Ioanna Kavvada et al Receive 2022 Graduate Student Paper Prize

Grad Paper Kavvada PhotoEERI is pleased to announce that the 2022 Graduate Student Paper Prize is awarded to “Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis for Spatially Distributed Infrastructure Considering the Correlation of Spectral Acceleration Across Spectral Periods,” (Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 1148-1175) by Ioanna Kavvada (M.EERI 2021), Scott Moura, Arpad Horvath, and Norman Abrahamson. The award citation notes, “The study presented in the paper strongly aligns with EERI’s mission, and has a strong potential to improve regional-scale seismic hazard and risk assessment using efficient probabilistic simulations…this paper will have a wide appeal among the readership of Earthquake Spectra due to its significance, timeliness, excellent writing and organization, and exceptional data visualization.”

Ioanna Kavvada graduated with a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2022. Her interdisciplinary research focused on the optimal allocation of resources to mitigate earthquake risk in building portfolios. She developed robust optimization models to identify optimal risk mitigation strategies at a regional scale considering their economic, environmental and equity implications. She is interested in integrating optimization and statistical learning techniques to inform decision-making towards sustainable and resilient infrastructure. She holds an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras.

An honorable mention was awarded to “An Agent-based Financing Model for Post-Earthquake Housing Recovery: Quantifying Recovery Inequalities Across Income Groups,” (Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 1254-1282) by Irene Alisjahbana (M.EERI 2020), Ana Moura-Cook, Rodridgo Costa (M.EERI 2018), and Anne Kiremidjian (M.EERI 1976).

For more information about the Graduate Student Paper prize, visit the EERI competitions page here.