2017 EERI-NC Chapter Awards

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

EERI-NC Chapter President Sharyl Rabinovici presents the Individual Award to Colin Mahin, Dr. Stephen Mahin’s son, accepting on his behalf.

Dr. Mahin has made exceptional contributions to the fields of earthquake engineering and performance-based design of structures by advancing understanding of structural behavior, innovating new experimental testing approaches using hybrid methods, and improving computational design methods.  As the Byron L. and Elvira E. Nishkian Professor of Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials at UC Berkeley, Steve has helped shape countless local careers through his mentorship and has contributed to the design of many buildings in the Bay Area and beyond.  He has contributed to innovation and idea sharing globally through relationship building with professionals all over the world, in places like Mexico, Japan, and Italy to name a few. As an international leader in the field of resilient structural design, Dr. Mahin has won numerous honors and awards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction and Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering.

Further attesting to his commitment to cross-disciplinary and synergistic efforts of resilience research, Dr. Mahin directed the NHERI Computational Modeling and Simulation Computation Center (SimCenter), a cloud-based computational modeling ecosystem for diverse multidisciplinary groups to work in tandem on solutions to complex problems in natural hazard engineering. Dr. Mahin also served as Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) from 2009 to 2015, where he most recently focused on the reliability and efficiency of power networks and electrical distribution infrastructures and creating cross-institutional dialogue amongst the research community.  

Dr. Mahin has been an outstanding asset and pillar in our earthquake engineering research community in the Bay Area. We particularly recognize his inexhaustible enthusiasm and unique ability to come up with creative solutions with a holistic, inclusive approach to problem-solving. He never hesitates to generously share his time and assistance with students, fellow researchers and practitioners, and public officials. His collaborative spirit has drawn in the social sciences to engineering research, as well as encouraged the presence and advocacy of women and minorities in the practice of engineering.

Sharyl presents the Organization Award to Terry Robertson, Assistant Metro Editor, accepting on behalf of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Chronicle’s Editorial Board and Staff were chosen this year for their long history of attention to earthquake issues in our region and beyond.  Research shows that the more frequently people encounter risk information from trusted sources, the more likely they are to take action. Regional residents, businesses, and civic leaders need access to high quality, timely information that keeps the long term consequences of earthquakes on the mind. People furthermore need to hear about what is being and can be done now to make things better —plus regular nudges to pay attention and not let these opportunities slip by.  The Chronicle has made an impact on these challenges over the past ten years through:

  • Thought-provoking reporting on major California earthquake anniversaries and when local events strike, such as in Napa in 2014.
  • Consistent coverage of the scientific and policy developments and issues of the day, for instance, new research findings, the pitfalls and potential of homeowner earthquake insurance, and relevant implications of significant events abroad, including Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy and elsewhere.
  • Helped the public understand the actions and outcomes of San Francisco’s Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) project and subsequent ground-breaking Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP) from 2000 to present.

An important contribution of The Chronicle, given its roots and role in the ultra-wired Bay Area, was to take advantage of new opportunities for online information sharing. The Chronicle hosts a dedicated earthquake information page with resource links (http://www.sfgate.com/earthquakes/), issues online bulletins on California earthquake occurrences over M2.5 (approximately weekly), and has over time featured multiple guides topreparedness, retrofitting, and insurance. Most recently, its “Survival” Guide Sunday pull-out, co-produced with the California Earthquake Authority, provided readers with a comprehensive yet practical A-to-Z primer on what it means to live and work in earthquake country and what can be done to understand and address your risks.

As a result of the above, the Bay Area community is more aware and prepared. Over time, many individuals associated with the Chronicle news organization — too many to name—have contributed to these efforts.

2017 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)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the four (4) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for 3 Directors at-large and 1 President-Elect.

The 2017 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 Friday, December 5, 2017.

Election results will be announced by email and in person at the Annual Holiday Party to the membership by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2016-2017
Board of Directors

2017-2018
Board of Directors

President Sharyl Rabinovici Sharyl Rabinovici
Past-President Betsy Matheison
President-Elect Open
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Dana Brechwald
Director Jeff Bond Open
Director Anne Wein Anne Wein
Director Zahraa Saiyed Zahraa Saiyed
Director Ibbi Amulfti Open
Director Gerry Brady Open
Director John Egan John Egan

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Laurie Johnson, Laurence Kornfield, and Ayse Hortascu for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of President-Elect:

  • Dana Brechwald

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Chiara McKenney
  • Mike Mieler
  • Curt Hasleton

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file)

Questions?

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

Nov.8 & 9 – Life Safety in the City: when there is more to life than not being crushed


In this distinguished lecture, Dr. Lucy Jones will address the benefits and complexities of organizing resilient cities, risk psychology, and a more resilient role of building codes in the event of natural disasters.
The Resilience by Design program adopted by the city of Los Angeles, to address earthquake vulnerabilities, brought together the earth science, earthquake engineering and public policy professions and worked with hundreds of community organizations to get approval for sweeping seismic resilience legislation. Since their inception, building codes have been based on a principle that safety is the only valid concern of government. The reality of a major earthquake is that the failure of a building impacts the whole community through economic disruption, population decreases, and cascading failures of engineered and social systems. This talk will explore a conceptual framework for creating a building code that reflects the realities of earthquake losses and the social dynamics of shared economic decisions.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lucy Jones
RSVP now for Wednesday, November 8.
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: EPICENTER (Please refer to here for detailed directions)
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members, Attendance limited RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email chapterinfo@eerinc.org to RSVP

RSVP now for Thursday, November 9.
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: East Bay MUD Administration, 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607-4240
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members and EBMUD employees
Attendance limited, RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email chapterinfo@eerinc.org to RSVP

About Dr. Lucy Jones:
Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Big Ones (Doubleday, April 2018) and is also a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. The aim is to understand and communicate where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and what actions can be taken to reduce the risks that are the most cost-effective. Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction through seismological research and integrated disaster scenarios.

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 EERI-NC Chapter Award

Patrick Otellini was chosen this year for Northern California EERI Chapter s Individual Award for Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in earthquake risk reduction.

Patrick celebrating the passage of the mandatory soft-story retrofit ordinance in San Francisco in 2013.

Patrick was unanimously selected by the 2016 Nominating Committee and Board for his energy and impact working for the City of San Francisco on its earthquake mitigation and resilience programs. Patrick joined the City in 2012, just as the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safetyproject was wrappingup and the new Earthquake Safety Implementation Plan was being launched. Patrick enthusiastically took on leadership during this critical transition time. His vision and formidable political skills contributed to passage of ESIP’s milestone soft-story ordinance. Other successful initiatives followed, including a private school evaluation ordinance, completion of a lifelines study, and a number of topical working groups.

San Francisco’s progress under Patrick’s watch caught the attention of resilience advocates at a global scale. He successful shepherded San Franciscoinbecomingone of the first Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities. As part ofthat program, he was selected as the world’s first Chief Resilience Officer. Anyone who knows Patrick can tell he was the perfect choice. An articulate spokesperson and knowledgeable bridge-builder, Patrick significantly raised the visibility of earthquake issues and managed a talented team that made quick, concrete progress. As a result, the Bay Area community is more aware and prepared, with long-lasting ripple effects that have spread throughout the 100RC city network. Patrick recently joined Swinerton to work on other development projects. Congratulations to Patrick and his supportive family as they enter a new chapter in their lives.

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.

2018 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)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the four (4) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for 3 Directors at-large and 1 Secretary/Treasurer.

The 2018 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 Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Election results will be announced by email and in person at the Annual Holiday Party to the membership by Thursday, December 20, 2018.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2017-2018
Board of Directors

2018-2019
Board of Directors

President Sharyl Rabinovici Dana Brechwald
Past-President Sharyl Rabinovici
President-Elect Dana Brechwald
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Open
Director Chiara McKenney Chiara McKenney
Director Anne Wein Anne Wein
Director Zahraa Saiyed Open
Director Mike Mieler Mike Mieler
Director John Egan Open
Director Curt Haselton Open

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Jeff Bond, David Bonowitz, and Janiele Maffei (Chair) for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Volkan Sevilgen

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Anne McLeod-Husley
  • Bruce Maison
  • Rob Olshansky

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file)

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.

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