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.

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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.


The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.


Board of Directors

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



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



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

Nov. 19, EERI Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Robert Olshansky : Cities, Earthquakes, and Time

EERI-NC and The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center  (PEER Center) will host the EERI distinguished lecture by Prof. Robert Olshanksy.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm PST 
Location: Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS), UC Berkeley (Directions)
RSVP: chapterinfo@eerinc.org

Speaker: Dr. Robert Olshansky, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Who should attend this lecture?

All researchers, engineers, students, city planners, and others interested in earthquake engineering are encouraged to attend. Consulting firms are encouraged to host this lecture in your office.

How can I attend this lecture?

  • Attend in person at Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS), University of California, Berkeley (Directions)
  • Watch remotely via Webcast live at 3:30 pm on November 19, 2015. Access at http://video.citris.berkeley.edu/playlists/peer/on the day of the event (link active from 3:30pm-4:30pm).
  • A video of this presentation will be archived on PEER’s YouTube Account for viewing after the event.
  • The reception is after the talk at the PEER headquarters, room 325 Davis hall, (4:30pm to 5:30pm).


Dr. Robert Olshansky, Professor and Head at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as EERI’s 2015 Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Olshanksy’s lecture, titled “Cities, Earthquakes, and Time”, examines the relationships of earthquakes to time and the policy implications thereof. The EERI Distinguished Lecture Award is given to members of the EERI Institute to recognize and encourage communication of outstanding professional contributions of major importance for earthquake hazard mitigation.

Speaker Bio


Dr. Olshansky has a BS degree in geology from Caltech, and MCP and PhD degrees in city planning and environmental planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to his academic career, he managed a geotechnical engineering firm in the San Francisco Bay area, and he worked with an environmental research institute in Anchorage, Alaska.

Olshansky’s research and 25 years of teaching cover land use and environmental planning, with an emphasis on planning for natural hazards. Professor Olshansky has studied recovery planning and management after several major disasters. For over a decade, he and colleagues researched the recovery process following the Kobe, Japan earthquake of 1995, and he spent the 2004-05 and 2012-13 academic years as a Visiting Professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University. He researched and advised the post-Katrina planning process in New Orleans, and his book, Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans, co-authored with Laurie Johnson, was published by APA Press in April 2010. He and collaborators have researched disaster recovery in Sichuan Province, China; Tamil Nadu, India; Indonesia; and Niigata Prefecture and Tohoku, Japan. He is currently working on a variety of publications to synthesize common lessons and themes of community-scale recovery following large disasters around the world. He has also published on landslide policy, hillside development planning, seismic hazard mitigation policy, and environmental impact assessment.



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