The User Forum (UF) committee is a NHERI-wide group focused on providing the NHERI Council with independent advice on community user satisfaction, priorities, and needs relating to the use and capabilities of NHERI.
The elected volunteers of the UF bring input from the community into NHERI operations, assess the effectiveness of the support to NHERI users, and contribute to the Network Coordination Office (NCO) and NHERI-wide efforts to build a community of satisfied users. The UF committee is engaged in the development and continuous update of the NHERI-wide Science Plan. The UF functions as an additional voice of the community within the Governance of NHERI.
The User Forum committee is expanding by adding a new member from the Coastal Engineering community in 2018. Nominations were collected from the NHERI community during October and identified three candidates with expertise in the discipline of Coastal Engineering. A ballot was provided here during the month of November, and voting is now closed. The newest member of the User Forum committee will be announced shortly.
The User Forum committee has representation across NHERI activities, with three representatives working directly with the NCO, two representatives working with the Education and Community Outreach (ECO) team, two representatives working with the Facilities Scheduling committee, and one representative working with the Education Transfer committee.
The UF committee meets once per month via teleconference and once per year in-person. The first in-person meeting is July 24-25, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, simultaneously and in conjunction with the Summer Institute.
The UF committee is responsible for conducting annual community user satisfaction surveys for NHERI users.
Each year, the User Forum committee publishes an Annual Community Report on the NHERI website. Look for the 2017 report soon.
The User Forum makes available for public review the approved minutes from each meeting of the committee.
The User Forum committee is composed of nine representatives from the broad scientific and engineering communities served by NHERI, who conduct research and education activities using NHERI's resources and services but who are not affiliated with NHERI awardee institutions. The user community elected members of the UF for two-year terms, with the opportunity of being re-elected. Antonio Bobet, an ex officio member from the NHERI NCO Executive Council, has been appointed to keep the NCO leadership apprised of UF progress and to coordinate needs of the UF with the rest of the natural hazard community. The UF members have representation across all activities supported by NHERI.
The User Forum is very interested in engaging with the NHERI user community. If you have any questions or suggestions, the UF would like to hear from you. Please send your message to:
As the community voice with the governance of NHERI, the User Forum committee is composed of members nominated and elected by the NHERI community for a term of 1-2 years. Following the Y1 election process which took place in January and February of 2017, the current members are:
Russell A. Green, Ph.D., P.E. (Chair)
Specializes in geotechnical earthquake engineering, to include paleoliquefaction studies, seismic hazard analyses, liquefaction hazard assessments, site response analyses, soil improvement to mitigate effects of seismic shaking, and issues with induced seismicity.
Nina Stark, Ph.D. (Vice Chair)
Specializes in coastal geotechnical engineering and sediment dynamics, including field instrumentation, sediment remobilization processes, beach erosion, beach trafficability, pore pressure evolution under ocean wave forcing, Arctic coastal erosion, remoe sensing, scour, and ocean renewable energy.
Elaina J. Sutley, Ph.D. (Secretary)
University of Kansas
Specializes in design and retrofit of wood buildings subjected to natural hazards, including seismic, wind, and water events, as well as building portfolio analysis, housing recovery modeling, loss estimation, social vulnerability, and interdisciplinary science.
Erik A. Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Specializes in "smart" structures, conrol of structural vibration, controllable damping devices, monitoring structural health, random vibration, and computational methods in structural dynamics - with particular application to uses in earthquake engineering and base isolated structures.
Ramtin Kargarmoakhar, Ph.D.
T.Y. Lin International
Specializes in structural, earthquake and wind engineering, including the design and analysis of cable structures as well as steel, concrete, pre-stressed concrete and segmented bridges, sequential analysis of the construction of big bridges, wind effects on long-span bridges, development of new structural systems and mitigating the impacts of earthquakes using smart materials and structures.
Mohamed Elsharawy, Ph.D., P.Eng.
SOH Wind Engineering
Specializes in structural and wind engineering, including the design and analysis of buildings, long-span cable supported bridges, guyed and transmission towers, full scale and wind tunnel measurements, determination of aerodynamic responses and vibrations, vibration mitigation devices, as well as performance based design and codification of wind effects.
Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Specializes in soils mechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering, including soil liquefaction, seismic slope stability, seismic response of levees and retaining structures, ground motion propogation characteristics due to pile-driving activities, and the impact of ground motion selection for dynamic analyses.
James O. Malley, S.E.
Specializes in steel construction with over 30 years of experience in seismic design, evaluation, and rehabilitation of building structures, including tall buildings, post-earthquake disaster reconnaissance, analysis, and investigation of building performance and damage.
Liesel A. Ritchie, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Boulder
Specializes in the societal dimensions of hazards and disasters, with an emphasis on social capital and factors related to community resilience to technological and natural disasters.