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COSMOS Board of Directors

Ruben Boroschek, President
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Ruben Boroschek is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Chile. He is also Faculty at Rose School, Italy and Honorary Professor at the National University San Antonio Abad in Cusco Peru. He obtained his engineering degree at University of Costa Rica and his Master and Doctoral degree at University of California at Berkeley. His areas of research and expertise are strong motion recording and analysis, experimental structural dynamic, structural health monitoring, vulnerability assessment of critical facilities and base isolation and passive energy dissipation. He has been the managing director of the strong motion network in Costa Rica (UCR-1984-1986) and at the Civil Engineering Department in Chile (UCh 1993-2015). He has worked professionally in areas of seismic design, structural and vulnerability analysis and dynamic of structures. He is a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, and he was honored as the Structural Engineer of the Year in Chile 2017.
Alexandros Savvaidis, Vice President
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Dr. Alexandros Savvaidis is the Manager and Seismology Research Team Lead of the Texas Seismological Network (TexNet) and Center for Integrated Seismicity Research (CISR). He has extensive 25-years experience in Applied Geophysics and Engineering Seismology both through his research position as a Senior Researcher and collaboration with Industrial partners in multidisciplinary external funded projects. Dr. Savvaidis research on Seismology includes the study of source characteristics, the wave path and site characterization in case of an earthquake event, the real time acquisition of ground motion data, for earthquakes of tectonic or volcanic activity, Shakemaps implementation and data fusion for disaster risk mitigation. Additionally, in Applied Geophysics his attention is directed towards acquiring, processing, and modeling geophysical data using passive and active seismic and electromagnetic techniques in urban and free field areas to reveal 1D, 2D and 3D earth models and to improve the knowledge in exploration, mining and three-dimensional basin structure using geophysical methods. Also, he is an expert of surface wave data inversion for crustal modeling. For this he applied different inversion algorithms through the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in passive and active data in order to minimize the computational time.
Nicholas Novoa, Treasurer
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Nicholas Novoa, CEG, manages the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) seismic network. Nick earned his B.S. from the University of California, Davis and his M.S. from the University of Washington. He has over 7 years of experience working for consulting geotechnical engineering/geologic firms and has worked for DWR for the past 4 years.
Katie Wooddell, Secretary
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Katie Wooddell is an engineering seismologist with over ten years of experience in engineering seismology and geophysics. At PG&E, Katie provides ground-motion hazard studies to support multiple business lines, technical management of the PG&E Hydroelectric ground-motion characterization (GMC) research program, and company-wide natural hazard response support through the PG&E Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Katie is actively involved in research projects that support the Southern California Earthquake Council (SCEC) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) groups. Her involvement in both the NGA-Wast2 and NGA-subduction projects led to new earthquake classification models (Class 1 and Class 2) for building ground-motion models. Katie has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Brad Aagaard, Director
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Brad Aagaard is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Hazards Science Center in Golden, Colorado. His research focuses on understanding the physics of earthquake ruptures and how ground shaking in earthquakes is affected by geologic structure and the characteristics of fault rupture. Some of his research projects include 3D ground-motion simulations of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and hypothetical large earthquakes on the Hayward Fault and San Andreas Fault, development of community open-source software for modeling quasistatic and dynamic crustal deformation, forecasting afterslip on the Hayward Fault following large earthquakes, and analyzing the performance of the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake warning system. From 2003 to 2019 he was with the USGS Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, California. Before joining the USGS as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Scholar in 2001, he was a postdoctoral scholar in seismology at the California Institute of Technology. He received an MS and PhD in civil engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Steve Bohlen, Director
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Steve Bohlen has served science and society as a prominent researcher, professor, senior manager in the US Federal and CA State governments, CEO of a systems engineering and naval architecture firm, and member of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Steve is currently on leave from Livermore Lab and is the Acting State Geologist and head of the California Geologist Survey. The CGS touches the lives of Californians every day by providing information on earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and other geologic hazards, forest and watershed sustainability, mineral resources for the economy, and geologic mapping for groundwater and carbon management.
Carlo Cauzzi, Director
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Carlo Cauzzi has a joint research and management position at ETH Zürich, Swiss Seismological Service (SED), and as Secretary General of ORFEUS (Observatories and Research facilities for European Seismology), the international non-profit organization that promotes seismology in Europe through the collection, archival and distribution of digital seismic waveform data, metadata and derived products. Carlo received his PhD in Structural, Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering in 2008 from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Since then, he has been post-doc, researcher and lecturer at Politecnico di Milano and ETH Zürich, and visiting scientist at the USGS in Golden, Colorado. Since 2010, he is lecturer in “Geophysical Data Processing” at ETH Zürich and is responsible at SED for many of the earthquake-related products delivered by the Swiss national seismic networks, including ShakeMaps and waveform/event databases. He actively participates in national and international research programs, with both research and coordination roles. His research interests fall within the broad domain of observational and engineering seismology, with emphasis on empirical/numerical ground motion modeling and it’s use as input to assessing direct and induced seismic hazard at different time scales.
Koichi Kusunoki, Director
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Koichi Kusunoki is a Professor at the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI), the University of Tokyo. He also serves as a Secretary-General of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering since 2014. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Tokyo in 1997. His research subjects are 1) Structural Behavior of Reinforced Concrete, 2) Structural Health Monitoring, 3) Seismic Design, and 4) Field investigation in the earthquake-affected area. He manages the building monitoring system at ERI to monitor about 40 buildings in Japan, El Salvador, Peru, New Zealand, and Turkey. He got awards such as the “Excellence Award of Technical Design Competition of Architectural Institute of Japan” (Architectural Institute of Japan, AIJ), “Encouraging Prize” (AIJ), and “Encouraging Prize” (Japan Concrete Institute).
Debra Murphy, Director
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Debra Murphy, PE, is a recent co-founder of Slate Geotechnical Consultants. She has nearly 15 years of consulting experience with a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on geotechnical and earthquake engineering projects for sites throughout the United States and abroad for new and existing buildings, dams and offshore structures. Debra is a member of the 2017 class of EERI Housner Fellows.

Ex-Officio and Friends of the Board

C.B. Crouse, Ex Officio
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Dr. C.B. Crouse has been a consultant in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology for 45 years since receiving his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from Caltech. He is currently principal engineer and vice president at AECOM Technical Services, Inc. in Seattle, Washington, where he conducts seismic hazard and soil-structure interaction studies and develops earthquake ground motions (response spectra and time histories) for various types of projects throughout the world. Dr. Crouse is currently chairman of the subcommittees on ground motion and foundation design for the 2020 NEHRP and ASCE 7-22 seismic provisions and was past chairman of the subcommittees on ground motion for the 2003, 2008, 2014 NEHRP and ASCE 7-05, 7-10, and 7-16 seismic provisions. 
Hamid Haddadi, Ex Officio
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Hamid Haddadi is currently manager of the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) in the California Geological Survey. He has over 30 years of experience at consulting engineering firms, academia and the CSMIP. Hamid obtained a B.Sc. degree in Applied Physics from Shiraz University and an M.Sc. degree in Geophysics from the University of Tehran in Iran and a Ph.D. degree in Earthquake Engineering from Saitama University in Japan. His areas of expertise are strong motion recording, signal processing and wave propagation analysis in seismic arrays.
Jon Heintz, Ex Officio
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Jon Heintz is currently serving as Executive Director for the Applied Technology Council in Redwood City, California.  In this role he is responsible for project management, oversight, and quality control on the development of ATC products and publications.
Mr. Heintz has more than 30 years of experience in earthquake engineering practice and research, natural hazard mitigation, seismic evaluation and retrofit, and strategic planning on structural engineering research needs at the national level.  He is a licensed civil/structural engineer in California and Alaska, and received his B.S. and M.S degrees in civil/structural engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  
He is actively involved in the development of guidelines, codes, and standards for new and existing buildings, and is responsible for more than 100 ATC products and reports.  He has participated in post-earthquake damage investigations following the 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, 1999 Chi-Chi, and 2010 Chile Earthquakes. He also participated in post-hurricane damage assessments immediately following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005.  
His professional affiliations include the Structural Engineers Association of California, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and the American Institute of Steel Construction.  He has served on, or led, a number of committees including the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) Technical Integration Committee, Building Seismic Safety Council Project 17 Committee, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California Existing Buildings Committee, and the ASCE/SEI Seismic Rehabilitation Standards Committee.
Marcia Mclaren, Ex Officio
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After 30 years Marcia retired in 2016 as a Principal Seismologist with the Geosciences Department at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Her primary responsibilities were to manage the Central Coast Seismic Network and ocean bottom seismometers for the diablo Canyon Power Plant, and over 50 strong motion instruments at various PG&E critical facilities. Marcia's work also included seismic hazard analysis of selected PG&E critical facilities and structures. To improve post-earthquake emergency response, she co-developed an intranet map server to show USGS earthquake locations and shakemaps with PG&E facilities. Her favorite outreach activites were to give earthquake safety talks to grammar and middle schools.
Donald Wells, Ex Officio
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Donald Wells is a Principal Engineering Geologist more than 30 years of experience in assessing seismic and geologic hazards currently with Fugro USA, and previously with Wood/Amec Foster Wheeler/Geomatrix Consultants, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Wells has been a member of COSMOS for 20 years, and has been the Treasurer for the past nine years. He holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and San Diego State University in San Diego, CA.  He is a licensed Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist in California. Mr. Wells’ career as a consulting engineering geologist has focused on evaluation and mitigation of seismic and geologic hazards (ground shaking, land sliding, liquefaction, settlement, flooding, and inundation). His research has focused on assessment of earthquake and fault rupture parameters, and implementation in probabilistic seismic hazard and fault displacement hazard analyses.
Alan Yong, Ex Officio
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Alan received his MSc in Interdisciplinary Studies (Geology and Geophysics) from the California State University at Northridge in 2009. He has been a member of the COSMOS Board of Directors since 2011 and serves as chair-person of the steering committee for developing the COSMOS International Noninvasive Site Characterization Guidelines, as well as advisor to various steering committees, including the U.S. Community Shear-wave Velocity Profile Database. His research topics include proxy- and in-situ based seismic site characterization, site response, high-frequency attenuation, and ground motion uncertainty.
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