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CUREE Past Presidents

Over the course of its 28 year history, CUREE had the honor of having many distinguished figures in the field of Earthquake Engineering research serve in the role as president of the organization. Professor Wilfred Iwan of the California Institute of Technology, who was instrumental in the founding of the organization when it began as the California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, was the first to serve in this role.

Shah photo Haresh Shah - Stanford University (1992-1993)

Professor emeritus, Haresh Shah is a pioneer in the fields of risk analysis, earthquake engineering, and probabilistic methods for over 35 years. He served Stanford University in many capacities, including Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering and Founding Co-Director of the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center.

Professor Shah was a founding director of Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS); chairman of the board of Buildfolio.com 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 has served as chairman of the board of the World Seismic Safety Initiative and now 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 career, Shah has authored and co-authored more than 250 technical papers and reports. He is the recipient of many honors, including the John S. Bickley Gold Medal for Excellence Award from the International Insurance Society.

Professor Shah earned his bachelor's degree from Poona University and his Master's and doctoral degrees at Stanford, where in 1976, he helped launch the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center with the objective of promoting earthquake-engineering research on campus.

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