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

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."

11/14/2019: Ganyu Teng gave a presentation, "Short-term probabilistic hazard assessment in regions of induced seismicity" at the SPE/SEG workshop, “Injection Induced Seismicity – The Next Chapter” in Dallas, Texas.

9/18/2019: Jack Baker gave a presentation, "Consideration of network effects in identifying critical components of transportation infrastructure" at the US Geological Survey's Geologic Hazards Science Seminar Series in Golden, Colorado.

9/9/2019: Jack Baker gave a keynote seminar, "Advances in simulating post-earthquake recovery for performance-based engineering and resilience" at the SECED 2019 conference in Greenwich, London.

8/30/2019: Congratulations to Maryia Markhvida for completing her PhD dissertation, "Towards seismic resilience: a comprehensive approach to modeling earthquake consequences from regional hazard to household well-being." Maryia will next continue her work as a Disaster Risk Management Consultant for The World Bank.

8/22/2019: Congratulations to Sabine Loos for winning "Best visual design" in the 2019 #VizRisk Challenge! Sabine's entry, After The Quake, was created with Karen Barns, and Arogya Koirala, and more details about her project are available in this article.

6/4/2019: Katy Serafin presented "The Cascading Consequences of Sea Level Rise: Evaluating Flood-Induced Commute Disruption in the San Francisco Bay Area" and Sabine Loos presented "Data integration framework to rapidly estimate post-disaster damage for response and recovery planning" at the 2019 Natural Hazards Workshop and Researchers Meeting in Boulder, Colorado.

6/4/2019: Jack Baker and Curt Haselton were jointly awarded the 2019 Helmut Krawinkler Award by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). This award is given annually to to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in implementing state of the art research into practice. Jack and Curt were recognized for co-founding Haselton Baker Risk Group to produce software that allows advanced seismic risk assessment methods to be implemented in practice.

5/31/2019: Katy Serafin presented "Compound flood risk in the south San Francisco Bay: A city manager’s worst nightmare," at the Workshop on Correlated Extremes organized by Columbia University’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate in New York City.

5/7/2019: Jack Baker coauthored, and the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative co-sponsored, a Hoover Institution Essay, "Ready For Tomorrow: Seven Strategies For Climate-Resilient Infrastructure."

4/18/2019: Maria Markhvida presented "Assessing Disaster Resilience: From Regional Losses to Household Well-Being," at a joint event between Sacramento State University, the Sacramento Geo-Institute ASCE chapter and the Sacramento EERI chapter, in Sacramento, California.

4/11/2019: Jack Baker gave a seminar, ``Quantifying Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk Communities,'' at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

3/13/2019: Congratulations to Gemma Cremen for completing her PhD dissertation, "Analysis, Evaluation, and Improvement of Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Damage and Loss Predictions." Gemma has joined the University of Bristol as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Induced Seismicity.

3/6/2019: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Developing a task-centric understanding of responders’ post-earthquake building damage information needs and use," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.

3/1/2019: Congratulations to Maryia Markhvida for winning the EERI 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award!

3/1/2019: Adam Zsarnóczay edited, and Jack Baker was a contributing author to, the SimCenter report, State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering.

2/15/2019: Congratulations to Anne Hulsey for being named an EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellow!

2/13/2019: Anne Hulsey gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Quantifying the Post-Earthquake Downtime Induced by Cordons around Damaged Tall Buildings," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.

2/6/2019: Jack Baker gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Use of ground motion simulations in engineering practice," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.

2/1/2019: Jack Baker became Associate Editor of the journal Earthquake Spectra.

1/18/2019: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee and Rodrigo Silva Lopez presented posters on their research at the 2019 PEER Annual Meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles.

1/9/2019: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Incorporating Induced Seismicity Source Models And Ground Motion Predictions To Forecast Dynamic Regional Risk," to the Geotechnical Graduate Student Society at the University of California, Davis.

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