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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

You’re Invited: 2021 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition Awards Ceremony on June 18

This year, EERI’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) designed the first ever virtual seismic design competition. Despite the challenges, the SLC hosted a fun and challenging competition for over 350 students around the world. Competition teams reported on site conditions, completed a structural analysis, developed a retrofit strategy, and designed an architectural facade for a scenario hospital building in Seattle, Washington.

All EERI members are invited to attend the SDC Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 18 at 11 am PT to congratulate the teams on their great work. Register today to attend the awards ceremony.

Apply to be on the EERI Board of Directors!

New this year, EERI is accepting applications from members for the positions of President-Elect and Director to serve on the EERI Board of Directors beginning in 2022. The 2021 Nominating Committee will review applications. The committee will then select one applicant for President-Elect and four applicants for the two open Director positions to be candidates in the 2022 Board of Directors Election, which takes place in October 2021. This new application process has been designed to enhance transparency and facilitate member access to EERI leadership roles.

Any eligible EERI member who is interested is encouraged to apply. The Nominating Committee is particularly interested in applicants who:

  • Are located in the Central US or Midwest (including Utah)
  • Represent a non-engineering discipline, especially the Earth Sciences (e.g., Seismology and Geology), Architecture, Planning, Social Science, Public Health, Risk Analysis, Lifelines, and/or Public Policy.
  • Work in government (State, Regional, or Local)
  • Would enhance the racial diversity of the Board
  • Would enhance the Board’s perspective on international issues
  • Lives in the Americas

To apply to be on the Board:

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

Applications are due July 2, 2021, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Applications must include a written statement (about 750 words total) and a cv or resume. Read about what should be included in the written statement. Send any questions about the application process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Younger Member Award deadline extended

This is your last chance to apply for the 2022 EERI Younger Member Award! Applications are now due tomorrow, Wednesday, June 16 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Submit your application today! 

The winner will be recognized during the 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and the 2022 EERI Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, June 27 - July 1, 2022. Read more information about this award.

Due tomorrow! Nominations for the 2021 Shah Family Innovation Prize

2017 Shah HeaderDo you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? This is your last chance to nominate someone for the 2021 Shah Family Innovation Prize!

Nominate someone before June 16 at 11:59 pm PT

The intent of the prize is to stimulate further creativity and leadership in the earthquake risk mitigation community and EERI. The selection process recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential, emphasizing creative and innovative thinkers who have demonstrated at early stages in their careers the potential to make major contributions. 

Read more information about the required nomination package, including selection criteria. 

Last Chance! Nominations for the 2022 Bruce Bolt Medal are due June 30

bruce bold medalThe Bruce A. Bolt Medal is a distinguished honor awarded jointly by COSMOS, EERI, and SSA to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

Nominate someone before June 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT 

COSMOS, EERI, and SSA members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or peer for this prestigious honor. Please carefully review the nomination and selection process. Complete nomination packages should be submitted using this form. Please note, the nomination form requires a google account to submit. If you do not have a google account, you can submit your materials by sending them in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Any questions regarding this award should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nominations open for the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture Award

Nominations are open for the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture Award. Established by SSA, in cooperation with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures honor William Joyner’s distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering.

Nominations for the Joyner Lecturer man be made by any current SSA or EERI member. Nominations must: 

  • Document the nominee’s accomplishments in fostering and enhancing communication at the earthquake-science/earthquake-engineering interface.
  • Explain why that person’s work makes a difference. 
  • Include a brief summary of the candidate’s professional history. This may include honors, awards, professional affiliations, lectures and publications, and professional service and experience that address the intent of the Joyner Award.

Nominations should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 31, 2021. Learn more on the website.

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Quick Quake Briefing: Recent M7.1 & M7.0 Aftershocks of the 2011 M9.1 Great Tōhoku Japan Earthquake

Thursday, July 8 at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET | REGISTER HERE

Cost: Free

The EERI Northern California Regional Chapter and the EERI Learning from Earthquakes Program are co-hosting a FREE webinar on two recent earthquakes that struck offshore Japan. The earthquakes are especially noteworthy because they are aftershocks occurring 10 years after the great 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. The February 13, 2021, Fukushima-ken Oki earthquake (M7.1) was a powerful and deadly quake that struck offshore west of Japan. The earthquake left one person dead and at least 186 injured.  It also inflicted modest damage across the Tōhoku and Kanto regions. The March 20, 2021, Miyagi quake (M7.0) also struck offshore. Power outages and some damage occurred in Miyagi prefecture. Sendai, the capital of Miyagi prefecture, suffered extensive damage from the great 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. This Quick Quake Briefing will feature two speakers from the Building Research Institute, National Research and Development Agency, Japan. The webinar will include time for participants to ask questions of the speakers.

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California Geological Survey CSMIP Data Interpretation Project - Request for Proposals

The California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) of the California Geological Survey requires the services of a contractor to interpret and analyze strong-motion data. There are three different projects, each focusing on either buildings, lifelines, or ground response:

The proposals are due by June 30, 2021, at 5:00 PM PT.

Job openings at ARUP

ArupThere are two exciting positions open right now at ARUP: 

  • Senior Risk and Resilience Consultant (San Francisco, CA): Apply today
  • Risk and Resilience Consultant (San Francisco, CA): Apply today

These positions will be with the Advanced Technology and Research (AT+R) team in San Francisco in the area of risk and resilience. The AT+R team is a leader for technical innovation at Arup, creating new services and digital tools from cutting-edge technologies and methods to advance Arup into new markets, which usher in a safer, healthier, sustainable, and resilient future. The AT+R team is multi-disciplinary with deep technical expertise, applying engineering principles and leveraging digital expertise to address every client’s burning questions and develop inventive, creative, and practical solutions. In addition, the team can virtually simulate almost anything in the built environment to predict performance impacts and implications for an organization, communities, and their people, gaining important insights and provide strategic advice of the highest technical caliber for confident decision-making.

As a risk and resilience consultant, you will support our mission to help shape a better world and simulate clients’ resilient futures. Through your work, you will help advance and implement cutting-edge methods that keep Arup at the forefront of our industry. 



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Member spotlight

Dave Wald wins The Eugene M. Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communications

downloadThe Eugene M. Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communications is presented annually to a scientist who creates excitement and enthusiasm for science among non-scientists by using effective communication skills. Each year, a broad-based committee that includes past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients reviews the nominees and selects the winner. David Wald (M.EERI,1988), a seismologist at the Geologic Hazards Science Center, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communications.  

David has excellent communication skills and is a vocal advocate for the importance of data sharing for the advancement of science, giving over 100 talks to the academic, civil, museum, and public audiences. David has mentored many students and post-docs who have themselves gone on to impactful positions in their fields, and he continues to energetically engage with scientists and non-scientists alike, both domestically and internationally, to promote understanding of earthquake hazard, impact, and risk reduction. His achievements are recognized through a variety of major awards throughout his career, including a 1997 USGS Special Act Service Award for Outreach; in 2000, the Southern California Emergency Services Association’s Diamond Award; the 2004 Distinguished Lecturer for the Seismological Society of America (SSA) and the Incorporated Institutions for Seismology; the 2015 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Distinguished Lecturer; a USGS Exceptional Service Award in 2008; a DOI Superior Service Award in 2010 and again in 2014; and a DOI Meritorious Service Award in 2016.  

The USGS and the Nation have profoundly benefited from David's lifelong commitment to science and unparalleled ability to effectively communicate to a range of audiences, reinforcing the relevance and importance of USGS science for years to come. 

Congrats, David! We're so grateful to have you as part of our community and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Earthquake Spectra. 

Sissy Nikolaou Appointed as Leader of the NIST Earthquake Engineering Group

SN SEA Oct 2020sm12726Dr. Sissy Nikolaou (M.EERI,2004) has been appointed 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 will provide leadership for EEG to support the 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 will work with stakeholders (e.g., government agencies, industry practitioners, standards development organizations, and academia) to identify major measurements science needs for the reduction of earthquake losses. Additionally, she will work with organizational leadership and collaborators, both internal and external to NIST, to develop robust, insightful technical programs and projects that deliver accurate, objective, and impactful results. Nikolaou is also excited to identify and develop present and future technical capabilities among the group while promoting a proactive and positive work environment and safety culture. She has been a consulting engineer for over 25 years with global projects involving critical facilities, infrastructure projects, and high-rise buildings. Her consulting work is comprised of performance and resilience-based design, soil-structure interaction, seismic and geo-hazard analysis, multi-hazard risk assessments, and the development of emergency and action preparedness plans. 

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 that help communities bounce forward, rather than simply bouncing back, after an earthquake or other extreme events. 

Congrats, Sissy! We're looking forward to seeing you in this new role. 

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Subscribing member spotlight

GeoSIG Ltd

GeoSIGGeoSIG Ltd provides earthquake, seismic, structural, dynamic and static monitoring and measuring solutions. Founded in 1992, GeoSIG is a world leader in design and manufacture of a diverse range of high quality, precision instruments for vibration and earthquake monitoring. Check out this video of GeoSIG's latest products.

Air Worldwide

AIR WorldwideAIR Worldwide provides risk modeling solutions that make individuals, businesses, and society more resilient to extreme events with nine offices around the globe. More than 400 organizations rely on AIR’s models, software, and services to manage their risk from natural catastrophes, terrorism, cyber-attacks, to pandemics. Register today for Air's 3-day virtual conference dedicated to the latest insights and most innovative extreme event modelling practices for the Asia-Pacific region

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Subscribing member events

Upcoming Kinemetrics webinars

new kmi logo 610x330The Value Of SHM To Manage Seismic Emergency

Wednesday, June 16 at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET | REGISTER HERE

The management of civil infrastructures in the aftermath of a seismic event is a concern for decision-makers, which have to choose quickly among alternative actions with limited knowledge on the actual structural conditions. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) information can support these decisions. However, information comes with a cost, and the relevant benefit must be assessed before the acquisition of the SHM system is decided.

In this session, Professor Maria Pina Limongelli will introduce us to the Value of Information (VoI) analysis, which is a powerful tool to estimate such benefits and to optimize the design of the SHM system for each specific application. This informative webinar + Q&A presents a number of applications of VoI in the field of civil engineering. 

This webinar will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, June 23 at 6 am GMT for our colleagues around the world. REGISTER HERE

A New Way Of Maximum Magnitude Estimate for Induced Seismicity - Chaos

Wednesday, June 30 at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET | REGISTER HERE

Traffic Light Systems (TLS) for induced seismicity by underground injections traditionally rely on magnitude thresholds. The choice of these thresholds is debated and found inappropriate, with the most recent 2020 fashion proposing very low thresholds based on empirical observations. In this session, Dr. Leo Eisner will demonstrate that these observations can be explained as order of statistics and show how this theory can be used for TLS.

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