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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

EERI at WCEE2024

JMR at WCEEWe were delighted to connect with many of you at WCEE 2024 in Milan, Italy this month! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the EERI booth to say hello, watched the excellent keynotes by EERI members, or attended the sessions organized by EERI committees. View the WCEE photo page here for some of the highlights of the world conference.

EERI's bid to host the next world conference in Los Angeles did not succeed, but we congratulate the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering and Seismology on their winning bid for Montreal and look forward to planning a robust EERI contribution to WCEE 2028.

Photo: Judith Mitrani-Reiser delivers her 2023 EERI Distinguished Lecture at the WCEE2024 in Milan

EERI Board Applications: Deadline Extended to July 17!

Interested in serving on EERI's Board of DIrectors? The deadline to submit an application for elected or appointed Director has been extended to Wednesday, July 17! The 2024 Nominating Committee will review applications and will identify four individuals for the two open Director positions to be candidates in the 2025 Board of Directors Election, which takes place in October 2024. The elected Directors will be announced in early December 2024. The EERI Board will select the appointed director in late 2024. The Director terms will begin at the first board meeting of 2025, typically in March.

To apply to be on the Board:

  1. Click here to learn more about the application process.
  2. Carefully read the EERI Board Member Roles and Responsibilities document.
  3. Submit the application form.

The application deadline is now July 17, 2024, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Applications must include a brief written statement (no more than 750 words total) and a CV or résumé. Click here for details on what should be included in the written statement. Questions about the application process should be sent to

Apply to Participate in the Younger Members Committee Lightning Talk Seminar

We are excited to announce a lightning talk seminar for the EERI Younger Members Committee (YMC) that will take place on Tuesday, September 10 at 11:00 AM PST on Zoom. All YMC members are invited to attend and present a "lightning talk" (that will be approximately 3-5 minutes) to the group. 

The content of your talk can be your earthquake related research or interesting projects in the earthquake engineering industry/practice. This is an opportunity to both share the work you are passionate about and become exposed to others with the intention of increasing collaboration and discussion on technical topics within our community. Additionally, we hope to be able to give each other constructive feedback on these presentations, making it a valuable experience to sharpen your communication skills and get help on technical issues you may be struggling with in your work and research. 

Even if you do not have a topic to present, please sign up to attend so that you can observe the variety of research topics and private practice in our group and give valuable feedback to those who are presenting. Click here to submit the short application! The deadline to apply to be a presenter is Sunday, August 11, 2024, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2024, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time on Zoom. Please be sure you are available at this time before applying.

Don't Miss the New EERI Oral History featuring Dr. Izzat (Ed) Idriss

Don’t miss the 31st volume in Connections: The EERI Oral History Series, featuring Dr. Izzat (Ed) Idriss (M.EERI 1972), a pioneer in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering.In a personal introduction, James K. Mitchell calls this volume “both fascinating and inspirational…the specifics of the people, places, and projects that he describes provide an excellent account of the development and growth of geotechnical earthquake engineering and practice.”

Idriss headshot

Based on interviews conducted by Dr. Ross W. Boulanger, this oral history covers Dr. Idriss's wide-ranging contributions to the field, including the development of innovative procedures for evaluating the behavior of soil sites and structures, and recounts his participation in post-earthquake reconnaissance and investigations of many major earthquakes of the last half-century, beginning with Alaska in 1964. It discusses his public service as a member of the California Governor’s Board of Inquiry tasked to investigate the failure of portions of the Cypress Freeway and Bay Bridge in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, as an advisor to Caltrans, and as a consultant for seismic risk mitigation on major public works projects around the world. The volume recounts Idriss’s academic career, ranging from graduate studies at Caltech and Berkeley to his years as director of the Center for Geotechnical Modelling at the University of California, Davis, as well as his decades of engineering practice at the firm Woodward-Clyde. It also touches on his personal and family life, from recollections of his youth in Syria and Lebanon to his travels and hobbies in retirement. 

Download a free PDF copy of this oral history from the EERI Digital Library here (you will need to log in to your EERI member account or enter your name and email address to access the download link). Print-on-demand copies are available for purchase from Barnes and Noble for $19.95 apiece.

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Public Policy and Advocacy

Updates from the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program's (NEHRP's) reauthorization is heating up! There is a possible path forward to see this important legislation passed, but we will need continued advocacy from EERI members and the earthquake community. Keep an eye out for a call to action from the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPA) in the next Pulse newsletter. If you’re interested in learning more about where this legislation stands, join the next PPA call on Thursday, July 25 at noon Pacific Time. Email to request the calendar invite.

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Regional Chapters

New England Chapter Webinar: Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction

EERI’s New England Regional Chapter is hosting a free webinar on “Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction: Lessons from Pakistan, New Zealand, Nepal, Albania and Syria” on July 18, 2024 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (2:00 PM Pacific). Register here to attend the webinar.

Disasters—both natural and man-made—pose profound challenges to communities worldwide, significantly disrupting socio-economic structures and daily lives. Every disaster recovery presents specific challenges, yet common elements exist in rebuilding infrastructure and restoring daily life. For example, the M7.8 earthquake in Nepal in 2015 left 3.3 million people without homes, requiring a large effort to rebuild, often in hard-to-reach places with few resources. Similarly, the floods in Pakistan in 2022 meant that recovery plans had to be made for about two million homes spread across a wide area. These events underscore the multifaceted nature of disaster recovery, which extends beyond mere structural rebuilding to encompass socio-political, financial, and technical challenges within culturally specific contexts. Effective disaster recovery programs require a nuanced understanding of affected communities' unique needs alongside the implementation of customized solutions that facilitate a swift and sustainable return to normalcy. This presentation delves into the recovery initiatives in Pakistan, New Zealand, Nepal, Albania, and Syria, focusing on how local capabilities, international support, governance, and community engagement contribute to resilient outcomes.


  • Jitendra Bothara, Director, Resipro International Engineering Limited, and Fellow of Engineering from the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering and the Nepal Engineers’ Association.
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Earthquake Spectra Announces New Special Collection on Systemic Earthquake Risk Modeling

EERI’s peer-reviewed journal Earthquake Spectra is opening a new special collection on “Forward-Looking, Equitable, and Systemic Earthquake Risk Modeling.”  Read on for more information about the collection and instructions for submitting papers. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2024.

Summary: Forward-Looking, Equitable, and Systemic Earthquake Risk Modeling

Urban populations continue to grow in many regions, new structures are being built on previously undeveloped land, the density of urban settlements is amplifying, and multiple infrastructure systems are being expanded or further interconnected to meet ever-increasing demands. Against this backdrop, climate change is exacerbating the occurrence of certain hazards, increasing the likelihood of destructive earthquakes coinciding with or triggering other types of catastrophes, resulting in compounding and cascading impacts. These changes fundamentally alter the exposure and vulnerability of people, their built environment, and the risks that their livelihoods could be impacted by earthquakes. Meanwhile, marginalized socioeconomic and demographic groups continue to suffer the most during disasters, even though economic loss estimates might suggest otherwise. While these problems are understood qualitatively, their consideration in earthquake risk modeling remains a rarity.

These challenges point to an urgent need for a paradigm shift in how we approach earthquake risk modeling, which this special collection will address. The range of topics to be covered includes methods for time-dependent earthquake risk assessment, network-level earthquake risk modeling, multi-hazard (or cumulative) risk analysis, and the development of equitable risk metrics.

Special Collection Editorial Board Members:

  • Dr. Gemma Cremen, Lecturer in Risk and Resilience Engineering, UCL, UK
  • Prof. Carmine Galasso, Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering, UCL, UK
  • Dr. Vitor Silva, Head of Risk Engineering, Global Earthquake Model Foundation, Italy

For more information on the collection, author guidelines, and instructions on how to submit, view the news post on the EERI website here.

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Kinemetrics Webinar: Ensuring Accurate Displacement Measurements During Seismic Events—A Comparative Study of UCSD Shaking Tests of 10-Story TallWood Building

Kinemetrics is hosting a free webinar on July 17, 2024 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on “Ensuring Accurate Displacement Measurements During Seismic Events—A Comparative Study of UCSD Shaking Tests of 10-Story TallWood Building.” Register here to attend the webinar.

Accurate displacement measurements are critical for the integrity of the buildings and underpin some of the key indicators, such as Interstory drift, of seismic performance of the buildings. Building codes and design guidelines have identified limits on parameters based on historical data from instrumented buildings and experimental evaluation in laboratories. It is also used as the main engineering demand parameter to conduct fragility analysis as structural damage and nonstructural damage correlates with this parameter. Engineers and other emergency decision makers can only make informed, responsible decisions when structural displacements be accurately measured.

In this webinar and Q&A session, Dr. Khalid Saifullah (M.EERI 2018) will describe the testing procedures and results from a comparative study of accelerometers in a controlled study using the world’s largest outdoor shake table, located at UCSD, during a larger test program led by the NHERI TallWood Team. His presentation focuses on displacement responses of the building under different types of seismic loadings to gauge the effectiveness of accelerometers with respect to benchmark direct contact displacement techniques.

Call for Abstracts: AGU2024 Session on Post-Disaster Data Collection and Knowledge Dissemination

Conveners are seeking contributions to the following session accepted for the American Geological Union's 2024 meeting in Washington, D.C. in December:

Session ID: 228259
Session Title: NH044: What’s Next for Rapid, Post-Disaster Data Ingestion and Knowledge Dissemination Technologies Needed for Decision-Making
Section: Natural Hazards

Session Synopsis: Documenting physical impacts to civil infrastructure is critical for rescue operations and recovery. Recent technological advancements have improved post-disaster damage-assessment data collection platforms, including satellites, drones, and other sensors. However, while such technologies produce large quantities of high-fidelity information—and provide mission-specific benefits—resulting information is often difficult for general consumption and thus less conducive to timely societal uses. Accordingly, there is a need for data acquisition and processing strategies that have sufficient fidelity yet facilitate robust decision-making in shorter timeframes than typical for current post-disaster reconnaissance activities. While organizations have developed systems for data collection (e.g., Fulcrum, Survey 123, among others), no universal technology has emerged with the desired simplicity to provide real-time situational awareness information needed by various stakeholders. This session will bring together individuals from various organizations responding to natural disasters to advance the field and share applications, including AI, that can contribute to this objective.

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 31 July 2024 at 23:59 EDT. Abstracts will not be accepted for review after this date. To submit an abstract, go to the AGU2024 website and submit via the abstract submission portal there.

Tom Hanks Memorial Symposium

Tom Hanks, leading earthquake scientist, generous mentor and life-long friend and colleague to many, passed away earlier this year. To honor Tom, his life, and his scientific legacy, the USGS Earthquake Science Center is hosting an in-person symposium at Moffet Field this October. The event will be a celebration of both his life and work. Presentations will be focused on aspects of Tom's research that continue to resonate in research work or in the community, with personal reflections interspersed with technical talks. 

Thursday October 17, 2024 (35th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and ShakeOut day)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA

Please RSVP here to attend. If you have topics or ideas to share for the symposium, see the contact info at that link. 

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Subscribing Member Spotlight

Gannett Fleming

gannett flemingGannett Fleming is a global infrastructure firm that provides planning, design, technology, and construction management services for a diverse range of markets and disciplines. Founded in 1915, Gannett Fleming embraces sustainability and innovation in its projects and internal activities, achieving results while being responsible stewards of our environment.

Haselton Baker Risk Group

Haselton BakerHaselton Baker Risk Group provides methods and software to enable cutting-edge resilient design and risk assessment using advanced building-specific risk assessment technologies, enabling engineers to quickly implement advanced design and assessment methods into practice. Its Seismic Performance Prediction Program (SP3) implements the FEMA P-58 (ATC-58) analysis method, distilling years of research into a user-friendly tool enabling performance-based design methods (and advanced building-specific risk assessments). SP3 supports both new design and advanced building-specific risk assessments.

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