Meet the 2021-2022 EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellows in Earthquake Hazard Reduction

We’re excited to announce the 2021-2022 EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellows, Patrick Bassal (M.EERI, 2015) and Alan Poulos (M.EERI, 2020)! 

Supported by funds from FEMA, the one-year fellowship seeks to foster the participation of those working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. We look forward to highlighting the fellows' research at 12NCEE next year. Learn more about the EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowship on our website here.

Patrick Bassal bassal for pulse copy
Ph.D. Candidate in Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Davis

Patrick C. Bassal is a Ph.D. candidate in geotechnical engineering at the University of California, Davis. His doctoral research focuses on using advanced numerical and geostatistical methods to understand the key mechanisms and factors contributing to the magnitude and spatial extent of liquefaction effects at sites with interlayered soil deposits. This research has involved in-depth analyses of post-earthquake case studies and seeks to provide practical insights for both simplified and numerical liquefaction evaluations. Patrick holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and an M.S. in Geoengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked as a geotechnical engineering consultant for four years and is a registered civil engineer in California. Patrick was introduced to EERI as a post-graduate intern in 2013, and later served as a board member and webmaster for the EERI-NYNE Regional Chapter and the Younger Members Committee. More recently, he has contributed to developing new multidisciplinary tasks for the undergraduate Student Design Competition through the Student Leadership Council, and is currently co-president of the EERI at UC Davis Student Chapter.

Alan Poulos poulos for pulse
Ph.D. Candidate in Structural Engineering, Stanford University

Alan Poulos is currently a Ph.D. candidate in structural engineering at Stanford University, working with Professor Eduardo Miranda. His current research focuses on ground motion directionality and its effects on earthquake-resistant design and regional risk assessment. These effects, which are usually ignored, are being studied to improve current civil infrastructure design and management practices. Alan holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he worked with Professors Juan Carlos de la Llera and Judith Mitrani-Reiser on modeling earthquake-induced building evacuations. He has previously worked in research and development at a structural engineering firm and a disaster risk management research center, both in Chile.

Honorable Mentions: Tyler Oathes and Hailey-Rae Rose

EERI’s Student Awards Committee also awarded honorable mentions to candidates Tyler Oathes (M.EERI, 2018) of the University of California, Davis, and Hailey-Rae Rose (M.EERI, 2020) of the University of Colorado Boulder.