Invited Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Welcome and Opening Plenary (8:00AM - 10:00AM) - Southern California and Earthquakes

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 Dr. Lucy Jones
 The Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

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. With a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT, Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction through seismological research and integrated disaster scenarios. Dr. Jones is the EERI Distinguished Lecturer for 2017. 

 

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 Honorable Eric Garcetti
 Mayor of Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor on July 1, 2013, he served as the Councilmember representing Los Angeles' 13th District. Garcetti earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and the University of Southern California.

In 2013, the City of Los Angeles was selected as an inaugural member of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). In 2014, Mayor Garcetti released Los Angeles' Resilience by Design report, addressing Los Angeles’ greatest earthquake vulnerabilities, including building retrofitting and steps to secure the City's water supply and communications infrastructure. The report presents the recommendations of the Mayoral Seismic Safety Task Force. These recommendations suggest strategic solutions to protect lives; improve the capacity of the City to respond to earthquakes; prepare the City to recover quickly from earthquakes; and protect the economy of the City and all of Southern California. In April 2015, Mayor Garcetti released L.A.’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn. On October 9, 2015, Mayor Garcetti signed into law the City’s mandatory seismic retrofits for soft-first story buildings and for non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings.

In 2017, Los Angeles is releasing its first comprehensive Resilience Strategy. The document addresses a series of potential shocks and stresses and identifies actions that can be taken at the individual or neighborhood level, as well as on a broader scale—for example, along the L.A. River, citywide or across the region. Produced in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the strategy builds on the Mayor’s award-winning Resilience by Design report and Sustainable City pLAn. 

  

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 Ashraf Habibullah
 President/CEO, Computers and Structures, Inc.

 

Ashraf Habibullah, Registered Structural Engineer, is President and CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and founded CSI in 1975. Today CSI is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in the development of software for structural and earthquake engineering. The software is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries.

Ashraf has led the development of CSI's products for over four decades. He has been active as a developer and educator, conducting seminars in dozens of cities across the world on the theory and techniques used in structural and earthquake engineering software.  

Ashraf’s presentations highlight the immeasurable contributions made by earthquake engineering professionals and how their work has saved lives, protected property and preserved peace and prosperity for all of humanity. Ashraf is also a co-founder of the Diablo Ballet and the founder of the Engineering Alliance for the Arts, an organization that involves school children with technology, focusing on the technical and artistic aspects of bridge engineering.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Plenary Session -  (8:00AM - 8:50AM) - Seismic Hazard

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 Norm Abrahamson                   
 Pacific Gas & Electric
 

Dr. Abrahamson is an internationally known expert in seismic hazard and risk analyses with 30 years experience in the practical application of engineering seismology to the development of deterministic and probabilistic seismic criteria for engineering design and evaluations of seismic risk.  He has been involved in developing or reviewing design ground motions for hundreds of projects around the world including dams, bridges, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste repositories, water and gas pipelines, rail lines, ports, landfills, hospitals, electric substations, and office buildings. The focus of his research has been the interface between the earth sciences and earthquake engineering. His work on ground-motion models includes the statistical methods for empirical ground-motion models such as the random-effects regression methodology and incorporation of hanging-wall effects, directivity effects, fling effects, and basin effects into empirical ground-motion models using constraints from numerical simulations. His work on seismic hazard has focused on the epistemic uncertainty in the hazard and how to reduce the uncertainty using constraints from fragile geologic features and using recordings of ground motions at the site of interest.  Currently, he is working on partially and fully non-ergodic ground-motion models that transition from using global ground-motion models to using site-specific and source-specific ground-motion models.
 


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Plenary Session - Seismic Risk (8:00AM - 8:50AM)

Speaker to be announced soon 


Friday, June 29, 2018

Plenary Session - Seismic Solutions (8:00AM - 8:50AM)

"What Drives the Agenda in Earthquake Policy?"

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 Thomas A. Birkland, Ph.D., Speaker
 North Carolina State University

Tom Birkland is a Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, as well as the associate dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has studied the politics of natural hazards and technological accidents for more than 20 years. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington. Tom Birkland is a Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, as well as the associate dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has studied the politics of natural hazards and technological accidents for more than 20 years. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington. 

Before joining NC State, Birkland was an associate professor of public administration in the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY-Albany. In 2006, Birkland was the program director for the Infrastructure Management and Hazard Response Program at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Birkland is the author of two books and several articles on the public policy aspects of disasters. His 2006 book Lessons of Disaster is a follow up to his 1997 book, After Disaster. He is currently the editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters and is series editor for Springer's series on "Environmental Hazards," for which he invites proposals for books and edited volumes. He is also an active scholar in the broader policy process research field, in which the two “disaster” books are published, and he is the author of An Introduction to the Policy Process, the 4th edition of which was recently published by Routledge.

 

 2018 William B. Joyner Lecture  (12:00 - 1:00PM)

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 Ellen M. Rathje, 2018 William B. Joyner Lecture Awardee
 University of Texas at Austin 

Ellen M. Rathje is the Warren S. Bellows Centennial Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and also a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include seismic site response analysis, earthquake-induced landslides, field reconnaissance after earthquakes, and remote sensing of geotechnical phenomena. Ellen M. Rathje is the Warren S. Bellows Centennial Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and also a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include seismic site response analysis, earthquake-induced landslides, field reconnaissance after earthquakes, and remote sensing of geotechnical phenomena. 

She is a founding member of and current co-chair of the Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance Association (GEER) which coordinates National Science Foundation-sponsored geotechnical investigations around the world after major earthquakes and other natural disasters such as floods, to advance research and improve engineering practice. Rathje is also the Principal Investigator of the DesignSafe cyberinfrastructure project, a web-based research platform for the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) that provides computational tools to manage and analyze critical data for natural hazards research. Closer to home, Rathje is co-principal investigator for the Center for Integrated Seismicity Research and the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program, both housed at the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT.

 

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