Baker Research Group

Professor Baker's work focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for managing risk due to extreme loads on the built environment. He studies risk to spatially distributed systems, characterization of earthquake ground motions, and probabilistic risk assessments for a number of types of structures. Professor Baker joined Stanford 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). 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.

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Curriculum Vitae

Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative

Much of our 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 have written a new textbook on seismic hazard and risk analysis. The book will be released in 2021 by Cambridge University Press. Sign up at to receive updates.

Recent news

4/1/2021: Jack Baker will be giving a distinguished lecture on April 30 as part of the University of Michigan Building the Future lecture series.

3/30/2021: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Simulation of post-earthquake recovery for performance-based engineering and resilience," for the University of Southern California Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

3/23/2021: Congratulations to Sabine Loos for winning the 2020 EERI Graduate Student Paper Award! Sabine was honored for her paper, "G-DIF: A geospatial data integration framework to rapidly estimate post-earthquake damage.

3/22/2021: Jenny Levitt is presented a poster "Differential household recovery: the factors not accounted for by a damage-based earthquake reconstruction policy and the disparate long term results," coauthored by Sabine Loos and Jack Baker, at the 2021 EERI Annual Meeting.

2/25/2021: Jack Baker is presenting at the session "Getting Published, with a focus on Earthquake Spectra," and is participating in the Meet the Leaders networking event at the 2021 EERI Annual Meeting.

2/23/2021: Jack Baker and Rodrigo Costa were contributing authors to the updated SimCenter report, State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering.

1/27/2021: Jack Baker presented "Guidance on utilization of simulations in engineering practice, and an example ground motion set" at the Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) Technical Session.

12/16/2020:  The group presented four talks at the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting:
- Jack Baker presented an invited talk, "Selection of CyberShake Simulated Ground Motion Time Series for Engineering Analysis" (abstract)
- Corinne Bowers presented "Identifying Key Damage Drivers of Atmospheric River-Induced Flooding in Northern California"
- Katy Serafin presented "Climate change and management decisions could transfer flood risk to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities along the San Francisquito Creek, California"
- Ganyu Teng presented "Short‐Term Probabilistic Hazard Assessment in Regions of Induced Seismicity"

12/3/2020: Sabine Loos co-chaired a session, "DAT/Artathon: Turning risk data into visual art," at the 2020 Understanding Risk Forum.

11/18/2020: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Simulation of regional post-earthquake recovery for performance-based engineering and resilience" to Penn State's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

11/15/2020: Jack Baker is teaching a workshop on effective writing on December 9th, hosted by the EERI Younger Members Committee. EERI members can apply to participate at this link.

10/5/2020: Have you been asked to review a paper and don't know what to do? Check out the new Reviewing A Paper article on the Advice page.

10/5/2020: Tenemos el agrado de anunciar que algunos de los documentos de consejería en nuestro sitio web también están disponibles en español. ¡Gracias a Francisco Galvis y Rodrigo Silva-Lopez por liderar este proyecto! Les agradecemos cualquier sugerencia sobre qué temas les gustaría que incluyamos en nuestra página en español.

We are pleased to announce that some of the Advice documents at the group web page are now available in Spanish. Thank you to Francisco Galvis and Rodrigo Silva-Lopez for leading this project! Let us know if there are other topics you would like to see discussed on the Spanish page.

10/5/2020: Corinne Bowers presented "A Performance-Based Approach to Quantifying Atmospheric River-Induced Losses in Northern California" at the International Atmospheric Rivers Conference Sponsored Symposium.

9/14/2020: Jack Baker and Ganyu Teng presented "Selection of CyberShake Simulated Ground Motion Time Series for Engineering Analysis," and Jack presented "Guidelines on Utilization of Simulated Ground Motions for Engineering Building Response Applications," at the 2020 SCEC Annual Meeting

8/31/2020: Congratulations to Anne Hulsey, for completing her Ph.D. dissertation  "The community impact of post-earthquake safety decisions based on damage to tall buildings and elevated hazard due to aftershocks." She will next continue her work as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Auckland.

8/17/2020: Are you checking these 38 formatting items when you write your academic papers? Check out the new Paper Formatting Advice document on the Advice page for some ideas.

8/7/2020: Jack Baker is a Co-PI on the Stanford Impact Labs accelerator focused on climate change resilience and equitable adaptation strategies.

7/15/2020: Sabine Loos Co-Chaired the Natural Hazards Center Researchers Meeting and presented on "Building Transparent, Human-Centric Tools to Rapidly Assess Post-Disaster Impacts and Needs." Rodrigo Costa presented "An Integrated Approach for Predicting Post-earthquake Household Displacement" at the meeting. Sabine and Rodrigo also moderated sessions on "The development of metrics, models, and big data in disaster research" and "Novel data and models to predict recovery," respectively.

6/16/2020: Not all students have access to guidance on how to navigate the unique world of academia. Importantly, equity and diversity in academia are hurt by this uneven playing field. To help address the situation, I have developed an Advice section to explain some aspects of academic research.

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