Lizundia and Shrestha Named to Lead EERI Reconnaissance Team in Nepal

May 11, 2015 by  
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The Executive Committee of EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program has selected Bret Lizundia and Surya Narayan Shrestha as co-leaders of EERI’s reconnaissance activities for the Nepal-Gorkha Earthquake of April 25, 2015.

Lizundia and Shrestha will direct a multidisciplinary team of earth scientists, engineers, and social scientists to observe and investigate damaging effects from the earthquake and assess the need for follow-up areas of research. The team will travel to the affected region in late May through early June.

"Shrestha and Lizundia have an ideal blend of reconnaissance experience and regional knowledge to lead this effort,” said Ken Elwood, chair of the Learning from Earthquakes Executive Committee. “We have been amazed by the number of EERI members with experience in the impacted region and greatly appreciate the overwhelming interest by our membership to participate as team members or as curators on our virtual clearinghouse website. We are working with these two leaders to finalize the members for the team.”


Surya Narayan Shrestha (M. EERI, 2014) is the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Structural Engineer at the National Society for Earthquake Technology, Nepal. He acted as the program manager for the Nepal Earthquake Risk Management Program focused on the safety of school buildings, building code implementation, and disaster preparedness planning and capacity. Shrestha was selected as an EERI Housner Fellow in 2014.


Bret Lizundia (M. EERI, 1992) is a structural engineer and principal at Rutherford + Chekene in San Francisco. He has over 26 years of experience in structural design of new buildings, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings, peer review and plan checking, and applied research and guideline development. Lizundia was part of reconnaissance teams for the 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, 2001 Nisqually Washington, 2010 Eureka, California, 2010 Chile, 2011 New Zealand, and the 2014 South Napa, California earthquakes. He is a past president of the Applied Technology Council and the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and a past recipient of the EERI Shah Family Innovation Prize.

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