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Haresh Shah to deliver the annual John A. Blume Distinguished Lecture on Jan. 15

Stanford University

Haresh Shah, the Obayashi Professor (Emeritus) in the Stanford University School of Engineering, will deliver the fourth John A. Blume Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 4:15 p.m. in the Tresidder Union Oak Room at Stanford. The lecture, "THE LAST MILE - Earthquake Risk Mitigation Assistance in Developing Countries," is sponsored by Stanford's John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center and is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Shah will focus on whether earthquake risk-management needs in developing countries have been achieved, and what still has to be done to bridge "the last mile" between those who need help and those who can offer help.

A pioneer in the fields of risk analysis, earthquake engineering and probabilistic methods, Shah has served as chair of Stanford's Department of Civil Engineering and was the first co-director of the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center.

In the private sector, he was founding director of Risk Management Solutions Inc.; chairman of the board of Inc.; and director of OYO RMS Inc. and ERS Inc. He has been a consultant to private organizations and to various local, state and national government agencies in the United States. He also has worked in other countries and with UNESCO to develop building codes and earthquake design criteria overseas.

Shah is currently chairman of the board of the World Seismic Safety Initiative and serves on the board of trustees of GeoHazards International, a nonprofit organization in Palo Alto, Calif., whose goal is to reduce deaths and injuries in earthquake-prone regions of the world.

During his 35-year career, Shah has authored and co-authored more than 250 technical papers and reports. He is also the recipient of many honors, including the John S. Bickley Gold Medal for Excellence Award from the International Insurance Society.

The Blume Distinguished Lecture is an annual event that honors the late John A. Blume, a structural engineer who dedicated his professional life to the advancement of structural engineering. Blume's career spanned more than 50 years and included many pioneering contributions to the field. He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Stanford, and in 1976 helped launch the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center with the objective of promoting earthquake-engineering research on campus.


For additional information about the lecture, contact Racquel Hagen at the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at 650-723-4150 or Additional information is available online at

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