The NHERI Council is composed of all Principal Investigators (PIs) of each NHERI Awardee or a designated substitute member as chosen by each PI not present at Council meetings.  The roles of the council include providing a collective and coordinated leadership for steering the NHERI program through the development of policies and annual work plans.

Council Membership

The NHERI Council membership is composed of all NHERI Awardee Principal Investigators (PIs) for the duration of the NHERI program.  In the event a PI cannot attend a Council meeting, they may designate a substitute representative to appear on their behalf.  Council Officers are selected each project year from the list of Council members.  Quorum and voting are defined as requiring a majority of members.

Officers for Year 1

  • Chair:  Dr. Dan Cox (Oregon State University)
  • Vice Chair:  Dr. Ellen Rathje (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Secretary:  Dr. Julio Ramirez (Purdue University)

Additional Members

  • Dr. James Ricles (Lehigh University)
  • Dr. Ken Stokoe (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Dr. Ross Boulanger (University of California, Davis)
  • Dr. Forrest Masters (University of Florida)
  • Dr. Arindam Chowdhury (Florida International University)
  • Dr. Joel Conte (University of California, San Diego)
  • Dr. Joseph Wartman (University of Washington)
  • Dr. Steve Mahin (University of California, Berkeley)

Disclosure of Activities

The NHERI Council is required to report to NSF annually on the Council activities and progress towards stated goals.  These annual reports will be published here for public review by the NHERI community.

Community Guidance

The NHERI Council receives input from the Network Independent Advisory Committee (NIAC) and User Forum Committee to ensure the needs of the NHERI community are being met when creating NHERI policies and making NHERI leadership decisions.


Meeting Minutes

The NHERI Council is required to meet at least quarterly, and the approved minutes from each meeting will be published here for public review by the NHERI community.