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, 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.

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

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."

4/11/2019: 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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