The 2017 Convention will feature an unmatched slate of speakers from all corners of the globe. Their rich and varied knowledge and expertise will make this one of the most exciting and valuable conventions in structural engineering history!

EERI Session Speakers

Plenary Panel Speakers


EERI Session Speakers

Diane Murbach

Diane Murbach is a Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) with 35 years of experience in Oregon, Washington and California.  She provides geotechnical and land use consulting services for Murbach Geotech.  Diane received a B.S. from Eastern Washington University and an M.S. from San Diego State University in Geology.  She is the 1990 past President for the San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG), the 1994 past President for the South Coast Geological Society (SCGS), and services as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Geological Society (SDGS).   Diane’s background with earthquakes includes conducting a research project that investigated structures damaged by direct fault displacement from the Landers 1992 earthquake awarded by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and being part of the reconnaissance teams for the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 2010 Easter earthquake in Baja, Mexico.




James R. Gingery

Jim Gingery in a senior principal engineer with Kleinfelder’s San Diego office.  In his 20 years of consulting experience he has worked in Southern and Northern California, Boston and Australia, and has spent the last 16 years based in San Diego.  He has practiced broadly in geotechnical and earthquake engineering, with specialization in seismic hazards, numerical modeling, soil-structure interaction, tunneling and ground improvement.  He holds an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Earthquake Engineering from U.C. San Diego, and is a Registered Civil and Geotechnical Engineer in California.  His academic research has focused on nonlinear site response analysis, particularly at liquefaction sites.  He has published over 20 papers on geotechnical and earthquake engineering topics.  In 2015 he was awarded the Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering.




Anthony Court

Anthony Court, S.E., SEAOC Fellow, is President of A. B. Court & Associates in San Diego, specializing in historic building seismic retrofit and performance based seismic engineering.  He is past-President of SEAOSD, SEAOC Director, past-Chair of the SEAOC and SEAOSD Existing Buildings Committees, Sustainable Design Committees, and Performance Based Seismic Engineering Subcommittees, and serves on ATC Board of Directors.  He represented SEAOC and the US in international post-earthquake investigations in L’Aquila, Italy and Christchurch, New Zealand.  He currently co-Chairs Working Group 2 Buildings & Infrastructure for the San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Scenario Project.






Luis Mendoza

Luis Mendoza is a researcher at the Seismology department of CICESE, Ensenada B.C., from 1982 to date, and has authored 19 scientific peer-reviewed papers and almost 100 technical reports on the fields of seismology and seismic risk, among others, the Radius Tijuana report:  Damage Scenario from a M6.5 at La Nacion fault, North of Tijuana (1999), and the Risk Atlas for the City of Tijuana, published by the Department of Civil Protection of Tijuana (2000).  He has a Bachelor Degree on Geologic Oceanography with UABC and holds a Master Degree in Geophisics and Seismology with CICESE.


Roberto Ruiz-Salas

Roberto Ruiz-Salas is a Civil Engineer at Kimley-Horn in San Diego, CA.  He has 8 years of experience working with different cities in California on transportation projects, utility and infrastructure design, public park design and grading. He is the project coordinator for the seismic scenario project, his connections with Tijuana and here in San Diego have helped this project continue as a bi-national effort and will until completion.



David Racela

David Racela has been providing emergency management services for the City of San Diego for over 10 years. David’s portfolio includes emergency planning, training, exercises, and hazards analysis in support to developing City and regional emergency capabilities in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. He has education and experience in architecture, urban planning, sociology, municipal finance and geographic information systems. David views the San Diego Rose Canyon earthquake scenario is an invaluable process and tool to foster relationships and increase the level of preparedness of public and private entities and citizens through education and awareness, on-going and coordinated efforts in planning, training, and exercises.

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Plenary Panel Speakers

Dr. Chia-Ming Uang

Chia-Ming Uang is a Professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He received a B.S. in civil engineering from National Taiwan University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in structural engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of AISC, ASCE, SEAOC, and EERI. For AISC, he serves on the Committee of Specifications and Connection Prequalification Review Panel.

Professor Uang’s research is in seismic design, rehabilitation, and testing of large-scale steel structures. He received the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award in 2015 and a Special Achievement Award in 2007 from AISC. He also received three research awards from ASCE: Raymond C. Reese Research Prize in 2001 as well as Moisseiff Awards in 2004 and 2014. His outstanding teaching is reflected by the many awards he’s received in this area, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCSD Academic Senate (2004), the Outstanding Engineering Professor Award from national engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi (2002), the Outstanding Teaching Award from Earl Warren College (2010) and Teacher of the Year from the Triton Engineering Student Council (2010). Uang is coauthor of two textbooks on structural analysis and structural steel design.


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