Webinar: Reconnaissance Lessons Learned from the 2019 EERI New Zealand Travel Study Program

View a recording of the webinar here.

Join us for a webinar — presented to you by the Younger Members Committee — featuring lessons learned from the Learning from Earthquakes 2019 Travel Study Program in New Zealand, developed in partnership with QuakeCoRE, the New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience. Program participants learned directly from those in the field through lectures, site visits, and group research projects. From Christchurch, to Kaikoura, then Wellington, they talked to local experts to understand the impacts of earthquakes. Learn more about the LFE Travel Study Program here. 

The webinar will include presentations from the following program participants:

  • "Environmental Impacts of 2010-2011 Canterbury & 2016 Kaikoura Earthquakes: Lessons Learned to Inform Resilient Strategies," presented by Andrew Makdisi (M.EERI,2017), University of Washington
  • "Learning From Earthquakes New Zealand Travel Study Program: Opportunities in Rebuilding the Built Environment," presented by Anne Hulsey (M.EERI,2002), Stanford University
  • "Challenges in Rebuilding the Built Environment in New Zealand following Earthquakes," presented by Ezra Jampole (M.EERI,2012), Exponent


Andrew J. Makdisi: Andrew is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. His research focuses on soil liquefaction during earthquakes and the ensuing ground failure that often results. The project seeks to develop a predictive framework that separates the lateral spreading problem into components that occur before and after the onset of liquefaction. Andrew serves as vice president of the EERI student chapter at UW and on the Board of Directors for the Washington professional chapter. Andrew received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2012 and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in 2016.

Anne Hulsey: Anne is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University and performs earthquake engineering research in order to support communities as they develop resilience strategies. Her research focuses on how damage to individual buildings has the potential to influence the broader neighborhood (and vice versa). Anne’s previous graduate work was at The University of Texas, including earning a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Anne has been involved in EERI since 2012 and has served as president and treasurer for the student chapters at UT and Stanford, respectively. She is on board of directors for the EERI Northern California chapter.

Ezra Jampole: Ezra is a Managing Engineer at Exponent in New York City. He specializes in the performance of structures subjected to extreme loads such as earthquakes, wind, and flood events and risk analyses. He has served as a consultant on projects assessing the origin of damage to structures following natural disasters, adjacent construction incidents, corrosion and deterioration, settlement, and long-term issues. Ezra is a co-chair of EERI’s Younger Members Committee.