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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as the primary mechanism for SCEC core and participating institutional representation in the oversight and management of the Center. The Board is comprised of Institutional Directors from each core institution. In addition, two Institutional Directors-at-Large are nominated by the participating institutions to the Center Directors and approved by the Board to serve three-year terms. The Board also includes non-voting Liaison Members from the U.S. Geological Survey who help to coordinate Center and Survey activities.

Harvard, Chair
John Shaw
UCSC, Vice-Chair
Emily Brodsky
Tim Dawson
Tom Rockwell
Chen Ji
Rachel Abercrombie
Jean-Philippe Avouac

Paul Segall

Peter Shearer
Rowena Lohman
Bruce Shaw

Texas A&M
Benchun Duan

U Memphis
Christos Kyriakopoulos
Arthur Rogers

David Jackson

Steven Wesnousky
Tom Herring
David Oglesby
Sylvain Barbot
USGS Liaison Members        
Golden, CO
Nico Luco
Menlo Park, CA
Ruth Harris
Pasadena, CA
Kate Scharer


Science Planning Committee

Standing Disciplinary Committees coordinate the principal data-gathering activities and the disciplinary infrastructure, as well as communal field equipment, experiments, and computational resources. Interdisciplinary research is organized by Focus Groups that are responsible for the development, verification, release, maintenance, and improvement of the SCEC Community Models.

The leaders of the Disciplinary Committees and Interdisciplinary Focus Groups serve on the Planning Committee (PC) for three-year terms. The PC develops the annual Science Collaboration Plan, coordinates activities relevant to SCEC science priorities, and is responsible for generating annual reports for the Center. Leaders of SCEC Special Projects (i.e. projects with funding outside the core science program) also serve on the Planning Committee. They ensure the activities of the special projects are built into the annual science plans. SCEC sponsors Technical Activity Groups (TAGs), which self-organize to develop and test critical methodologies for solving specific problems.

   PC Chairs
Greg BerozaChair
Judi Chester, Vice-Chair

   Disciplinary Committees

   Interdisciplinary Focus Groups

Cliff Thurber
Jamie Steidl
Nadia Lapusta
Nick Beeler
Jon Stewart
Farzin Zareian
   Tectonic Geodesy
Gareth Funning
Manoochehr Shirzaei
Roland Bürgmann
Bridget Smith-Konter
Michele Cooke
Ramon Arrowsmith
   Earthquake Geology
Mike Oskin
Ashley Griffith
Max Werner
Morgan Page
  Special Projects
Christine Goulet
Phil Maechling
   Computational Science
Ricardo Taborda
Ahmed Elbanna
Domniki Asimaki
Annemarie Baltay
Liz Hearn
Scott Marshall
Laurent Montesi


Executive Committee and Center Staff

The *Executive Committee of the Center (ExCom) handles daily decision-making responsibilities for the Center. It currently comprises of the Center Director, the Co-Director, the Board Vice-Chair, the PC Vice-Chair, the Executive Director for Special Projects, the Associate Directors for Science Operations, Information Technology, and Communication, Education, and Outreach (CEO). The SCEC Director acts as Principal Investigator (PI) on most proposals submitted by the Center, retaining final authority to make and implement decisions on Center programs, budgets, and financial obligations. The Director oversees all Center activities and is the Center’s official liaison to the rest of the world, and specifically, to the funding agencies. The Director chairs the SCEC Board of Directors, and may appoint committees as needed to carry out Center business. The Board Chair and Vice-Chair coordinate program activities with the SCEC Board of Directors. The Co-Director and Executive Science Director for Special Projects (ED-SP) may serve as the Principal Investigator of SCEC special projects. The PC Chair serves as a liaison to SCEC science partners, chairs of the annual meeting, and oversees the annual science planning process. The PC Vice-Chair and the ED-SP provide added science leadership when formulating and implementing the annual science program. The ED-SP manages the science activities of applied science projects and coordinated these activities with the PC and Associate Directors for IT and Science Operations. The overall framework for data-integration and modeling effort, including the software standards for data structures and model interfaces, is responsibility of the Associate Director for Information Technology. The Associate Director for Science Operations manages all operational and financial aspects of the science planning process, and liaises with the funding agencies. The Associate Director for CEO is responsible for Center communication, education, and outreach activities.

Yehuda Ben-Zion
Greg Beroza
Co-Director, PC Chair*
John Shaw
Board Chair*
Judi Chester
PC Vice-Chair*
Education & Outreach Research Computing Applied Science Science Operations
Mark Benthien
Associate Director*
Phil Maechling
Associate Director*
Christine Goulet
Executive Director*
Tran Huynh
Associate Director*
Jason Ballmann
Comm Manager
Scott Callaghan
Computer Scientist
Kevin Milner
Computer Scientist
Deborah Gormley
Business Ops Specialist
John Marquis
Web Manager for CEO
Bill Savran
Research Programmer
Xiaofeng Meng
Postdoctoral Scholar
Mita Patel
Operations Assistant
Gabriela Noriega
Manager of ELCA
Fabio Silva
Computer Scientist
Yongfei Wang
Postdoctoral Scholar
Edric Pauk
Research Programmer
Sharon Sandow
Asst Dir of Strategic Partnerships for CEO
Mei-Hui Su
Research Programmer
Yang Lu
Postdoctoral Scholar


Advisory Council

An elected external Advisory Council (AC) serves as an experienced advisory body to the Center. The Council reports to the Center through its Chair. The AC comprises a diverse membership representing all aspects of Center activities, including basic and applied earthquake research and related technical disciplines (e.g., earthquake engineering, risk management, and information technology), formal and informal education, and public outreach. Members of the AC are drawn from academia, government, and the private sector; they are elected by the Board for three-year terms and may be re-elected. The Council meets annually to review Center programs and plans and prepares a report for the Center. The AC Chair is apprised on all major actions of the Center. Council members are informed of Center activities and invited to participate in all appropriate Center functions. Council reports are made available to NSF, the USGS, and other funding agencies.

Arrietta Chakos
Urban Resilience Strategies
Alan Levander
Rice University
Francois Renard
U of Oslo
Tim Cockerill
Ellen Rathje
U of Texas
Heidi Tremayne
Jon Heintz
Applied Technology Council
Gabriel Toro
Lettis Consultants
Robert Woodward


Communication, Education, and Outreach Planning Committee

The Communication, Education, and Outreach Planning Committee (CEO PC) comprises SCEC Community stakeholders including key partners and represenatives of SCEC leadership groups. The CEO PC provides guidance for CEO programs, reviews reports and evaluations, and identifies synergies with other parts of SCEC and external organizations.

Danielle SumyIRIS
Kate LongDr. Lucy Jones Center
Vice Chair
Timothy DawsonCGS
SCEC Board Representative
Arrietta ChakosUrban Resilience Strategies
SCEC Advisory Council Representative
Sally McGillCSUSB
Experiential Learning & Career Advancement
Ricardo Taborda, EAFIT
SCEC Science Planning Committee Representative