Category: Past Events

YMC Webinar – David J. Wald

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute


Case Studies of Financial Decision-Making using Near–Real-time Post-Earthquake Information

David Wald ymc webinarDavid WaldDavid WaldDate: Wednesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PST
Speaker: David J. Wald, Ph.D. (M.EERI,1988)


About the speaker

David J. Wald, Ph.D. is a seismologist with the USGS in Golden, Colorado and is on the Geophysics Faculty at the Colorado School of Mines. Wald earned his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Caltech in 1993. He is involved in research, development, and operations of several real-time information systems at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC). He led the development of and manages “ShakeMap” and “Did You Feel it?”, and is responsible for leading the development of other systems for post-earthquake response and pre-earthquake mitigation, including “ShakeCast” and “PAGER.” 

David has served on the EERI Board of Directors from 2014-2016, Earthquake Spectra’s editorial board from 2010-2016, and began as the Earthquake Spectra Editor in October 2018. David was EERI’s Distinguished Lecturer in 2014. He has been the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Distinguished Lecturer, Associate Editor of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America and served on the Society’s Board of Directors. He was awarded SSA’s 2009 Frank Press Public Service Award, a Department of the Interior Superior Service Award in 2010, and its Meritorious Service Award in 2016. Previously at Caltech, and now at the Colorado School of Mines, Wald has advised scores of post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate student research projects. His own scientific interests include a wide variety of earthquake applications including real-time monitoring, rupture processes, analysis of ground motion hazards and site effects, macroseismology, modeling earthquake-induced ground failure, citizen-seismology and estimating human and economic losses.

Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.
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This YMC Webinar is supported with funding under a cooperative agreement (EMW-2018-CA-00005) with FEMA/U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The EERI Younger Members Committee (YMC) provides opportunities for graduate students and early-career earthquake professionals and faculty members within EERI. YMC Membership is open to all young professionals interested in actively participating with and supporting the mission of the YMC. To apply, please email

Younger Member Award: Deadline Nov. 26, 2018

Apply for the second annual EERI Younger Member Award!

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The EERI Younger Members Committee (YMC) is now accepting applications from younger members who would like to be considered for the second annual Younger Member Award (YMA).

The purpose of this award is to recognize a younger member (preferably an EERI YMC member) who has demonstrated exceptional engagement and contributions primarily to the YMC committee but also to other EERI programs, committees, and projects. The recipient of this prestigious award will be recognized during the 2019 Annual Meeting held in Vancouver, BC in March and will receive a registration grant for the meeting.

The application deadline is November 26, 2018. Click here  to apply online. Results to be announced by December 15, 2019.

Fall 2018 YMC Webinar by Prof. Abbie Liel

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific
Speaker: Abbie Liel, Ph. D.  (M.EERI,2009), Associate Professor, University of Colorado – Boulder


How Induced Earthquakes Are Making Us Rethink the Challenges of  Earthquake Engineering

This presentation examines the ongoing human-caused seismicity in Oklahoma, Kansas and other parts of

the central U.S. from an earthquake engineering perspective. Key questions to be answered include: Are

these earthquakes different from natural (tectonic) earthquakes in important ways for earthquake

engineers? Are these earthquakes large enough to cause damage to buildings and infrastructure? What is

the impact of these earthquakes on seismic hazard and risk?


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Ezra Jampole and Ashly Morales-Cartagena to recieve EERI’s Inaugural Younger Member Award

The EERI Board of Directors and EERI Younger Members Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural EERI 2017 Younger Member Award. Due to the unique characteristics of applicants this year, the selection committee has decided to award two outstanding individuals, Ezra Jampole (M.EERI,2012) and Ashly Morales-Cartagena (M.EERI,2015).  The awardees will be recognized at the EERI 70th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 28, at the 11NCEE in Los Angeles.

Ezra Jampole

Ezra Jampole is an Associate at Exponent in New York City, where he investigates design deficiencies and damage from earthquakes, hurricanes, settlement, adjacent construction, and structure collapse for litigation and arbitration. Ezra holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from Stanford University, and a B.S. from Northeastern University. The Selection Committee has recognized Ezra as follows:


 “Ezra Jampole is recognized for his long-time commitment to EERI, starting with his leadership role withthe EERI Student Leadership Council, his continuous contributions to the Younger Members Committee throughout the years, his dedicated work in the New York Northeast chapter and his collaboration inearthquake reconnaissance through VERT and LFE. Ezra is also recognized for guiding EERI student members in their transition from EERI student chapter participants to active EERI younger members.”


Ashly Morales-Cartagena

Ashly Morales-Cartagena is an Assistant Professor in the CEE Department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica in the Dominican Republic. She also serves as Risk Management Analyst at the Dominican National Bureau of Seismic Evaluation, and works with communities throughout her country to assess multi-hazard risk and community resilience. The selection committee has recognized Ashly as follows: 

“Ashly Morales-Cartagena is recognized for her contributions and initiatives within the Younger Members Committee in the past year. Ashly has also played an instrumental role in the creation, promotion and expansion of the EERI student chapter of her institution in the Dominican Republic, bringing over 24 new members to the organization and the student chapter, created last year, will participate for the second year in the Seismic Design Competition at 11NCEE. Her contributions to the YMC and EERI over the past year are living proof of the leadership and dedication that EERI supportsand motivates in younger members.” 

Younger Members Committee