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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 nine existing Federal Advisory Committees. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be considered as and when vacancies arise. Visit the April 10, 2019 Federal Register Notice (PDF 82KB) 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.

Lucy Arendt
Professor, Management
St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
Term Expires: June 23, 2022

Dr. Arendt, Professor of Management in the Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, is an expert on decision making in the aftermath of disasters. She teaches courses in strategy and leadership and has published widely in these areas. Arendt is the first author of Long-Term Community Recovery from Natural Disasters (Taylor & Francis, 2014) along with Daniel J. Alesch. She is the co-author of Natural Hazard Mitigation Policy: Implementation, Organizational Choice, and Contextual Dynamics (Springer, 2012) along with Alesch and William J. Petak. Arendt serves as the Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Arendt holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an M.S. from UW-Green Bay, and a B.S. in Business Administration and Spanish from UW-Green Bay (Summa Cum Laude).

Jane A. Bullock
Founder and Principal, Bullock & Haddow LLC
Reston, VA
Term Expires: July 31, 2020

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.

Gregory G. Deierlein
John A. Blume Professor of Engineering
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Term Expires: October 6, 2022

Dr. Deierlein is the John A. Blume Professor of Engineering at Stanford University where he directs the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center. He has led international collaborative research teams to develop, test, and prepare design guidelines for innovative composite steel-concrete frame systems, self-centering braced frame systems, and seismically-isolated unibody light-frame systems. He is active in technical and building code standards committees. Dr. Deierlein served as the Deputy Director for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center where he helped lead development of the PEER framework methodology and enabled technologies that have improved performance-based earthquake engineering. Dr. Deierlein received several awards, including ASCE’s Norman Medals, Walter L. Huber Research Prize, State-of-the-Art Awards, the Raymond Reese Research Prize, an AISC Special Recognition Award, and an Engineering News Record 25 Top Newsmakers Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013. He holds a doctorate degree in structural engineering from University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in structural engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Cornell University.

Susan Dowty
California Government Relations Manager
International Code Council
Brea, CA 92821
Term Expires: June 23, 2022

Ms. Dowty brings 35 years of experience in the development, application and interpretation of building code provisions to her position as California Government Relations Manager for the International Code Council. She provides support to code officials, design professionals and the academic community on the implementation and use of the international codes. Prior to her current position, Ms. Dowty was Vice President for S.K. Ghosh Associates, a seismic and building code consulting firm. She is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California and previously served on its board of directors. She received her Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach and her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

John D. Gillengerten
Consulting Structural Engineer
Hebron, KY
Term Expires: February 23, 2020

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.

Nathan C. Gould
Director and Chief of Technology
ABS Consulting, Advanced Engineering Division, St. Louis, MO
Term Expires: November 14, 2019

Dr. Gould serves as a Director and Chief of Technology for the ABS Consulting Advanced Engineering Division. Dr. Gould has 25 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.

Ryan A. Kersting
Associate Principal
Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc., Sacramento, CA
Term Expires: May 29, 2022

Mr. Kersting, a California-licensed Structural Engineer and Associate Principal at Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc., has a diverse portfolio of experience in the industry spanning over 19 years. He has experience in the full spectrum of structural engineering services, including project design, plan review, and peer review. He is frequently involved in projects which incorporate innovative structural systems, nonlinear analysis techniques, and performance-based designs. He has also authored and peer reviewed technical publications about various seismic design topics. Mr. Kersting is on the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Seismic Code Advisory Committee, is a former Chair of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Seismology Committee, and also was the 2014–2015 SEAOC President. He received his Master of Science degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from University of California, Davis and his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly State University.

Keith Koper
Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
Director of Seismograph Stations
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Term Expires: January 6, 2022

Dr. Koper is professor of geophysics and director of the seismological observatory at the University of Utah. He oversees the operation of permanent seismic networks in Utah and the Yellowstone region. Dr. Koper is the vice-chair of the Utah Seismic Safety Commission and serves on the U.S. Air Force Seismic Review Panel. His research interests include forensic seismology, rupture imaging of giant earthquakes, and seismicity and tectonics of the intermountain West. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Washington University and a B.A. in Math and Geology from Northwestern University.

Lisa Grant Ludwig
Professor of Public Health, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention
University of California, Irvine
Term Expires: December 3, 2020

Dr. Lisa Grant Ludwig is a Professor in the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and was the first director of public health graduate programs at UCI. Her research focuses on natural hazards and disasters with an emphasis on earthquakes. She recently served on the National Academies Committee on Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Academic Research Communities. Dr. Ludwig was a member of the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and a member of two National Academy of Sciences-appointed delegations to international General Assemblies. Dr. Ludwig served as President and member of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America. She was Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and leader of the Earthquake Geology Group for the Southern California Earthquake Center, and an Associate Director for the California Institute for Hazards Research MRP of the University of California. She earned a B.S. in applied environmental earth science from Stanford University. At Caltech, she earned dual M.S. degrees in geological sciences and environmental engineering science, and a Ph.D. in geology with geophysics.

Lori Peek
Professor, Department of Sociology and Director, Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado-Boulder
Term Expires: January 31, 2021

Dr. Peek is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is also President of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association. 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 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. She has received multiple awards for her scholarly publications, her teaching, and her service to the hazards community. Dr. Peek’s responsibilities as a 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).

Glenn J. Rix
Senior Principal
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Kennesaw, GA
Term Expires: March 29, 2022

Dr. Rix is a principal geotechnical engineer with Geosyntec Consultants. He has more than 28 years of experience in the areas of seismic hazard assessment and geotechnical earthquake engineering for civil infrastructure. Dr. Rix joined Geosyntec in 2013 after a distinguished 25-year career as a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He led a large, multi-disciplinary research team with expertise in geotechnical and structural engineering, logistics, and risk and decision analysis on an NSF NEES Grand Challenge project on seismic risk for port facilities. At Geosyntec, Dr. Rix serves as a subject matter expert on seismic hazard and risk for dams and embankments, municipal and hazardous waste landfills, and other facilities. Dr. Rix has degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and Purdue University.

Jonathan P. Stewart
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles 90095
Term Expires: September 15, 2022

Dr. Stewart is an expert on geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, with emphases on soil-structure interaction, ground motion and ground failure hazard characterization, and seismic risk analysis for levees and other distributed infrastructure. His work has been recognized with a Fulbright Scholarship from the US State Department, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Academic Senate, the Bruce Bolt Medal and the Joyner Lecture from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and Seismological Society of America, the Huber Prize and Casagrande Award from ASCE, the NSF CAREER Award, and several best paper awards.  Stewart holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.

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