2020 COSMOS Technical Session (To be held January 2021)

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Aysegul Askan
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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.
  • Jack Baker
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    Professor Baker's work focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for managing risk due to extreme loads on the built environment. He studies risk to spatially distributed systems, characterization of earthquake ground motions, and probabilistic risk assessments for a number of types of structures. Professor Baker joined Stanford in 2006 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he was a visiting researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering. He has degrees in Structural Engineering (Stanford, M.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2005), Statistics (Stanford, M.S. 2004) and Mathematics/Physics (Whitman College, B.A. 2000). His awards include the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Early Achievement Research Award from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability, the Walter L. Huber Prize from ASCE, the Helmut Krawinkler Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and the Eugene L. Grant Award for excellence in teaching from Stanford.
  • Ruben Boroschek
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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 work 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.

    Ruben is also the President of the COSMOS Board of Directors.
  • C.B. Crouse
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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. 

    Dr. Crouse is also an ex-officio member of the COSMOS Board of Directors.
  • Mayssa Dabaghi
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    Mayssa Dabaghi is an Assistant Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. She obtained her BE in Civil Engineering from AUB in 2008, and her MS and PhD in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials from UC Berkeley in 2009 and 2014, respectively. Her research interests include modeling and simulation of earthquake ground motions, probabilistic seismic hazard and risk analysis, and the validation and engineering applications of simulated motions.
  • Sebastiano D'Amico
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    Sebastiano D’Amico (Ph.D.) has been working at the University of Malta, within the Department of Physics and the Department of Geosciences, since 2010. He was enrolled in the Physics program of the University of Messina where he was awarded the title of “Dottore in Fisica”. In 2005 he moved to Rome where he joined the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV). In 2007 he moved to U.S.A. to join the Saint Louis University (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department). His research interests are in the applied aspects of geophysics and earthquake seismology. He is the author of several publications in this field. From 2016 to 2018 he served as Vice-President of the European Seismological Commisison.

    More details can be found at
  • Christine Goulet
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    SCEC/USC Executive Director for Applied Science read more about Christine
  • Lijam Hagos
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    Lijam Hagos is a Senior Engineering Geologist with California Geological Survey. After receiving his PhD in Seismology from Uppsala University, Sweden, he joined the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program in 2008 and served in different capacities. He now manages the Data Products unit of the program.
  • Annie Kammerer
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    Annie Kammerer is the Executive Director of COSMOS. Read more about Annie here.
  • Nicolas Luco
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    Nicolas Luco is a Research Structural Engineer with the USGS in Golden, Colorado. Since 2004, he has served as a liaison between the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project and the BSSC Provisions Update Committee, among other building code committees.

    Nico also serves on the COSMOS Technical Session Organizing Committee
  • Micaela Largent
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    Micaela Largent is a staff level engineer based out of South Lake Tahoe, California working for Slate Geotechnical Consultants. Her work focuses on geotechnical and earthquake engineering projects for sites throughout the United States and abroad for new and existing buildings, and dams. She has recently focused her efforts towards seismic hazard analyses in Hawaii and Finland, as well as developing ground motions for many sites within the Bay Area.
  • Nasser Marafi
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    Nasser Marafi is a Senior Modeler at Risk Management Solutions, Inc in Newark, California. Prior to joining RMS, Nasser held a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, where he also earned his PhD studying the effects of large-magnitude subduction earthquakes on structures located in deep sedimentary basins. During his PhD, Nasser received the EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowship, EERI Graduate Student Paper Award, and the UW-CEE Charles H. Norris Award. Prior to his PhD work, Nasser practiced structural engineering for 5 years and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.
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  • Silvia Mazzoni
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    Read more about Dr. Mazzoni at UCLA and at ResearchGate
  • Debra Murphy
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    Debra Murphy is a licensed professional engineer based out of Oakland, California, and a recent co-founder of Slate Geotechnical Consultants. 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. She is the chair of the Ground Motions Subcommittee for the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. She is on the COSMOS and EERI-Northern California Boards. Debra is also a member of the 2017 class of EERI Housner Fellows and is honored to have the opportunity to continue giving back to EERI and the seismic community.

    Debra also sits on the COSMOS Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Technical Session Organizing Committee
  • Chukwuebuka Nweke
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    Dr. Chukwuebuka Nweke is a staff engineer at ENGEO in Los Angeles

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  • Marco Pilz
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    Dr. Marco Pilz (GFZ) is a seismologist with a strong focus on strong motion and seismic noise analyses, engineering seismology, site effects, and earthquake early warning. He received his PhD from the University of Potsdam in 2011 with a thesis on the assessment and evaluation of proxies for seismic site conditions and the numerical modelling of near-source and basin effects. In the following, he became a Postdoc researcher at GFZ Potsdam. During that time, he developed advanced method for real-time 3D seismic tomography for shallow scales. Moreover, he was actively involved in site effect, seismic hazard and risk studies for the Earthquake Model Central Asia, a regional program of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). From 2015 to 2017, he was Senior Researcher at the Swiss Seismological Service in Zurich, Switzerland, at which he led projects on ground-motion attenuation and scaling models for Switzerland with a focus on site characterization, parameterization and development of site-specific ground motion models. In 2013 and 2018, he has been awarded a research grant by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences. He visited the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University, Japan and the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tsukuba where he studied the inclusion of site effects in earthquake early warning systems. The list of publications of Marco Pilz includes a total of 48 peer-reviewed papers with an h-index of 14.
  • Artie Rodgers
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    Arthur Rodgers studied Physics at Northeastern University (B.S, 1986) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (Ph.D, 1993). He worked as a post-doc at New Mexico State University (1994) and the University of California Santa Cruz (1994-1996). He joined the Seismology Group at LLNL as a postdoc in 1997 and was the Seismology Group Leader 2006-2010.
    He has worked on nuclear explosion monitoring, crustal and lithosphere Earth structure, regional seismic wave propagation and event identification. In the early 2000’s he began working on high-performance computing and computational seismology. Since then he has worked on earthquake and explosion ground motion modeling using LLNL’s world-class computing resources. In 2010 he was a Fulbright Scholar to Grenoble, France. In 2019 he gave public talks as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Seismological Society of America and Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.

    Read more about Artie here or on his ResearchGate page.
  • Andrew Seifried
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    Andrew Seifried is a Senior Engineer at LCI with expertise in seismic hazard analysis, site response analysis, and time history development for projects around the world including tall buildings, nuclear power plants, dams, tunnels, and more. Prior to LCI, he worked as a structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti, and completed his graduate studies in Structural Engineering at Stanford University with Prof. Jack Baker. Dr. Seifried attempts to remain active in research topics related to efficiency in calculations of seismic hazard and risk, while spending time with his family in Boulder, Colorado, and alternating between cycling and skiing seasons.
  • Alan Yong
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    Alan received his MSc in Interdisciplinary Studies (Geology and Geophysics) from the California State University at Northridge in 2009. Alan began his USGS career in 1999 as an Operation Geophysicist and was converted to Research Geophysicist in 2009. He is now the USGS Co-task Leader for Site Characterization in the U.S. 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.

    Alan is also an ex-officio member of the COSMOS Board of Directors and sits on the COSMOS Technical Session Organizing Committee.
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