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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.

Member Spotlight

Haruo Hayashi Recipient of Prime Minister’s 2013 Award

Haruo Hayashi (M. EERI, 1997) was a recipient of the "Prime Minister's Commendation to Contributors for Disaster Prevention for FY2013" in September 2013. This high-level recognition is in acknowledgement of Dr. Hayashi’s intellectual and professional leadership in disaster management science.

Haruo HayashiDr. Hayashi’s research on disaster management is widely published. The general focus of his work is on societal and human reactions to disasters, risk communication and education, information systems in disaster management, standardization of emergency operations, and multi-hazard risk assessment.

A long-time member of EERI, Dr. Hayashi has served as organizer of an ongoing series of joint international workshops on earthquake and other urban disaster reduction issues. Hayashi has received international recognition for the relevance of his work to the challenge of building more resilient societies around the globe.

Dr. Hayashi holds the position of Professor at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics. He also belongs to the Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems (DRS) at Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) external link icon where he has taught since 1994. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Waseda University, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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News of the Institute

Visit the EERI Booth at the AGU Fall Meeting

Join us at the EERI booth (space 741) at this year's AGU Fall Meeting at the Moscone Center (Hall D) in San Francisco, California, December 10–13, 2013.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) logoThe Institute invites EERI members who will attend the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting to stop by the EERI booth and connect with old and new colleagues. The EERI booth will feature a game, best-selling monographs, special and themed issues of Earthquake Spectra, and other resources. EERI staff will be on hand to provide meeting participants with information about the Institute.

The EERI booth is open: Tuesday to Thursday, Dec. 10-12, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

10NCEE Updates: Papers, Student Activities, and Registration Info

The Tenth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE) external link icon program committee has received nearly 800 papers from potential authors and presenters. Authors will receive review comments and confirmation of acceptance of their papers by February 1, 2014. Final revised papers will be due by March 15, 2014. Final submission of the paper must be accompanied by payment of the full conference registration fee for the presenting author.

10NCEE websiteThe Student Leadership Committee (SLC) is proud to announce that 38 undergraduate-university teams have pre-registered for the 2014 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, which sets a new record. For more information about official rules and other guidelines, visit external link icon.

Conference registration for 10NCEE will begin in early 2014. As the new year approaches, visit the 10NCEE website for the latest updates at external link icon.

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Partner Spotlight

NEES at UC San Diego Wins Popular Science Award

The biggest outdoor shake table in the world has received a Best of What's New award from Popular Science, the world's largest science and technology magazine. The project is featured in the magazine's December issue, now on newsstands.

NEES@UCSD's shake table, housed at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center in Scripps Ranch, CaliforniaThe Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table can handle structures weighing up to 2,200 tons without height restrictions. The table's powerful hydraulic actuators can move at up to 6 feet per second, creating realistic simulations of the most devastating earthquakes ever recorded.

UC San Diego's shake table, housed at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center in Scripps Ranch, California, has been used to test everything from wind turbines to masonry, wood-frame and precast concrete buildings, as well as non-structural building elements such as stairs, elevators and even hospital equipment.

The table is part of the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation external link icon , or NEES, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Purdue University. NEES has 14 such earthquake simulation sites across the country.

"The NEES-UCSD shake table is a unique and very important tool for knowledge discovery in earthquake hazard mitigation," said Joel Conte, a structural engineering professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and one of the co-principal investigators for the shake table.

The 25-by-40-foot table is the largest in the United States and is used by researchers from around the nation.

"The research findings will have a profound impact on the seismic resilience of the built environment worldwide," said José Restrepo (M. EERI, 1997), also a UC San Diego professor in the Department of Structural Engineering and co-PI.

For the more information about the award, visit the NEES website external link icon .

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

Preprint manuscripts are posted on the Earthquake Spectra website prior to their formal publication. The list of new preprint manuscripts, including authors, follows:

  • Earthquake Spectra"Seismic Site Factors and Design Response Spectra Based on Conditions in Charleston, South Carolina" by Shimelies A. Aboye, Ronald D. Andrus (M. EERI, 1989), Nadarajah Ravichandran, Ariful H. Bhuiyan, and Nicholas Harman

  • "Effect of Ground Motion Characteristics on Seismic Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction" by Majid Ghayoomi and Shideh Dashti (M. EERI, 2009)

To read the preprint manuscripts or browse the complete list of preprint manuscripts since its inception this summer, visit the Earthquake Spectra website at

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Renew Your EERI Membership for 2014

In late November, all EERI members (except student and honorary members) were sent via email the second membership renewal notice for 2014. The personalized email message provided a link to their personal renewal page showing contact information with options for selecting chapter membership and making a voluntary contribution to the EERI Endowment Fund.

Renew Your EERI Membership TodayIf you did not receive this message, please e-mail Membership Coordinator Juliane Lane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and she will resend the message with your personal link.

In addition, a paper renewal notice was also sent to EERI members (except student and honorary members) via postal mail in mid November.

We hope you will continue to support EERI and renew your membership for 2014. Together, we can reduce earthquake risk for our communities.

Remember EERI Before the Tax Year Ends

This December, reduce your April tax burden by making a donation to the EERI Endowment Fund. The generosity of EERI members has allowed the Institute to create many valuable programs since the Endowment’s inception in 1994. Your gift will enable EERI to build on this substantial foundation by supporting innovative projects, independent of government funding, which will advance the field of earthquake engineering as well as benefit you, our members.

You may choose to donate to one of EERI’s many important programs, like Learning from Earthquakes or the World Housing Encyclopedia, or to the general endowment to support exciting new initiatives in the new year.

The 2014 dues statement (renewal notice) has a line to make a donation.

To donate online, click on the “Donate” button on the top right of the  homepage.

Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006, members aged 70.5 years and older may make donations from IRAs without claiming the distributions as income. Please consider discussing this opportunity to support the EERI Endowment with your tax advisor.

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  1. Open Google Calendar
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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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