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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

Virtual Annual Meeting highlights

Instagram PostThank you to everyone who attended the 2021 EERI Annual Meeting and contributed to its success! We want to share some preliminary facts and feedback from the event: 

  • 530 people attended the meeting from more than 8 disciplines and across 8 profession types
  • 115 expert volunteers contributed their time and work to presenting at and moderating the sessions 
  • 76 attendees competed and networked in the Trivia Quiz Bowl organized by the Student Leadership Council 
  • 65 incredible donors helped us raise $150,000 for the Learning from Earthquakes Endowment 
  • 64 researchers and practitioners presented their incredible work at the interactive poster sessions 
  • 36 generous sponsors offered prizes, contributed amazing videos and fun questions to the sessions, and showcased their products on the platform. 
  • 24 organizing committee members gave countless hours of their time making this event possible. 

What attendees are saying: 

  • “The ability to watch presentations after the fact is a huge benefit.”
  • “The Trivia Quizbowl was the MOST amazing fun networking event ever.”
  • “Love the idea of more, but not all, virtual events in the future. Loved the lower registration cost and lower carbon footprint!” 
  • “Didn't expect a virtual conference to be this rewarding!” 
  • "The poster hall is amazing!"
  • "I saw a great diversity of presenters and sessions, and felt like the program allowed me to learn some things specific to my industry and explore other topics and ideas I don't normally think about.” 

If you missed the meeting but are interested in accessing all of the content on-demand, register today at a discounted rate! There are 28 hours of content available if you register (and if you watch these hours before April 2, you will receive PDH certificates!) 

New Co-Chairs of the Younger Members Committee

EERI is pleased to introduce Dustin Cook (M.EERI, 2018), Jack English (M.EERI, 2019), and Diane Moug (M.EERI, 2014) as the new co-chairs of the Younger Members Committee (YMC). EERI thanks outgoing Co-Chairs Ashley Morales-Cartagena (M.EERI,2015), Ezra Jampole (M.EERI,2012), and Maha Kenawy (M.EERI,2015) for their service. In their time as Co-Chairs, Ashley, Ezra, and Maha provided strong leadership and, over the past year, quickly adapted YMC activities to continue providing valuable opportunities for EERI's younger members. Dustin, Jack, and Diane will pick up where the outgoing Co-Chairs are leaving off and will continue to lead the committee to support EERI’s younger members.


Dustin Cook is an NRC postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dustin has worked on research problems such as quantifying the response of irregular code-conforming buildings, benchmarking performance-based earthquake engineering methods against empirical data, and developing experimental loading protocols for near-fault cyclic behavior and is currently working to improve the methods and metrics used to quantitatively assess buildings performance in terms of post-earthquake functional recovery. Dustin is a big believer in multi-disciplinary teamwork and empowering younger members to play active roles in improving society.


Jack English is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a dual degree M.S. in Civil Engineering and Master of Public Affairs. He obtained a dual B.S./B.A. degree in Civil Engineering and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University in 2018. He has experience in both policy and engineering, including time at the U.S. House of Representatives, Amtrak, and the Forest Service. He currently serves on the EERI Public Policy & Advocacy Committee and as the PPA liaison to the YMC. A native of San Francisco, Jack seeks to improve resilience implementation across government levels by bridging the gap between policy development and engineering.

DianeMougDiane Moug is an Assistant Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at Portland State University. She earned her Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 2017. Her research focuses on improving methods for characterizing and mitigating geotechnical earthquake hazards. Diane is a past co-president of the Student Leadership Committee and is looking forward to continuing younger member initiatives for EERI.


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EERI Communications and Program Coordinator

EERI seeks a proactive, creative, organized, and technology-aware Communications and Program Coordinator to join our permanent staff team.

This person will implement a communications program aligned with EERI’s brand and goals, focusing on ensuring high visibility for EERI amongst current members, prospective members, and other stakeholders, and will deploy activities by various programs and committees that heavily leverage the communications infrastructure. This position will deploy EERI’s Pulse newsletter, implement our webinar series, and support several other committees and initiatives.

It is a great opportunity for an early-career member to expand their professional network and leverage their communication skills and understanding of their own technical disciplines in service of EERI’s mission and membership. It provides a unique way to support EERI’s newly updated mission of providing its members with technical knowledge, leadership and advocacy skills, collaborative networks, and multidisciplinary context to achieve earthquake resilience in their communities worldwide.

The Communications and Program Coordinator must be self-motivated, flexible, an excellent communicator, and an outstanding team player. This position requires someone eager to lead the writing and deployment of clear, concise messaging to a diverse technical audience of academics, practitioners, and students through various electronic communication mechanisms. Confidence in deploying social media messaging and interacting with a membership database is necessary. Strong planning and organizational skills are essential because program activities will vary in scope, timeline, and team size. Enthusiasm for supporting a diverse cross-section of member volunteers and flexibility to adjust to shifting demands will be essential.

The Communications and Program Coordinator should be adept and comfortable working in a collaborative working environment, both virtually and in-person, amongst many professional volunteers and EERI’s small six-person staff team.

Learn more about the position and how to apply at the EERI Careers web page. Submit your application before April 16. 

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2021-2022 EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowships: Applications now open!

EERI is pleased to announce the return of the EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowship! Two Graduate Fellowships are available for the 2021-2022 academic year to support full-time students in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation. The one-year fellowship, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is designed to foster the participation of capable individuals working toward the goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Click here to learn more.


Applications are due May 9, 2021, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time

We urge professors to advertise this opportunity to their students. Click here to print or download the fellowship flyer!

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In Memoriam

Clarence Allen 1925-2021

Clarence Allen 826 WEB.width 1600Clarence Allen (M.EERI,1966), a professor of geology and geophysics, emeritus, and a prominent seismologist, passed away on January 21, 2021. He was a long-standing and highly esteemed member of EERI. Throughout his career, he was a strong champion for multidisciplinary collaboration on earthquake risk reduction. He was the highest caliber of leader for EERI, serving on the Board of Directors from 1985-1987. He was also distinguished with four of EERI's highest awards and honors: Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal (1993), Distinguished Lecture (1995), the George W. Housner Medal (2001), and appointed as an Honorary Member (2005). Read more about Clarence in the Oral History Series. 

At EERI, we are honored by his legacy of commitment to our organization. EERI will continue to thrive and advocate for community resilience to earthquakes due to the passion of our members like Clarence. He will be sorely missed. 

David Lee 1930-2021

David Lee (M.EERI,1993), engineer and physicist extraordinaire, passed away at his home in Santa Monica on March 11, 2021. David was the West Coast representative for Taylor Devices, Inc., since the 1970s through to his “retirement” a few years ago. A graduate of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), David questioned the conventions and reverted to fundamental principles to solve apparently intractable problems. He is well-known for his compelling presentations on the use of viscous-fluid dampers (VFD), introducing velocity proportional dampers into a displacement proportional seismic isolator system. There are now scores of completed projects located throughout California and other states, both SI and conventionally framed, including numerous essential/critical services facilities where VFDs are used to modify the seismic load response very effectively and thereby obtain a level of seismic safety, protection, and resilience that would not be possible via conventional means. Much of the credit for that game-changing advancement in Seismic Engineering practice goes to David Lee. His positive, can-do attitude and approach to life coupled with his natural tendency to connect with every kind of person and make them feel good about themselves was a rare trait combination. May Dave’s contributions to our profession, industry, and society be remembered and appreciated for a long time to come. 

Thank you to Saif Hussain for sharing this information with us! David will be missed.

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EERI Webinars

Exciting April 2021 webinars

Revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones for the City and County of San Diego

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET | REGISTER HERE

Speakers: Jorge Meneses (M.EERI,2006), Thomas Rockwell, Timothy Dawson (M.EERI,2008), and Michael DeFrisco

Cost: Free for members

This webinar, organized by the EERI San Diego Chapter, will provide background and further information on the preliminary review maps of proposed new and revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones to the City and County of San Diego that were released by the California Geological Survey (CGS) on February 18, 2021. The City of San Diego has also posted an announcement. The release by CGS began a 90-day public comment period to provide technical review comments on the proposed Earthquake Fault Zone maps. This webinar will also help attendees feel better informed to provide review comments on the maps to the State Mining and Geology Board.

Quick Quake Briefing: Recent Major Earthquakes in South Pacific Ocean

Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET | REGISTER HERE

Speakers: Bruce Maison (M.EERI,1990), Volkan Sevilgen (M.EERI,2019), Rick Wilson (M.EERI,2010), and William Power

Cost: Free for members 

The EERI Northern California Regional Chapter and the EERI Learning from Earthquakes Program are co-hosting a FREE webinar on the multiple massive temblors (M8.1, M7.4, M7.3) that occurred in the South Pacific Ocean in early March. On March 5, 2021, the M8.1 event was one of the strongest quakes to strike the region in modern history. Earthquakes of this size can create tsunamis (ocean waves) that can travel thousands of miles, causing widespread damage to coastal communities. The quakes were centered northeast of New Zealand. Tsunamis warnings were issued throughout the region and as far away as Chile forcing thousands of people to evacuate coastal areas. Fortunately, only small wave surges (about 30 cm) were observed, causing little damage. This webinar will discuss seismology, tsunamis mechanisms, and warning systems.

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Oral History

Roland Sharpe Volume Release: last chance for print order

SharpeWant a print copy of the Roland Sharpe Volume Release of the EERI Oral History Series? The deadline to request a print copy is Monday, April 5. Fill out the order form now. If you want it today, PDF available online today.

Here's why you should read Roland's volume

Roland Sharpe (M.EERI,1970) was highly skilled in identifying big picture problems and issues in earthquake and structural engineering and then formulating and managing engineering projects to address them,” said Christopher Rojahn (M.EERI,1392), Director Emeritus of the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

Roland "Rol" Sharpe's long and distinguished career commenced upon earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan, following his service in the Marines during World War II. In 1950, Sharpe joined the engineering firm of John A. Blume and Associates in San Francisco, where he rose to Executive Vice President. There he consulted on large-scale projects, including the Wind Tunnel at Moffett Field, the Federal Building in San Francisco, and the South Terminal at San Francisco International Airport. After his 23-year career at Blume, Sharpe went on to play a critical role in establishing the Applied Technology Council, the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), and eventually, his own firm, Engineering Decision Analysis Company (EDAC), which focused on work for the nuclear power industry.

Many professionals associations have recognized Sharpe’s outstanding commitment to the development of seismic and structural design criteria, assessment and strengthening of hazardous buildings, peer review of major retrofit and new design projects, and new projects.

EERI gratefully acknowledges production support provided by FEMA under grant EMW-2020-CA-00029-FY2020 and the ATC Endowment Fund.

To read more about the EERI Oral History Series and access all its volumes, click here

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Member Spotlight

Guillermo Díaz-Fañas

image1The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professional announced the winners of its 2021 recognition awards for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). NOGLSTP has been recognizing exemplary individuals with LGTBQ+ Educator, Engineer, and Scientist of the year awards for over 15 years. NOGLSTP is also awarding its Walt Westman Award for outstanding contribution to its mission to support LGBTQ+ people in STEM.

This year, Guillermo Díaz-Fañas (M.EERI,2015), won the LGBTQ+ Engineer of the Year Award! The LGBTQ+ Engineer of the Year Award recognizes someone who has made outstanding contributions to their field, and recognizes the awardee for sustained contributions in design, production, management, or research. Guillermo Díaz-Fañas is an Infrastructure ClimateConsultant at the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) in the World Bank. In this role, Guillermo works with PPIAF grantees to introduce climate resilience and environmental sustainability in the policy and planning of private participation in infrastructure.

Díaz-Fañas was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. for graduate school. Prior to joining PPIAF, he spent over ten years managing large infrastructure projects and leading climate and multi-hazard disaster resilience assessments. Díaz-Fañas is a recognized leader in earthquake and geotechnical engineering; he has published over 30 scientific articles and conference abstracts on the subject.

In addition to his professional impact, this award recognizes Díaz-Fañas’s work in increasing diversity and inclusion in civil engineering. One of these efforts is the founding of the national non-profit Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange (Qu-AKE), an inclusive network for LGBTQ+ individuals pursuing careers in infrastructure consulting, construction, and design. 

Congratulations Guillermo! We're honored to have you as a member of EERI. 

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Subscribing Member Events

Kinemetrics April webinars

Traceview - The Antelope Waveform Analysis Program

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET | REGISTER NOW 

In this session, Trilby Cox will provide an overview of the latest Antelope waveform analysis program, Traceview. Beginning with a brief history of Antelope waveform analysis programs, Trilby will provide an introduction to Traceview with context around the development of the new program, and demonstrate the capabilities currently available for use. This informative webinar + Q&A is a must-see for Antelope users, researchers, and professionals interested in cutting-edge analysis tools.

Rebroadcast: Traceview - The Antelope Waveform Analysis Program

Tuesday, April 14, 2021, at 6 am GMT | REGISTER NOW

In this rebroadcast session, Trilby Cox will provide an overview of the latest Antelope waveform analysis program, Traceview. 

Webinar: Resilient Design for Functional Recovery Using SP3 (Part II)

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Resilient Design for Functional Recovery Using SP3 (Part II)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 12 pm PT / 3pm ET | REGISTER HERE

This webinar includes the following project case studies: 

• The Story of San Francisco’s First USRC-Rated Building (Resilient Design with SidePlate Technology), by ZFA Structural Engineers

• Resilient Design of the UCSF Center for Vision Neuroscience, by Forell | Elsesser Structural Engineers 

• Resilient Design of 11-story Concrete Office Building for California Department of General Services, by KPFF Consulting Engineers

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Updates from the ASCE Lifelines Conference

The conference activities kicked off on February 9, 2021, with a commemoration of the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake on its 50th anniversary. Please see the recording and a summary of the question-and-answer period on the conference website.

Additional activities throughout the year are being organized, leading to the in-person gathering at the conference in February 2022 at UCLA. The next activity is an Energy Sector panel discussion on April 6, 2021. This is followed by a Joint Japan-US Symposium on Assessment, Management, and Governance for Infrastructure Resilience. More information on these two activities is available in the recent newsletter.

USGS Seeks Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently soliciting project proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 grants on earthquake hazards science and is authorized to award up to $7 million. Interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding Opportunity Number G22AS00006. 

The grants offered through the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) are a long-standing effort that significantly advances earthquake research. The Earthquake Hazards Program encourages the submission of new ideas that would provide more accurate and timelier earthquake information, better characterization of earthquake sources, and a reduction in uncertainty for earthquake-hazard and risk assessments.  USGS also seeks proposals that will help mitigate earthquake losses and better inform the public about earthquakes and earthquake safety, such as earthquake early warning or other scientific efforts that will reduce risk. The complete list of FY2022 EHP science research priorities is included in the grants solicitation found on GRANTS.GOV and the EHP External Grants website.

Every year, the USGS invites innovative earthquake research proposals from colleges and universities, state and local offices, non-profit organizations, private institutions, unaffiliated scientists, engineers, and foreign organizations. Past funded grants projects include:

  • Real-time and data-driven ground motion prediction equations for earthquake early warning;
  • Evaluating characteristics of seismicity in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
  • Machine learning-based procedures for estimating seismically-induced landslides in subduction tectonic settings;
  • Seismotectonic analyses of Nevada earthquake sequences and their implications for hazard assessment; and
  • Earthquake source characterization of the Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone.

complete list of previously funded projects and reports is available on the USGS EHP external research support website.

For more information, contact: Jill Franks, Associate Coordinator for External Research, Earthquake Hazards Program, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2021 SEAOC Convention Call for Abstracts

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2021 SEAOC Convention has been extended to April 10, 2021! 

Abstracts are requested for papers to be presented as part of the Technical Program for the 2021 SEAOC Convention, to be held September 22 through 25, 2021. The convention planning committee is continuously evaluating state and federal guidelines to determine if the convention will be hosted in-person at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA, or virtually from the safety of your own home.

The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) is respected as an authoritative world leader in the practice of structural and earthquake engineering, as a nationally influential participant in structural code and standard development, and as a valuable resource to practicing structural engineers in California. To this degree, we encourage those with educational topics to share with our engineering community with subject areas that include but are not limited to:

  • Building codes & standards
  • Cities & politics,
  • Business & economics
  • Legal, innovation & resilience
  • Recent project case studies,
  • Diversity, equity, & inclusion.

Submit your abstract using this form. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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