helped set the standard for safety and reliability for a wide range of industries. Safety, risk and integrity management are at the core of what ABS Group does. ABS Group began providing non-classification marine technical services in 1971, and its range of services has expanded to support the diverse industrial and government clients that power, fuel and regulate our world. Today, ABS Group provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help our clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of their critical assets and operations.

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Quick Quake Briefing: South Carolina Earthquake Swarm of 2022

Thursday, August 18, 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific Time

The EERI Northern California Regional Chapter is hosting a FREE webinar on the recent earthquake swarm in South Carolina that started in December 2021. South Carolina is experiencing the longest swarm of earthquakes in its recorded history. Over 50 earthquakes have occurred this year. The swarm began Dec. 27, 2021 with a M3.3, with the strongest being a M3.6 on June 29, 2022. These were among the two largest quakes to hit South Carolina in nearly a decade. Fortunately, the intensities of the recent swarm (<M4.0) were such that negligible damage occurred to the built environment. However, the frequent quakes caused anxiety and heightened awareness of seismic risks for many South Carolina citizens. This has led to more attention to the need for earthquake preparedness and emergency response planning.

Two speakers from South Carolina will present at the webinar:

  • Steven Jaume, Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston, will discuss the seismology of South Carolina and details of the recent swarm, including the possible effects of the Wateree River in changing the rock pore-pressure thereby triggering the swarm.
  • Brian Blake, Program Manager, Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), will present an overview of CUSEC and activities in South Carolina on earthquake preparedness and emergency response planning.

The webinar will include time for participants to ask questions of the speakers.

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Member Spotlight

EERI Member Elected to Canadian Academy of Engineering

Dan M. Frangopol (M.EERI 1987) the inaugural Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University, has been elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) as an International Fellow. Prior to the 2022 election, there were a total of 12 International Fellows. The induction ceremony was held on June 27, 2022 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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