Professional & Service Activity

Professional & Service Activity

  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
    1982- present

    President (2006-2008), Board of Directors (1999-2002, 2008-2010), Newsletter Editor (2002-2005), Lead, Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program, (2016-present), Co-Chair Oral History Committee (2023-present): The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators. The objective of EERI is to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, by improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political and cultural environment, and by advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

  • Earthquake Spectra Editorial Board
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    Vice President 1999, President 2000, San Jose Branch; 2001 Director San Francisco Section
  • International Association of Earthquake Engineering
    USA National Delegate, 2007-2010
  • Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
    Institutional Board 1997-2008
  • SJSU - Director of Assessment

    Supported program assessment activities for academic and student support services at SJSU.

  • Silicon Valley Women in Engineering Conference
    2016 - present
    Serve as a member of the organizing committee of this annual one day conference to educate, inspire and network current and future engineering leaders. 
  • Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) 

    Coordinator several years and Planning Committee annually - This conference, held every spring at SJSU for 28 years, was aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering. Between 500 and 900 6th through 9th grade girls attended hands-on workshops facilitated by women professionals at this one day conference. 

Awards and Honors

2021 YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award

2018 Honorary Member Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

2013 Applied Materials Award for Excellence in Teaching – College of Engineering, San José State University

2011-2012 Outstanding Professor Award – San Jose Staté University

2012 Woody Everett Best Poster Award at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Meeting for WIP: Linking a Geographically Distributed REU Program with Networking and Collaboration Tools

2010 SJSU Provost’s Award for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Honorable Mention for Journal Article Motivating Technical Writing through Study of the Environment

2008 SJSU Provost’s Award for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Honorable Mention for Conference Article Evaluating Student Mastery of Design of Experiment

2000 McCoy Family Faculty Award For Excellence in Service. College of Engineering, San José State University

1991 Distinguished Alumnus, Department of Civil Engineering, Stanford University. 

1990 College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award – sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Association and Tau Beta Pi, San José State University