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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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New white paper from EERI provides framework for functional recovery

EERI releases white paper on functional recovery

Design for functional recovery is a necessary tool for assessing and improving community resilience. Broadly speaking, design for functional recovery means making two measures of design equally important: safety and recovery time. However, functional recovery concepts and design provisions are still nascent. 

EERI’s new white paper, Functional Recovery: A Conceptual Framework, offers an important first step: an expanded definition and conceptual framework for functional recovery that discusses its application to both buildings and lifeline infrastructure. This paper will inform a new NIST-FEMA working group mandated by recent national legislation and others considering new functional recovery standards and practices, including those involved in the implementation of California Assembly Bill 393, if passed. Click here to view or download the paper.

You can expect to hear more about this at the EERI Annual Meeting and National Earthquake Conference in March 2020. 

We encourage you to read this new white paper and reflect on how we can expand planning, design, and retrofit practices to ensure that buildings and lifeline infrastructure achieve timely restoration of service after future earthquakes. We invite your collaboration in the following ways:

  1. Provide feedback via this form. We welcome all members to share ideas and feedback.
  2. Join the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPA) to develop (a) a policy position statement with recommendations in support of the concepts in this white paper, and (b) possible supplemental background or commentary documents. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest in joining. 


This white paper is in response to new language in the December 2018 reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This language, suggested to Senator Diane Feinstein by EERI’s PPA in 2018 and passed in the final version of the bill, calls for FEMA and NIST to convene experts to recommend “options for improving the built environment and critical infrastructure to reflect performance goals stated in terms of post-earthquake reoccupancy and functional recovery time” (42 U.S.C. § 7705(b); 2018 Senate Bill 176).

With this governmentally-mandated expert committee now launching, EERI’s PPA set about developing a white paper to outline a multidisciplinary perspective that (1) offers some background and definition of functional recovery in the context of community resilience, (2) identifies four key issue areas to be researched, developed, and discussed to clarify and refine this new performance target, and (3) explores how the current state of practice can be applied to future functional recovery goals. 

As a part of the development process, EERI’s Board of Directors felt that it was critical to forge consensus amongst technical experts. Towards this aim, EERI’s PPA collaborated with the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) on this white paper, and SEAOC has endorsed the structural engineering concepts of the paper. EERI plans to work with SEAOC to engage additional technical experts and organizations in the coming months.

Save the date for a special webinar presented by the YMC

Mark your calendar for a special webinar, “Engineering for Earthquake Resilience,” featuring David Bonowitz, S.E. (M.EERI,1994), presented to you by the Younger Members Committee.

Thursday, September 12 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

What is earthquake resilience, and how is this idea influencing earthquake engineering? In brief, resilience-based design shifts the emphasis from the safety of buildings and infrastructure to the recovery of communities. This webinar will consider the implications of this shift and cover differences between resilience and performance-based design, retrofit programs, and other worthwhile efforts.

Stay tuned — webinar link forthcoming!

David BonowitzSPEAKER BIO: David Bonowitz (M.EERI,1994) is a structural engineer practicing in San Francisco. He is a Fellow Member of SEAONC and SEAOC, and past chair of the NCSEA Existing Buildings and Resilience committees. David is an appointed member of the new FEMA-NIST working group on Functional Recovery of the Built Environment and Critical Infrastructure. He is a co-author of “Functional Recovery: A Conceptual Framework,” an EERI white paper, and lead author of “Resilience-based Design and the NEHRP Provisions,” now in review by the NEHRP Provisions Update Committee.

Save the Date: October 10 for the NGA-East Seminar

Please join EERI and partners for a one-day seminar on the Next Generation Attenuation Relationships for Central & Eastern North-America (NGA-East).

When: Thursday, October 10, 9 am - 5 pm ET

Where: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Yousef Bozorgnia, UCLA
  • Christine Goulet, USC
  • Nicolas Kuehn, UCLA
  • Robert Graves, USGS
  • Linda Al Atik, Linda Alatik Consulting

NGA-East is a multi-disciplinary research project coordinated by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) at the University of California, Berkeley. The project involves a large number of participating researchers from various organizations in academia, industry, and government. The project is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

At this seminar geared toward both researchers and practitioners, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the database, methodology, and models of the NGA-East project. You'll be able to conduct improved probabilistic seismic hazard analyses in the Central and Eastern North America (CENA) region. This is especially important for the end-users of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Models, as well as for the entire nuclear power plant industry with about 100 nuclear power plants located in CENA.

Who Should Attend? Nuclear Power Engineers, Geotechnical, Lifeline, and Structural Engineers; Seismologists; Engineering Geologists; Urban Planners; Insurance Professionals; Students; and Risk Modelers.

Stay tuned for registration information.

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In Memory

Remembering Mark Aschheim

Aschheim MarkEERI is saddened to share news that Mark Aschheim (M.EERI,1993) passed away on June 16, 2019. Mark Aschheim, the Peter Canisius S.J. Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering at Santa Clara University, died in his home after a two-year battle with cancer. Mark was a leading scholar in earthquake-resistant design of reinforced concrete buildings and infrastructure and had served on the editorial board of Earthquake Spectra. He will be remembered fondly by those who came in contact with him because of his gentle, kind, and enthusiastic spirit, along with his keen insights in engineering. Read a collection of personal remembrances from Mark's friends and colleagues here.

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Learning from Earthquakes

Call for Posters: M7.1 Anchorage Earthquake Symposium

Save the Date Anchorage Earthquake Symposium

In partnership with the Alaska Earthquake Center, join us September 24-26 in Anchorage for a special symposium on the 2018 M7.1 Anchorage EarthquakeThe deadline for poster abstract submissions is Sunday, August 18. To learn more about the process and submit your abstract, click here. For questions about poster presentations, please contact María Luisa Jiminián from EERI at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are seeking poster abstracts on the following topics:

  • Tectonics, Aftershocks, and Future Hazards
  • Ground Motions – Observed and Predicted
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Building Operations/Recovery
  • Emergency Management & Response
  • Recovery
  • Public Health & Social Impacts
  • Lifelines & Utilities

About the Symposium

The Nov. 30, 2018, M7.1 Anchorage earthquake in Southcentral Alaska was the most impactful earthquake in the U.S. in many years, presenting a major learning opportunity for the U.S. earthquake risk reduction community. At this symposium, you’ll get to connect with others in the field, hear the latest research, and access learning opportunities to stimulate new investigations and collaborations.

Drawing on local and national experts in a wide range of disciplines related to earthquake research and practice, the symposium will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: seismology, geology, ground motion, structural and geotechnical engineering, lifelines, public health, emergency management and response, tsunami monitoring and modeling, school safety, and public policy.

Learn more about the symposium here, including registration information, agenda, and logistics.

PS: Early-bird pricing ends August 31, so make sure to reserve your seat now!

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Regional Chapter News

Less than a week away: Register for the San Diego Chapter's Ishihara Colloquium

With less than a week away, make sure you register for EERI San Diego Regional Chapter's Kenji Ishihara Colloquium! Reserve your seat today.

Short course on USGS Software Tools, August 21: Drs. Nicolas Luco, Peter Powers, and Jorge Meneses (M.EERI,2006) will present on various USGS web-based interactive tools available for site-specific ground motion hazard analysis. 

The second Kenji Ishihara Colloquium, August 22-23: With a theme of “Seismic Lateral Displacements,” this year’s event includes an extraordinary lineup of geotechnical and structural engineering speakers from USA, Japan, and Chile. We’ve confirmed several prestigious speakers and will continue to add others. Click here for a list of speakers, their bios, and abstracts. At the colloquium, we’ll also honor the lifetime contributions and achievements of Prof. T. Leslie Youd, Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University with a gala dinner on August 22.

Events sponsored by:

201908 SD Event Sponsorsv2California Geological Survey

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ICYMI: Earthquake Spectra – August 2019 (Vol. 35 Issue 3) just released

2019 August SpectraThe August 2019 issue of Earthquake Spectra (Vol. 35 Issue 3) is now available online. For those who have opted in, you should be receiving print copies of the new issue this week. You may order additional copies, as well as past issues from the EERI Knowledge Center & Online Store. Some highlights of this issue include:

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Welcome new EERI members

EERI welcomes new members to the Institute!

Jose Carlos Arce Rioboo, Project Management and Design S.A. de C.V., Structural

Freddy Israel Rodríguez Badillo, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Geotechnical
Byron Calo, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Structural
Edwin Villarreal, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Education
Adriana Lopez, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Geophysicist
Cristhian Alejandro Villacres Portocarrero, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Civil
Sharon Padilla, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Civil
Tamia Vega, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Civil
Melisa Ramirez, RBRA, Structural
Dhiraj Raj, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Geotechnical 
Jesus Salvador Garcia, Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias, Structural
Soham Vaze, The University of British Columbia, Civil

Lina Zhou, University of Victoria, Civil
Aaron Opdyke, The University of Sydney, Civil

Rayan Yassminh, University of Missouri, Geophysicist
Jin Zhou, University of California , Davis, Civil
Cesar Saavedra, University of Texas at Austin, Structural
Esteban Kim, San Francisco State University, Civil
Anthony Simbaña, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Civil
Jorge Comina, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Structural
Ronald Ortiz, Salesiana Polytechnic University , Structural
Corinne Bowers, Stanford University, Structural
Jeonghyun Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, Education
Ahmad Hassan, University of California , Davis, Civil
Carlos Alberto Pedro Rivas-Nieto, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Structural

Young Professional
Elnaz Esmaeilzadeh Seylabi, University of Nevada, Reno, Civil
Denis Istrati, University of Nevada, Reno, Structural
Jie Cao, Golder Associates Inc, Geotechnical
Anastasios Tsiavos, University of Bristol, Civil
Sarah Tallett-Williams, Jacobs, Architecture

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New publication from PEER: Expected Earthquake Performance of Buildings Designed to the California Building Code

PEER issued Publication No. 2019/05 titled “Expected Earthquake Performance of Buildings Designed to the California Building Code.” The brochure was authored by Grace S. Kang, Sifat Muin, Jorge Archbold, Bitanoosh Woods, and Khalid Mosalam. This publication is issued jointly with the California Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission (SSC) and is SSC Publication 19-01. Read more

Job opportunity: Disaster science faculty positions at the University of Delaware

The University of Delaware (UD) is seeking to fill multiple tenure-track/tenured positions in Disaster Science at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. UD seeks engineering and computer science faculty with demonstrated interests in disasters, hazards, risk and crisis, and who would like to work on interdisciplinary teams with social and health scientists. Learn more

Call for papers and sessions from the 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

The 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering — happening September 13-18, 2020 in Sendai, Japan — seeks proposals for papers and sessions. Proposals are due August 30, 2019. Read more

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