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Roberto Leon

Roberto Leon

Roberto T. Leon received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. From 1983 to 1994 he was assistant and associate professor in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and became professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995. He served as interim Chair of the School in 2002-2003. He is a member of the AISC Committee on Specification, the BSSC Provisions Update Committee, and of several technical committees on steel and composite construction. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI/ASCE) and incmoing president of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, the co-author of a book on composite construction, a non-technical book on bridges and tunnels, and is the author and co-author of over 60 articles in refereed journals

Robin McGuire

Robin McGuire

Robin K. McGuire, founder of Risk Engineering of Boulder, Colorado, a past director of EERI and a past president of the Seismological Society of America (SSA), has spent his career working at the science-engineering interface. He first developed and published many of the methods taken today as requirements for advanced probabilistic seismic risk analysis, including probabilistic analysis at multiple frequencies to calculate a uniform hazard spectrum, development of epistemic uncertainties in parameters such as maximum magnitude, treatment and mapping of epistemic uncertainties, derivation of a random-vibration model to predict earthquake ground shaking, deaggregation of seismic hazard to identify major contributors to hazard, and concepts of seismic risk to a lifeline system, rather than to an aggregate set of sites.

McGuire holds degrees in structural engineering from MIT and University of California, Berkeley. For 30 years he has been consulting in seismic hazard analysis, earthquake engineering, and the application of probabilistic methods to engineering problems. McGuire has also developed earthquake hazard software that is used around the world in engineering, insurance, risk management, government, and research for seismic hazard estimation. More than 100 of his papers and articles on these topics have been published in technical journals or as technical reports. He has conducted seismic hazard analyses at sites of major engineering facilities at over 100 locations within the U.S. and at over 30 locations in foreign countries, in a range of technical environments.

Ernesto Ríos

Ernesto Ríos

Ernesto Ríos is the head of the Regulation Division of the SVS, the Chilean Insurance and Securities Authority. He has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and pension systems regulation. Ernesto has been the project leader in several strategic initiatives for the SVS. He is member of the Solvency and Actuarial Issues Subcommittee of the IAIS (International Association of Insurance Supervisors) and also participates actively in the Latin American Association of Insurers Supervisors (ASSAL). Ernesto will present a unique perspective on the economical and wider social impact of the 2010 Chilean earthquake. Ernesto is a commercial engineer from the Universidad de Chile and MBA from IESE business school, Universidad de Navarra, Spain.

Robin Spence

Robin Spence

Emeritus Professor of Architectural Engineering Cambridge University. With over 30 years of experience and numerous publications, Robin Spence is a world leading figure in earthquake engineering and vulnerability studies. He also has a long track record in vulnerability studies for floods, volcanic eruptions and wind storms. He is Director and past Chairman of Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. He was President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering 2002-06. His principal research and consultancy interest is construction technology choice and disaster risk assessment and mitigation. Robin delivered the Eleventh Mallet–Milne Lecture in 2007. He is currently a member of the Scientific Board of GEM the Global Earthquake Model.

Nigel Priestley

Nigel Priestley

Nigel Priestley is Emeritus Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of California at San Diego, and is co-director of the Rose School. His research is focused on the seismic design of concrete and masonry structures, and on seismic design philosophy. He has published more than 650 books, technical papers and reports, mainly related to seismic design, and has received more than 30 international awards for his research. He is a fellow of the ACI, the IPENZ, NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering, NZ Concrete Society, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Nigel delivered the Ninth Mallet–Milne Lecture in 2003.