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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.

News of the Institute

2019 EERI Annual Meeting - Save the Date!

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The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute will hold its 71st Annual Meeting, March 5-8, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Registration opens soon! EERI members will receive an announcement via email.

Under the theme of "Reaching Resilience Faster by Working Together," the local organizing committee, co-chaired by Kate Thibert (M.EERI,2005) and John Sherstobitoff (M.EERI,1991), with support from the EERI British Columbia Regional Chapter, have created a program with a terrific schedule of sessions ranging from the very specific and technical to broader themes of how communities can work cooperatively towards resilience.

The 2019 Annual Meeting will feature new facilitated interactive workshop sessions, alongside traditional technical sessions as well as sessions highlighting EERI programs. This exciting new program format will appeal to a multi-disciplinary audience, including engineers, scientists, planners, policy makers, social scientists, and many more! Session topics will include: 

  • Public Education, Emergency Preparedness and Understanding Risk
  • Improving New and Existing Building Performance
  • Post-Earthquake Response and Recovery
  • Utilities and Infrastructure; including Geotechnical
  • Policy, Insurance and Funding Incentives, Resilience Plans
  • New Technologies and Instrumentation

Come to beautiful downtown Vancouver to learn, connect, and network with other earthquake professionals, while enjoying the spectacular new JW Marriott Parq Vancouver luxury hotel, spa and casino. To reserve your room today at the EERI discount rate, please click here.

For more details about the meeting, please visit the 2019 Annual Meeting website.

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The Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program 2018-2019

BYU FFVP David FriedmanAttention EERI Student Chapters! Applications are due October 21, 2018 for the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program

Since 1996, EERI has matched practicing professionals with host universities across the United States and nearby countries. With the generous gift from EERI President David Friedman (M.EERI,1988) and his family, the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program was launched in 2001. The 2017-2018 program was a great success! Eighteen visits took place between March and September by seventeen different professionals. The professionals were experts on topics including structural and geotechnical engineering, risk analysis, lifelines, industrial facilities, seismology, and resilience. Students enjoyed receiving career guidance from experts in the field, as well as new insights on risk reduction and seismic resilience. The 2018-2019 program application opened September 10, 2018. By the end of the year we plan to have at least eighteen visits scheduled to take place during the first half of 2019.

EERI Student Chapters are encouraged to complete an application form online to request a visit from a Friedman Family Visiting Professional in 2019. Student Chapters are invited to choose from a list of sixteen 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.

Applications should be submitted by October 21, 2018. Review of Student Chapter requests will begin on October 22, 2018, and continue on a rolling basis until all travel funds are awarded. 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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Learning From Earthquakes

EERI Response to M7.5 Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

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On September 28, 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, resulting in a deadly tsunami and major ground failure that caused many casualties.

EERI is actively gathering information from media reports, US agencies, and colleagues in Indonesia as part of the Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Program. The LFE Executive Committee is developing reconnaissance plans for EERI, with a focus on four topics: tsunami warning and preparedness, population displacement, geotechnical impacts, and lifelines impacts.

EERI has created a Palu Earthquake event page as a repository for technical resources, media reports, and updates about earthquake reconnaissance efforts in Indonesia. The website will serve to link and collect reconnaissance observations, data, and photos from the scientific and engineering community.

As part of the EERI LFE response, the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT) has prepared a slide set summarizing impacts of the earthquake and tsunami based on news and social media articles. The VERT slides are available on the LFE event page for the earthquake.

EERI members can help to inform reconnaissance activities by contributing in the following ways:

  1. Share Technical Resources
    Field observation reports or technical literature about Indonesia earthquake risk is extremely useful in informing reconnaissance efforts. Relevant resources can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for posting on the website. To see what resources are already available, please click here.
  2. Join the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT)
    The Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team is currently in Phase 2 of their activation for the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami. Volunteers are needed to support focused research in the topics of interest to the LFE Executive Committee. If you are interested in joining VERT, please complete the New Member Sign-Up Form.
  3. Inform EERI of your Reconnaissance Plans
    If you will be participating as a part of a reconnaissance mission, recovery mission, or traveling to the impacted area for any other purpose, please contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to inform her of your timeline and travel details. EERI can help link you to others in the field, support you in efforts to share photos or observations, and connect you with the EERI team (if one is mobilized).

EERI will continue to keep members informed of earthquake response efforts.


Learning From Earthquakes 2019 Travel Study Program to New Zealand: Applications Are Now Open!

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Applications are now open for the 2019 Travel Study Program to be held in New Zealand from May 5-12, 2019 (NZ time). The deadline to submit an application is November 19, 2018.


EERI is teaming up with QuakeCoRE, the New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience, to offer an opportunity to be part of the upcoming Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program in New Zealand. This program offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from local experts in the field and contribute to knowledge of recovery from recent earthquakes in New Zealand.

The program is targeted at postgraduate students and young professionals; both early career researchers and early career practitioners. The organizers are seeking applications from participants across a diverse spectrum including social sciences, earth sciences, and engineering. Preference will be given to EERI members and QuakeCoRE affiliates.

Program participants are responsible for all travel expenses to and from New Zealand, and the following:

Registration Fee: Students   $500 (USD)
Registration Fee: Young Professionals  $1,750 (USD)


Applications are due November 19, 2018. 

Information about the program goals and the outcomes of the 2017 LFE Travel Study Program in Chile can be found by clicking here.
Questions about the program and application process may be directed to Zoe Yin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


VERT Call for Puebla-Morelos and Chiapas Earthquake Reconnaissance Reports

EERI’s Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT) is working on a report about the Puebla-Morelos and Chiapas, Mexico earthquakes in 2017. This report will summarize VERT’s virtual findings on the damages caused by the earthquakes, summarize other reconnaissance report findings and will include a discussion on resiliency and recovery. VERT asks all parties involved in reconnaissance after the Chiapas & Puebla events to share their reports with VERT co-chairs, Erica Fischer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Manny Hakhamaneshi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


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EERI 2019 Spring Post-Graduate Internships: Applications due Nov 2

Application Deadline: November 2, 2018

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has 1-2 internship positions available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk. Spring internships begin as early as January 2019.

EERI internships are approximately six-months long, and offer engagement with a number of interesting EERI projects and Institute activities, including Learning from Earthquakes, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, World Housing Encyclopedia, EERI Annual Meetings, and technical webinars.

Tasks are varied, although day-to-day work focuses on supporting EERI projects and staff through research, project and event coordination, and website development and maintenance.

EERI interns gain valuable experience working in a professional environment and collaborating with EERI expert members. Recent interns have built on their EERI internship to pursue careers in structural engineering:

Before starting his internship at EERI, Jorge Moreno (M.EERI,2018) completed the Master's program in Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley. Now he works at Rutherford + Chekene as a structural designer. Jorge is currently participating in the rehabilitation of the China beach observation deck and the retrofit of a historical building located in the Bay Area Discovery Museum (photo – right).

Omar Plata (M.EERI,2015), graduated with his Master’s degree in structural engineering from UC Irvine. He now works as an engineer with Rinne & Peterson, Structural Engineers, located in Palo Alto where he designs beams, columns, and braced frames for research facility projects in the San Francisco peninsula (photo - center).

Julio Rios (M.EERI,2017) graduated with Bachelors and Master's Degrees in Civil Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). When his EERI internship wraps up this month, he plans to continue his engagement in earthquake engineering by pursuing a Ph.D., and is currently looking for opportunities to continue exploring his research interest in Ground Motion Prediction Equations (GMPEs) and site effects evaluations. (photo – left).

Interns are expected to work in EERI's Oakland, California office, which means living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (No moving support, visa sponsorship, or housing support provided). EERI interns are provided a monthly stipend of $2500.

Interested candidates should apply here. Preference is given to EERI members.

Applications should be submitted by November 2, 2018.

Learn more about the EERI Internship program.



Open Faculty Position in Geotechnical Engineering and Related Fields at UCLA

Open date: October 3, 2018
Next review date: November 2, 2018
(Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee).
Final date: June 30th, 2019

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the general area of geotechnical engineering and related disciplines. This position is intended to support ongoing Department growth in the broader thematic areas of Infrastructure Risk Mitigation, Sustainable Urban Systems, and Water Security.

To read the full job description, requirements, and instructions for submitting an application, please click here.


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The GEM Foundation's Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Model presentation event: December 5, 2018 in Pavia, Italy

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For more information about this event, please visit the GEM Foundation website.


NHERI SimCenter Upcoming Webinars

NHERI SimCenterThese webinars will introduce the NHERI SimCenter Regional Earthquake Workflow and features of its accompanying Testbed, as well as educate the community on aspects core to the SimCenter's platform: Uncertainty Quantification and Artificial Intelligence. The format includes a presentation followed by Q&A, and video recordings will be available on the website soon afterwards for future viewing. Click the links below for more information and to register:

UQ Computational Advances for Natural Hazard Risk Assessment
October 24, 2018 1pm - 2pm PST
Presenter: Alexandros Taflanidis (M.EERI,2007)

AI & Machine Learning in Natural Hazards Engineering: Technical & Modelling Q&A
November 6, 2018 1pm - 2pm PST
Presenter: Stella Yu

HPC Ground Motion Simulations of Large Hayward Fault Earthquakes
November 14, 2018 12pm - 1pm PST
Presenter: Arthur Rodgers (M.EERI,2017)


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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

spectra 150Eleven (11) preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication.
The papers to be published are:

  • Seismic risk assessment of an emergency department of a Chilean hospital using a patient-oriented performance model by P. Favier, A. Poulos, J.A. Vasquez, P. Aguirre, J.C. de la Llera (M.EERI,1997)
  • Seismic Performance of Ductile Steel Moment-Resisting Frames Subjected to Multiple Strong Ground Motions by Randy Tenderan (M.EERI,2017), Takanori Ishida, Yu Jiao (M.EERI,2018), Satoshi Yamada
  • Seismic Collapse Fragility Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Buildings by Mayssa Dabaghi (M.EERI,2011), George Saad, Naser Allhassania
  • NGA-West2 Empirical Fourier and Duration Models to Generate Adjustable Response Spectra by Sanjay Singh Bora, Fabrice Cotton, and Frank Scherbaum 
  • Correlation of Spectral Acceleration Values of Mainshock-Aftershock Ground Motion Pairs by Athanasios N. Papadopoulos (M.EERI,2017) Mohsen Kohrangi, Paolo Bazzurro (M.EERI,2000) 
  • On the Seismic Fragility Assessment of Concrete Gravity Dams in Eastern Canada by Rocio Segura (M.EERI,2017), Carl Bernier, Ricardo Monteiro, and Patrick Paultre (M.EERI,1984)
  • Probabilistic Seismic Response Models for Risk Assessment and Design of Steel Moment Frames with Linear Viscous Dampers by Omid Dadpour (M.EERI2018) and Mehdi Banazadeh (M.EERI,2018)
  • Time-Dependent Seismic Fragilities of Older and Newly Designed Multi-Frame Reinforced Concrete Box-Girder Bridges in California by Mohammad Abbasi (M.EERI,2017) and Mohamed A. Moustafa (M.EERI,2012)
  • Seismic Performance Assessment of an Ultra-High Voltage Power Transformer by Guo-Liang Ma, Qiang Xie, and Andrew Whittaker (M.EERI,1990)
  • Lessons Learned from Evaluating the Response of Instrumented Buildings in the US: The Effect of Supporting Building Characteristics on Floor Response Spectra by Hamidreza Anajafi and Ricardo A. Medina
  • Fragility Functions for RC Shear Wall Buildings in Australia by Ryan Hoult, Helen Goldsworthy, and Elisa Lumantarna

To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints.
If you have questions about Spectra, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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EERI Membership Renewal Reminder

2019 Membership Renewal Campaign Kickoff

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What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of October? Halloween, scary movies, autumn colors, chilly weather, football, Oktoberfest, or everything pumpkin spice? We know it's probably not top of mind, but October is also the start of our membership renewal campaign! 

On October 5th, EERI members were sent the first membership renewal notice for 2019 via email (student members were sent an email on October 9th). The email message simplifies the renewal process for you by providing a link to your personal renewal page showing contact information with options for selecting chapter membership and making a voluntary contribution to the Institute.  The simplest way to renew is to access the form from that email, but you can also renew your membership online.  To login, use your email address for your user name and EERI ID for your password. For your convenience, you can now find your Member ID number at the top of your Pulse email! If you have questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you will continue to support EERI and renew your membership for 2019!

Together, we can reduce earthquake risk for our communities.

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Welcome New Members

EERI Welcomes New Members

eeri logo square 2018 2.5x2.5EERI welcomes these new members to the Institute!

Seymour Milton John Spence, University of Michigan, Structural

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Devin Roth, McMillen Jacobs Associates, Geotechnical

Mohammed Shofiul Alam Chowdhury, University of Chittagong, Structural, Bangladesh
Javier Rafael Feliz Jimenez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil, Dominican Republic
Norberto Jose Rojas Mercedes, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, Structural, Dominican Republic
Ismail Safkan, European University of Lefke, Structural, Turkey
Amanda Katherine Slawinski, Oregon State University, Structural
Deepa Balakrishnan, Cochin University of Science & Technology, India

Ahmed Usama Abdelhady, University of Michigan, Structural
Shannon Abeling, University of Auckland, Civil
Haidy Samir Ahmed, Ain Shams University, Architect
Ahmed Bahaa El Din Ali, Ain Shams University, Structural
Amr Magdy Amer, Ain Shams University, Structural
Karen Irely Angeles, Notre Dame, Civil
Muhammad Shahraiz Bajwa, University of Wisconsin Madison, Structural
William Iván Balbuena, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Corey M Beck, Purdue University, Civil
John Ayman Bekhit, Ain Shams University, Structural
Charis Boursianis, Politecnico di Milano, Civil
Kyle Bryant, Virginia Tech, Civil
Christianos Burlotos, University of Notre Dame, Structural
Sara Cebry, Cornell University, Structural 
Logan Anthony Couch, California State University Fresno, Civil  

Şahin Dede, Bogazici University/Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Civil
Cara Dietrich, Virginia Tech, Civil
Virgilio Dominguez Maldonado, SUNY Buffalo, Structural
Talal Esmail, University of Memphis, Civil

Amr Ahmad Fayed, Ain Shams University, Structural
Tarun Gangwar, University of Minnesota, Civil
Elvin Enrique González de los Santos, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Ernesto Jose Gracia, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Luis Fernando Hernandez, Virginia Tech, Civil
Francisco Alejandro Humire Guarachi, UC Davis, Geotechnical
Kamron Jafari , University of Memphis, Structural
Monica Jambu, University of Michigan, Civil
Marwan Hesham Khashaba, Ain Shams University, Structural
Hyeyoung Koh, University of Wisconsin Madison, Structural
Stephany Karina León, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Hongjie Li, University of Notre Dame, Civil
Chengzhen Li, Southeast University, Structural
Chi-Pu Lin, University of Washington, Structural
Maria Camila Lopez Ruiz, University of California, Berkeley, Structural
Alanna Jeannet Luciano, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, Civil
Walker Maddalozzo, Oregon State University, Civil
Mary Carmen Marte García, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, Civil
Christie Maurice Moore, University of Memphis, Civil
Nihal Mohamed Mounir, Ain Shams University, Architect
Ignace Mugabo, Oregon State University, Structural
Dariel Muñoz Fernández, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Moeez Nazir, CSUS, Mechanical
Yoon Jae Oh, Cornell University, Systems/Operations
Ahmed Ayman Ahmed Okka, Ain Shams University, Structural
Siddharth Parida, SUNY Buffalo, Geotechnical
Swati Patil, NC State University, Structural
Heidy Pichardo , Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Patrick Gabriel Pimentel Rodriguez , Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Chaithra Purushothama, university grenoble alpes, Structural
Tyler Quick, Virginia Tech, Geotechnical
Ma Ariane Quizon, California State University, Northridge, Civil
Enrique Rubio Delgado, Iowa State Univeristy, Structural
Muhammad Khalid Saifullah, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Structural
Nayera Sameh Sakr, Ain Shams University, Structural
Manuel Alejandro saleta, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Julian Sanchez-Pinto, University of Memphis, Civil
Alaukik Singh, UC Berkeley, Civil
Nayana Sreekumar, SUNY Buffalo, Civil
James Edward Stuemke, California State University, Northridge, Civil
Roshelly Franschesca Suarez Jimenez, university, Civil
Arthriya Suksuwan, University of Michigan, Structural
Hamed Tohidi, The University of Memphis, Civil
Bach Tran, Virginia Tech, Civil
Sandra Ximena Villamizar, Purdue University, Civil
Robert Wang, Stanford University, Structural
Andrew Wittner, Cornell University, Civil
Junho Yang, University of Memphis, Civil
Marwan Tarek Zayed, Ain Shams University, Architect




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News of the Profession

Links to News & Views

Eight (8) recent news articles, stories, opinions or reports from around the web.

1oneBooming San Francisco Takes Unprecedented Step to Target Earthquake-Vulnerable High-Rise Towers (Los Angeles Times) Last week the city opened up a new front on California’s seismic safety, releasing an unprecedented list of more than 150 of its tallest buildings, including many constructed before modern seismic codes, the first step in an assessment of the city’s skyline. This article quotes EERI members Keith Porter (M.EERI,1998), Keith Knudsen (M.EERI,2001), and Greg Deierlein (M.EERI,1989), who is a coauthor of the report. Read more

2twoHaiti Earthquake Kills at Least a Dozen, Injures Almost 200 as Aftershocks Continue (Miami Herald) A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocked the northern portion of the island Saturday, October 6, leaving a swath of damaged and destroyed buildings and a fearful population. “There are several aspects to being more quake resistant,” said Reginald Desroches (M.EERI,1995/2018 EERI Distinguished Lecturer) who has visited Haiti frequently since 2010 to lend his expertise on preparedness and construction. He warned that “Haiti really needs to start taking this seriously before a larger event. It’s just a race against time before a larger earthquake hits the country again.” Read more

3threeSign Up for Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill: National Event Allows Individuals to Practice Response (FEMA news release) FEMA encourages you to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut; joining millions of others and practicing what to do when an earthquake strikes: drop, cover, and hold on. The event occurs on October 18, there is still time to sign up and participate, or hold your own drill any time. Read more


Earthquake Warning Signs Required in Brittle Portland Buildings Starting Next Year (The Oregonian) The City Council on Wednesday approved a policy that would require owners of brick and similar buildings to prominently post signs with the disclosure: "This is an unreinforced masonry building. Unreinforced masonry buildings may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake." Read more


The Deadliest Earthquake of the Year and the North Coast (The Times Standard) Lori Dengler (M.EERI,1998) writes: A magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi... sadly, is now the deadliest tremor of the year. This earthquake is not just a tragedy in a remote area that has no bearing on ours. The information that is beginning to emerge shows this to be a very interesting event that has profound implications for California and any area that has major faults near the coast. Read more

6sixHere Is Why Earthquake Magnitude Is Not What You Think It Is (Forbes) As a rule of thumb, more energetic earthquakes have the potential to be more damaging, but that doesn’t mean they will be. And hazards are not defined by nature alone; they only exist because people are in the way of nature's occasional fury. So, apart from magnitude, here’s what else determines how damaging an earthquake will be. Read more


UC San Diego's Earthquake Simulator Will Soon Give Truer Sense of Deadly Temblors (San Diego Tribune) NSF gave UCSD $16.3 million to upgrade the center, “We will be able to reproduce earthquake motions with the most accuracy of any shake table in the world,” said Joel Conte (M.EERI,1990), the UC San Diego structural engineer who is overseeing the project. Read more 

8eightEarthquake Warning System Will Come With Some False Alarms and Missed Alerts (Los Angeles Times) California is getting closer to what scientists say will be the world's most sophisticated earthquake warning system, with officials this week announcing they will be expanding the test program in the coming months in advance of a future public rollout.But the new system is expected to bring its own questions and frustrations. Read more



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