List of Visiting Professionals

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Geotechnical Engineers

Ramin Golesorkhi, Principal/Vice President and Director, Langan, San Francisco, CA 

He is a registered civil (California and New York) and geotechnical engineer (California) and a Fellow of ASCE. He is a principal/vice president and director of earthquake engineering services at Langan, an over 1,050-person geotechnical, environmental, and civil design engineering firm, with more than 30 years of experience in seismic analysis and foundation engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Tufts University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Golesorkhi directs the development of seismic and geotechnical design criteria appropriate for industrial, residential, private and government office buildings, hospitals and healthcare facilities, bridges, elevated freeways and viaducts, base isolated structures, tunnels, and seismic strengthening of existing structures. He has developed seismic design criteria for performance-based design of structures since early 2,000’s and has been active in the development of seismic design criteria in building codes. He is one of the primary authors of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Technical Guide on Performance-Based Seismic Design for Tall Buildings (2017). Some of his projects include: the new Asian Art Museum, numerous high-rise towers, a major refinery in Peru, AT&T Park, Levi’s Stadium, and the State office building in San Francisco. His experience stretches throughout the United States, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East.

Faiz Makdisi, Senior Principal Engineer, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Oakland, CA 

He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  He has over 39 years of specialized experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Dr. Makdisi has been actively involved in studies of the seismic behavior of earth and rock fill dams and embankments. He developed and published (with the late Professor H. Bolton Seed) widely used simplified procedures for estimating the dynamic response and permanent deformations in earth and rock fill dams. Recently, Dr. Makdisi has been involved in development of seismic design criteria, evaluation of seismic stability, and design of alternative remedial measures for more than 25 embankment dams. He has authored and co-authored many papers dealing with the seismic stability of dams and with various aspects of earthquake ground motions and seismic design criteria for critical facilities. He is a recipient of the 1977 Norman Medal award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the paper (co-authored with Seed, Lee and Idriss) on the analyses of the slides in the San Fernando Dams during the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.  As a member of a team of Technical Advisors to the Los Angeles District, Corps of Engineers, on the design and construction of Seven Oaks Dam in California, Dr. Makdisi was a co-recipient of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Engineers “Design and Environmental Honor Award for 2002.” Dr. Makdisi is currently serving as a member of the Board of Consultants for Oroville Dam Spillway Restoration Project, and the Director’s Safety Review Board for Perris Dam, Castaic and Crafton Hills Dams, B. F. Sisk Dam, and five Delta Dams, for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Division of Safety of Dams. He also served as a member of the Consulting Review Board for Conconully Dam, for the US Bureau of Reclamation. In 2017, Dr. Makdisi was the awarded the Danny K. McCook Medal by Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), for his lasting contributions to dam safety.


  1. Evaluation of the seismic performance and stability of embankment dams (earth and rockfill dams)
  2. Assessment of earthquake ground motions for the design or evaluation of critical structures
  3. Potential failure modes evaluations for risk assessments of dams

Jorge Meneses, RMA Group, San Diego, CA

Jorge Meneses

Jorge Meneses is an expert in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Areas of expertise include seismic hazard analysis, selection and modification of earthquake time histories, liquefaction and lateral spread evaluation and mitigation, deep and shallow foundations, seismic stability of earthworks, site response and characterization, numerical modeling and advanced geotechnical testing. Dr. Meneses specializes in seismic soil-structure interaction analysis, and analysis and design of pile foundations subjected to liquefaction and lateral spread. He has experience with seismic hazard evaluation and ground motions development in different earthquake environments. Dr. Meneses was the lead member of one of the GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance) missions to evaluate damage and seismic performance after the M9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake in April 2011.Dr. Meneses has research and working experience in USA, Japan, Peru, Venezuela, India, and Mexico. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in earthquake geotechnical engineering and foundation engineering for various markets including nuclear, energy, transportation, high rise buildings, commercial and industrial. He is currently a part-time faculty in the graduate school of San Diego State University and part-time instructor at the University of California San Diego Extension. He is the President and Founder of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) San Diego Chapter, Honorary Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is also a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission appointed by the state governor and confirmed by the state senate.


  1. Practitioner approach to site-specific seismic hazard evaluation
  2. Development of earthquake ground motions for seismic deformation analysis of earthworks
  3. Earthquake Safety for All: The challenge of reducing seismic risk in developing countries
  4. Impact on practical design of low-probability events with large consequences
  5. Significance of Earthquake Scenarios for Mitigation and Planning

Sissy Nikolaou, Leader of the Earthquake Engineering Group of the Materials and Structural Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sissy Nikolaou

Dr. Sissy Nikolaou is the Leader of the Earthquake Engineering Group of the Materials and Structural Systems Division of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Earthquake Engineering Group (EEG) is one of four research groups in the Division, which serves as a world-class resource for developing, advancing, and deploying measurement science for reducing the risks to buildings and infrastructure lifelines from earthquake hazards. Nikolaou provides leadership for EEG to support global competitiveness of U.S. industry through innovations in building materials and construction technology and enhance the security, safety, and sustainability of the built environment across the nation. Her group also supports the National Construction Safety Team (NCST), and National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).

Nikolaou earned her 5-year Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece on Structural Engineering, and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University at Buffalo with focus on Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering. She has served as Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Applied Technology Council (ATC), and is an advisory member of the NSF-funded Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. She is currently a Governor and Treasurer of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-GI), where she holds the Fellow status, and is member of the Executive Committee of the Infrastructure Resilience Division (ASCE-IRD). She enjoys developing and teaching graduate classes in Manhattan College where she serves as an Adjunct Professor. Her recognitions include receiving the Prakash Prize for Excellence, the WSP Technical Fellow of Earthquake Engineering distinction, and a Board Certification by the Academy of the Geo-Professionals (AGP).

She has led national reconnaissance missions around the world that brought together universities, agencies, and firms, following major earthquakes and hurricanes. She was part of the response/recovery work of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 Terrorist Attack and Hurricane Sandy, while she has played a key role in the development of new generation of seismic guidelines and frameworks for buildings, bridges, tunnels, and other lifeline infrastructure systems in the US and abroad. One of her passions is to support and inspire the new generation of engineers, and she is meaningfully involved with organizations that enhance the inclusion and equity of women, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and other underrepresented groups in the engineering community. Nikolaou’s experience has highlighted the need to emphasize quality of life in developing solutions to earthquake, climate, and other human-induced problems. Her future oriented approach connects research and practice to innovate and improve standards which help communities bounce forward, rather than simply bouncing back, after an earthquake or other extreme events.


  1. Functional Recovery: The Next Frontier of Earthquake Engineering
  2. Geo-Seismic Design: From Empirical Methods to Performance Based Frameworks
  3. Learning from Success rather than Failures after Extreme Events
  4. Soil-Structure Interaction: Basic Concepts and Future Direction

Christine Z. Beyzaei, Senior Engineer, Exponent Inc., Oakland, CA

Christine Z. Beyzaei, Ph.D., P.E. is a Senior Engineer with Exponent in Oakland, California specializing in geotechnical earthquake engineering. Dr. Beyzaei has consulting experience on U.S. and international projects for critical infrastructure, new and existing buildings, high-rise structures, bridges, and embankment dams. Dr. Beyzaei also has significant experience with geotechnical site investigation, seismic testing, and advanced laboratory testing of geotechnical materials under static and dynamic conditions. She is a registered civil engineer in the state of California.

Dr. Beyzaei earned her Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on liquefaction of silty soils, evaluating potential over-conservatism in established liquefaction assessment procedures at silty soil sites in Christchurch, New Zealand. She investigated post-earthquake observations from the Canterbury earthquake sequence through field sampling, cyclic triaxial testing, alternative site characterization techniques, and consideration of depositional environment effects on liquefaction performance. Dr. Beyzaei graduated from the George Washington University in 2009 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering. From 2010-2013 she worked as a geotechnical engineer at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in New York City.

In addition to her academic and professional pursuits, Dr. Beyzaei is active in EERI, ASCE, and the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER). She received the 2016-2017 EERI/FEMA-NEHRP Graduate Fellowship for Earthquake Hazard Reduction, was on GEER reconnaissance teams following the 2014 South Napa earthquake and the 2018 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake, and serves on committees for school earthquake safety, continuing education, and innovative technologies.


  1. Liquefaction of Silty Soils: Investigations in Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering: From the Classroom to Consulting Practice
  3. Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance, Empirical Methods, and Practical Applications

John Thornley, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Inc., Anchorage, AK

John Thornley, PhD, PE is an Associate and Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Golder Associates Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska. He has over 16 years of geotechnical and earthquake engineering experience. Recently John was a co-lead for the EERI Learning from Earthquakes Reconnaissance effort for the November 30, 2018 M7.1 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake. John is currently the chair of the Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission. He has served as field manager of geotechnical studies and prepared recommendations for a variety of infrastructure projects including buildings, roads and airports, large liquefied natural gas and water storage tanks, pipelines, wind and cellular towers, and utilities. As part of John’s work across Alaska, he has been involved in seismic hazard studies, seismic site response analyses planning studies for large infrastructure buildouts, and cold regions and permafrost engineering. His design work includes ground improvement in liquefiable soils, deep and shallow foundations, slope stabilization, retaining structures, and embankments. Most recently John has been leading a variety of repair and post-earthquake mitigation projects in southcentral Alaska including repair work for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. John completed his MS focused in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno and a PhD focused in geotechnical earthquake engineering at University of Strathclyde Glasgow, evaluating the variability of earthquake site response within Anchorage, Alaska.


  1. Observations from the November 30, 2018 M7.1 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake.
  2. Recent Geotechnical Engineering projects in Alaska and special considerations for Alaska's hazard and ground conditions.
  3. Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission – Engineers and Planners shared impacts on public policy.
  4. Seismic Hazard Across Alaska – A case study on the need to update the Alaska Seismic Hazard Maps.
  5. Liquefaction-related ground improvement projects – lessons learned from design
    and construction.


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Risk Analysis, Lifelines, and Industrial Facilities

Ronald T. Eguchi, President and CEO, ImageCat Inc., Long Beach, CA 


Mr. Eguchi is President and CEO of ImageCat, Inc., an international risk management company that supports the global risk and catastrophe management needs of the insurance industry, governments and NGOs. Mr. Eguchi has over 30 years of experience in risk analysis and risk reduction studies. He currently serves or has served on several editorial boards including EERI’s Journal SPECTRA. In 1997, he was awarded the ASCE C. Martin Duke Award for his contributions to the area of lifeline earthquake engineering. In 2006, he accepted an ATC Award of Excellence on behalf of the ATC-61 project team for work on An Independent Study to Assess Future Savings from Mitigation Activities that showed that a dollar spent on hazard mitigation saves the nation about $4 in future benefits. He was recognized by EERI as the 2008 Distinguished Lecturer where he discussed the topic of “Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and other Disasters: A View from Space.” He recently chaired the Technical Committee on Advances in Information Technologies for the SEI Division of ASCE, a committee he started in 2015. He has authored over 300 publications, many of them dealing with the seismic risk of utility lifeline systems and the use of remote sensing technologies for disaster response. He has lectured on a variety of topics including a) using remote sensing technologies for disaster response, b) evaluating the resilience of complex lifeline systems to earthquakes and other natural disasters, and c) the truth about starting your own consulting company in a technology-driven environment. He was awarded the 2017 Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Distinguished Alumnus Award from UCLA.

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Ivan G. Wong, Senior Principal Seismologist, Lettis Consultants International, Walnut Creek, CA


Ivan has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of engineering seismology and seismic geology. A major focus in his career has been earthquake hazard reduction and awareness and public outreach. Ivan has directed the seismic hazard evaluations of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide, many for the Federal government. He has managed some of the largest seismic hazard evaluations performed in the U.S. including the Yucca Mountain Project. For FEMA, Ivan has been involved in the education and implementation of the seismic risk assessment software HAZUS in several areas in the U.S. He has been the recipient of numerous NEHRP external research grants from the USGS that have supported the development of urban probabilistic and scenario hazard maps and other earthquake hazard-related studies. Ivan is a past member of the EERI Board of Directors, past President of the EERI Northern California Chapter, past member of the Editorial Board for EERI’s Earthquake Spectra, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. He is a member of numerous scientific and engineering committees, panels, and working groups including Chair of the Working Group on Utah Earthquake Probabilities and a member of the CISN Advisory Panel, ANSS National Steering Committee, and the American Nuclear Society Working Groups on Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis and Surface Fault Rupture and Deformation. Ivan has also been particularly active in serving the U.S. Geological Survey on several review and advisory panels including the review panel for the 1996 National Seismic Hazard Maps. In 2017, Ivan was appointed to the California Seismic Safety Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. Ivan has authored or coauthored more than 350 professional publications.


  1. Learning From Earthquakes: Lessons Learned for Evaluating Seismic Hazards
  2. The Role of Site Characterization in Evaluating Seismic Hazards
  3. Site-Specific Seismic Hazard Evaluations for Critical and Important Facilities
  4. Induced Seismicity and the Oil and Gas Industry
  5. Seismicity, Seismic Hazards, and Seismic Design in the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain, Central, East, or Southeast U.S.

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Structural Engineers

David Cocke, Founder and President, Structural Focus, Los Angeles, CA

David Cocke

David started Structural Focus in 2001 after 15 years in San Francisco with Degenkolb Engineers, and another five years founding and managing their Los Angeles office. While at Degenkolb, David worked on notable historic projects such as the EQ repairs to the SF Ferry Building, several quad buildings at Stanford and the Hotel del Coronado. At Structural Focus, David has worked on the design of new buildings including a new Amazon Studios campus, and the evaluation and retrofit of hundreds of buildings including film studio facilities, university buildings, the Red Bull Headquarters, Google LA Headquarters and historic buildings ranging from some historic barns at Rancho Los Alamitos to the adaptive reuse of a 1930’s concrete sound stage at Sony Studios. Some other significant recent projects include the restoration of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the new Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and numerous adaptive reuse projects. David is also co-founder and Managing Director of SAFEq Institute which serves as a resource for post-disaster inspections information and providing direct services to government entities and business owners. He has led the establishment of Building Occupancy Resumption Programs in southern California jurisdictions. In addition to his work in preservation, David has served on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineers Association of both SEAONC and SEAOSC, as well as SEAOC. He also served on the California Preservation Foundation Board, on the Board of Pasadena Heritage, EERI Board and was President of the USC Architectural Guild in 2007. David has served as the SEAOC-appointed Alternate Structural Member on the State Historical Building Safety Board since 2007, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Conservancy. David also is a member of the Alumni Board of the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech as well as the Advisory Board for the Architectural Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is a past President of the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineers Institute (SEI) of ASCE and a Fellow of SEI, ASCE and SEAOC. David is the current President of EERI.


  1. Retrofit of historic buildings and some significant case studies.
  2. Private/Public partnerships in support of community resilience.
  3. Real life as a practicing Structural Engineer and life lessons learned.

David Friedman, Senior Principal, Forell/Elsesser, San Francisco, CA


Senior Principal and immediate past President, CEO and Board chair, with more than 35 years at Forell/Elsesser and almost 40 years in the industry, David’s strength is a holistic approach to a project’s planning, design and construction, and the collaborative integration of creative structural solutions with architects, engineers, and builders. With a specialty in designated historic structures, David has creatively solved numerous engineering challenges. Principle examples of his solutions include the base isolation retrofits for both the San Francisco City Hall and Asian Art Museum, the adaptive reuse and retrofit for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the seismic safety corrections and remodel of UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium. The practicing structural engineer today must have a broad understanding of not just structural engineering, but must be knowledgeable about architecture, M/E/P systems, construction delivery methodologies, and the construction process. All projects come with their own litany of challenges and constraints, and the structural engineer is one of the key players in achieving the optimal solution: The project’s budget, the selected performance and design criteria, the architectural form, and the operating systems all affect the selection of the appropriate structural materials and lateral force resisting system. Then the analysis must get translated into a design, and the design must clearly and carefully be delineated into construction documents including plans, details, sections and technical specifications, with appropriate attention to sequencing, phasing and constructibility. This all gives rise to the notion of today’s structural engineer as a “Master Builder”, one who can articulate their way through a complex labyrinth of form finding, criteria setting, risk evaluation, design and documentation, and construction.


  1. Base Isolation: A Primer with Case Studies: San Francisco City Hall & UCSF Center for Regenerative Medicine
  2. The Practice of Structural Engineering Today with Project Examples: UCB Memorial Stadium, Stanford’s McMurtry Hall, Facebook
  3. The Seismic Retrofit of California Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley: Straddling the Hayward Fault

John Hooper, Senior Principal and Director, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, WA


John Hooper, is a Senior Principal and Director of earthquake engineering. Magnusson Klemencic Associates is a 200-person structural engineering and civil engineering firm. John has over 30 years of experience in seismic renovation, seismic design of new buildings (including the use of performance-based seismic design), structural analysis, and building code and standards development. He is active on numerous research, standards and code committees, including serving as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE 7’s) Seismic Subcommittee, member of the ASCE 7’s Main Committee, member of the NEHRP Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR), and a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) NEHRP Provisions Update Committee. John’s recent projects include major healthcare facilities, high-rise buildings, emergency operations centers, and structures with unique architecture.


  1. ASCE 7-16 Seismic Requirements
  2. Performance-based Seismic Design, today and tomorrow
  3. Research collaborations between academics and practitioners

Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer, California Earthquake Authority, Sacramento, CA


Janiele Maffei received an M.S. degree (1980) in Civil (Structural) Engineering and A.B. degree (1978) in Architecture, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Maffei is licensed as both a Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer in California with over 40 years of experience in the design of new buildings, retrofit designs of existing buildings, seismic evaluations, seismic loss estimation studies, design of equipment anchorages, preparation of construction documents, project management, and construction administration. After fifteen years as a project manager and regional office director with Degenkolb Engineers, she opened her own practice where she managed complex design projects involving many disciplines. In 2011, Ms. Maffei joined the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) as its Chief Mitigation Officer. In this capacity, she serves as the Executive Director of the California Residential Mitigation Program and manages the CEA research department.

As Executive Director of the California Residential Retrofit Program, Ms. Maffei has been responsible for developing policies, plans, and incentives for retrofitting wood frame residential construction throughout California intended to mitigate the consequence of a major earthquake in California. She also co-managed, with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the CEA/FEMA-funded Applied Technology Council (ATC) Project 110, Prestandard for the Seismic Retrofit of Single-Family Wood-Framed Dwellings, now published as FEMA P-1100. For CEA, she managed the 2014 South Napa Earthquake single-family dwelling research project and the CEA/PEER Project, “Quantifying the Performance of Retrofit of Cripple Walls and Sill Anchorage in Single-Family Wood-Frame Buildings” published in 2020.

Her professional leadership positions include: Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), Board of Directors, (1995-1997); SEAONC, President (2019 – 2021); Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Northern California Chapter, President (2010-2011); and EERI, Board of Directors, Secretary and Treasurer (2012-2018).

James Malley, Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, CA

Jim Malley

James O. Malley is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers of San Francisco, California. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. A registered Structural Engineer in California, Mr. Malley has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures. He has specialized in the seismic design of steel frame structures, especially for health care facilities. Mr. Malley served as the Project Director for Topical Investigations for the SAC Steel Program. In that position, he was responsible for directing data collection and interpretation of steel frame buildings damaged by the Northridge Earthquake and all of the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project. In 2000, this work was recognized by AISC in presenting Mr. Malley its’ Special Achievement Award. Mr. Malley is the Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the past Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee that is responsible for developing the AISC Seismic Provisions that are the basis of the IBC. Mr. Malley is a member of the ASCE Committee on Steel Buildings and the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee. He was named the 2010 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award winner for his work on the AISC Seismic Provisions, and in 2012 was given presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by AISC. Mr. Malley is also a member of the AWS D1.l Subcommittee on Seismic Welding Issues that publishes the AWS D1.8 Seismic Supplement to AWS D1.1. He was a member of the steel subcommittee of the ATC 33 project that developed FEMA 273/274, “NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings”, and is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee. Jim has served as a member of the SEAONC and SEAOC Board of Directors, and was President of SEAONC in 2000-2001. He was President of SEAOC in 2003-2004. He was named a SEAOC Fellow in 2007 and an Honorary Member of SEAONC in 2014. Mr. Malley was also a member of the Board of Directors of NCSEA, serving as President in 2010-2011. He was also presented the James Delahay Award by NCSEA in 2014 for his contributions to the development of building codes and standards. He is also presently a member of the Board of Directors of EERI. Mr. Malley is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Technology Council. He has made numerous presentations on the effects of the Northridge Earthquake on Steel Frame Buildings, as well as the seismic design of steel structures. The author of over fifty technical papers, Mr. Malley was the Co-Recipient (with the late Egor Popov) of the 1986 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize ASCE for the paper “Shear Links in Eccentrically Braced Frames”.


  1. The basis for the AISC Seismic Provisions
  2. Seismic retrofit project of a 15 story steel moment frame building with connection modifications and viscous dampers
  3. Seismic Evaluation of Tall pre-Northridge Steel Moment Frame Buildings: Observations and Trends on Performance and Examples of Seismic Retrofits
  4. Lessons learned from peer review of complex buildings designed using Performance Based Seismic Design

Ezra Jampole, Managing Engineer, Exponent, Inc., New York, NY

Dr. Jampole is a Managing Engineer in the Buildings and Structures Practice at Exponent, Inc. in New York City. He specializes in risk analysis and performance of structures subjected to extreme loads such as earthquakes, wind, and flood events. 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. He has substantial experience investigating the engineering standard of care for complex energy and infrastructure projects for litigation and arbitration. He also has experience designing steel, concrete, and wood framed buildings; and in nonlinear analysis and earthquake ground motion selection.

Dr. Jampole has developed strategies for improving the performance of light frame structures during severe earthquakes. He developed a sliding isolation system geared towards the properties of light frame structures, and validated its performance through numerical analysis, component testing, and full-scale shake table testing of a two-story isolated house. He also developed a ground motion intensity measure for the prediction of sliding isolation demands, and subsequent ground motion prediction equations for use in probabilistic seismic hazard analyses.

Dr. Jampole is extensively involved in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute as co-chair of the Younger Members Committee, and through the Learning from Earthquakes Program. He has participated in post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations in Oklahoma, Mexico City, and New Zealand, including as part of EERI’s Learning from Earthquake’s Program Travel Study Program.

Dr. Jampole currently serves as an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he teaches a graduate course on structural dynamics and researches high-performance concrete materials. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.


  1. How young professionals can leverage expertise developed in school to continue working on areas of interest in industry, in the context of my experience with low-cost base isolation.
  2. Engineering failure investigations and evaluating the standard of care, through several example tall building and infrastructure projects that have been the subject of litigation and arbitration.
  3. Why professionals should care about and participate in post-disaster reconnaissance, and how to transfer lessons learned during reconnaissance efforts into engineering practice.

Erik Bishop, Associate, Reid Middleton, Inc., Everett, WA

Erik Bishop

Erik Bishop is an Associate at Reid Middleton, Inc., in Everett, WA and has experience working on a variety of earthquake-focused projects types throughout the western United States, Japan, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates. Erik’s experience includes new design, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation design for buildings and lifeline utilities, seismic resiliency studies, and the development of seismic instrumentation and earthquake response technologies. Erik has also had opportunities to participate in post-earthquake reconnaissance and response efforts following the M8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake in China (2008), the M8.8 Chile Earthquake & Tsunami (2010), the M7.1 Puebla, México Earthquake (2017), and the M7.1 Searles Valley, CA Earthquake (2019). After observing the devastating effects of these events first-hand, he has worked in several capacities in order to improve the seismic safety and resiliency of our communities, including providing post-earthquake safety evaluation trainings, working on the development of innovative earthquake response tools for emergency managers, and participating in various earthquake preparedness advocacy and professional committee efforts. He was selected as a Housner Fellow in 2017 through the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).


  1. Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings (ATC-20/Cal OES SAP/WAsafe) Training Classes
  2. Lessons Learned from Earthquake Reconnaissance following Earthquakes in California (2019), Mexico City (2017), Japan (2011), Chile (2010), and China (2008)
  3. Real-Time Structural Instrumentation as an Emergency Response and Business Continuity Tool
  4. Tools for Advancing Resilience Reconnaissance with a Jojutla, México Case Study
  5. Evaluating the Seismic Resilience of Community Lifeline Infrastructure
  6. Seismic Upgrades for Essential Facilities – Case Studies

Brent Maxfield, Structural Engineer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT

Brent Maxfield, SE has 37 years of experience in the field of structural and seismic engineering. He has spent many years trying to build a bridge between structural engineering and earthquake ground motions. He has written several articles on this topic, including articles in Structure Magazine (Are You Communicating Seismic Concepts Correctly? March 2016) and Modern Steel Construction (Let’s Talk Seismic, March 2018). He has also presented at the NASCC Steel Conference. Brent graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and received a Master of Engineering Management from the same university. Brent has been employed for 29 years as a structural engineer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he has worked on projects across the United States and around the world. He has reviewed projects and worked with structural engineers in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and other areas of the world. He is currently reviewing the engineering for the base isolation and seismic upgrade of the historic Salt Lake Temple.

Brent is an active member of the EERI Utah Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU) and expends considerable effort to help promote earthquake awareness and preparedness to engineers and the Utah community. He was instrumental in getting the Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP) adopted in several cities in Utah. He was the EERI Chapter President and assisted the chapter in the publishing of Scenario for a Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake on the Wasatch Fault – Salt Lake City Segment, Hazards and Loss Estimates in 2015. In 2012, Brent was awarded the Utah Engineer of the Year by the Utah Engineers Council.

Brent has written three books on the use and application of PTC Mathcad.


  1. Primary topic: Important seismic topics, with an emphasis on understanding the earthquake ground motions and basic concepts of modern seismic design
  2. Mathcad and the base isolation of the Salt Lake Temple

Troy Morgan, Principal Engineer, Exponent, Inc., New York, NY

Dr. Troy Morgan specializes in the performance-based analysis, design, and assessment of structures under extreme loading such as earthquakes, wind, flood, and explosions. He has served as a consultant on major projects, assisting with the analysis and design of essential structures including healthcare facilities, laboratories, industrial buildings, and critical infrastructure requiring sophisticated analysis techniques and the applications of advanced seismic protective systems. Dr. Morgan also has substantial consulting experience with the nuclear power generating industry, evaluating seismic risk to new and existing safety critical structures and equipment through ground motion selection/scaling and nonlinear structural analysis including soil-structure interaction.

As a recognized expert in the field of seismic isolation and passive energy dissipation systems, Dr. Morgan has performed extensive research on the numerical simulation and experimental behavior of innovative seismic protective devices and optimization of their use within performance-based engineering frameworks. He provides analysis, design, and expert peer review services for complex structures incorporating innovative structural systems, including those incorporating recently-developed modular construction techniques.

Dr. Morgan holds B.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees, all from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered Professional Engineer in six states. Prior to joining Exponent, he was Assistant Professor at the Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. Awards include the FEMA/EERI NEHRP Graduate Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction, the SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, and the ASCE Western Regional Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Sector.


  1. Risk-based seismic design and assessment of safety-critical nuclear structures.
  2. Applications of advanced seismic protective systems such as base isolation, passive and semi-active damping devices.
  3. Seismic performance of modular building systems.
  4. Techniques and applications of the investigative process of forensic structural engineering, including earthquake case studies and their outcomes.


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Emergency Management

Jay Wilson, Resilience Coordinator, Clackamas County Disaster Management, Oregon City, OR

Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson is the Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator with the Department of Disaster Management and spearheads the County's efforts to reduce risks and assess hazards including flood, earthquake, wildfire, volcano, and climate change impacts. Mr. Wilson is the past-Chair (2014-17) of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) and previously worked for Oregon Emergency Management and as a Mitigation Reservist with FEMA Regions IX and X. Jay recently completed a two-year appointment as a Resilience Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology during the development of the 2015 Community Resilience Planning Guide. He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and has completed post-earthquake reconnaissance trips to Japan (2011) and Central-Italy (2017). Jay holds an M.A. in geography and a B.A. in film and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Professional highlights:

  • Provided invited testimony to the U.S. House Science Committee towards the passage of the 2006 Tsunami Warning and Education Act
  • Lead role in the development of the 2013 Oregon Resilience Plan


  1. Policy advocacy: Examples from working with the Oregon Legislature on earthquake and tsunami laws
  2. Aligning seismic and climate adaptation policies: Oregon’s Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub
  3. Disaster resilience from federal, state, and local perspectives
  4. Role of community values and beliefs in adopting resilience strategies

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