Meet the NHERI User Forum

Published on April 7, 2017


Charged with providing community leadership, facility coordination, and leading education and community outreach activities for NHERI, the Purdue University-led Network Coordination Office (NCO) coordinates and organizes the network's three governance groups: the NHERI Council, the Network Independent Advisory Committee (NIAC), and the User Forum.  As the NHERI community continues with its research and education efforts, these groups serve as guiding forces.

The User Forum, whose membership is now established, is composed of elected members from different specialities within the user community.

The group provides input to the Council on community satisfaction and raises awareness of community priorities and needs.  The User Forum works with the NCO to ensure transparent access to the eight NHERI Experimental Facilities, and to develop effective education and community outreach strategies.  The group is also directly engaged in developing and updating the NHERI-wide Science Plan.


User Forum Membership, Year 1:

  • Earthquake
    • Erik A. Johnson, University of Southern California
  • Wind Engineering
    • Mohamed Elsharawy, Svend Ole Hensen Wind Engineering
    • Ramtim Kargarmoakhar, T.Y. Lin International
  • Coastal Engineering
    • Nina Stark (Vice-Chair), Virginia Tech
  • Wood Construction
    • Elaina J. Sutley (Secretary), University of Kansas
  • Geotechnical
    • Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, University of Michigan
    • Russell Green (Chair), Virginia Tech
  • Steel Construction
    • James O. Malley, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco
  • Social Sciences & Policy
    • Liesel A. Ritchie, University of Colorado, Boulder


Details about the User Forum are available on the DesignSafe-CI User Forum website.