EERI’s 66th Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Annual Meeting events and awards are included as part of the 10NCEE program and are listed below in chronological order.

Monday, July 21

Welcome Reception (6:00 - 8:00)

The 10NCEE and EERI Annual Meeting officially kicks off with a reception in the Exhibit Area overlooking Anchorage and the mountains beyond. Food and drinks will greet you on the third floor foyer of the Dena’ina Convention Center. Weather permitting there will be access to the adjoining outdoor terrace with great views of Anchorage and the distant mountains. Take this opportunity to catch up with colleagues and check out the Exhibitors before the conference presentations begin.

Tuesday, July 22

Housner Medal (Lunch)

The George W. Housner Medal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is awarded to recognize members of the Institute and others who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to public earthquake safety through the development and application of earthquake hazard reduction practices and policies. This award is not established to recognize major engineering or scientific research contributions or advancements, but it may very well be given to individuals who have made such contributions. This, the most prestigious award of the Institute, is granted only upon the unanimous concurrence of the Board of Directors.


2014 Housner Medalist
Masayoshi Nakashima (M. EERI, 1988)
Kyoto University

Alquist Medal (Lunch)

The Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal is presented to an individual, company, or organization that has made substantial contributions to the field of seismic safety and earthquake risk reduction, having directly affected the seismic safety of the general population. The Medal may be awarded to recognize career contributions or notable and /or singular achievements. A significant contribution to the public good is the primary selection criterion.


2014 Alquist Medalist
Laurence Kornfield (M. EERI, 1999)
City & County of San Francisco

EERI Distinguished Lecture (Lunch)

The annual EERI Distinguished Lecture Award of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is awarded to members of the Institute to recognize and encourage communication of outstanding professional contributions of major importance for earthquake hazard mitigation. The contributions of the recipient and the topic of the Distinguished Lecture should be of broad interest to the membership and may range from research to public policy development. The award is established to communicate developments on topics of major significance for earthquake hazard mitigation.


2014 EERI Distinguished Lecturer
David Wald (M. EERI, 1988)
U.S. Geological Survey

Wednesday, July 23

Undergraduate Student Seismic Design Competition (Wednesday and Thursday)

EERI‘s Student Leadership Council celebrates the running of the 11th Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (SDC) at the 10NCEE. Teams from thirty-eight universities pre-registered for the SDC, including international competitors from as far away as Vietnam, India and Romania. Wednesday is presentation day when each team presents their model to a panel and is judged on the structural system concept, the analysis method, the clarity and organization of the presentation and their communication skills. Thursday is dedicated to shake table testing of the complex tall building models made from balsa wood and weighing no more than 7 pounds.

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EERI Honorary Members (Lunch)

Honorary membership of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is awarded to recognize members who have made sustained and outstanding contributions to the field of earthquake engineering and/or to the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the pursuit of its objectives. Each recipient shall be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Institute and shall receive a framed citation and lifetime membership with waiver of membership dues.

Late sociologist Bill Anderson will be honored and remembered as part of this session. A paper he authored for the 10NCEE, The Great Alaska Earthquake and the Dawn of U.S. Social Science Earthquake Research, will be presented while recognizing his contribution to EERI and the field of disaster risk reduction.


Honorary Member
William A. Anderson (M. EERI, 2001)


Honorary Member
Bill Iwan (M. EERI, 1989)
California Institute of Technology

EERI Business Meeting (Lunch)

Learn more about EERI, its programs, people and accomplishments, as well as finances at a brief Business Meeting for the membership. President Ian Buckle and Secretary/Treasurer Janiele Maffei will present on the State of the Institute.

Student Poster Session (5:00 – 7:00)

EERI Student Chapters and Seismic Design Teams will showcase their building designs as well as additional projects undertaken in the past year. Teams will be available to answer questions about their designs and anticipated results of shaking.

Seismic Design Competition Auction (7:00 – 8:30)

The always exciting Calcutta Auction will take place following the student poster session. Conference attendees are encouraged to participate in an auction that helps fund the 10th Annual Undergraduate Student Design Competition created and managed by EERI’s Student Leadership Council. Each team will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. When results are announced Friday the winning schools and “owners” will win mega-dollars while supporting a great program.

Friday, July 25

Outstanding Spectra Papers (Closing Plenary)

Outstanding Paper Awards for Earthquake Spectra are awarded to authors of papers judged to be outstanding contributions to earthquake hazard mitigation. In addition to Spectra papers an outstanding graduate and undergraduate paper are also awarded. Recipient’s papers have made a significant impact on the profession and provided an advance in the understanding of a particular topic. The awarded papers are of an exceptional technical quality, informative, and written for a broad audience. The Outstanding Spectra Paper Award for 2012 (Volume 28) is presented to Abbie Liel and Greg Deierlein for their paper Using Collapse Risk Assessments to Inform Seismic Safety Policy for Older Concrete Buildings.


Abbie B. Liel (M. EERI, 2009)
University of Colorado


Gregory G. Deierlein (M. EERI, 1989)
Stanford University

Outstanding Student Papers (Closing Plenary)

Graduate and undergraduate students submit papers into the competition. The purpose of the competition is to promote active involvement of students in earthquake engineering and the earthquake hazards community. The papers are original work and are judged based on their contribution to the field and their overall quality. Awards are made for Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Papers.


Moving Towards an Improved Index for Assessing Liquefaction Hazard: Lessons from Historical Data
Brett Maurer, Graduate Student
Virginia Tech

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Study of Site Specific Seismic Amplification in the National Capital Region
Mark Tilashalski, Undergraduate
Virginia Tech

Shah Prize (Closing Plenary)

With a generous gift from the Shah family, EERI annually awards the Shah Family Innovation Prize. This prize rewards younger professionals and academics for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in the field of earthquake risk mitigation and management. A cash prize is awarded to recognize and honor an individual who has been involved in the development of cutting-edge, innovative solutions to problems in earthquake engineering and related disciplines. The individual(s) should be in the developing or expanding stage of his or her career, with the promise of important contributions ahead. The intent of the prize is to stimulate further creativity and leadership in the earthquake risk mitigation community and EERI.


Shaw Prize Awardee
Curt Haselton
California State University, Chico

Seismic Design Competition Awards (Closing Plenary)

The Student Leadership Council will announce the winners of the 2014 Seismic Design Competition, and honor schools that have proven to be innovative, most communicative, and high spirited.