Northern California Chapter Supports the March for Science!

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EERI is Marching for Science!

The March for Science is an organized demonstration of “people who value science, science advocates, science educators, scientists, and concerned citizens” happening in Washington DC and in 425 satellite marches all around the world on Saturday, April 22.

EERI feels that the March for Science is an appropriate place to do our work, and plans to be visible among demonstrators at the Bay Area march in San Francisco with the support of the Northern California Chapter and the EERI Public Policy Committee.

Poster-Making Happy Hour at EERI HQ
EERI staff invites Northern California members to join them the night before for a Poster-making Happy Hour at EERI Headquarters in Oakland on Friday, April 21! RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

See EERI’s official statement and links to resources in the latest edition of the Pulse!

Support your local student chapter!

Support your local student chapters to participate in the 2017 Seismic Design Competition in Portland

It is time to repeat last year’s successful initiative to connect the local EERI student chapters that are participating in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition with potential sponsors to help support students for this year’s EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The objective of the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is to design, model and construct a cost-effective 16-29-story tall scaled balsa wood model building that can resist shake table testing with three ground motions of increasing intensity. Each year approximately 40 teams compete, representing universities across the globe. In addition to the performance of the model under ground shaking, the teams will be scored based on various other criteria, including the prediction of peak roof drift and acceleration based on computer modeling, the quality of their presentation and poster, and the building architecture. If you have ever attended an EERI Annual Meeting, you’ll remember the excitement the SDC adds to the event, and what a great experience this if for the students.

Three of the Northern California EERI student chapters, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and California State University, Sacramento, are planning to participate in the 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Please read on to learn more about two of the teams, and we encourage you to contact the team contacts listed to make a (tax deductible!) donation. Donations large and small will support the teams that have worked so hard on designing and building the models.

To donate online, go here. Be sure to email Sonya Hollenbeck to specify that your donation should go to the Northern California Chapter Seismic Design Competition.

We look forward to growing these and other initiatives over the next few years, and make this one more way for the local EERI Student Chapters to get funding for participation in the seismic design competition.

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Samantha Cristol

Cal Seismic Design TeamThe Cal Seismic Design team is an undergraduate cohort dedicated to structural design, analysis, and construction. With a membership of 60 undergraduates spanning a variety of majors, the team acts as the first available resource for any student considering seismic design and innovation. Last year, the UC Berkeley team was awarded the Degenkolb Award for Structural Innovation, in addition to placing second overall.

Our team has dedicated an immense amount of time and energy to designing, testing, and improving our entry for the competition, as we prepare to travel to Portland. Our design proposal was in the top nine out of all submissions, and we are looking forward to once again compete on an internal stage.

The UC Berkeley team is looking to raise an additional $1000 of their $22,000 budget, as they are hoping to bring 30 students to Portland this year.

Stanford

Team contact: Sam Schreiber

Stanford Seismic Team Photo_croppedStanford’s diverse, close-knit team includes students from various backgrounds and disciplines, with majors ranging from Civil and Mechanical Engineering to Linguistics. Due to our small size, we can be flexible and accommodate people in whatever tasks they feel best suit them, whether that be hands-on construction work or more administrative roles. We strive to incorporate the ideas of each individual member every step of the way. We expect to be a strong contender this year, and look forward to the coming weeks as we prepare for competition in March. Stanford is looking to raise up to $4500 to cover our competition costs, which will give all interested members the opportunity to attend the competition.

California State University, Sacramento

Team contact: Yanjinlkham Batbayar

teamphotoThe EERI CSUS team is proud to be competing for the second time at the EERI Seismic Design Competition. We are a growing organization at the CSUS campus, comprised of dedicated civil engineering students who are interested in innovation, design, and creation of a functional seismically stable structure. We had many lessons learned from our first competition last year. To prepare ourselves for this year’s seismic design competition, we have invited local and sac state alumni engineers, who had participated in the seismic design competition previously. We have used their guidance to obtain useful tips on how to design and fabricate. The officers of our club have attended the SAP2000 tutorial class to improve their ability to use the program. So far, we have successfully submitted our proposal, material testing has been performed, and we are in the process of continuously working and improving our design to meet the requirements and aesthetics.

Our team consists of 16 undergraduate students who will propose, design, and fabricate a scaled balsa wood model of a high rise structure. CSUS is looking to raise $3000 funding of their $4000 budget for this year’s SDC.

2016 Election Results Announced

The 2016 election came to an end November 14, 2016. Chapter members elected two new Directors at-large.

We are happy to welcome Anne Wein and John Egan to the Board. Anne and John were elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two-year term.

Congratulations to all elected board members and thank you to outgoing Past President Betsy Matheison and Directors Ken Mark and Patricia Grossi for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee of Marko Schotanus, Heidi Tremayne, Greg Deirlein, and Alan Kropp, and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2016 Board of Directors here.

2016 Board Elections

It’s time again to vote for new EERI NC Board Members! Thank you in advance for casting your vote in this election.

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file 58 KB)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the two (2) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for 2 Directors at-large.

The 2016 EERI NC Chapter election will only accept ballots submitted online. At the start of the election period, all current EERI NC Chapter members will receive an email with a link to the anonymous members-only online ballot. You must submit your online ballot by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Election results will be announced by email to the membership by Monday, November 21, 2016.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2015-2016
Board of Directors

2016-2017
Board of Directors

President Betsy Mathieson Sharyl Rabinovici
Past-President Betsy Matheison
President-Elect Sharyl Rabinovici
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Dana Brechald
Director Jeff Bond Jeff Bond
Director Patricia Grossi Open
Director Zahraa Saiyed Zahraa Saiyed
Director Ibbi Amulfti Ibbi Amulfti
Director Gerry Brady Gerry Brady
Director Ken Mark Open

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Marko Schotanus, Chair, Heidi Tremayne, Greg Deirlein, and Alan Kropp for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Anne Wein
  • John Egan

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file 58 KB)

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact your Chapter Board at chapterinfo@eerinc.org.

Support your local student chapter!

Support your local student chapters to participate in the 2016 Seismic Design Competition

It is time to repeat last year’s successful initiative to connect the local EERI student chapters that are participating in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition with potential sponsors to help support students for this year’s EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The objective of the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is to design, model and construct a cost-effective 16-29-story tall scaled balsa wood model building that can resist shake table testing with three ground motions of increasing intensity. Each year approximately 40 teams compete, representing universities across the globe. In addition to the performance of the model under ground shaking, the teams will be scored based on various other criteria, including the prediction of peak roof drift and acceleration based on computer modeling, the quality of their presentation and poster, and the building architecture. If you have ever attended an EERI Annual Meeting, you’ll remember the excitement the SDC adds to the event, and what a great experience this if for the students.

Three of the Northern California EERI student chapters, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and San Francisco State University, are planning to participate in the 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Please read on to learn more about two of the teams, and we encourage you to contact the team contacts listed to make a (tax deductible!) donation. Donations large and small will support the teams that have worked so hard on designing and building the models.

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Lillian Fang

Seismic Group PhotoThe Cal Seismic Design Team is a group of highly motivated Engineering students focused on structural design, modeling and analysis. Comprised of around 30 undergraduates, the team is the epicenter of the study and practice of earthquake engineering among undergraduate students at UC Berkeley.

Last year, the UC Berkeley team won third place overall in the competition in Boston, and in 2014, they won second place overall in the competition in Anchorage, recognizing the team’s “understanding of advanced seismic systems and effective use of both analysis modeling and shake table testing.”

Full of energy and excitement, this year’s team has devoted many hours each week to construction, analysis, and testing of their entry and the team is looking forward to representing Berkeley at the competition in their own backyard, San Francisco.

San Francisco State University

Team contact: Stephen Schork

Team Photo With LogoEERI SDC judges have already scored the SFSU team’s proposal somewhere within the top nine. The team started this year’s design process by researching structural optimization, inspired by Alessandro Beghini’s paper published in the ASCE Structures Congress 2015 proceedings. Designs were modeled with SAP2000 to calculate stresses, displacements, accelerations, and resonant frequencies. The team built a full-scale test structure to measure accelerations and observe the performance of the design and construction methods before the competition.

In the remaining few weeks, the team will finish the final structure with high hopes to place well in competition. Any support is much appreciated.

Donations can be made here: gofund.me/2h5dh8zs

EERI NC Chapter and Member Contributions at March Chapter Meeting

In addition to sending a solicitation to our members, the EERI NC Chapter will highlight the Seismic Design Competition and the various local student chapter teams at out Chapter meeting on March 15, 2016. An at-the-door collection from meeting attendees will raise funds to sponsor the teams, and our Chapter will match the proceeds of the collection. The money will be split between the various local student chapter teams.

We look forward to growing these and other initiatives over the next few years, and make this one more way for the local EERI Student Chapters to get funding for participation in the seismic design competition.

2015 Election Results Announced

The 2015 election came to an end early November. Chapter members elected a new President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and five Directors at-large.

We are happy to welcome Patricia Grossi, Zahraa Saiyed, and Ibbi Almufti to the Board. Patricia, Zahraa, and Ibbi were elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two-year term. We also congratulate Directors Jeff Bond and Gerry Brady, who were re-elected to serve a second term as Director at-large.

We are also pleased to announce that Sharyl Rabinovici has been elected to the position of President-Elect.  She will serve as President-Elect for one year before serving a two-year term as President and a one-year term as Past President.  Dana Brechwald was elected to the office of Secretary/Treasurer, a two-year term.

Congratulations to all (re)elected board members and thank you to outgoing Past President Heidi Tremayne, Secretary/Treasurer Marko Schotanus, and Director Laurence Kornfield for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee of Kate Stillwell, Janiele Maffei, Marjorie Greene, and Jack Boatwright, and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2015 Board of Directors here.

2015 EERI NC Chapter Awards

This year’s Chapter Awards for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction go to Craig D. Comartin and The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for their Water System Improvement Program.

Craig Comartin has been selected to receive the 2015 Individual Award for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction for his leadership and dedication in creating the Concrete Coalition and to advancing the practice of performance-based engineering.

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Chapter President Betsy Mathieson presents the individual award to Joe Maffei, who accepted the award on behalf of Craig D. Comartin.

Over his forty-year career in structural and earthquake engineering, Craig has made many professional contributions to earthquake risk reduction, his most notable being the creation of the Concrete Coalition.  Since before the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, earthquake engineers recognized the risks posed by non-ductile concrete buildings, but the public remained largely unaware of the risk and effective mitigation programs proved elusive.  Created under Craig’s vision and leadership, the Concrete Coalition has been an effective change agent that has energized the earthquake engineering community to take effective actions and speak with a common voice. In conjunction with his efforts to engage the community, Craig has advocated for and been involved several important projects to develop engineering models to assess and retrofit non-ductile concrete buildings, including an NSF-supported NEES Grand Challenge Project and FEMA-supported ATC projects.  The Concrete Coalition, along with related research and development efforts, have been the enabling catalyst for landmark initiatives by San Francisco, Los Angeles and other communities to develop programs and policies to seismically evaluate and retrofit existing hazardous concrete buildings.

Craig has also been instrumental in developing and implementing modern performance-based approaches to seismic risk mitigation and resilience.  Throughout his career, he has appreciated the important of soil-structure interaction on the seismic design and behavior of structures, and he has continually advocated for incorporating soil-structure interaction in performance-based design.  Craig has correctly believed that soil-structure interaction has a lot to do with the better-than-expected performance of low-rise and shear wall buildings, and his ideas and insights on soil-structure interaction are evident in the first-generation performance-based engineering guidelines (e.g., FEMA 273, ATC-40) continuing into present guidelines (ASCE 41).  Beginning in the late 1990’s when today’s comprehensive performance-based approaches were still being formulated, Craig embraced emerging ideas in seismic risk mitigation projects at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and other organizations to develop campus-wide risk models to help establish building performance criteria and seismic retrofit priorities.  Subsequently, Craig was instrumental in developing the financial loss estimation modules that have been implemented in the FEMA 58 performance-based seismic design guidelines.

Throughout his career, Craig has been a guiding light on innovative approaches to earthquake risk mitigation – providing focus and direction, while selflessly dedicating himself to his profession and the public.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Water System Improvement Program 

One of the Bay Area’s major water sources comes 167 miles from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park to San Francisco and crosses three of the Bay Area’s major faults—the Calaveras, Hayward, and San Andreas faults.  In November, 2002 San Francisco voters approved a $3.6 billion bond measure to upgrade, repair, and replace the aging water infrastructure supplying 2.6 million customers, which include the retail customers in San Francisco as well as 26 wholesale customers that serve Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  The multi-year capital improvement program, named the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), is one of the largest water infrastructure programs in the nation and now 90% complete.  It has included 83 projects at a total cost of $4.8 billion with upgrades to both the regional and local water systems operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).

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Chapter President Betsy Matheison presents the award to Katie Miller, P.E., and Alan Johanson, two members of the SFPUC team that spearheaded the Water System Improvement Program.

A major part of this program was designing and building seismic resilient facilities that deliver water reliably in the event of a major earthquake within the region, including earthquakes on any one of the three major faults that the regional system crosses.  In doing so, the SFPUC developed performance criteria for system-wide service after earthquakes.  There are short-term (24 hours) and long-term (30 days) levels of service goals for seismic reliability.  Short-term service goals are based on delivering basic service (average winter month delivery) of 215 million gallons per day (MGD) to at least 70% of the turnouts within each customer group within 24 hours after a major earthquake.  And, it is assumed that no significant repairs are performed in the first 24 hours after a major earthquake.  The long-term performance criteria assume that temporary repairs are made within 30 days to restore average day delivery of 300 MGD to customers.  The SFPUC performance criteria were critical for the implementation of hydraulic network modeling to assist system planning, and the integration of project designs and construction management to deliver specific water supply targets.  They serve as an important model the type of system-wide lifeline system performance goals that are needed to support community resilience.

2015 EERI NC Board Elections

It is time to vote for new EERI NC Board Members! Thank you in advance for casting your vote in this election.

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file 108 KB)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the seven (7) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and 5 Directors at-large.

The 2015 EERI NC Chapter election will only accept ballots submitted online. At the start of the election period, all current EERI NC Chapter members will receive an email with a link to the anonymous members-only online ballot. You must submit your online ballot by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Election results will be announced by email to the membership by Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2014-2015
Board of Directors

2015-2016
Board of Directors

President Betsy Mathieson Betsy Mathieson
Past-President Heidi Tremayne
President-Elect Open
Secretary/Treasurer Marko Schotanus Open
Director Jeff Bond Open
Director Sharyl Rabinovici Open
Director Dana Brechwald Open
Director Laurence Kornfield Open
Director Gerry Brady Open
Director Ken Mark Ken Mark

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Kate Stillwell, Chair, Marjorie Greene, Janiele Maffei and Jack Boatwright for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of President-Elect:

  • Sharyl Rabinovici

For the Office of Secretary-Treasurer:

  • Dana Brechwald

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Ibbi Almufti
  • Jeff Bond (incumbent)
  • Gerry Brady (incumbent)
  • Patricia Grossi
  • Zahraa Saiyed

Download the CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file 108 KB)

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact your Chapter Board at chapterinfo@eerinc.org.

Support your local student chapter!

Support your local student chapters to participate in the 2015 Seismic Design Competition

It is time to repeat last year’s successful initiative to connect the local EERI student chapters that are participating in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition with potential sponsors to help fund travel and accommodation to the EERI Annual Meeting in Boston.

The objective of the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is to design, model and construct a cost-effective 16-29-story tall scaled balsa wood model building that can resist shake table testing with three ground motions of increasing intensity. Each year approximately 40 teams compete, representing universities across the globe. In addition to the performance of the model under ground shaking, the teams will be scored based on various other criteria, including the prediction of peak roof drift and acceleration based on computer-modeling, the quality of their presentation and poster, and the building architecture. If you have ever attended an EERI Annual Meeting, you’ll remember the excitement the SDC adds to the event, and what a great experience this if for the students.

Four of the Northern California EERI student chapters, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and Stanford University, are planning to participate in the 2015 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, and are looking to travel to Boston at the end of March. Please read on to learn more about each team, and we encourage you to contact the team contacts listed to make a (tax deductible!) donation. Donations large and small will allow the teams to bring all the members that worked so hard on designing and building the models all the way to Boston. The teams will have to submit their final registration by February 13th 2015. So don’t delay your action!

San Jose State University

Team contact: Mary Nguyen

Since summer 2014, San Jose State’s team has been hard at work recruiting and preparing for a triumphant return to the Seismic Design Competition in 2015. This year’s team of 13 motivated students has dedicated countless hours a week to improving their understanding of seismic design and of modelling and analysis using SAP 2000 and Revit. In early December, the team wrapped up their Design Phase, which consisted of research into architecture and bracing systems and weekly meetings to optimize the structural design and model. Construction began early-January, and is projected to be completed mid-February.

In the past, EERI-SJSU teams have performed very well at the annual competition. The 2010 team was awarded the Egor Popov Structural Innovation award, and the 2011 team the Fazlur Khan Award for Architectural Design.

The San Jose State team hopes to raise an additional $5,000 of their $6,500 budget, which will sponsor eight students.

For a detailed funding proposal, please contact the team captain.

Stanford University

Team contact: Miro Vujicevic

StanfordSeismicTeamPhotoStanford’s team started out in early September with the recruitment of new members. This year they prioritized recruiting early in the school year due to a lack of manpower the previous year. Due to aggressive advertisement efforts by last year’s team members, they managed to surpass the goal of doubling the team size. The Stanford team currently has 9 active and dedicated members who are motivated civil engineering majors. They are supported by several faculty and graduate student advisers who’s help has been invaluable.

Since the team size increased, after the initial period of design development, they broke up into 3 sub-teams with specific tasks: Structural Analysis, Construction, and Fabrication. Around the middle of last quarter, the sub-teams came together to construct one full scale model and shook it on a shake table as they would during the competition. The shaking was a success and the team learned what about the design worked and what failed. Over Winter Break, the Structural Analysis team made some improvements to the design based on the shake table testing and reported that the new design placed the model in a very good area of the earthquake response spectra provided by the EERI SDC Committee.

The team is looking forward to finishing the tower and seeing it perform at the competition this spring in Boston!

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Henry Teng

UC Berkeley SDC teamThe Cal Seismic Design Team is a group of highly motivated Civil Engineering and Architecture students focused on structural design, modeling and analysis. Comprised of around 30 undergraduates, the team is the epicenter of the study and practice of earthquake engineering among undergraduate students at UC Berkeley.

Last year, the UC Berkeley team won second place overall in the EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in Anchorage, Alaska, and in 2013, they were awarded the 2013 Egor Popov Award for Structural Innovation, which recognizes the best use of technology and/or structural design to resist seismic loading.

Full of energy and excitement, this year’s team devotes many hours each week to construction, analysis, and testing of their entry. They look forward to proudly representing Berkeley at the 2015 competition in Boston, MA.

The UC Berkeley team hopes to raise an additional $2,000 out of their $9,000 budget, which will sponsor nine students.

San Francisco State University

Team contact: Fiorella Vasquez

SFSU SDC pictureThe SFSU Seismic Design Team, the SeismiGators, is composed of 9 Civil Engineering students. The team started meeting in May of 2014 and has had regular meetings since July to brainstorm design ideas and plan milestones throughout this academic year. They came up with two potential designs based on the official rules for the 2014 Seismic Competition. Before analyzing those designs, the team first constructed two short simple frame structures to test. These have allowed review of AutoCAD, SAP2000, and ETABS which are crucial programs for analysis.

Once the 2015 Official Rules came out team meetings became more frequent, and adjustments were made to the design. During this Winter Break they met at least 4 to 5 times per week. The team is currently putting together a first full size test structure that implements a modified construction system from a previous SFSU Seismic Team to further ease the gluing of the structure. Each team member is committing a minimum of 3 hours to constructing the test model. These tests prepare the team for setting up the final structure that will be sent to Boston.

The SFSU team has a budget of $11,000, and is looking to raise an additional $5,000 to bring all 9 team members to Boston.

You can find more information about the SFSU Seismic Team at www.eerisfsu.org and donate directly through the GoFundMe Campaign at www.gofundme.com/seismigators

EERI NC Chapter and Member Contributions at February Chapter Meeting

In addition to sending a solicitation to our members, the EERI NC Chapter will highlight the Seismic Design Competition and the various local student chapter teams at out Chapter meeting on February 5, 2015. An at-the-door collection from meeting attendees will raise funds to sponsor the teams, and our Chapter will match the proceeds of the collection. The money will be split between the various local student chapter teams.

We look forward to growing these and other initiatives over the next few years, and make this one more way for the local EERI Student Chapters to get funding for participation in the seismic design competition.

2014 Chapter Awards for Seismic Safety

This year’s Chapter Awards for “Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction” went to Marjorie Greene and San Francisco’s Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group.

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Marjorie Greene (right) accepts the 2014 Chapter Award for “Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction” from Chapter President Heidi Tremayne

Marjorie Greene is retiring from EERI after an exemplary forty-year career of natural hazard mitigation work in which she focused on developing earthquake hazard mitigation, preparedness, and learning from earthquake programs in the U.S. and abroad. Among her many exceptional professional activities, Marjorie has been the managing editor of the World Housing Encyclopedia since its inception, consulted for the World Bank and the Government of India, advised several countries about their earthquake rebuilding programs, and coordinated over 50 reconnaissance missions by EERI members to investigate damage and glean lessons from major earthquakes around the world.

All who have worked with Marjorie during her career agree that she is generous with her time, insightful with her comments, and discerning in her thinking. She has been an inspiration and model to fellow professionals in the earthquake hazard field, displaying a thoughtful, determined, results-oriented approach to her work. Many of EERI’s active young and early career members can trace their involvement with EERI to interactions and encouragement from Marjorie, who created opportunities for them to engage and participate in EERI activities.

The Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group of the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program of the City and County of San Francisco, comprised of a volunteer group of over 30 citizens, parents, architects, engineers, school administrators and other participants, met for over two years to consider seismic safety concerns regarding private schools. Following extensive data collection, policy and technical analysis, survey of public perceptions and expectations, and much debate, a report, Earthquake Safety and Private Schools, was issued. Based on this report and much follow-up work by the Working Group, legislation was enacted in Fall 2014 to require that seismic performance evaluations of private schools in San Francisco be performed and submitted to the City over the next 3 years.

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From left to right, working group members Glen Altenberg, David Bonowitz, Laura Dwelley-Samant (chair), Kevin Hart, John Paxton, Reuben Hechanova, and Lucian Blazej accepting the award.

This is California’s first program requiring seismic evaluation of existing private schools. The work of the Private School Working Group in San Francisco is expected to catalyze efforts statewide to address private school seismic safety concerns. The Working Group was chaired by Laura Dwelley-Samant.
This year’s Awards Nominating Committee consisted of Laurence Kornfield (Chair), Craig Comartin, Tim McCrink, and Frank Rollo.

The annual Awards for “Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction” acknowledge successful risk reduction efforts outside of the Chapter. Each year the Chapter gives two awards, to an individual and an institution, in recognition of their hard work and dedication towards the reduction of seismic risk in Northern California. The recipients represent best practice examples of putting the science and engineering of earthquakes to work and demonstrate valuable contributions to the various disciplines and pursuits represented in the Chapter. The Chapter presented its first awards in 2003. Recent recipients include the California Earthquake Authority (2013), UC Berkeley (2012), the East Bay Municipal Utility District (2011), BART’s Earthquake Safety Program (2010), Frank Rollo (2013), the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance’s Susan Garcia (2012), City of San Francisco’s Laurence Kornfield (2011), City of Alameda Building Official Greg McFann (2010), and City of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (2009).

 

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