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Core Institutions and Board of Directors

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is an institutionally based organization governed by a Board of Directors. It recognizes both core institutions, which make a major, sustained commitment to SCEC objectives, and a larger number of participating institutions, which are self-nominated through the involvement of individual scientists or groups in SCEC activities and confirmed by the Board. Membership continues to evolve because SCEC is an open consortium, available to individuals and institutions seeking to collaborate on earthquake science in Southern California. Each core institution appoints one member to the Board. The Board elects two nominees from the participating institutions to serve three-year terms on the Board as members-at-large.

The Board of Directors is the primary decision-making body of SCEC; it meets three times per year to approve the annual science plan, management plan, and budget, and deal with major business items. The liaison members from the U.S. Geological Survey are non-voting members.

Tim Dawson

Paul Segall

Yuri Fialko
USGS, Golden
Nico Luco (liaison, non-voting)
Jean-Philippe Avouac

Texas A&M
Benchun Duan

U Memphis
Christos Kyriakopoulos
USGS, Menlo Park
Ruth Harris (liaison, non-voting)
Bruce Shaw

Peter Bird

Steven Wesnousky
USGS, Menlo Park
Steve Hickman (liaison, non-voting)
John Shaw
David Oglesby
Sylvain Barbot
USGS, Pasadena
Kate Scharer (liaison, non-voting)
Tom Herring
Toshiro Tanimoto
Rachel Abercrombie
Tom Rockwell
Emily Brodsky
Rowena Lohman


Science Working Groups and 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 Vice-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
Edric Pauk
Research Programmer
Gabriela Noriega
Manager of ELCA
Fabio Silva
Computer Scientist
Yongfei Wang
Postdoctoral Scholar
Miguel Mendez
Operations Assistant
Sharon Sandow
Asst Dir of Strategic Partnerships for CEO
Mei-Hui Su
Research Programmer
    John Yu
Computing Services


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.

M. Meghan Miller, Chair
Arrietta Chakos
Urban Resilience Strategies
Alan Levander
Rice University
Heidi Tremayne
Rick Aster
Colorado State
Tim Cockerill
Susan Owen
Susan Beck
University of Arizona
Yann Klinger
Ellen Rathje
U of Texas


Communication, Education, and Outreach Planning Committee

The Communication, Education, and Outreach Planning Committee (CEO PC) comprises of stakeholders representing CEO program focus areas (public education and preparedness; K-14 education initiative; experiential learning and career advancement; and the implementation interface). The CEO PC provides guidance for CEO programs, reviews reports and evaluations, and identifies synergies with other parts of SCEC and external organizations.

Arrietta Chakos
Public Education & Preparedness
Timothy Dawson, CGS
Implementation Interface
Sally McGill, CSUSB
Experiential Learning & Career Advancement
Danielle Sumy, IRIS
K-14 Education

Kate Long, CalOES
Public Education & Preparedness

Ricardo Taborda, EAFIT
Implementation Interface