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Board Elections

Candidates

We have two available Board seats in the current election. The candidates put forward by the Nomination Committed for the positions are Carlos Ventura and Aysegul Askan. Please see their bios below.
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Aysegul Askan is a professor of civil engineering, earthquake studies and applied mathematics at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. She received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with her thesis focusing on full waveform inversion for seismic velocity and anelastic losses in heterogeneous structures. Dr. Askan’s field of expertise includes engineering seismology, earthquake engineering, scientific computing and numerical methods with particular focus on forward and inverse ground motion simulations, effects of simulated ground motions on structures, multi-scale seismic risk and loss estimations in urban regions, structural reliability and parameter estimation problems for site characterization. She holds several administrative positions in education and research. She is the current general secretary of Earthquake Engineering Association of Turkey and a member of the National Disaster and Emergency Consultancy Board of Turkey. Dr. Askan has led and participated in several EU projects, Turkish-Japanese bilateral projects and national projects focusing on seismic hazard, risk and site characterization problems. Her international contributions include NSF-QUAKE, NSF-SPUR, EU-NERA, EU-SERIES, EMME and JTRE projects. She has supervised 30 graduate students at METU since 2007. The list of publications by Dr. Askan includes 38 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 book chapters with an h-index of 14.
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Dr. Carlos Ventura is a Civil Engineer with specializations in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada since 1992. He is currently the Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF) at UBC, and is the author of more than 500 papers and reports on earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and modal testing. Dr. Ventura has conducted research about earthquakes and structural dynamics for more than thirty years. Three of his most significant contributions in recent years are the development and implementation of performance-based design methods for seismic retrofit of low rise school buildings, a unique seismic structural health monitoring program for bridges in BC, known as the BCSIMS project, and the first network-based earthquake early warning system for schools and public institutions in BC. These projects have contributed in a very significant manner to the seismic risk reduction efforts in BC. He has been involved in the instrumentation for seismic monitoring of more than fifty buildings, bridges and dams. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Ventura is a recognized international consultant on structural vibrations and safety of large Civil Engineering structures. The quality of his research work has been recognized by several national and international awards, as well as being appointed as member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Fellow of Engineers Canada. He is also a member of several national and international professional societies, advisory committees and several building and bridge code committees.
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