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 for a number of types of structures.

Prof. Baker joined the Stanford faculty 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.

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 the Walter L. Huber Prize from ASCE, the Helmut Krawinkler Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and the Eugene L. Grant Award for excellence in teaching from Stanford. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, the Google Research Awards Program, and the Southern California Earthquake Center, among others.

Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative

Much of our group's research falls under the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI), a group focused on research to improve the resilience of communities to natural disasters.

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

2/2/2020: Corinne Bowers and Gitanjali Bhattacharjee are presenting on their research at the Stanford Hard Earth speaker series.

1/30/2020: Jack Baker, Rodrigo Costa, Maryia Markhvida and Adam Zsarnóczay participated in the NHERI SimCenter workshop on Simulation and Data Needs to Support Disaster Recovery Planning in Berkeley, CA.

1/17/2020: Jack Baker gave a plenary presentation, "Performance-based Engineering for Simulation of Regional Post-Earthquake Recovery and Resilience," and Anna Hulsey and Rodrigo Costa presented posters, at the 2020 PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, CA.

1/2/2020: Congratulations to Ganyu Teng for receiving the EERI 2019 Student Paper Award for her Earthquake Spectra paper, "Evaluation of SCEC CyberShake Ground Motions for Engineering Practice."

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