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National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

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 Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction

Request for Nominations

NIST invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to its eight existing Federal Advisory Committees, including the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be considered as and when vacancies arise. Visit the November 5, 2014 Federal Register Notice (PDF 225KB) for more information.


In August 2006, pursuant to the July 25, 2006 Federal Register Notice (PDF 60KB), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concluded an initial 30-day formal solicitation period for nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR). Stakeholders in NEHRP, from around the United States, showed strong interest in and support for NEHRP by submitting over 85 nominees for service on the committee.

ACEHR members serve nominal three-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms of service before having to step off the committee for a minimum of one year. The initial terms for the 15 original members were staggered, with members serving 1, 2, or 3 years, followed by possible full 3-year second terms. As initial terms ended, NIST, in consultation with its NEHRP partner agencies, has appointed new ACEHR members who are nationally prominent earthquake professionals. The ACEHR membership provides balanced representation from the earthquake professional community, including key technical areas, geographical areas across the U.S., practitioners and researchers, state and local governments, and the private sector.

Jane A. Bullock
Founder and Principal, Bullock & Haddow LLC
Reston, VA
Term Expires: July 31, 2017

Prior to founding Bullock & Haddow LLC, Ms. Bullock served as Chief of Staff to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Director and has over 25 years of private and public sector experience, with an emphasis in disaster prevention, response and recovery. She was the chief architect of Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, a public private partnership in community risk reduction.  She is considered an authority in the field of emergency management and implementation of risk reduction programs.   Ms. Bullock has continued to work closely with Congressional Committees to enact legislation that addresses the unique needs of children in disasters.  She is a graduate of American University, Washington, DC.

Craig A. Davis
Manager of Geotechnical Services/Geotechnical Engineering Group
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles, CA
Term Expires: July 31, 2015

Dr. Davis is a registered civil and geotechnical engineer who has worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) since 1987 as an engineer, engineering manager, project manager, and contract manager. He currently manages geotechnical engineering, contract management, and project management groups for LADWP geotechnical projects and oversees the department’s water system seismic improvement program and dam and reservoir development program. He is a member of the executive committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, and serves as an adjunct professor at the Beijing Institute of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Dr. Davis has participated in many national and international professional committees and organized numerous international workshops and symposiums related to geotechnical and lifeline earthquake engineering. He has degrees in civil engineering, with emphases in structural and geotechnical earthquake engineering, from California Polytechnic State University and the University of Southern California.

John D. Gillengerten
Consulting Structural Engineer
Shingle Springs, CA
Term Expires: February 23, 2017

Mr. Gillengerten serves as a Consulting Structural Engineer, after retiring from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Facilities Division, where he was Deputy Director and the Building Official.  Mr. Gillengerten has 36 years of professional structural engineering and management experience in both the public and private sectors, with an emphasis in the structural design, seismic evaluation, and rehabilitation. He has extensive experience in the healthcare design and permitting processes. He has degrees in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and San Jose State University, and is a registered civil and structural engineer in California.

James D. Goltz
Advisor on Natural Hazards
California Emergency Management Agency, South Pasadena, CA
Term Expires: July 31, 2016

Dr. Goltz serves as an advisor on natural hazards to the California Office of Emergency Services. Prior to his official retirement from Cal EMA in 2011, he directed the agency's Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards Program. Dr. Goltz has had 30 years of experience in State government, academic, and private-sector positions related to the reduction of risks posed by earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural hazards. He has expertise in the use of real-time seismic information for earthquake response, public policy related to earthquake early warning, and the use of earthquake loss estimates for decision support, as well as in program evaluation research and technology transfer. Dr. Goltz is a published author who has served on numerous boards, committees, and councils, including the boards of directors of the Western States Seismic Policy Council and the California Emergency Services Association, Southern Chapter. He has degrees in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Ohio State University.

Nathan C. Gould
Director and Chief of Technology
ABS Consulting, Extreme Loads and Structural Risk Division, St. Louis, MO
Term Expires: November 14, 2016  

Dr. Gould serves as a Director and Chief of Technology for the ABS Consulting Extreme Loads and Structural Risk Division. Dr. Gould has 22 years of consulting structural engineering experience in the design, evaluation, and construction of structures subjected to extreme loads. He has technical expertise in the areas of structural, seismic, extreme wind, and blast engineering with a focus on the retrofit of existing structures. Dr. Gould has designed numerous seismic retrofits across the United States utilizing the latest Performance Based Design criteria. 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 currently serves on numerous technical committees, and he is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer in several states. Dr. Gould has degrees in civil engineering from the Washington University and the University of California, Irvine.

Robert B. Herrmann
Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Term Expires: July 31, 2015

Dr. Herrmann is the Paul C. Reinert Chair of Natural Sciences in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Saint Louis University (SLU). He has been on the faculty of the SLU Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences since 1975, advancing to full professor of geophysics. In 2004 he was awarded the Otto Nuttli Professorship in Geophysics. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, which are focused on earthquake seismology, Dr. Herrmann serves as the director of SLU’s graduate geoscience programs. He has published extensively in scientific journals. Dr. Herrmann has served on the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission, on panels convened by the National Research Council, and on the board of directors (and in other capacities) for the Seismological Society of America, and is currently a member of the AFTAC Seismic Review Panel. He has degrees in physics and geophysics from Xavier University and Saint Louis University, respectively.

John Hooper
Director of Earthquake Engineering
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, WA
Term Expires: September 14, 2015

Mr. Hooper is a registered civil and structural engineer with 28 years of experience in structural analysis and seismic and renovation engineering. He is chair of the ASCE Seismic Subcommittee and a past chair of the BSSC Technical Subcommittee TS-2, and is very involved with EERI, FEMA, and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center. Through his project and technical-committee experience, and his role as mentor of the earthquake and wind specialist groups at Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Mr. Hooper remains at the forefront of research and industry advancements, especially in the areas of seismic analysis, design, and retrofitting. As a nationally recognized expert, he is frequently asked to give seminars on the 2006 International Building Code, ASCE Standard 7-05, and performance-based seismic design issues. He has degrees in civil engineering from Seattle University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Laurie A. Johnson
Urban Planner and Principal, Laurie Johnson Consulting | Research
San Francisco, CA
Term Expires: October 25, 2015

Dr. Johnson is an urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management. She has been active in research and consulting on recovery planning and management following many of the world’s major urban disasters of the past 20 years. She was a lead author of the recovery plan for the City of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and coauthored Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans. She serves as a recovery policy advisor for the City of San Francisco’s Recovery and Resilience Initiative and for the San Francisco Lifelines Council. Dr. Johnson is also a policy advisor for tsunami risk management and scenario development in California, and a senior science advisor to AIG/Chartis Insurance. She is on the board of directors of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) and of the Public Entity Risk Institute, is a past board member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and is on the steering committee of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. She holds a doctorate in informatics from Kyoto University and, from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in urban planning and a bachelor of science degree in geophysics.

Lisa Grant Ludwig New Member!
Professor of Public Health, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention
University of California, Irvine
Term Expires: December 3, 2017

Dr. Ludwig is a Professor in the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and was the first Graduate Director of Public Health. She has been a member of the University's faculty since 1998 and attained full professorship status in 2013. She is a former member of the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and she has been a member of two National Academy of Sciences-appointed delegations to international General Assemblies. She is known for her knowledge of public health, natural disasters, and the geological sciences. Dr. Ludwig serves as current President and member of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and leader of the Earthquake Geology Group for the Southern California Earthquake Center, and Associate Director for the California Institute for Hazards Research. She received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Environmental Earth Science from Stanford University, two Masters of Science in Geological and Environmental Engineering Science, and a Doctorate in Geology with Geophysics from Caltech.

Ronald L. Lynn
Director and Building Official
Clark County Department of Development Services, Las Vegas, NV
Term Expires: August 31, 2015

Mr. Lynn is the director and building official for the Clark County, NV, Department of Development Services, where he has worked since 1981. In addition to directing the building department for this 8,000-square-mile jurisdiction, Mr. Lynn is a frequent speaker on topics related to building codes, building performance standards, construction issues, and building-department administration. He has served on numerous building-safety-related boards, councils, and committees at local, state, and national levels. Formerly president of the board of directors of the International Code Council (ICC), Mr. Lynn now serves on the board of managers of the ICC Evaluation Service and as chairman of the Nevada Organization of Building Officials. Mr. Lynn chairs the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council, the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Engineering, Construction and Building Codes Committee, and recently was appointed by the National Institute of Building Science to the Board of Directors of the Building Seismic Safety Council.

Peter J. May
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Washington, Seattle
Term Expires: July 31, 2016

Dr. May is the Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics at the University of Washington. He has served on the faculty of the University of Washington in the fields of political science and public policy for more than 30 years. An accomplished teacher, researcher, author, and speaker, he currently chairs the Department of Political Science. A long-standing focus of his research has been the policy and politics of risk, natural hazards, and disasters with a specific emphasis on earthquake hazard reduction policies. His extensive research on public policy processes and government regulation includes studies of regulatory accountability, design, enforcement, and compliance in the United States, Australia, Denmark, and New Zealand. He has served on numerous boards, committees, and panels, including the research oversight committee for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center and the board of directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Dr. May has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Dartmouth College.

Jack P. Moehle
Professor, Structural Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Term Expires: November 8, 2016

Dr. Moehle has been active in both teaching and research since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1980. His main technical interests are reinforced concrete construction and earthquake engineering. He has played a leading role in the development of building codes and professional engineering guidelines for the design of new construction and for the assessment and rehabilitation of seismically vulnerable existing construction. A licensed civil engineer in California, he is regularly engaged in professional engineering activities. His recent work has included seismic consulting and design reviews for high-rise buildings, the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Hetch Hetchy water system, and the Transbay Transit Center. His work has been recognized through awards from the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the Structural Engineers Association of California. Dr. Moehle has degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lori Peek New Member!
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Term Expires: January 31, 2018

Dr. Peek is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University. She is also Associate Chair of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Task Force on Hurricane Katrina and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Dr. Peek has published extensively on the sociology of disaster, with an emphasis on the health and social effects on vulnerable populations. She is author of the award-winning book, Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11. She also is co-author of Children of Katrina and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Dr. Peek’s responsibilities as an NEHRP advisor include assessing trends and developments in the science and engineering of earthquake hazards reduction, and the effective management, coordination, and implementation of NEHRP activities. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a M.Ed. from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Ottawa University (Summa Cum Laude).

Kenneth H. Stokoe
Professor and GEC Director
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
Term Expires: November 16, 2015

Professor Stokoe holds the Jennie C. and Milton T. Graves Chair in Engineering and directs the Geotechnical Engineering Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Since joining the UT faculty nearly four decades ago, Dr. Stokoe has become an accomplished teacher, researcher, author, and speaker in the field of geotechnical engineering. His research has focused on field seismic testing of geotechnical systems and pavements and on laboratory evaluations of soil stiffness under cyclic and dynamic loading. He has played instrumental roles in the development of innovative geotechnical testing methods and equipment that have since become widely used, including the crosshole seismic method, a combined resonant column and torsional shear (RCTS) system, the spectral-analysis-of-surface-waves (SASW) method, and the Rolling Dynamic Deflectometer (RDD). Dr. Stokoe has also led the development and use of NEES large-scale mobile field equipment based at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous honors for his teaching and research accomplishments and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. Dr. Stokoe has degrees in civil engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mary Lou Zoback
Consulting Professor
Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Term Expires: July 31, 2015

Dr. Zoback is a seismologist and a consulting professor in Stanford University’s Department of Environmental Earth System Science. She was vice president for earthquake risk applications at Risk Management Solutions (RMS) from 2006 to 2011, where she used the company's commercial risk models to explore the societal role of earthquake insurance and to quantify the costs and benefits of disaster management and risk reduction activities. Before joining RMS, Dr. Zoback worked for USGS for 28 years as a research geophysicist and senior research scientist, as chief scientist for the agency's Earthquake Hazards Team, and as senior research scientist and program coordinator for the Northern California Earthquake Hazards Program. She is a member of the Disasters Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Research Council panel on "Increasing the Nation's Resilience to Natural and Man-Made Disasters." Dr. Zoback is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, past president of the Geological Society of America and has served on many professional committees, boards, and advisory groups. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in geophysics from Stanford University.

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