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ASCE-LA Geo-Institute Dinner Meeting
Alpine Village
883 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
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ASCE Los Angeles Geo-Institute Dinner Meeting

Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks

The ASCE Los Angeles Geo-Institute invites you to join us for a presentation by: Prof. Jack Baker, Stanford University


Prof. Baker joined the Stanford faculty in 2006 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he was a visiting researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering. He has degrees in Structural Engineering (Stanford, M.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2005), Statistics (Stanford, M.S. 2004) and Mathematics/Physics (Whitman College, B.A. 2000). He has industry experience in seismic hazard assessment, ground motion selection, probabilistic risk assessment, and modeling of catastrophe losses for insurance and reinsurance companies. He is a co-founder and technical advisor for Haselton Baker Risk Group, LLC. His awards include the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Early Achievement Research Award from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability.


This talk presents a study of seismic risk to a complex transportation system, with the goal of quantifying impacts on users of the network and identifying communities that are dis-proportionally impacted by disruptions. The San Francisco Bay Area transportation system is considered as a case study. Disruption is caused by earthquake shaking, where a full suite of earthquake scenarios in the region (with associated occurrence rates) are considered in order to obtain a fully probabilistic description of risk.