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National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

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 Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction

Request for Nominations

NIST invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to its eight existing Federal Advisory Committees. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be considered as and when vacancies arise. Visit the December 8, 2015 Federal Register Notice (PDF 88KB) for more information.


In August 2006, pursuant to the July 25, 2006 Federal Register Notice (PDF 60KB), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concluded an initial 30-day formal solicitation period for nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR). Stakeholders in NEHRP, from around the United States, showed strong interest in and support for NEHRP by submitting over 85 nominees for service on the committee.

ACEHR members serve nominal three-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms of service before having to step off the committee for a minimum of one year. The initial terms for the 15 original members were staggered, with members serving 1, 2, or 3 years, followed by possible full 3-year second terms. As initial terms ended, NIST, in consultation with its NEHRP partner agencies, has appointed new ACEHR members who are nationally prominent earthquake professionals. The ACEHR membership provides balanced representation from the earthquake professional community, including key technical areas, geographical areas across the U.S., practitioners and researchers, state and local governments, and the private sector.

Jane A. Bullock
Founder and Principal, Bullock & Haddow LLC
Reston, VA
Term Expires: July 31, 2017

Prior to founding Bullock & Haddow LLC, Ms. Bullock served as Chief of Staff to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Director and has over 25 years of private and public sector experience, with an emphasis in disaster prevention, response and recovery. She was the chief architect of Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, a public private partnership in community risk reduction. She is considered an authority in the field of emergency management and implementation of risk reduction programs. Ms. Bullock has continued to work closely with Congressional Committees to enact legislation that addresses the unique needs of children in disasters.  She is a graduate of American University, Washington, DC.

Craig A. Davis
Water System Resilience Program Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles, CA
Term Expires: July 31, 2018

Dr. Davis is a registered civil and geotechnical engineer who has worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) since 1987 as design engineer, construction engineer, engineering manager, project manager, and contract manager. For over 10 years he managed geotechnical engineering, contract management, and project management groups for LADWP geotechnical projects and oversaw the departmentís water system seismic improvement program and dam and reservoir development program. Currently he is managing the design and installation of large diameter pipes and implementing innovative seismic design solutions. He also recently was appointed as the Los Angeles Water System Resilience Program Manager to implement a comprehensive resilience program in coordination with the Los Angeles Mayor and other stakeholders. He served as Chair of the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering and is the current Chair of the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division Executive Committee, a division he helped to found, and Chair of the Civil Infrastructure and Lifeline Systems Committee. Dr. Davis has participated in many national and international professional committees and organized numerous international workshops and symposiums related to geotechnical and lifeline earthquake engineering. He has degrees in civil engineering, with emphases in structural and geotechnical earthquake engineering, from California Polytechnic State University and the University of Southern California.

John D. Gillengerten
Consulting Structural Engineer
Shingle Springs, CA
Term Expires: February 23, 2017

Mr. Gillengerten serves as a Consulting Structural Engineer, after retiring from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Facilities Division, where he was Deputy Director and the Building Official.  Mr. Gillengerten has 36 years of professional structural engineering and management experience in both the public and private sectors, with an emphasis in the structural design, seismic evaluation, and rehabilitation. He has extensive experience in the healthcare design and permitting processes. He has degrees in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and San Jose State University, and is a registered civil and structural engineer in California.

James D. Goltz
Advisor on Natural Hazards
California Emergency Management Agency, South Pasadena, CA
Term Expires: July 31, 2016

Dr. Goltz serves as an advisor on natural hazards to the California Office of Emergency Services. Prior to his official retirement from Cal EMA in 2011, he directed the agency's Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards Program. Dr. Goltz has had 30 years of experience in State government, academic, and private-sector positions related to the reduction of risks posed by earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural hazards. He has expertise in the use of real-time seismic information for earthquake response, public policy related to earthquake early warning, and the use of earthquake loss estimates for decision support, as well as in program evaluation research and technology transfer. Dr. Goltz is a published author who has served on numerous boards, committees, and councils, including the boards of directors of the Western States Seismic Policy Council and the California Emergency Services Association, Southern Chapter. He has degrees in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Ohio State University.

Nathan C. Gould
Director and Chief of Technology
ABS Consulting, Extreme Loads and Structural Risk Division, St. Louis, MO
Term Expires: November 14, 2016  

Dr. Gould serves as a Director and Chief of Technology for the ABS Consulting Extreme Loads and Structural Risk Division. Dr. Gould has 22 years of consulting structural engineering experience in the design, evaluation, and construction of structures subjected to extreme loads. He has technical expertise in the areas of structural, seismic, extreme wind, and blast engineering with a focus on the retrofit of existing structures. Dr. Gould has designed numerous seismic retrofits across the United States utilizing the latest Performance Based Design criteria. He has been a member of several post earthquake reconnaissance groups, including teams that investigated damage following the 2010 Haitian and 2011 Christchurch events.  Dr. Gould currently serves on numerous technical committees, and he is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer in several states. Dr. Gould has degrees in civil engineering from the Washington University and the University of California, Irvine.

Robert B. Herrmann
Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Term Expires: July 31, 2018

Dr. Herrmann is the Paul C. Reinert Chair of Natural Sciences in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Saint Louis University (SLU). He has been on the faculty of the SLU Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences since 1975, advancing to full professor of geophysics. In 2004 he was awarded the Otto Nuttli Professorship in Geophysics. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, which are focused on earthquake seismology, Dr. Herrmann serves as the director of SLU’s graduate geoscience programs. He has published extensively in scientific journals. Dr. Herrmann has served on the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission, on panels convened by the National Research Council, and on the board of directors (and in other capacities) for the Seismological Society of America, and is currently a member of the AFTAC Seismic Review Panel. He has degrees in physics and geophysics from Xavier University and Saint Louis University, respectively.

Laurie A. Johnson
Urban Planner and Principal, Laurie Johnson Consulting | Research
San Rafael, CA
Term Expires: October 25, 2018

Dr. Johnson is an urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management. She has been active in research and consulting on recovery planning and management following many of the worldís major urban disasters of the past 25 years. She was a lead author of the recovery plan for the City of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and coauthored Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans. Dr. Johnson is also a visiting project scientist at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) at UC Berkeley and the current ACEHR chair. She is on the board of directors of SPURóSan Francisco's good governance and planning civic association and the steering committee of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. She is also a past board member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and a long-standing member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She holds a doctorate in informatics from Kyoto University and, from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in urban planning and a bachelor of science degree in geophysics.

Lisa Grant Ludwig
Professor of Public Health, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention
University of California, Irvine
Term Expires: December 3, 2017

Dr. Ludwig is a Professor in the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and was the first Graduate Director of Public Health. She has been a member of the University's faculty since 1998 and attained full professorship status in 2013. She is a former member of the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and she has been a member of two National Academy of Sciences-appointed delegations to international General Assemblies. She is known for her knowledge of public health, natural disasters, and the geological sciences. Dr. Ludwig serves as current President and member of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and leader of the Earthquake Geology Group for the Southern California Earthquake Center, and Associate Director for the California Institute for Hazards Research. She received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Environmental Earth Science from Stanford University, two Masters of Science in Geological and Environmental Engineering Science, and a Doctorate in Geology with Geophysics from Caltech.

Ronald L. Lynn
Director/Building and Fire Official
Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention, Las Vegas, NV
Term Expires: August 31, 2018

Mr. Lynn is the Director/Building and Fire Official for the Clark County, NV, Department of Building and Fire Prevention, where he has worked since 1981. In addition to directing the building and fire prevention department for this 8,000-square-mile jurisdiction, Mr. Lynn is a frequent speaker on topics related to building codes, building performance standards, construction issues, and building-department administration. He has served on numerous building-safety-related boards, councils, and committees from local to international levels. Formerly president of the board of directors of the International Code Council (ICC), Mr. Lynn now serves on the board of managers of the ICC Evaluation Service, on the Board of Directors of the Building Seismic Safety Council, and as chairman of the Nevada Organization of Building Officials. Mr. Lynn chairs the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council and the Western States Seismic Policy Councilís Architecture, Engineering and Construction Committee. Mr. Lynn received the 2014 Western States Seismic Policy Council Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2015, he received the International Code Councilís highest award, the prestigious Bobby J. Fowler Award.

Peter J. May
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
University of Washington, Seattle
Term Expires: July 31, 2016

Dr. May is the Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Politics at the University of Washington. He has served on the faculty of the University of Washington in the fields of political science and public policy for more than 35 years. A long-standing focus of his research has been the policy and politics of risk, natural hazards, and disasters with a specific emphasis on earthquake hazard reduction policies. His extensive research on public policy processes and government regulation includes studies of regulatory accountability, design, enforcement, and compliance in the United States, Australia, Denmark, and New Zealand. He has served on numerous boards, committees, and panels, including the research oversight committee for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center and the board of directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Dr. May has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Dartmouth College.

Jack P. Moehle
Professor, Structural Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Term Expires: November 8, 2016

Dr. Moehle has been active in both teaching and research since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1980. His main technical interests are reinforced concrete construction and earthquake engineering. He has played a leading role in the development of building codes and professional engineering guidelines for the design of new construction and for the assessment and rehabilitation of seismically vulnerable existing construction. A licensed civil engineer in California, he is regularly engaged in professional engineering activities. His recent work has included seismic consulting and design reviews for high-rise buildings, the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Hetch Hetchy water system, and the Transbay Transit Center. His work has been recognized through awards from the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the Structural Engineers Association of California. Dr. Moehle has degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lori Peek
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Term Expires: January 31, 2018

Dr. Peek is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University. She is also Associate Chair of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Task Force on Hurricane Katrina and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Dr. Peek has published extensively on the sociology of disaster, with an emphasis on the health and social effects on vulnerable populations. She is author of the award-winning book, Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11. She also is co-author of Children of Katrina and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Dr. Peek’s responsibilities as an NEHRP advisor include assessing trends and developments in the science and engineering of earthquake hazards reduction, and the effective management, coordination, and implementation of NEHRP activities. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a M.Ed. from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Ottawa University (Summa Cum Laude).

Glenn J. Rix
Senior Principal
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Kennesaw, GA
Term Expires: March 29, 2019

Dr. Rix is a principal geotechnical engineer with Geosyntec Consultants. He has more than 28 years of experience in the areas of seismic hazard assessment and geotechnical earthquake engineering for civil infrastructure. Dr. Rix joined Geosyntec in 2013 after a distinguished 25-year career as a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He led a large, multi-disciplinary research team with expertise in geotechnical and structural engineering, logistics, and risk and decision analysis on an NSF NEES Grand Challenge project on seismic risk for port facilities. At Geosyntec, Dr. Rix serves as a subject matter expert on seismic hazard and risk for dams and embankments, municipal and hazardous waste landfills, and other facilities. Dr. Rix has degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and Purdue University.

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