List of Visiting Professionals

Professionals are currently making visits for 2019-2020. Check back in Fall 2020 for next year’s application!

Geotechnical Engineers

Ramin Golesorkhi, Principal/Vice President and Director, Langan, San Francisco, CA 

He is a registered civil (California and New York) and geotechnical engineer (California) and a Fellow of ASCE. He is a principal/vice president and director of earthquake engineering services at Langan, an over 1,050-person geotechnical, environmental, and civil design engineering firm, with more than 30 years of experience in seismic analysis and foundation engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Tufts University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Golesorkhi directs the development of seismic and geotechnical design criteria appropriate for industrial, residential, private and government office buildings, hospitals and healthcare facilities, bridges, elevated freeways and viaducts, base isolated structures, tunnels, and seismic strengthening of existing structures. He has developed seismic design criteria for performance-based design of structures since early 2,000’s and has been active in the development of seismic design criteria in building codes. He is one of the primary authors of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Technical Guide on Performance-Based Seismic Design for Tall Buildings (2017). Some of his projects include: the new Asian Art Museum, numerous high-rise towers, a major refinery in Peru, AT&T Park, Levi’s Stadium, and the State office building in San Francisco. His experience stretches throughout the United States, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East.

Faiz Makdisi, Senior Principal Engineer, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Oakland, CA 

He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  He has over 39 years of specialized experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Dr. Makdisi has been actively involved in studies of the seismic behavior of earth and rock fill dams and embankments. He developed and published (with the late Professor H. Bolton Seed) widely used simplified procedures for estimating the dynamic response and permanent deformations in earth and rock fill dams. Recently, Dr. Makdisi has been involved in development of seismic design criteria, evaluation of seismic stability, and design of alternative remedial measures for more than 25 embankment dams. He has authored and co-authored many papers dealing with the seismic stability of dams and with various aspects of earthquake ground motions and seismic design criteria for critical facilities. He is a recipient of the 1977 Norman Medal award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the paper (co-authored with Seed, Lee and Idriss) on the analyses of the slides in the San Fernando Dams during the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.  As a member of a team of Technical Advisors to the Los Angeles District, Corps of Engineers, on the design and construction of Seven Oaks Dam in California, Dr. Makdisi was a co-recipient of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Engineers “Design and Environmental Honor Award for 2002.” Dr. Makdisi is currently serving as a member of the Board of Consultants for Oroville Dam Spillway Restoration Project, and the Director’s Safety Review Board for Perris Dam, Castaic and Crafton Hills Dams, B. F. Sisk Dam, and five Delta Dams, for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Division of Safety of Dams. He also served as a member of the Consulting Review Board for Conconully Dam, for the US Bureau of Reclamation. In 2017, Dr. Makdisi was the awarded the Danny K. McCook Medal by Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), for his lasting contributions to dam safety.


  1. Evaluation of the seismic performance and stability of embankment dams (earth and rockfill dams)
  2. Assessment of earthquake ground motions for the design or evaluation of critical structures
  3. Potential failure modes evaluations for risk assessments of dams

Jorge Meneses, RMA Group, San Diego, CA

Jorge Meneses

Jorge Meneses is an expert in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Areas of expertise include seismic hazard analysis, selection and modification of earthquake time histories, liquefaction and lateral spread evaluation and mitigation, deep and shallow foundations, seismic stability of earthworks, site response and characterization, numerical modeling and advanced geotechnical testing. Dr. Meneses specializes in seismic soil-structure interaction analysis, and analysis and design of pile foundations subjected to liquefaction and lateral spread. He has experience with seismic hazard evaluation and ground motions development in different earthquake environments. Dr. Meneses was the lead member of one of the GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance) missions to evaluate damage and seismic performance after the M9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake in April 2011.Dr. Meneses has research and working experience in USA, Japan, Peru, Venezuela, India, and Mexico. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in earthquake geotechnical engineering and foundation engineering for various markets including nuclear, energy, transportation, high rise buildings, commercial and industrial. He is currently a part-time faculty in the graduate school of San Diego State University and part-time instructor at the University of California San Diego Extension. He is the President and Founder of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) San Diego Chapter, Honorary Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is also a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission appointed by the state governor and confirmed by the state senate.


  1. Practitioner approach to site-specific seismic hazard evaluation
  2. Development of earthquake ground motions for seismic deformation analysis of earthworks
  3. Earthquake Safety for All: The challenge of reducing seismic risk in developing countries
  4. Impact on practical design of low-probability events with large consequences
  5. Significance of Earthquake Scenarios for Mitigation and Planning

Sissy Nikolaou, Assistant Vice President and Principal in the WSP Technical Excellence Center of Geotechnical & Tunneling, New York, NY

Dr. Sissy Nikolaou is Assistant Vice President and Principal in the Technical Excellence Center of WSP’s Geotechnical & Tunneling with 20+ years of experience, and capabilities of geotechnical & structural engineering, with emphasis on performance-based design, soil-structure interaction, seismic hazard analysis, liquefaction evaluation and mitigation, and risk assessment of critical facilities. She oversees WSP’s geotechnical earthquake engineering practice and leads the firm’s multi-hazard resilience initiative.

Dr. Nikolaou holds a civil engineering Diploma from NTUA, and Masters & PhD degrees from the U. Buffalo. She holds board positions in EERI and ATC, and she is a Governor of the ASCE-GI and an advisory member of GEER. She has co-led reconnaissance missions after disasters including Hurricane Sandy in NYC, and Mineral-VA, Cephalonia-Greece, Muisne-Ecuador and Puebla-Morelos Mexico earthquakes. She is active in seismic codes development and has been the chair for the seismic committee for the NYC Building Code since 2014. Her consulting experience includes tall building developments using performance-based criteria in dense urban environments such as in Mexico and New York Cities, major infrastructure and transportation design and retrofit projects, and emergency and action preparedness planning for communities globally.

Dr. Nikolaou is recognized as ASCE Fellow, ADG Board-Certified Diplomate Geotechnical Engineer, WSP Fellow of Earthquake Engineering, NYC ACEC Principal of the Year, Prakash Prize recipient for Excellence in Geotechnical Practice and was invited by Pres. Obama to the 2016 White House Summit on Earthquake Resilience.



  1. The Big Picture and the Missing Link of Earthquake Resilience
  2. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Practice: From Empirical Methods to Performance Based Design
  3. Rapid Geotechnical Reconnaissance Technologies for Multi Hazards
  4. Learning from Structural Success rather than Failures
  5. Challenges in Bridge Foundation & Seismic Design – A Practitioner’s Perspective
  6. Geo-Seismic Design in the Eastern US: State of Practice

Christine Z. Beyzaei, Senior Engineer, Exponent Inc., Oakland, CA

Christine Z. Beyzaei, Ph.D., P.E. is a Senior Engineer with Exponent in Oakland, California specializing in geotechnical earthquake engineering. Dr. Beyzaei has experience on both U.S. and international projects including: liquefaction assessment, seismic site response, seismic hazard analysis, ground motion development, settlement analysis, foundation assessment, slope stability, and reconciliation of historical documentation with existing conditions for improved evaluation of expected performance. She has worked on projects for critical infrastructure, new and existing buildings, high-rise structures, bridges, and embankment dams. Dr. Beyzaei also has significant experience with geotechnical site investigation, seismic testing, and advanced laboratory testing of geotechnical materials under static and dynamic conditions. Her experience with site investigation and laboratory testing includes: the standard penetration test (SPT), conventional and miniature cone penetration test (CPT) methods, Osterberg-type piston sampling, gel-push sampling, sonic boring, rock coring, test pits, crosshole seismic testing, piezometer and inclinometer installation and reading, triaxial testing, and specialized consolidation testing. She is a registered civil engineer in the state of California.

Dr. Beyzaei earned her Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on liquefaction of silty soils, evaluating potential over-conservatism in established liquefaction assessment procedures at silty soil sites in Christchurch, New Zealand. She investigated post-earthquake observations from the Canterbury earthquake sequence through field sampling, advanced laboratory testing, alternative site characterization techniques, and consideration of depositional environment effects on liquefaction performance. Through her field work and laboratory testing in New Zealand, Dr. Beyzaei developed case histories for integration in the next generation of liquefaction assessment models. While at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Beyzaei served as a graduate student researcher and was the graduate student instructor for graduate level courses on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Advanced Foundation Engineering. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for these courses. Dr. Beyzaei graduated from the George Washington University in 2009 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering. From 2010-2013 she worked as a geotechnical engineer at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in New York City.

In addition to her academic and professional pursuits, Dr. Beyzaei is involved with EERI, ASCE, and the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER). Within EERI, Christine is active in the School Earthquake Safety Initiative Committee, Younger Members Committee, and Student Awards Committee. She received the 2016-2017 EERI/FEMA-NEHRP Graduate Fellowship for Earthquake Hazard Reduction and was an invited participant for the 2019 EERI Learning From Earthquakes Travel Study Program to New Zealand, evaluating long-term recovery and resilience following the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence and the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Dr. Beyzaei has performed post-earthquake reconnaissance with GEER following the 2014 South Napa earthquake and the 2018 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake, also serving as GEER Recorder from 2013-2015. Dr. Beyzaei enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for lifelong learning, serving on the ASCE Continuing Education Committee and volunteering her time mentoring high school students with the ACE Mentor Program of America.


  1. Liquefaction of Silty Soils: Investigations in Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering: From the Classroom to Consulting Practice
  3. Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance, Empirical Methods, and Practical Applications

John Thornley, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Inc., Anchorage, AK

John Thornley, PE is an Associate and Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Golder Associates Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska. He has over 14 years of geotechnical and earthquake engineering experience. Recently John was a co-lead for the EERI Learning from Earthquakes Reconnaissance effort for the November 30, 2018 M7.1 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake. John is currently the chair of the Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission. He has served as field manager of geotechnical studies and prepared recommendations for a variety of infrastructure projects including buildings, roads and airports, large liquefied natural gas and water storage tanks, pipelines, wind and cellular towers, and utilities. As part of John’s work across Alaska, he has been involved in seismic hazard studies, seismic site response analyses planning studies for large infrastructure buildouts, and cold regions and permafrost engineering. His design work includes ground improvement in liquefiable soils, deep and shallow foundations, slope stabilization, retaining structures, and embankments. Most recently John has been leading a variety of repair and post-earthquake mitigation projects in southcentral Alaska including repair work for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. John completed his MS focused in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno. He is working towards a PhD focused in geotechnical earthquake engineering at University of Strathclyde Glasgow, evaluating the variability of earthquake site response within Anchorage, Alaska.


  1. Observations from the November 30, 2018 M7.1 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake
  2. Recent Geotechnical Engineering projects in Alaska and special considerations for Alaska's hazard and ground conditions
  3. Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission – Engineers and Planners shared impacts on public policy
  4. Seismic Hazard Across Alaska – A case study on the need to update the Alaska Seismic Hazard Maps


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Risk Analysis, Lifelines, and Industrial Facilities

Ronald T. Eguchi, President and CEO, ImageCat Inc., Long Beach, CA 


Mr. Eguchi is President and CEO of ImageCat, Inc., an international risk management company that supports the global risk and catastrophe management needs of the insurance industry, governments and NGOs. Mr. Eguchi has over 30 years of experience in risk analysis and risk reduction studies. He currently serves or has served on several editorial boards including EERI’s Journal SPECTRA. In 1997, he was awarded the ASCE C. Martin Duke Award for his contributions to the area of lifeline earthquake engineering. In 2006, he accepted an ATC Award of Excellence on behalf of the ATC-61 project team for work on An Independent Study to Assess Future Savings from Mitigation Activities that showed that a dollar spent on hazard mitigation saves the nation about $4 in future benefits. He was recognized by EERI as the 2008 Distinguished Lecturer where he discussed the topic of “Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and other Disasters: A View from Space.” He recently chaired the Technical Committee on Advances in Information Technologies for the SEI Division of ASCE, a committee he started in 2015. He has authored over 300 publications, many of them dealing with the seismic risk of utility lifeline systems and the use of remote sensing technologies for disaster response. He has lectured on a variety of topics including a) using remote sensing technologies for disaster response, b) evaluating the resilience of complex lifeline systems to earthquakes and other natural disasters, and c) the truth about starting your own consulting company in a technology-driven environment. He was awarded the 2017 Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Distinguished Alumnus Award from UCLA.

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Ivan G. Wong, Senior Principal Seismologist, Lettis Consultants International, Walnut Creek, CA


Ivan has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of engineering seismology and seismic geology. A major focus in his career has been earthquake hazard reduction and awareness and public outreach. Ivan has directed the seismic hazard evaluations of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide, many for the Federal government. He has managed some of the largest seismic hazard evaluations performed in the U.S. including the Yucca Mountain Project. For FEMA, Ivan has been involved in the education and implementation of the seismic risk assessment software HAZUS in several areas in the U.S. He has been the recipient of numerous NEHRP external research grants from the USGS that have supported the development of urban probabilistic and scenario hazard maps and other earthquake hazard-related studies. Ivan is a past member of the EERI Board of Directors, past President of the EERI Northern California Chapter, past member of the Editorial Board for EERI’s Earthquake Spectra, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. He is a member of numerous scientific and engineering committees, panels, and working groups including Chair of the Working Group on Utah Earthquake Probabilities and a member of the CISN Advisory Panel, ANSS National Steering Committee, and the American Nuclear Society Working Groups on Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis and Surface Fault Rupture and Deformation. Ivan has also been particularly active in serving the U.S. Geological Survey on several review and advisory panels including the review panel for the 1996 National Seismic Hazard Maps. In 2017, Ivan was appointed to the California Seismic Safety Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. Ivan has authored or coauthored more than 350 professional publications.


  1. Learning From Earthquakes: Lessons Learned for Evaluating Seismic Hazards
  2. The Role of Site Characterization in Evaluating Seismic Hazards
  3. Site-Specific Seismic Hazard Evaluations for Critical and Important Facilities
  4. Induced Seismicity and the Oil and Gas Industry
  5. Seismicity, Seismic Hazards, and Seismic Design in the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain, Central, East, or Southeast U.S.

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Structural Engineers

Maryann Phipps, President, Estructure, Oakland, CA

Maryann is a practicing Structural Engineer with over 30 years’ experience evaluating, designing and renovating buildings. Designing for post-earthquake resilience, as required in hospitals and critical laboratory facilities, represents the mainstay of her practice. She is a recognized expert in the seismic protection of nonstructural components and was the lead technical consultant for FEMA E-74 Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage, which received a 2012 Award of Excellence from the Structural Engineers Association of California. Maryann has “chased” many earthquakes and was co-leader for a FEMA-sponsored data collection effort following the South Napa Earthquake. Maryann was also the lead technical director for ATC-120 providing recommendations for the future of nonstructural seismic design. Maryann is a Fellow and Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of California, a member of the California Hospital Safety Board and a member of the California State University Seismic Review Board.


  1. Case Studies in Performance-Based Seismic Design and Construction
  2. How to design a good building (and how to be a great Engineer)
  3. Seismic Protection of Nonstructural Components

David Cocke, Founder and President, Structural Focus, Los Angeles, CA

David Cocke

David started Structural Focus in 2001 after 15 years in San Francisco with Degenkolb Engineers, and another five years founding and managing their Los Angeles office. While at Degenkolb, David worked on notable historic projects such as the EQ repairs to the SF Ferry Building, several quad buildings at Stanford and the Hotel del Coronado. At Structural Focus, David has worked on the design of new buildings including a new Amazon campus, and the evaluation and retrofit of hundreds of buildings including film studio facilities, university buildings, the Red Bull Headquarters, Google LA Headquarters and historic buildings ranging from some historic barns at Rancho Los Alamitos to the adaptive reuse of a 1930’s concrete sound stage at Sony Studios. Some other significant current projects include the restoration of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the new Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and a 15-story historic hotel in Los Angeles. David is also co-founder and Managing Director of SAFEq Institute which serves as a resource for post-disaster inspections information and providing direct services to government entities and business owners. He has led the establishment of Building Occupancy Resumption Programs in southern California jurisdictions. In addition to his work in preservation, David has served on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineers Association of both SEAONC and SEAOSC, as well as SEAOC. He also served on the California Preservation Foundation Board, on the Board Pasadena Heritage, EERI Board and was President of the USC Architectural Guild in 2007. David has served as the SEAOC-appointed Alternate Structural Member on the State Historical Building Safety Board since 2007, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Conservancy. He is also immediate Past-President of the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineers Institute (SEI) of ASCE.


  1. Retrofit of historic buildings and case studies.
  2. Private/Public partnerships in support of community resilience
  3. Real life as a practicing structural engineer and lessons learned

David Friedman, Senior Principal, Forell/Elsesser, San Francisco, CA


Senior Principal and immediate past President, CEO and Board chair, with more than 35 years at Forell/Elsesser and almost 40 years in the industry, David’s strength is a holistic approach to a project’s planning, design and construction, and the collaborative integration of creative structural solutions with architects, engineers, and builders. With a specialty in designated historic structures, David has creatively solved numerous engineering challenges. Principle examples of his solutions include the base isolation retrofits for both the San Francisco City Hall and Asian Art Museum, the adaptive reuse and retrofit for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the seismic safety corrections and remodel of UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium. The practicing structural engineer today must have a broad understanding of not just structural engineering, but must be knowledgeable about architecture, M/E/P systems, construction delivery methodologies, and the construction process. All projects come with their own litany of challenges and constraints, and the structural engineer is one of the key players in achieving the optimal solution: The project’s budget, the selected performance and design criteria, the architectural form, and the operating systems all affect the selection of the appropriate structural materials and lateral force resisting system. Then the analysis must get translated into a design, and the design must clearly and carefully be delineated into construction documents including plans, details, sections and technical specifications, with appropriate attention to sequencing, phasing and constructibility. This all gives rise to the notion of today’s structural engineer as a “Master Builder”, one who can articulate their way through a complex labyrinth of form finding, criteria setting, risk evaluation, design and documentation, and construction.


  1. Base Isolation: A Primer with Case Studies: San Francisco City Hall & UCSF Center for Regenerative Medicine
  2. The Practice of Structural Engineering Today with Project Examples: UCB Memorial Stadium, Stanford’s McMurtry Hall, Facebook
  3. The Seismic Retrofit of California Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley: Straddling the Hayward Fault

Nathan C. Gould, Chief of Technology and General Manager, ABS Consulting, St. Louis, MO

Nathan Gould

Chief of Technology for the ABS Consulting Advanced Engineering Division, also serves as the General Manager of the St. Louis office of ABS Consulting. He is a practicing structural engineer with over 23 years of experience in the design, construction and rehabilitation of major structures in all regions of the United States. Dr. Gould is active in the utilization of performance based seismic design criteria and methodology for the design of new buildings, and the retrofit of existing structures and nonstructural elements. He is the technical leader for ABS Consulting in the implementation of state-of-the art seismic and multi-hazard analysis and design criteria for both buildings and equipment. Dr. Gould is the author of numerous technical papers including articles on Performance Based Seismic Design, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Non-Structural Elements, Progressive Collapse of Structures, Managing Extreme Wind Losses, and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection design. He has been a member of several post earthquake reconnaissance groups, including teams that investigated damage following the 2010 Haitian and 2011 Christchurch events. Dr. Gould was recently appointed to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) and he is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer in several states.


  1. Seismic hazard mitigation
  2. Performance based seismic design
  3. Multi-hazard and resilient design
  4. Lessons learned from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
  5. Midwest and East Coast seismic evaluation and retrofit

John Hooper, Senior Principal and Director, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, WA


John Hooper, is a Senior Principal and Director of earthquake engineering. Magnusson Klemencic Associates is a 200-person structural engineering and civil engineering firm. John has over 30 years of experience in seismic renovation, seismic design of new buildings (including the use of performance-based seismic design), structural analysis, and building code and standards development. He is active on numerous research, standards and code committees, including serving as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE 7’s) Seismic Subcommittee, member of the ASCE 7’s Main Committee, member of the NEHRP Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR), and a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) NEHRP Provisions Update Committee. John’s recent projects include major healthcare facilities, high-rise buildings, emergency operations centers, and structures with unique architecture.


  1. ASCE 7-16 Seismic Requirements
  2. Performance-based Seismic Design, today and tomorrow
  3. Research collaborations between academics and practitioners

Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer, California Earthquake Authority, Sacramento, CA


As Chief Mitigation Officer of the CEA, Janiele Maffei is responsible for planning and directing the statewide residential retrofit program; leading the processes of developing and promoting educational programs that stress the importance of mitigation; collaborating with academic institutions, and industries to promote and support mitigation research and activities; and other actions that promote seismic mitigation and support mitigation-related insurance-premium discount for CEA policyholders. Ms. Maffei also serves as the Executive Director of the California Residential Mitigation Program, a Joint Power Authority of the CEA and Governor’s Office of Emergency Services since its inception in August 2011. She is a registered structural engineer who has worked in the earthquake engineering industry for over 30 years. Her experience includes the design of new building structures and seismic strengthening of existing structures. Ms. Maffei earned her AB in Architecture and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.Ms. Maffei is a former president of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. She worked on the organizing committee of the 2010 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco. She is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California and served on their Board from 1995-1997. She participated in post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations following the Loma Prieta, Northridge, and South Napa earthquakes.

James Malley, Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, CA

Jim Malley

James O. Malley is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers of San Francisco, California. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. A registered Structural Engineer in California, Mr. Malley has over 30 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures. He has specialized in the seismic design of steel frame structures, especially for health care facilities. Mr. Malley served as the Project Director for Topical Investigations for the SAC Steel Program. In that position, he was responsible for directing data collection and interpretation of steel frame buildings damaged by the Northridge Earthquake and all of the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project. In 2000, this work was recognized by AISC in presenting Mr. Malley its’ Special Achievement Award. Mr. Malley is the Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the past Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee that is responsible for developing the AISC Seismic Provisions that are the basis of the IBC. Mr. Malley is a member of the ASCE Committee on Steel Buildings and the ASCE Seismic Effects Committee. He was named the 2010 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award winner for his work on the AISC Seismic Provisions, and in 2012 was given presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by AISC. Mr. Malley is also a member of the AWS D1.l Subcommittee on Seismic Welding Issues that publishes the AWS D1.8 Seismic Supplement to AWS D1.1. He was a member of the steel subcommittee of the ATC 33 project that developed FEMA 273/274, “NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings”, and is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee. Jim has served as a member of the SEAONC and SEAOC Board of Directors, and was President of SEAONC in 2000-2001. He was President of SEAOC in 2003-2004. He was named a SEAOC Fellow in 2007 and an Honorary Member of SEAONC in 2014. Mr. Malley was also a member of the Board of Directors of NCSEA, serving as President in 2010-2011. He was also presented the James Delahay Award by NCSEA in 2014 for his contributions to the development of building codes and standards. He is also presently a member of the Board of Directors of EERI. Mr. Malley is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Technology Council. He has made numerous presentations on the effects of the Northridge Earthquake on Steel Frame Buildings, as well as the seismic design of steel structures. The author of over fifty technical papers, Mr. Malley was the Co-Recipient (with the late Egor Popov) of the 1986 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize ASCE for the paper “Shear Links in Eccentrically Braced Frames”.


  1. The basis for the AISC Seismic Provisions
  2. Seismic retrofit project of a 15 story steel moment frame building with connection modifications and viscous dampers
  3. Seismic Evaluation of Tall pre-Northridge Steel Moment Frame Buildings: Observations and Trends on Performance and Examples of Seismic Retrofits
  4. Lessons learned from peer review of complex buildings designed using Performance Based Seismic Design

Ezra Jampole, Senior Engineer, Exponent, Inc., New York, NY

Dr. Jampole is a Senior Engineer in the Buildings and Structures Practice at Exponent, Inc. in New York City. He specializes in risk analysis and performance of structures subjected to extreme loads such as earthquakes, wind, and flood events. He has served as a consultant on projects assessing the origin of damage to structures following natural disasters, adjacent construction incidents, corrosion and deterioration, settlement, and long-term issues. He has substantial experience investigating the engineering standard of care for complex energy and infrastructure projects for litigation and arbitration. He also has experience designing steel, concrete, and wood framed buildings; and in nonlinear analysis and earthquake ground motion selection.

Dr. Jampole has developed strategies for improving the performance of light frame structures during severe earthquakes. He developed a sliding isolation system geared towards the properties of light frame structures, and validated its performance through numerical analysis, component testing, and full-scale shake table testing of a two-story isolated house. He also developed a ground motion intensity measure for the prediction of sliding isolation demands, and subsequent ground motion prediction equations for use in probabilistic seismic hazard analyses.

Dr. Jampole is extensively involved in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute as co-chair of the Younger Members Committee, and through the Learning from Earthquakes Program. He has participated in post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations in Oklahoma, Mexico City, and New Zealand, including as part of EERI’s Learning from Earthquake’s Program Travel Study Program.

Dr. Jampole currently serves as an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he teaches a graduate course on structural dynamics and researches high-performance concrete materials. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.


  1. How young professionals can leverage expertise developed in school to continue working on areas of interest in industry, in the context of my experience with low-cost base isolation.
  2. Engineering failure investigations and evaluating the standard of care, through several example tall building and infrastructure projects that have been the subject of litigation and arbitration.
  3. Why professionals should care about and participate in post-disaster reconnaissance, and how to transfer lessons learned during reconnaissance efforts into engineering practice.

Erik Bishop, Structural Project Engineer, Reid Middleton, Inc., Everett, WA

Erik Bishop works as a structural project engineer at Reid Middleton, Inc., in Everett, WA and has experience working on a wide variety of earthquake-focused projects types throughout the western United States, Japan, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates. Erik’s experience includes new design, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation design for buildings and lifeline utilities, seismic resiliency studies, and the development of seismic instrumentation and earthquake response technologies. Erik has also had opportunities to participate in reconnaissance and response efforts after several of the large earthquakes and tsunamis following the M8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake in China (2008), the M8.8 Chile Earthquake & Tsunami (2010), the M7.1 Puebla, México Earthquake (2017), and the M7.1 Searles Valley, CA Earthquake (2019). After observing the devastating effects of these events first-hand, he is passionate about seismic safety. He has worked in several capacities in order to improve the seismic safety and resiliency of our communities, including providing post-earthquake safety evaluation trainings, working on the development of innovative earthquake response tools for emergency managers, and participating in various earthquake preparedness advocacy and professional committee efforts. He was selected as a Housner Fellow in 2017 through the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).


  1. Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings (ATC-20/Cal OES SAP) Training Classes
  2. Lessons Learned from Earthquake Reconnaissance following Earthquakes in California (2019), Mexico City (2017), Japan (2011), Chile (2010), and China (2008)
  3. Real-Time Structural Instrumentation as an Emergency Response and Business Continuity Tool
  4. Tools for Advancing Resilience Reconnaissance with a Jojutla, México Case Study
  5. Evaluating the Seismic Resilience of Community Lifeline Infrastructure
  6. Performing Nonstructural Evaluations & Lessons Learned from Nonstructural Earthquake Damage
  7. Seismic Upgrade Case Studies for Essential Facilities

Brent Maxfield, Structural Engineer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT

Brent Maxfield, SE has 35 years of experience in the field of structural and seismic engineering. He has spent many years trying to build a bridge between structural engineering and earthquake ground motions. He has written several articles on this topic, including articles in Structure Magazine (Are You Communicating Seismic Concepts Correctly? March 2016) and Modern Steel Construction (Let’s Talk Seismic, March 2018). He has also presented at the NASCC Steel Conference. Brent graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and received a Master of Engineering Management from the same university. Brent has been employed for 27 years as a structural engineer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he has worked on projects across the United States and around the world. He has reviewed projects and worked with structural engineers in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and other areas of the world. He is currently reviewing the engineering for the base isolation and seismic upgrade of the historic Salt Lake Temple.

Brent is an active member of the EERI Utah Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU) and expends considerable effort to help promote earthquake awareness and preparedness to engineers and the Utah community. He was instrumental in getting the Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP) adopted in several cities in Utah. He was the EERI Chapter President and assisted the chapter in the publishing of Scenario for a Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake on the Wasatch Fault – Salt Lake City Segment, Hazards and Loss Estimates in 2015. In 2012, Brent was awarded the Utah Engineer of the Year by the Utah Engineers Council.

Brent has written three books on the use and application of PTC Mathcad.


  1. Primary topic: Important seismic topics, with an emphasis on understanding the earthquake ground motions and basic concepts of modern seismic design
  2. Mathcad and the base isolation of the Salt Lake Temple

Troy Morgan, Principal Engineer, Exponent, Inc., New York, NY

Dr. Troy Morgan specializes in the performance-based analysis, design, and assessment of structures under extreme loading such as earthquakes, wind, flood, and explosions. He has served as a consultant on major projects, assisting with the analysis and design of essential structures including healthcare facilities, laboratories, industrial buildings, and critical infrastructure requiring sophisticated analysis techniques and the applications of advanced seismic protective systems. Dr. Morgan also has substantial consulting experience with the nuclear power generating industry, evaluating seismic risk to new and existing safety critical structures and equipment through ground motion selection/scaling and nonlinear structural analysis including soil-structure interaction.

As a recognized expert in the field of seismic isolation and passive energy dissipation systems, Dr. Morgan has performed extensive research on the numerical simulation and experimental behavior of innovative seismic protective devices and optimization of their use within performance-based engineering frameworks. He provides analysis, design, and expert peer review services for complex structures incorporating innovative structural systems, including those incorporating recently-developed modular construction techniques.

Dr. Morgan holds B.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees, all from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered Professional Engineer in six states. Prior to joining Exponent, he was Assistant Professor at the Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. Awards include the FEMA/EERI NEHRP Graduate Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction, the SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, and the ASCE Western Regional Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Sector.


  1. Risk-based seismic design and assessment of safety-critical nuclear structures.
  2. Applications of advanced seismic protective systems such as base isolation, passive and semi-active damping devices.
  3. Seismic performance of modular building systems.
  4. Techniques and applications of the investigative process of forensic structural engineering, including earthquake case studies and their outcomes.


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Emergency Management

Jay Wilson, Resilience Coordinator, Clackamas County Disaster Management, Oregon City, OR

Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson is the Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator with the Department of Disaster Management and spearheads the County's efforts to reduce risks and assess hazards including flood, earthquake, wildfire, volcano, and climate change impacts. Mr. Wilson is the past-Chair (2014-17) of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) and previously worked for Oregon Emergency Management and as a Mitigation Reservist with FEMA Regions IX and X. Jay recently completed a two-year appointment as a Resilience Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology during the development of the 2015 Community Resilience Planning Guide. He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and has completed post-earthquake reconnaissance trips to Japan (2011) and Central-Italy (2017). Jay holds an M.A. in geography and a B.A. in film and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Professional highlights:

  • Provided invited testimony to the U.S. House Science Committee towards the passage of the 2006 Tsunami Warning and Education Act
  • Lead role in the development of the 2013 Oregon Resilience Plan


  1. Policy advocacy: Examples from working with the Oregon Legislature on earthquake and tsunami laws
  2. Aligning seismic and climate adaptation policies: Oregon’s Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub
  3. Disaster resilience from federal, state, and local perspectives
  4. Role of community values and beliefs in adopting resilience strategies

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Urban Planning

Dana Brechwald, Adapting to Rising Tides Program Manager, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, San Francisco, CA

Dana Brechwald

Dana Brechwald is the Adapting to Rising Tides Program Manager at the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. She works with regional stakeholders to develop innovative climate adaptation and resilience solutions for the Bay shoreline. Previously, she was a Resilience Planner at the ABAG/MTC, focusing on hazard mitigation and long‐term disaster recovery planning, where she designed and managed several projects aimed at increasing resilience to earthquake and climate change hazards. She has also worked in partnership with FEMA, the EPA, and local jurisdictions on long-term recovery planning, multi-hazard vulnerability assessments, and integrating resilience into the General Plan. Dana previously worked as a sustainability consultant, and with the Salvation Army and the City and County of San Francisco to develop disaster recovery guidelines and best practices. Dana currently serves as the President of EERI’s Northern California chapter and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design.


  1. Land use planning and policy to build future resilience: integrating hazards into future planning
  2. Resilience reconnaissance: telling disaster recovery stories
  3. Resilience across scales: lessons learned from regional coordination
  4. Resilience and community vulnerability: integrating environmental justice into resilience planning

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