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Members of the YMC are active participants in the earthquake engineering community, representing varied areas of expertise, employment sectors, and regions internationally. Members of the YMC donate their time to help shape the future of earthquake engineering. We value ideas from all members and strive to maintain an inclusive and collaborative environment. Committee members are academics and professionals, less than five years removed from their most recent degree (BS, MS, or PhD) or younger than 35 years in age.

Current YMC Chairs

Cristina Cordova-AriasCristina Cordova-Arias is the Program Director of Civil Engineering at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She has worked on a World Bank project about structural-upgrading policy-making for school buildings and participated in the EERI Learning From Earthquakes in New Zealand. Her research focuses on developing innovative people-centered, engineering-based decision-support tools that facilitate earthquake-safe buildings. Cristina is a big believer that education transforms lives. She recently founded an initiative to encourage low-income and first-generation students to reach higher education in Peru.


Polly MurrayPolly Murray is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She earned her PhD in structural engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2021. Her research focuses on seismic risk of concrete and wood structures built outside of engineered design and regulation. Polly is a past co-president of the Student Leadership Council and looks forward to fostering mentorship among the next generation of earthquake engineers.


Renmin PretellRenmin Pretell is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Los Angeles. Renmin’s research work aims to advance the assessment of geotechnical systems and infrastructure subject to earthquake hazards by integrating numerical simulations and data. His research interests include site response, liquefaction, ground motions, earth and rockfill dams, and geostatistics applied to geotechnical engineering. Renmin earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from UC Davis, where he was co-chair for the EERI student chapter. Renmin enjoys teamwork, and he looks forward to serving as co-chair for the younger members.


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