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A Special Thanks to Mr. David Mar and Recaps

October 15, 2011

Our first EERI seminar in Fall 2011 was presented by Mr. David Mar, owner and principal of Tipping Mar, on “Innovative Seismic Retrofits of Structures”. We would like to thank Mr. David Mar for taking his valuable time from his busy schedule to prepare and speak in our seminar. Several interesting topics were presented during the seminar. I believe the topic that has drawn most of our attentions was  on design of the straw-bale houses. We were amazed by the efficiency of an inexpensive material such as straw can be used to building houses.

Upcoming Seminar on October 11,2011: Innovative Seismic Retrofits of Structures

October 11, 2011

David Mar, SE

Owner and Principal

Tipping Mar

David is a principal at Tipping Mar. He has practiced structural engineering for over twenty years, after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BS and MS. The firm’s work is noted for its high-performance seismic designs and creative solutions. Tipping Mar’s focus on innovation often leads to experimentation and applied research. 

Abstract: A Discussion on Innovative Structural Solutions

This talk will present an mix of unusual structural designs that all emphasize innovation. The lecture has three parts, beginning with projects made with natural materials – bamboo and straw bale. The middle section are steel projects that feature spines and rocking and re-centering steel frames.  The last section is for concrete structures, also with re-centering capability. 

EERI Fall 2011 Kickoff at Round Table

October 8, 2011

Thank you everyone for attending to our first EERI Fall 2011 meeting. It seems like everyone in the picture is having a great time.

The Great California Shake Out

October 1, 2011

Welcome all new and old graduate students to come back to this wonder place.

Even though we are all in graduate school studying earthquake engineering, it does not mean that we know how to protect ourselves during an earthquake. Since we care about our fellow classmates, here is a link that teach us more about earthquake safety.

California Shake Out


Recap from Chris Poland’s Visit

May 20, 2011

A Special Thanks to Mr. Chris Poland

May 18, 2011

We were honored to have Mr. Chris Poland, Chairman of Degenkolb, to give us a presentation on “Resilient Communities” in  Monday’s seminar.  We would also like to thank Mr. Poland for taking his valuable time to speak in our seminar and explain to us the meaning of resilient and the important factors that make a city healthy.

EERI San Diego Chapter Dinner and Presentation on May 25, 6:00-8:30pm

May 13, 2011

Our student chapter had a chance to join the San Diego Regional Chapter’s meeting in the past and we have also invited Dr. Jorge Meneses and Dr. Matthew Tobolshi to speak in our seminars. On May 25, San Diego Regional Chapter is having a dinner meeting at The Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant. This is a wonderful opportunity for us students to meet with local professionals and expand our social network.

All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join us. Please register for the event by May 23.

Information about meeting topic and form of payment for the dinner are listed below.

The Great East Japan Earthquake:  Lessons for California and San Diego

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The M 9.0 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 resulted in approximately $300 billion in losses in a region with a high population density. A huge tsunami caused devastation mainly to lowlands along the eastern Japanese coast. The Japanese National Police Agency has confirmed about 15,000 deaths, more than 5,000 injured and more than 10,000 people still missing. This is the most costly natural disaster in history. In addition, the tsunami has caused an unprecedented nuclear crisis with the most serious accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

What are lessons learned from this event? How can we apply these lessons learned to California and San Diego? A panel of distinguished speakers will respond to these questions and entice discussion with the audience. These speakers include: Dr. Jorge Meneses (Kleinfelder), Dr. Mitsuo Nozu (Fudo-Tetra, Japan), Prof. Atsushi Tago (Kobe University, Japan), Dr. Matthew Tobolski (Tobolski Watkins Engineering), and Kathy Yhip (San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station).

Jorge Meneses will provide an overview of the mega-earthquake and tsunami, and present his findings and observations from his GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance) mission; Mitsuo Nozu will present in detail the damage caused by liquefaction and lateral spreading in Urayasu City, Tokyo Bay; Atsushi Tago will describe the impact of the mega earthquake and tsunami to the people of the most affected Sendai region; Matthew Tobolski will provide a discussion of a variety of hazards that are traditionally considered when performing design of nuclear facilities; and Kathy Yhip will describe the twin reactor units at Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and a status of current safety conditions.

Venue, Date and time
The Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant located on 2150 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101, Wednesday, May 25, 2010; 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

$35 / EERI members
$40 / non-EERI members
$25 / Students and Government Employees

Payment in the form of cash or check payable to EERI will be accepted at the door. Additionally, Mastercard and Visa credit cards will also be accepted but processed after the meeting. Please register for the event by Monday, May 23rd by contacting Lelli Van Den Einde at or (858) 822-2188.