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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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Renew your membership: Connect, learn, and lead with us

Renew your EERI membership today!

Renewal season is here, and we hope that you’ve found your EERI membership valuable this year. With your EERI membership, you’ll gain opportunities to build community and connections, expand your knowledge of the earthquake risk reduction field, and grow your leadership skills. We hope you take a moment to renew your membership for 2020, so that we can do more (and even better!) together in the years ahead. 

Just in this past year alone, your membership has enabled us to accomplish so much, including:

  1. Learning from Earthquakes program’s agile response following the M7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake, establishing physical and virtual clearinghouses to share learnings, including a follow-up webinar reaching nearly 500 people
  2. Opportunities for learning and making multidisciplinary connections at the EERI Annual Meeting in Vancouver, M7.1 Anchorage earthquake symposium, NGA-East seminar, special events coordinated by our regional chapters, and more. And planning for the joint 2020 EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference in San Diego!
  3. The publication of three issues of Earthquake Spectra, full of innovative research and practical applications in the field, with two more issues in the works including a special one on the 2017 Puebla-Morelos earthquake
  4. A new and improved publishing partnership with SAGE to enhance your experience with our premier journal, both as a reader and author
  5. The second Learning from Earthquakes travel study program in New Zealand, enabling more than two dozen emerging leaders to gain a deeper understanding of recovery
  6. The release of a new white paper on functional recovery, leading the field and offering an important framework for practitioners, researchers, and academics.

We have more in store for you in 2020, including a growing portfolio of seminars, webinars, and other professional development opportunities. If there’s anything that we can do to enhance your membership experience, drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please take a moment to renew your membership and remain a part of our passionate and dedicated community. It couldn’t be easier - just click here to renew! 

Register today for the EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference!

Register for the EERI Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 72nd EERI Annual Meeting and the National Earthquake Conference (NEC2020), March 2-6, 2020 in San Diego, California — register today to take advantage of our early-bird rate! Join hundreds of your colleagues — multidisciplinary professionals, leaders, and experts — at one of the premier earthquake risk reduction conferences.

The dynamic agenda will feature the first public release of results from a new earthquake scenario and risk study for the San Diego-Tijuana region. Developed by experts over the last five years, the scenario will showcase the impacts and consequences of a potential M6.9 earthquake on the Rose Canyon. The program highlights will include findings from the M7.1 Anchorage earthquake, the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence, as well as the popular Seismic Design Competition (SDC) featuring structural designs by hundreds of students from universities around the globe.

For hotel, registration, schedule, and sponsorship information, please visit

A warm welcome to Simone Nageon de Lestang, new EERI Program Coordinator

EERI is pleased to welcome Simone Nageon de Lestang as our new Program Coordinator! Simone will be supporting the efforts of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, Student Leadership Council and Seismic Design Competition, Younger Members Committee, and the Learning from Earthquakes Program.  

Prior to joining EERI, Simone worked in public and private sector positions in the fields of hazard mitigation, urban planning, and natural resource conservation. Most recently, Simone worked as a consultant representing local and state governments in floodplain management, disaster recovery, grants management, and climate resilience initiatives. Notably, she managed a $343 Million block grant for agricultural disaster recovery and served as the state on-site liaison for the first-ever FEMA Coordinated Place-Based Recovery Support Initiative for Hurricane Irma on behalf of the State of Florida. 

Simone holds a master’s degree from Florida State University in Urban and Regional Planning and a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. In her free time, Simone enjoys exploring the California coastlines, surfing very small waves, gardening, and volunteering for local habitat restoration efforts. 

Simone is excited about the opportunity to join the EERI community and bring her experience in implementing flood mitigation initiatives to the world of earthquakes!


Why do you choose to belong to EERI? Perhaps you’ve investigated an earthquake with us, attended a webinar, read a reconnaissance report, read a Pulse newsletter, engaged with us on social media, participated in a clearinghouse, or accessed another EERI resource. Throughout the fall (on Pulse and our social media platforms) we'll be sharing short testimonials and pictures from members about why they choose to belong to EERI. And we want to hear from you! Please send a few lines to Van Nguyen, EERI Membership and Communications Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing your story!

Hear what some of your colleagues have to say:

“I belong to EERI because it is the best geoscience organization for connecting disciplines. I get to share with and learn from geologists, seismologists, structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, emergency responders, and community planners. No other organization brings all these people together so effectively.” — Jennifer Thornburg (M.EERI,2006)

“EERI is a unique community of multi-disciplinary professionals working towards a common goal. Nowhere else have I felt such a sense of mission and selfless contribution among engineers. Year after year, EERI sustains and improves valuable programs and initiatives.” — Benjamin Kosbab (M.EERI,2006)

Don't forget to vote: 2020 EERI board of directors elections

Don't forget to cast your vote for the 2020 EERI Board of Directors election! You can view the candidate bios and vision statements hereThe election will close on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm PT. Please check your email for your secure ballot.



David Cocke, President, Structural Focus, Gardena, CA (M.EERI,1992)


Jonathan P. Stewart, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (M. EERI,1994)
Zia Zafir, Vice President for Earthquake Engineering, Kleinfelder, Sacramento, CA (M.EERI,2001)


Cale Ash, Office Director and Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Seattle, WA (M.EERI,2003)
Terri Norton, Associate Dean of Students & Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (M.EERI,2004)

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EERI Awards

Application open for the EERI Younger Member Award

YMA2019v2The Annual EERI Younger Member Award application is now open. Apply today!

The EERI Honors Committee is now accepting applications from younger members who would like to be considered for the annual EERI Younger Member Award (YMA).

The EERI Younger Member Award is awarded to recognize early-career members of the Institute 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.

The application deadline is November 17 at 11:59 pm PT. Click here to apply online. Results will be announced in early 2020. To read more about this award click here.

The recipient of this prestigious award will be recognized during the 2020 EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference in San Diego, California, March 4-6, 2020. The award recipient will be reimbursed for the cost of traveling to and attending the meeting.

Photo: Last year's YMA recipient Xin Ma (M.EERI,2016) with EERI Executive Director Heidi Tremayne (M.EERI,2004) and EERI President Laurie Johnson (M.EERI,1990).

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Housner Fellows Program

Applications open for the Housner Fellows Program

Housner Fellows

EERI is seeking exemplary early to mid-career professionals who are committed to earthquake risk mitigation for the Housner Fellows Program, Class of 2020. Fellows will participate in a Leadership Institute and develop a group project that makes a real impact in the field. 

Professionals from all disciplines are encouraged to apply! The deadline to submit your application is Friday, December 6. Learn more about the Housner Fellows Program here

Housner 2017 cohort Mexico

Photo: the 2017 Housner Fellows cohort, along with EERI Board Member, Dr. Lucy Arendt, on a week-long trip to Mexico engaging in visits, tours, and observations.

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Member Spotlight

Anil Chopra awarded the 2018 Nigel Priestley International Prize

Anil Chopra, Prof. Emeritus at UC BerkeleyAnil Chopra (M.EERI,1973), Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, has been honored by the Rose School at the University of Pavia, Italy with the 2018 Nigel Priestley International Prize. The award honors "individuals for creativity, innovation, research, and professional achievements and excellence in education in the field of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology." Professor Chopra was the unanimous choice by the prize's selection committee. Click here to read more.

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Apply now for the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program

EERI is pleased to announce the launch of the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Generously funded by the Friedman family, the program matches professionals with host institutions, usually 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 20 visiting professionals. EERI Student Chapters must complete the application form here for a visit from a Friedman Family Visiting Professional. The application deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019. All chapters are encouraged to apply!

Review of Student Chapter requests will begin after the application closes. Universities will be notified of their match in mid-November. Depending on funding availability, approximately 20-25 trips will be funded for visits from January through May 2020. Learn more information about the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals program.

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

Be sure to take a look at the latest preprint manuscripts from Earthquake Spectra! These preprints will be the last set published on our current website before we transition to SAGE. Please note that all of these articles have new DOI numbers and are part of the February 2020 issue.

All new submissions can be made here:

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  3. Enter the EERI calendar's address in the field provided. EERI Calendar ics link
  4. Click Add Calendar. The calendar will appear on the left side under "Other calendars."

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