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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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Last Chance! 11NCEE Call for Papers Closes June 30, 2017!

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The Eleventh National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE)

June 25-29, 2018
Los Angeles, California

Nearly 1,000 earthquake professionals including the foremost experts in earthquake engineering, geology, seismology, tsunami researchers, social science and policy experts, emergency management officials, and government leaders will convene in Los Angeles in 2018 for the 11NCEE. Please join us in making this conference a milestone event in earthquake engineering!


Submit a paper abstract

Technical Program Topic Areas

  • Advances in Non-Linear Modeling Tools
  • Bridge Structures
  • Buildings, Structural Systems
  • Critical Infrastructure (hospitals, schools, power plants, dams, ports)
  • Education and Outreach
  • Engineering Seismology
  • Experimental Methods
  • Ground Motion Modeling, Directivity, Spatial Correlation
  • Ground Motion Simulations for Engineering Applications
  • Ground Motion Spatial Variability
  • High Performance Computing and Simulation
  • Information Technology and Collaboration Tools
  • Instrumentation, Data Collection, and Seismic Networks
  • Lessons Learned from Recent Earthquakes, Post-Earthquake Assessment and Response
  • Liquefaction and Ground Failures
  • Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Cascading Hazards Following Earthquakes (fire, landslide, etc.)
  • Non-Structural Components and Systems
  • Onshore and Offshore Southern California Fault Systems
  • Operational Earthquake Forecasting
  • Post-Earthquake Response, Emergency Management, and Recovery
  • Repair and Retrofit
  • Resilient Communities and Cities
  • Risk and Loss Assessment and their Socio-Economic Impacts
  • Risk and Resilience of Distributed Infra- structure and Lifelines
  • Seismic Hazard Assessment
  • Seismic Isolation, Energy Dissipation and Control Systems
  • Seismicity, Earthquake Sources, and Earthquake Geology
  • Seismology & Seismotectonics
  • Socio-Economic Issues and Public Policy
  • Soils, Foundations, Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Tall Buildings Design and Issues
  • Tectonics, Faults, and Large Earthquakes
  • Tsunami Hazard Assessment, Design, and Recovery

If you are ready to submit an abstract, you must first create an account on the abstract submission platform. In this first-round, abstracts are limited to 400 words. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit an extended abstract or full paper at a later date. For more information visit the 11NCEE website and download the Call for Papers PDF. 


Professional Opportunity at EERI

EERI is seeking a dynamic, creative, experienced, and technology-aware Program Manager. This person will be a staff member with internal and external leadership responsibilities. The Program Manager will manage multiple externally and internally funded projects and programs, develop and implement professional development activities, recruit and facilitate involvement of early-career members, and support various EERI committees and chapters.

The Program Manager must be self-motivated, flexible, an excellent communicator, and an outstanding team player. This position requires someone eager to learn and innovate, and ready to take responsibility. Strong planning and organizational skills are essential because activities and assignments will vary in scope, timeline, and desired outcomes. Knowledge and experience in earthquake engineering or in a field associated with earthquake risk reduction is necessary.

The Program Manager should be adept and comfortable working in a collaborative working environment amongst a small staff and many professional volunteers. Travel is required for EERI’s Annual Meeting and occasionally for other U.S. conferences or meetings. Travel may also be required immediately following earthquakes in North America, and for some international conferences or events.

It is anticipated that the salary range will be from $75,000 to $85,000 based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. EERI provides a comprehensive employee benefits package, paid vacation, holidays, sick days, and a casual professional work environment in City Center Oakland on the BART line. Please view the full job description.

Candidates should send a letter of interest and resume with supporting qualifications to Heidi Tremayne, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls please.The application deadline is July 16, 2017 or until the position is filled.


EERI 2017 Summer/Fall Post-Graduate Internship Opportunity - Extended!

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
has an internship position available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk.

EERI's internships offer engagement with a number of interesting EERI projects and Institute activities, including Learning from Earthquakes, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, annual meetings and conferences, and technical seminars and webinars.

EERI’s internships are approximately six-months long and provide a monthly stipend of $2,200. These positions can begin as early as June 2017. Applications should be submitted by June 30, 2017.

About EERI's Post Graduate Internship Program

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Oregon Emergency Management & EERI Workshop on Data Policy URM Retrofit Strategies That Engage Communities

OR workshopA workshop titled Data to Policy: URM Retrofit Strategies that Engage Communities will be held July 13, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon. Speakers include Althea Rizzo, Oregon OEM; Patrick Otellini, Swinerton Builders, (former) SF Earthquake Safety Director; Clair Clark, (former) SLO City; Jonna Papaefthimiou, PBEM; Barry Welliver, Utah Seismic Safety Commission; Cale Ash, Degenkolb/CREW; Kent Yu, SE, PhD, (former) OSSPAC; and Jake Brown, Portland BDS.

Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP please contact: Althea Rizzo, OEM (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Beki McElvain, EERI (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). To RSVP, click here.



California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI Stakeholder Training Workshops

EERI CACH WorkshopsThe California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI are holding three Stakeholder Training Workshops this summer on July 19, 2017 (Los Angeles), July 20, 2017 (San Diego) and July 31, 2017 (Sacramento). The full-day workshops will cover the following topics:

  • An Introduction to the California Clearinghouse
  • Disaster Service Worker Training
  • Making Scientific Observations Actionable
  • Reconnaissance Data Collection Tool Demonstrations
  • Interactive Field Exercises
  • Information Sharing

For more information and to register please click here.

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Regional Chapter News

NYNE-EERI Chapter Mini-Symposium and Panel Discussion May 30, 2017 Event Wrap-Up: Photos and Presentations Now Available Online

NYNE mini symposiumOn May 30th, 2017, the EERI New York – Northeast (NYNE) Chapter hosted a joint event with the ASCE Met Section Infrastructure Group entitled, “2016 Mw7.8 Muisne, Ecuador Earthquake: 1 Year Later – Relevance to NYC & U.S. Critical Infrastructure” at the General Society Library of Mechanics & Tradesmen (GSMT) in New York City. The mini-symposium included presentations by the Ecuador Army Corps of Engineers (EACE), Ecuador Armed Forces University, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Applied Technology Council (ATC), MCEER, and members and collaborators of the GEER-ATC and EERI-LFE reconnaissance teams for this earthquake. The panel discussion presented the relevance of observations from the Muisne earthquake to New York City infrastructure, and the risk, actions plans and preparedness. The panelists included representatives from the NYC Emergency Management, Ecuador Army Corps of Engineers, leaders in seismic code development and infrastructure design and retrofit.

The event was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors WSP USA, Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS), Exponent and Earthquake Protection Systems, and Gold Sponsor GZA. The event was also supported by ATC, USACE, EACE, Earthquake Protection Systems (EPS) and GSMT. Attendees earned 4 PDH credits and was attended by over 100 engineers, city officials, and interested public. All lectures and panel discussion slides are available online, and can be accessed through the NYNE Chapter website

Photo: Speakers, panelists, and organizers, left to right: Virginia Diaz (GMS), Sissy Nikolaou (WSP USA), Erleen Hatfield (BuroHappold Engineering), Patrick Mahone (GZA), Gabriela Lyvers (USACE), Anoop Mokha (EPS), Melissa Umberger (NYCEM), Guillermo Diaz-Fanas (WSP USA), Karl Rubenacker (GMS), Paul Nietzschmann
(WSP USA), Col. Marco Crespo (United Nations), Prof. Andrew Whittaker (U. Buffalo & MCEER), Ayse Hortacsu (ATC), Lt. Col. Enrique Morales (EACE & ESPE), Col. Fernando Viniachi (EACE), Jagtar Khinda (NYC Department of Transportation), and Prof. Marcelo Romo (EACE & ESPE)

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Welcome New Student Chapter

Ain Shams University: Cairo, Egypt

AlShamsUnivLogoEERI is pleased to introduce the new EERI student chapter established at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. The chapter's faculty advisor is  Tarek Kamal (M. EERI, 2017), Department of Structural Engineering. The local contact is Feras Hussien (M. EERI, 2017).  Recently elected officers include Mohamed S.A. Al-Bahey, President (M. EERI, 2017) and Hazem Kassab, Vice President (M. EERI, 2017).

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Member Spotlight - June 15, 2017

SEAONC Honors Steve Mahin

Steve MahinThe Structural Engineering Association of Northern California (SEAONC) honored longtime EERI member, Steve Mahin (M. EERI, 1975), with the Helmut Krawinkler Award for outstanding leadership in implementing state-of-the-art research into practice. According to the SEAONC website, the award is presented to acknowledge those individual members (academia or practicing engineers) who have applied and adapted pioneering academic research to the structural engineering practice. Read the full article on the PEER website. Photo courtesy of PEER.

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Professional Opportunities - June 15, 2017

Professional Opportunity with the CoreLogic Model Development Group

CoreLogic logoCoreLogic is currently recruiting for the following position:

Seismic Hazard Scientist
Please view the job description and apply here.

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Welcome New Members

EERI Online Membership Directory

Please note that the EERI Membership Directory is no longer available in print form and is now offered exclusively online. EERI's online database is current and updated on a regular basis. You will find it more accurate than any directory in print! To access the directory, visit the EERI Member Resources area and login to view the online Membership Directory. If you experience a problem logging in, please view the tutorial How to Login. If trouble persists, email Juliane Lane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 451-0905 for assistance.

Welcome New Members

EERI welcomes members who have recently joined the Institute!

Oliver Kuebler, Swiss Reinsurance, Risk Analysis
Anton Nelson, STV Inc

Young Professional
David Lam, Degenkolb Engineers
Brandon Paxton

Brian DeMeza, Oregon State University
Pratik Deogekar, University of Illinois
Claudia Deveaux, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Erin Dupree, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Architect
Fardad Haghpanah, Johns Hopkins University, Systems/Operations
Vedhus Hoskere, University of Illinois
Evangelia Korre, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Geotechnical
Arnold Mendo, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil
Marco Palacios, CSU Los Angeles
Tanmay Ramani, University of Illinois
Sital Uprety, University of Illinois, Civil

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Seven recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the web.

1oneThe Special Edition 'Earthquake Beer' Italian Monks Hope Symbolises Town's Recovery from Natural Disaster (The Telegraph) Benedictine monks in the medieval town of Norcia in Umbria, which was badly hit by earthquakes and tremors last year, have released a limited edition “earthquake beer." Read more

2twoMore than 2,100 Buildings are Already Being Retrofitted Under L.A.'s Earthquake Safety Law (Los Angeles Times) 18 months after Los Angeles passed the nation’s most sweeping seismic retrofit law, more than 15% of the city’s earthquake-vulnerable wood apartment buildings have begun the process of retrofits. Read more

3threeSound Off: Does Earthquake Risk Factor into Pricing, Desirability? (San Francisco Chronicle) When buying a home in the Bay Area earthquakes are a reality and something to keep in mind. However, with a shortage of inventory and increasing demand, earthquakes are not typically buyers’ or sellers’ first concern. Read more

4fourIsland in Greece digs out from 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake (Business Insider) Greeks on the island of Lesbos were counting the cost on Tuesday of a massive earthquake which ripped through its south on Monday June 12, 2017, razing an entire village and leaving one person dead. Read more

5five$14.4m to Support Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery (Scoop NZ) Minister of Civil Defense Nathan Guy has announced additional support of $14.4 million for Kaikōura's earthquake recovery efforts on June 7, 2017. Read more

6sixUSGS Funding Slashed in Proposed Federal Budget (Earth & Space Science News) Funding for natural hazards takes a hard hit in the proposed spending blueprint, with the elimination of USGS efforts to implement the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System on the West Coast. Read more

7sevenNew Guide to the Hayward Fault in UC Berkeley's Backyard (Berkeley News) UC Berkeley is the only major university in the world that has a dangerous earthquake fault running through its campus. Download the newly revised, "Self-Guided Tour of the Hayward Fault." Read more

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