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

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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).

 

2014 Election Results Announced

The 2014 election came to an end on Monday November 10th. Sixty-one chapter members completed their online ballots to elect three Directors at-large.

We are happy to welcome Dana Brechwald to the Board. Dana was elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two year term. We also congratulate Directors Sharyl Rabinovici and Ken Mark, who were re-elected to serve a second term as Director at-large.

Congratulations to all (re)elected board members and thank you to out-going Director Chuck Real for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee of Laura Dwelley-Samant, Chair, Danielle Hutchings Mieler, and Ivan Wong, and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2015 Board of Directors here.

2014 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 84 KB)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the three (3) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for three Directors at Large.

The 2014 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 10, 2014.

Election results will be announced by email to the membership by Monday, November 17, 2014.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2013-2014
Board of Directors

2014-2015
Board of Directors

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

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Laura Dwelley-Samant, Chair, Danielle Hutchings Mieler, and Ivan Wong for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of Director At Large:

  • Sharyl Rabinovici (incumbent)
  • Dana Brechwald
  • Ken Mark (incumbent)

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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 2014 Seismic Design Competition

This year your EERI Northern California Chapter has been looking for ways to strengthen the ties with the five local EERI student chapters at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and Stanford University. One area where the students felt we could provide some support was in connecting them with potential sponsors to help fund participation in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition that is held at the EERI Annual Meeting.

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, UC Davis, San Jose State University, and Stanford University, are planning to participate in the 2014 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, and are looking to travel to Anchorage in July. 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 Alaska. The teams will have to confirm their participation, including the number of attendees, by May 15th 2014. So don’t delay your action!

San Jose State University

Team contact: Tim Hendrickson

SJSUEERI-SJSU participates in the Seismic Design Competition to gain design experience in earthquake engineering. The SDC helps members develop teamwork, ethics, and leadership skills, in addition to challenging their engineering knowledge and creativity.

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.

This year’s team hopes to continue the trend, and is working diligently to design a winning structure. They are currently working on the structural design, and will begin the construction phase by the end of April.

The SJSU team is looking to raise approximately $4000 to bring 4 students to Anchorage.

Look at San Jose State University’s funding proposal here.

Stanford University

Team contact: Curtis Fong

StanfordStanford’s team started out in September recruiting new members, and formed a team of 6 members for the 2014 Seismic Design Competition.

The team decided to design, construct and test two full scale models in order to improve their intuition about which structural systems work and which do not. Both built models were tested using a table-top shake table in January. The team turned the testing into a small outreach event, where a group of elementary school children studying earthquakes was invited to watch.

Since January, the team has settled on a final design, which was optimized using ETABS analysis on the tower to shift the structural response to the optimal area of the spectral response curves provided to by the competition.

In the last four weeks, the team has started and finished laser cutting the structural members, and is now transitioning to gluing components together in preparation for construction of the final tower.

The Stanford team is looking to raise sufficient funds to bring 3 students to Anchorage.

Please contact Curtis to obtain a copy of Stanford University’s design proposal.

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Mara Minner

UCBerkeleyThe 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 25 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 was awarded the 2013 Egor Popov Award for Structural Innovation, recognizing the best use of technology and/or structural design to resist seismic loading.

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 Alaska. They got off to a great start, as their design proposal was ranked in the top 10 submissions.

The UC Berkeley team is looking to raise an additional $4,100 of their $11,200 budget, which will bring all 9 students to Anchorage.

Additional information for UC Berkeley’s team is available here.

University of California, Davis

Team contact: Justin Watkins

UC Davis Seismic Design Team 04.28.2014The 8 members of the UC Davis team have been working the entire academic year in preparation for the competition. The time to date was split into three phases: Planning, Design, and Construction. Weekly meetings during the Planning phase included research into building systems, architecture, and private lectures to learn earthquake response basics. Weekly Design meetings included iteration in SAP2000 to minimize deflection and building weight while maximizing our building’s rentable floor area. During the Construction phase, the team has met three times weekly to build and attach the model’s foundation, floors, and core wall members. Concurrently, each team member has taken coursework in Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering, Foundation Design, and Building Design in order to fully understand the structural behavior.

As the competition date draws closer, the team can proudly say that they have accelerated their understanding of lateral load path, bracing design, SAP2000 analysis, Revit, Response Spectrum analysis, and more. The students on the team have become a very close group of friends, fully committed to the competition. This competition has inspired them as engineers and motivated them as students. The team is excited to watch the structure get built piece by piece, and expect greats results come Alaska!

The UC Davis team is looking to raise an additional $1,350 of their $4,100 budget, which will bring 3 students to Anchorage.

Please contact Justin to obtain a copy of UC Davis’s design proposal.

EERI NC Chapter and Member Contributions at April Chapter Meeting

In addition to sending this solicitation to our members, the EERI NC Chapter highlighted the Seismic Design Competition and the various local student chapter teams at out Chapter meeting on April 24, 2014. An at-the-door collection from meeting attendees raised $500 to sponsor the teams, and our Chapter has promised to match the proceeds of the collection, yielding a total $1,000 donation! 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.

2013 Chapter Awards for Seismic Safety

This year’s Chapter Awards for “Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction” went to Frank L. Rollo and the California Earthquake Authority.

Frank Rollo accepts the 2013 Chapter Award for “Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction” from Chapter President Heidi Tremayne

Frank Rollo has been a leader in the field of geotechnical engineering for over 50 years. He and his firm have set the standard for geotechnical engineering in the Bay Area. After a 25-year career with Harding Lawson Associates, Rollo joined Don Treadwell in 1989 to form their own practice, Treadwell and Rollo. Rollo has directed more than 400 major projects, ranging from many of San Francisco’s high-rise buildings to the SBC Ballpark to the development of Mission Bay, including structures at the new UCSF campus and the Embarcadero Center. He has also responded to emergencies on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco.

Frank Rollo’s knowledge and dedication are an inspiration for the geotechnical engineering profession, and have helped increase the Bay Area’s earthquake resilience.

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has funded two groundbreaking research projects that fundamentally advance knowledge about earthquake behavior and broadly improve seismic decision-making statewide. These projects are the Unified California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, UCERF3, and NGA-West2, which improved Next Generation Attenuation models for active tectonic regions. The next version of the National Seismic Hazard Maps for CA will be based on these two projects. The maps are the basic input to all seismic design; thus, CEA’s impact will be on almost all facilities in CA.

The CEA’s leadership in supporting ground breaking research is essential to the improvement of the state’s resilience to future earthquakes.

Bruce Patton, Director of Policy, Research and Special Projects at the California Earthquake Authoiry accepting the award

This year’s Awards Nominating Committee consisted of Jennifer Donahue (Chair), Nancy Tennebaum, Yousef Bozorgnia, and Dick McCarthy.

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 UC Berkeley (2012), the East Bay Municipal Utility District (2011), BART’s Earthquake Safety Program (2010), the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance’s Susan Garcia (2012), the City of San Francisco’s Laurence Kornfield (2011), City of Alameda Building Official Greg McFann (2010), and City of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (2009).

 

2013 Election Results Announced

The 2013 election came to an end on Tuesday November 5th.  Eighty chapter members completed their online ballots to elect a President-Elect, a Secretary-Treasurer, and 3 Directors at Large.  Because all individuals running for the Director positions are uniquely qualified to help further the Chapter’s mission, and because the election results were a virtual tie, the Board decided to create an additional Director’s seat on the board for a two year term.

We are happy to welcome the following new faces to the Board:

  • Betsy Mathieson, engineering geologist and a Senior Managing Scientist in the Oakland office of Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, was elected to the position of President-Elect to serve a two year term.
  • Tom Anderson, co-owner of Anderson-Niswander Seismic Retrofit, a General Engineering Contractor specializing in Bay Area retrofits, was elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two year term.
  • Jeff Bond, Director of the Community Development Department with the City of Albany, California, was elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two year term.
  • Gerry Brady, now retired after 20 years at the USGS, with its strong ground motion group and seven years with ATC on projects enhancing structural engineering seismic design, was elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two year term.

We also congratulate Laurence Kornfield, who was re-elected to serve a second term as Director at-large, and Marko Schotanus, who was re-elected to serve a second term as Secretary-Treasurer.

Congratulations to all (re)elected board members and thank you to out-going Directors Danielle Hutchings Mieler, and Laura Dwelley-Samant, and to out-going Past-President Janiele Maffei for their tenure of service to the Chapter.

Also the board would like to thank the nominating committee of Ayse Hortacsu, Chair, Keith Kelson, Keith Knudsen, John Osteraas, and Tom Tobin, and all voting Chapter members!

EERI NC Board Elections – Votes Due October 31, 2013

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 101.4 KB)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the five (5) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and 3 Directors at Large.

The 2013 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 5, 2012.

Election results will be announced by email to the membership on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2012-2013
Board of Directors

2013-2014
Board of Directors

President Heidi Faison Heidi Faison
Past-President Janiele Maffei
President-Elect Open
Secretary/Treasurer Marko Schotanus Open
Director Danielle Hutchings Open
Director Sharyl Rabinovici Sharyl Rabinovici
Director Chuck Real Chuck Real
Director Laurence Kornfield Open
Director Laura Dwelley-Samant Open
Director Ken Mark Ken Mark

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee of Ayse Hortacsu, Chair, Keith Kelson, Keith Knudsen, John Osteraas, and Tom Tobin for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of President-Elect:

  • Betsy Mathieson

For the Office of Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Marko Schotanus (incumbent)

For the Office of Director At Large:

  • Tom Anderson
  • Jeff Bond
  • Gerry Brady
  • Laurence Kornfield (incumbent)

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Questions?

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

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