Welcome to the web site for Jack Baker's research group. Our work focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for managing risk due to extreme loads on the built environment. We have investigated seismic loads on spatially distributed systems, characterization of earthquake ground motions, performance of damaged infrastructure systems, and probabilistic risk assessments of a number of types of structures.

Prof. Baker joined the Stanford faulty in 2006 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he was a visiting researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering. He has degrees in Structural Engineering (Stanford, M.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2005), Statistics (Stanford, M.S. 2004) and Mathematics/Physics (Whitman College, B.A. 2000). He has industry experience in seismic hazard assessment, ground motion selection, probabilistic risk assessment, and modeling of catastrophe losses for insurance and reinsurance companies. He is a co-founder and technical advisor for Haselton Baker Risk Group, LLC.

His awards include the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Early Achievement Research Award from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability and the Eugene L. Grant Award for excellence in teaching from Stanford. In 2015-2016 he was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Google Research Awards Program, among others.


Book project

Jack Baker, Brendon Bradley and Peter Stafford are writing a book on seismic hazard and risk analysis. Sign up at pshabook.com to receive updates and advance copies of draft chapters.

Recent news

5/11/2017: Jack Baker was a co-author on the newly released Version 2.0 of the Tall Buildings Initiative's "Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings." This report, published by PEER,

4/13/2017: Jason Wu's research project with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was the topic of a recent Stanford News article.

4/7/2017: Abhineet Gupta gave a presentation, "Repair cost risk from induced seismicity: sensitivity to models for earthquake source, ground motion and building vulnerability" at the ASCE Structures Congress in Denver, Colorado.

4/3/2017: Jack Baker gave two presentations on ground motion selection and vulnerability modeling at a Global Earthquake Model and USAID Vulnerability and Loss Estimation workshop in Pavia, Italy.

2/13/2017: Abhineet Gupta gave a presentation, "Assessing ground motion amplitudes and attenuation for small to moderate induced and tectonic earthquakes in the Central and Eastern United States" at the USGS Induced Seismicity Ground Motion Workshop in Menlo Park, California.

1/12/2017: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen, Abhineet Gupta and Jason Wu presented research at the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago, Chile. Their conference papers are available on the Publications page.

12/7/2016: Maryia Markhvida presented research on the SURI Resilience Performance Objective Framework at the 2016 Human Cities Expo at Stanford.

11/17/2016: Jack Baker spoke on a panel, "Implications of Performance-Based Engineering: Financial, Legal and Beyond," at the SEAOSC Strengthening our Cities Summit in Los Angeles.

11/7/2016: Jack Baker and Jason Wu presented research on regional ground motion characterization and a seismic risk-based framework for infrastructure retrofitting to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

10/5/2016: Jack Baker gave a talk, "Consideration of ground motion duration in engineering assessment of building safety," at the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center Seminar series.

9/12/2016: Jack Baker participated in the 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California.

9/1/2016: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen and David Lallemant presented on their research at the 2016 QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting in Taopo, New Zealand.

7/15/2016: Jack Baker presented on Ground Motion Simulation Validation and Engineering Applications, at the QuakeCoRE workshop on Utilisation of Ground Motion Simulations in Engineering Practice” in Christchurch, New Zealand.

6/20/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar on Ground-Motion Selection for Performance-Based Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

5/5/2016: David Lallemant and Maryia Markhvida's research using the Google Earth Engine was featured in the Stanford News. David's work with the Nepali government, and the John A. Blume Center's efforts after the Nepal earthquake, are also discussed.

4/1/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Benchmarking FEMA P-58 performance predictions against observed earthquake data – A preliminary evaluation for the Canterbury earthquake sequence" at the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering annual technical conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.

3/7/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the for the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering in Wellington, New Zealand.

2/2/2016: Congratulations to Reagan Chandramohan for winning the EERI Outstanding Student Paper Award for his paper, "A Structural Reliability Framework for Collapse Risk Assessment Incorporating Ground Motion Duration and Response Spectral Shape." Reagan will receive his award at the upcoming 2016 EERI Annual Meeting.

1/29/2016: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen, Cynthia Lee and Jason Wu all presented research posters at the 2016 PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California.

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