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Professional Service


Conference and Session Organizer

Session on advances of interdependent lifeline system modeling.  Co-organized with Seth Guikema (Johns Hopkins University) for the International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP11), Zurich, Switzerland, August 1-4, 2011. 

Session on computational approaches for system reliability assessment and decision making.  Co-organized with Junho Song (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) for the International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP11), Zurich, Switzerland, August 1-4, 2011. 

Session on emerging risks for infrastructure systems. Co-organized with Bruce Ellingwood (Georgia Institute of Technology) for the ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, Orlando, Florida, USA, May 12-14, 2010

Session on innovative bridge system reliability. Co-organized with Jamie Padgett (Rice University) for the ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, Orlando, Florida, USA, May 12-14, 2010

Session on system reliability, risk and decision making. Co-organized with Junho Song (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) for the International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR), Osaka, Japan, September 13-17, 2009

Session on interdependent lifeline systems. Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE) conference, Oakland, California, June 28 - July 1, 2009

Planning Committee, 2008-2009, for the De Lange Conference on transforming the metropolis, Houston, Texas, March 2-4, 2009.


Advisory Activities

Civil Engineering Reliability and Risk Assessment (CERRA): Member of the scientific committee.  International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP11), Zurich, Switzerland, August 1-4, 2011

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Member of the wind turbine tower structures subgroup.  Focus on defining load combinations for operational and seismic loads. June 2010 – Present. 

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF): Representative of the lifeline systems community for the Chile research needs workshop to identify research opportunities and priorities following the February 27, 2010 earthquake.  Alexandria, VA, August 19, 2010.

Technical Council on Lifelines Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Member of the earthquake investigation team after the 27 February 2010 Mw 8.8 Offshore Maule, Chile seismic event. Led the interdependent lifeline system recovery data collection and analysis tasks. Concepción, Talcahuano, Talca, and Santiago, Chile, April 9-18, 2010.

National Research Council (NRC): Member of the lifeline systems committee for the workshop on national earthquake resilience—research, implementation, and outreach. Irvine, California, August 17-18, 2009.


Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)  Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) / Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE)

  • Chair of the TCLEE Lifeline Systems Interdependencies Committee, 12/09 - Present
  • Member of the SEI Task Group on Risk Assessment of Structural Infrastructure Facilities and Risk-Based Decision Making, 05/09 - Present
  • Member of the SEI Seismic Effects Committee, 6/06 – Present
  • Member of the SEI Structural Control Committee, 6/06 – 6/09
  • ASCE Associate Member, 8/06 - Present
  • ASCE Member, 8/00 – 8/06

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 

  • Secretary of the AWEA/ASCE wind turbine structures group, 07/10 – Present
  • Member, 7/10 – Present

Colombian Society of Engineers (SCI) 

         Member of the Railroad Engineers Association, 1/97 - Present

Complex Systems Society (CSS) 

        Member, 1/10 – Present

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) 

  • Member, 3/04 – Present
  • President (Georgia Tech Student Chapter) 8/02 - 2/04;

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 

        Member, 1/07 - Present 

Joint Committee in Structure Safety (JCSS) 

        Invited Member, 11/08 - Present

International Association on Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR) 

        Member, 6/09 - Present

International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) 

        Member, 6/03 - Present