2016 Chapter Meetings

Lecture Meeting

Lecture Title: “Development and Implications of a Procedure for Estimating Vs30 for Use as an Alternative to the Method Used in the ASTM Standard”
By Alfredo Urzua, Ph.D, Adjunct Professor at Boston College, Founder of Prototype Engineering, Inc.
Date: August 31, 2016 (Wednesday evening)
Time: 6:00– 8:00 PM
Location:Weston Observatory, 381 Concord Road, Weston, MA 02493

Following Dr. Urzua’s presentation, interested members are invited to attend a guided tour of the observatory.

Biography: Dr. Urzua is an adjunct professor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department at Boston College and is the founder of Prototype Engineering, Inc. in Winchester, MA.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT from the Department of Civil Engineering for his work on analyzing permanent displacement from cyclic loading of foundations.  His interests include geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, reliability engineering, and groundwater flow.

Lecture Meeting

Lecture Title: “Designing for Collapse Resistance in Moderate Seismic Regions”
By Eric Hines, Ph.D, P.E., Principal at LeMessurier, Professor of Practice at Tufts University
Date: May 12, 2016 (Thursday evening)
Time: 6:00– 7:00 PM
Location: AIR Worldwide, Inc. 131 Dartmouth, Boston, 02116

2016 Election Results


The election committee announced the election result on May 31, 2016:

  • Ehsan Kianriad of AIR Worldwide, Inc. has been elected as President-Elect of the Chapter.
  • Harold Magistrale of FM Global has been reelected as Secretary-Treasurer of the Chapter.
  • Scott Civjan of UMass Amherst has been elected as Director-at-large .

Since May 2016;

  • Mario Carnevale of Hager Geoscience, Inc. has assumed the role as Chapter President.
  • Laurie Gaskins Baise of Tufts University assumed the role as Past-President.