News of the Institute
Presentation slides and papers from the Eleventh National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE) are now available for viewing online! EERI extends gratitude to the many authors and speakers who have allowed us to share their work.
Instructions for downloading papers & presentations:
1. Visit 11ncee.org/program
2. Click the downward arrow to the far right of the title bar.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the description to find the links: "download presentation" &/or "download paper"
Please submit nominations for the 2018 Shah Family Innovation Prize online by October 1, 2018.
Do you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? EERI members are encouraged to nominate candidates from government, private firms, academia, and the international community for the 2018 Shah Family Innovation Prize. The Shah Family Innovation Prize was created with a substantial gift to the EERI Endowment Fund by the Haresh C. Shah family of Stanford, California. 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. EERI membership is not required for either the nominator or candidate, although it is strongly encouraged. Candidates must be less than 35 years of age on January 1, 2019.
For more information about the required nomination package including selection criteria, please click here.
To access the nomination form click here.
EERI extends its appreciation to the Shah Family Innovation Prize Selection Committee: Emily So, University of Cambridge (Chair); Jack Baker, Stanford University; Charles Menun, Consultant; Glenn Rix, Geosyntec Consultants.
Photo: 2017 Shah Prize recipient Vitor Silva (M.EERI,2014) speaks at the 2018 EERI Annual Meeting awards ceremony.
Photo Credit: Marshall Lew (M.EERI,1978), EERI Honorary Member.
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Learning From Earthquakes
Lessons Learnt from Sar-Pol-Zahab (Kermanshah) Earthquake of November 12, 2017: Disaster Management Aspects
By Kambod Amini Hosseini, Babak Mansouri, and Yasamin O. Izadkhah
A strong earthquake (ML=7.3) occurred on November 12, 2017, at 9:48 p.m. in the border region between Iraq and Iran, a well-known active seismic zone in Iran. One foreshock struck the area few minutes before the event measuring ML=4.6 resulted in many people abandoning their homes and setting up tents away from built-up areas. Around 1,200 aftershock was also recorded up to four weeks after the event. The earthquake claimed around 620 lives with a further 7,000 injured, and partially destroyed or damaged many rural and urban areas in the Ezgeleh and Sar-Pol-Zahab regions. At least eight cities including Ghasr Shirin, Ezgeleh, Salaas Babajaani, Gilan Gharb, Sar-pol Zahab, Dalahou, Eslamabad Gharb and Javaanrood and few hundred of villages were affected by this earthquake. The most important lessons for the improvement of preparedness and emergency response are listed in the report.
To read the full report from the Iran International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES), please click here.
Societal Issues in Urban Earthquake Disasters: Lessons of the 2018 Osaka Earthquake
By Shingo Nagamatsu, James Goltz (M.EERI,1994), and Anna Matsukawa
This report summarizes some societal issues that have been raised by the occurrence of the Mw 5.5 (Mj 6.1) earthquake in Osaka that occurred on June 18, 2018. The earthquake hit one of the most populous areas in Japan, on a Monday morning at 7:58 am, a time when many people were on the way to work or school. The epicenter of the earthquake was just beneath the boundary between Takatsuki and Ibaraki cities whose populations are approximately 351,800 and 280,000 respectively. The highest seismic intensity was 6 Lower on Japanese seven-point shaking intensity scale, the third highest category in the scale, and was observed in several areas including Kita ward of Osaka city, Takatsuki city, Hirakata-city, Ibaraki-city, and Minoo-city. Osaka prefecture has long been regarded as one of the areas with a high probability of earthquake occurrence. This earthquake has provided a number of lessons discussed in the report.
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EERI Student News
The EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) held its annual retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area on September 5-7, 2018. EERI SLC outgoing Co-Presidents Yolanda Lin (M.EERI,2013), Cornell University, and Daniela Martinez (M.EERI,2015), UC Berkeley, led meetings at the EERI office in Oakland, California.
SLC members and alumni, representing 11 universities, and members of the EERI staff were in attendance (pictured above). The Council reviewed the past year’s activities, including the successes and challenges of the EERI Seismic Design Competition in Los Angeles, California (June 2018), held elections, and kicked-off planning for the fast approaching 2019 Seismic Design Competition.
The SLC thanks Computers and Structures, Inc., (CSI) an EERI Diamond-level Subscribing Member, for its generous support of the annual SLC retreat and year-round activities. CSI also held a fabulous reception for the SLC members, hosted by CSI President and CEO, Ashraf Habibullah (M. EERI, 1999).
The SLC Election Results for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are:
- Co-Presidents: Cristina Iordache, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and Shannon Spiers, Stanford University;
- Secretary: Preetish Kakoty, University of British Columbia;
- Treasurer: Mohsen Maniat, University of Memphis;
- SDC Chairs: Tyler Oathes, UC Davis (Lead); Jorge Archbold, UC Berkeley; Polly Murray, University of Colorado, Boulder; Sara Beth Cebry, Cornell University; and Elvin Viloria, University of Colorado, Boulder;
- Shake Table Operator: Juan Meriles, UC Berkeley;
- Outreach Chairs: Daniela Martinez, UC Berkeley and Pouria Kourehpaz, UC Davis;
- PERW Chairs: Enrique Rubio-Delgado, Iowa State University and Kanchan Devkota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
- EERI Liaison/SESI Chair: Melissa Preciado, Portland State University; and
- Webmaster: Nima Nazemi, University of Memphis.
EERI extends appreciation to the outgoing SLC members: Co-President Yolanda Lin, Secretary Maha Kenawy, Treasurer Ryan Whelchel, Lead SDC Chair Trevor Carey, SDC Chair Ángel Pérez-Irizarry, Outreach Chairs Jacob Eull and Samantha Grey, PERW Chairs Kristen Hess and Yi Tyan Tsai, and general members Catherine Lambert and Joseph Colletti.
Applications are now being accepted for the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program.
EERI Student Chapters are encouraged to complete an application form online to request a visit from a Friedman Family Visiting Professional. Student Chapters are invited to choose from a list of 16 expert EERI professionals that span disciplines including Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Seismology, Emergency Management, Public Policy, Risk Analysis, Lifelines, and Industrial Facilities.
To view the list of professionals participating in 2018-2019, please click here.
To access the Application Form, please click here.
Review of Student Chapter requests will begin on October 22, 2018, and continue on a rolling basis until all travel funds are awarded. All chapters are encouraged to apply before this date for the best chance of selection. Depending on funding availability, approximately six to ten trips will be funded for visits from January through May 2019. For more information about the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals program please visit the webpage.
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The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is pleased to announce the availability of two Graduate Fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year to support full-time students in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation. The one-year fellowship, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.
The EERI/FEMA NEHRP fellowship provides a stipend of $12,000 that can be used for tuition, fees, research expenses, and the required attendance and participation at the 2019 EERI Annual Meeting, March 5-8, 2018, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university and must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. All applications must include an academic transcript and a statement of educational and career goals. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with active involvement in EERI. All application materials must be submitted electronically to EERI, including a letter of nomination from a faculty sponsor at the student’s institution and two additional reference letters. Letters should evaluate the applicant’s recent academic performance, document the applicant's research accomplishments, and assess the candidate’s potential to contribute to the field.
Submit applications online by October 1, 2018. Please use this form.
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The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its Annual Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. The purpose of the competition is to promote active involvement of students in earthquake engineering and the earthquake hazards research community.
The general rules of the contest are as follows:
1. The paper must be directly related to earthquake engineering or earthquake hazard reduction.
2. The paper or extended abstract must not exceed four (4) pages in length inclusive of all figures, tables, photographs, appendices, and list of references. Exception: final papers from other programs, such as REU's, that are longer than 4 pages will also be accepted.
3. The paper must be authored by the student alone. In addition, a faculty member or other advisor can provide feedback before submission of the paper but may not co-author the paper. The advisor’s name should be included in the “acknowledgements” section of the paper.
4. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university and must be U.S. residents.
5. A registration grant for the EERI Annual Meeting will be made available to the winning author, in addition to a small travel stipend, as long as funds are available.
Apply: Submit applications online by October 1, 2018. Please use this form.
Please note that the Graduate Student Paper Competition has changed. EERI is no longer accepting submissions for the Graduate Category. Please visit the EERI website for details.
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Registration is Now Open!
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Location: The California State Lottery Headquarters, 700 North 10th Street, Sacramento
The California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) in the California Geological Survey (CGS) of the Department of Conservation established a Data Interpretation Project in 1989. Each year CSMIP funds several data interpretation projects for the analysis and utilization of strong-motion data. The objectives of the Data Interpretation Project are to further the understanding of strong ground shaking and the response of structures, to increase the utilization of strong-motion data in post-earthquake response, and to improve seismic design code provisions and design practices.
As part of the Data Interpretation Project, CSMIP holds annual seminars to transfer recent research findings on strong-motion data to practicing seismic design professionals, earth scientists and earthquake response personnel. The purpose of the annual seminar is to provide information that will be useful in seismic design practice, post-earthquake response, and the improvement of seismic design codes and practices.
This year’s seminar will include presentations on strong ground motions from earthquakes with multiple faults, basin effects in ergodic site response, building code accidental torsional provisions, building soil-structure interaction mechanisms, earthquake-induced earth dam deformations, seismic response of bridge-ground systems, building damage detection using cumulative absolute velocity, and instrumentation of two new super tall buildings in California. For more information and to register for the seminar please click here.
Abstract submission deadline: EXTENDED to October 10, 2018
Submit an abstract online (250 to 450 words)
The 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure (ICONHIC2019) will be held on June 23-26, 2019 in Chania, Greece. New speakers have recently been announced including EERI Past-President Mary Comerio (M.EERI,1988) and Director Judith Mitrani-Reiser (M.EERI,2001). Plenary Lecture to be delivered by ASCE President-elect Robin Kemper.
For more information please visit the conference website.
The Fourth International Workshop on Seismic Performance of Non-Structural Elements (SPONSE) will take place in Pavia (Italy) on the 22th and 23rd May, 2019. The Workshop is organized under the auspices of the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE), the School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia and the SPONSE Association. This event, which will take place in the Romanesque Church of St. Giacomo and Filippo of the of the CAR College in Pavia, will be a special opportunity to share experiences and to discuss about the actual state of knowledge related to the seismic performance of non-structural elements. The SPONSE Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to attend the Fifth International Nigel Priestley Seminar, which will also be held in Pavia on the 23rd and 24th of May 2019.
The deadline for Abstract Submission is November 30, 2018
Registration begins January 2019
For more information please visit the conference website.
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CoreBrace, LLC, (EERI Bronze Level Subscribing Member), the industry leading Buckling Restrained Brace manufacturer, is seeking highly driven individuals to join our growing team. CoreBrace is involved in exciting projects throughout the world and we are looking to strategically fill Project Engineering and Project Management positions. The successful candidates for these opportunities will be outgoing and self-motivated, ready to join a dynamic professional workplace. CoreBrace offers a competitive compensation package in addition to a great working environment and multiple professional development and networking opportunities. We are looking for team players that will be able to work effectively with a diverse group of clientele.
CoreBrace is an equal opportunity employer and all inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Executive Director.
WSSPC is a federally funded nonprofit consortium comprising 13 states, 3 U.S. territories 1 Canadian territory and 1 Canadian province. It seeks to promote regional cooperation and interaction between members and the public in the formation of, and advocacy for, seismic policy.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of WSSPC. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include grant writing, conference planning, and public outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
To see the full job description, with detailed responsibilities and professional qualifications, please click here.
Deadline for application is October 15, 2018, and interviews will be conducted November 15-16, 2018 in Sacramento, California.
To apply, please provide a letter of interest and resume to WSSPC, 801 K Street, Suite 1236, Sacramento, CA 95814.
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Younger Members News
The EERI Younger Members Committee (YMC) seeks early-career professionals/faculty as well as current graduate students interested in earthquake advocacy and risk mitigation to join. The committee focuses on providing professional development and networking opportunities within EERI for its members, which include:
- Contributing to earthquake clearinghouses through the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT) chaired by Erica Fischer (M. EERI, 2010) and Manny Hakhamaneshi (M. EERI, 2009);
- Coordinating the EERI Annual Meeting “Meet the EERI Leaders” event and collaborating with the EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) to support tours and judging activities associated with the Seismic Design Competition;
- Organizing EERI webinars on technical and professional topics for younger members;
- Participating on other EERI programs, committees, and projects; and
Developing activities at the local/national levels to promote younger member engagement.
Welcome New Members
Mohammed Chowdhury, University of Chittagong, Structural, Bangladesh
Javier Rafael Jimenez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil, Dominican Republic
Deepa Balakrishnan, Cochin University of Science & Technology, India
Debbie Sommer, Rutherford + Chekene
Ahmed Abdelhady, University of Michigan, Structural
Haidy Ahmed, Ain Shams University, Architect
Ahmed Ali, Ain Shams University, Structural
Amr Amer, Ain Shams University, Structural
Karen Angeles, Notre Dame University, Civil
Amr Fayed, Ain Shams University, Structural
Virgilio Dominguez Maldonado, SUNY Buffalo, Structural
Francisco Humire Guarachi, UC Davis, Geotechnical
Monica Jambu, University of Michigan, Civil
Hongjie Li, University of Notre Dame, Civil
Nihal Mounir, Ain Shams University, Architect
Ahmed Okka, Ain Shams University, Structural
Heidy Pichardo, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Patrick Pimentel Rodriguez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Ma Ariane Quizon, CSU Northridge, Civil
Enrique Rubio Delgado, Iowa State Univeristy, Structural
Muhammad Khalid Saifullah, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Structural
Nayera Sakr, Ain Shams University, Structural
Manuel Saleta, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Arthriya Suksuwan, University of Michigan, Structural
Nayib Wessin Hazim, CONARTE, Civil
News of the Profession
Six (6) recent articles, stories, opinions, or reports from around the web.
Plate Tectonics Observatory to Create Seismic Shift in Earthquake Research (Horizon:The EU Research & Innovation Magazine) A new initiative called the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) is set to launch in 2020. At the moment, findings on solid Earth science at a European scale are scattered among a mosaic of hundreds of research organisations. Read more
Fearing Massive Earthquake, California Considers Requiring Lists of Buildings Most Likely to Collapse (Los Angeles Times) Structural engineers and seismic experts can drive along a street and quickly identify at least some buildings most vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake. But it’s harder for the average person to do this analysis, and some have long argued that the public should know the potential risks. Read more
1,600 Still in Shelters One Week After Deadly Earthquake in Northern Japan (Japan Times) In Hokkaido, “We’ve been putting top priority on saving people’s lives but from now, we should work toward rebuilding so residents can lead a normal life soon,” Read More
Indonesia Earthquake: How Scrap Tyres Could Stop Buildings Collapsing (The Conversation) In Lombok, as in Nepal in 2015, many deaths were caused by the widespread collapse of local rickety houses incapable of withstanding the numerous aftershocks. More generally, low quality buildings and inadequate town planning are the two main reasons why seismic events are more destructive in developing countries. Read more
California Bill (AB 2681) to Create a Public Inventory of Collapse-Risk Buildings is Awaiting Gov. Brown’s Signature (Temblor) If Gov. Brown signs it, the bill introduced by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian of California’s 46th District, would become law on January 1, 2019. Read more
UAE Buildings Still at Risk from Earthquakes, Warns Scientist (The National) NYU Abu Dhabi Professor Tarek Abdoun (M.EERI,2005), a civil engineer, leads research into the dangers of soil liquefaction. Much of his work offers lessons for the Gulf, especially as many buildings in cities such as Dubai are built on reclaimed land which is more likely to behave in a hazardous way during an earthquake. Read more
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