SAGE and our employees take great pride in helping to provide future engineers and geoscientists with access to educational resources. As part of our efforts to share our knowledge of earthquake engineering and risk reduction with students and faculty at EERI’s student chapters, we are excited to announce that Principal Engineer, Dr. Faiz Makdisi, PhD, PE, D.GE, will be presenting at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and at New York State University at Buffalo. Makdisi is taking part in visits sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program.
The decision to pursue a career in the sciences was never a question for Courtney Johnson, Senior Geologist at SAGE Engineers. What was in question, however, was what path to pursue. That all changed for her when the 2001 Nisqually earthquake occurred in western Washington. Sitting in her dorm room, bearing witness to the movement occurring around her, Courtney’s path to becoming a geologist was sealed. “I always loved the outdoors, so I knew I wanted to work outside, but my curiosity in geological reconnaissance, earthquakes and the effects of natural disasters became my passion back when I was an undergraduate in college.”
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 EERI NC Chapter is dedicated to reducing the earthquake risk in the Northern California 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.
A renowned expert in his field, Mr. Egan has decades of experience performing geotechnical and earthquake engineering studies for projects worldwide. “It’s an honor,” states Egan “to have the opportunity to serve EERI,” an organization in which he has been an active member for more than 30 years.