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Tuesday 26-Jun-18: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch: EERI Distinguished Lecture

DATE/TIME: Tuesday 26-Jun-18 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ROOM: California

DESCRIPTION: Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the Distinguished Lecture given by Rice University professor, Dr. Reginald DesRoches, 2018 EERI Distinguished Lecturer. The topic of the lecture is as follows: Damage from recent earthquakes underscores the importance of developing new approaches and technologies to improve the performance of structures during earthquakes. The presentation will highlight applications of one class of smart materials - shape memory alloys - in improving the performance of structures subjected to earthquake loading. Shape memory alloys belong to a class of smart materials that can undergo large deformations while reverting back to their original, undeformed shape. This unique property has led to the development of numerous applications in the biomedical, aerospace, and commercial industries. A multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach is taken to explore the potential use of these materials for applications in earthquake engineering. Component testing, full-scale testing, and detailed analyses show great potential for shape memory alloys to significantly improve the earthquake performance of nonductile buildings and bridges. For more information on this speaker, please visit:

The Promise of Smart Materials in Earthquake Resistant Design (ID LS02)
Reginald DesRoches, Rice University;
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Wednesday 27-Jun-18: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch: Joyner Lecture

DATE/TIME: Wednesday 27-Jun-18 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ROOM: California

DESCRIPTION: Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the Joyner Lecture, given by University of Texas at Austin professor, Dr. Ellen M. Rathje (M.EERI,1996), the 2018 recipient of the William B. Joyner Lecture Award. The topic of her talk will be as follows: Earthquake-induced landslides represent a significant seismic hazard, as evidenced by recent earthquakes in Kaikoura, New Zealand and Gorkha, Nepal, and proper planning/mitigation requires accurate evaluation of the potential for seismic landslides. Engineers often tackle this problem through a detailed evaluation of individual slopes and more recently have introduced performance-based engineering (PBE) concepts into the analysis. Recognizing the compounding effects of multiple landslides across an area, earth scientists often evaluate seismic landslides at a regional scale. This approach sacrifices details, but provides a broader assessment of the impacts of earthquake induced landslides. This presentation will describe the integration of performance-based engineering concepts into regional-scale seismic landslide assessments. The basic PBE framework for seismic landslides will be introduced along with the modifications required to apply it at a regional scale. The application of the approach for a seismic landslide hazard map will be presented. The use of seismic landslide inventories to validate regional landslide assessments will be discussed, along with advancements in developing seismic landslide inventories using remote sensing techniques. Finally, research needs required to further advance regional seismic landslide assessments will be presented. For more information on this speaker, please visit:

Seismic Landslide Assessments: Bridging the Gap between Engineers and Earth Scientists (ID LS01)
Ellen Rathje, The University of Texas at Austin;
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Thursday 28-Jun-18: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch: EERI Awards Ceremony and Annual Business Meeting

DATE/TIME: Thursday 28-Jun-18 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ROOM: California

DESCRIPTION: Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the EERI Awards Ceremony and Annual Business Meeting. EERI will honor I. M. Idriss with the George W. Housner Medal, Michael Mahoney with the Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal, Jonathan P. Stewart with the Bruce Bolt Medal, Vitor Silva with the Shah Family Innovation Prize, and both Thalia Anagnos and Marshall Lew with EERI Honorary Membership. The Earthquake Spectra Outstanding Paper Award will be presented, along with the NEHRP Graduate Fellowship Award, and winners of the EERI Graduate and Undergraduate Student Paper Competitions. Retiring Board Members and EERI Committee Chairs will also be recognized, along with members of the 11NCEE Organizing Committee. The awards ceremony will be followed by a brief EERI Business Meeting.

George W. Housner Medal (ID Award01)
I.M. Idriss, ;

Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal (ID Award02)
Michael Mahoney, ;

Bruce Bolt Medal (ID Award03)
Jonathan P. Stewart, ;

EERI Honorary Membership (ID Award06)
Marshall Lew, ;

EERI Honorary Membership (ID Award07)
Thalia Anagnos, ;

Shah Family Innovation Prize (ID Award08)
Vitor Silva, ;

2016 Outstanding Earthquake Spectra Award (ID Award09)
Elide Pantoli, ; Hamed Ebrahimian, ; Joel P. Conte, ; Jose I. Restrepo, ; Michelle C. Chen, ; Rodrigo Asroza, ; Tara C. Hutchinson, ; Xiang Wang, ;

NEHRP Graduate Fellowship (ID Award10)
Lohrasb Keykhosropour, ;

NEHRP Graduate Fellowship (ID Award11)
Kristin Ulmer, ;

EERI Graduate Student Paper Award (ID Award12)
Arthur D. Frankel, ; Erin A. Wirth, ; Jeffrey W. Berman, ; Marco O. Eberhard, ; Nasser A. Marafi, ;

EERI Undergraduate Student Paper Award (ID Award13)
Carlos Garcia, ;

Younger Member Award (ID Award14)
Ashly Morales-Cartagena, ;

Younger Member Award (ID Award15)
Ezra Jampole, ;


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