2021 COSMOS Technical Session

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 44 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 book chapters with an h-index of 17.
  • Brad Aagaard
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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 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.

    Brad also sits on the COSMOS Board of Directors.
  • 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 past President of the COSMOS Board of Directors.
  • 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.
  • Carlo Cauzzi
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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.
  • C.B. Crouse
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    Dr. C.B. Crouse has been a consultant in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology for 47 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.
  • Annie Kammerer
    Annie Kammerer is the Executive Director of COSMOS. Read more about Annie here.
  • Steve Kramer
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    Steve Kramer received his BS, M.Eng., and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Kramer joined the geotechnical group in the University of Washington Department of Civil Engineering in 1984 and has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in geotechnical engineering, and advised numerous graduate students on Masters and Ph.D. research projects. His primary research interests included soil liquefaction, site response analysis, seismic slope stability, and hazard analysis. He continues to conduct research work in the area of performance-based earthquake engineering, specifically the integration of probabilistic response analyses with probabilistic seismic hazard analyses.
  • Koichi Kusunoki
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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).

    Koichi also serves on the COSMOS Board of Directors
  • Nicolas Luco
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    Nicolas Luco, Ph.D., is a Research Civil Engineer with the Geologic Hazards Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Golden, Colorado. There he serves as a co-leader of the Engineering & Risk project, collaborating primarily with the National Seismic Hazard Modeling project and external partners to quantify and reduce the impacts from earthquakes. He also serves as a USGS liaison to several committees focused on the development of construction codes, including the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges. Prior to joining the USGS in 2004, for three years he was a Senior Analysis Engineer with the catastrophe risk modeling company AIR Worldwide Corporation. His Ph.D. is in civil (structural) engineering from Stanford University, where he also earned a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in statistics. His M.S. in civil engineering is from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Nico also serves on the COSMOS Technical Session Organizing Committee
  • Silvia Mazzoni
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    Read more about Dr. Mazzoni at UCLA and at ResearchGate
  • Khalid Mosalam
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    Prof. Mosalam obtained his BS & MS from Cairo Univ. and his PhD from Cornell Univ. in Structural Engineering. In 1997, he joined the Dept. of CEE, UC-Berkeley where he is Taisei Prof. of Civil Eng. & Director of the Pacific Earthquake Eng. Research Center. He conducts research on performance & health monitoring of structures. He is active in assessment & rehabilitation of essential facilities, and in research related to building energy efficiency & sustainability. His research covers large-scale computation & experimentation including hybrid simulation. He is the recipient of 2006 ASCE Huber Civil Eng. Research Prize, 2013 UC-Berkeley Chancellor Award for Public Services & 2015 EERI Outstanding Paper Award in Earthquake Spectra. He was a visiting prof. at Kyoto Univ., METU, and NTU. He was a High-end Expert in Tongji Univ. and is a PI for “Internet of Things & Societal Cyber Physical System Lab” of Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute. Further information can be found in
  • Morgan Moschetti
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    Morgan Moschetti is a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado where his research interests focus on earthquake ground motions.
  • 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
  • Nick Novoa
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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.

    Nick is also currently serving as the President of the COSMOS Board of Directors
  • Sanaz Rezaeian
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    Sanaz Rezaeian, Ph.D., is a research structural engineer with the Geologic Hazards Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Golden, CO. There she serves as a co-leader of the Engineering & Risk project, collaborating primarily with the National Seismic Hazard Modeling project and external partners to quantify and reduce the impacts from earthquakes on the built environment. She has been a collaborator with the Next Generation Attenuation (NGA) projects since 2010, a co-leader of the Southern California Earthquake Center’s (SCEC) Ground Motion Simulation Validation (GMSV) group since 2012, and a USGS liaison on several committees focused on development of construction codes including the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) seismic subcommittee since 2015. Prior to joining the USGS in 2011 as a Mendenhall Fellow, she earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, worked one year as a design engineer, and finished a postdoctoral appointment with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) center. Rezaeian specializes in earthquake engineering, developing seismic design ground motions, and stochastic simulations of earthquake ground motions.
  • 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.
  • Derek Skolnik
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    Derek Skolnik is a Senior Project Manager within the Open Systems & Services Division of Kinemetrics, Inc of Pasadena, CA. For the past 15 years, his professional experience includes the design, development, and implementation of earthquake monitoring products and solutions for enabling smart buildings and resilient communities. Derek’s’ knowledge in structural dynamics and monitoring technology have helped to establish his unique expertise in building-instrumentation requirements, strong-motion data processing, and post-earthquake assessments. Derek acquired his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UCLA, is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, and currently serves as Chair on the Executive Committee of the ASCE/SEI Global Activities Division.
  • Ertugrul Taciroglu
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    Ertugrul Taciroglu earned a B.S. degree in 1993 from Istanbul Technical University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1995, and 1998, respectively. After a stint at the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (UIUC) as a postdoctoral research associate, he joined the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA in 2001 where he is currently the department chair. His research interests span the disciplines of theoretical & applied mechanics, and structural & geotechnical earthquake engineering. He is conducting projects on regional performance-based risk assessment of civil infrastructure, structural health and performance monitoring, soil-structure interaction, and simulation of structural response under extreme loads. Dr. Taciroglu is the recipient of a 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the 2011 Walter Huber Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was elected to become a Fellow of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) in 2015, and serves on the EMI Board of Governors. He is a Section Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, and is an Associate Editor of the EERI Earthquake Spectra, Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering, and Structural Control & Health Monitoring.
  • Carlos Ventura
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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.

    Carlos also serves on the COSMOS Board of Directors
  • 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 and holds the position of U.S. Geological Survey Research Geophysicist. He was been a member of the COSMOS Board of Directors for nearly a decade (2011-2020) and served (2015–2021) 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 and the IASPEI/IAEE Working Group on the Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motions. 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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