As an inspiring leader, Ms. Murphy has a passion for helping clients, colleagues, and junior staff understand and mitigate earthquake related risks. She demonstrates this passion through her multi-faceted approach to project work combining her deep understanding of probabilistic seismic hazard and geotechnical engineering to communicate complex aspects of risk and risk reduction to a wide range of audiences. Ms. Murphy is as comfortable discussing uncertainty in ground motions in an academic setting as she is troubleshooting a drill rig set up to obtain accurate blow counts for a liquefaction evaluation.
The Housner Fellows Program was developed by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to recognize promising and motivated young to mid-career professionals with the confidence, skills and sense of responsibility needed to exercise leadership by developing Fellows’ capacity for advocacy and leading efforts to reduce earthquake risk.
Since joining SAGE in 2014, Mr. Murphy has worked closely with leaders in the seismic hazard field to implement advances in modeling, which is complemented by her role as the chair of the Ground Motions Subcommittee for the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.
Please join SAGE in congratulating Debra Murphy!