Brown Bag Lunch - FREE!
A presentation for the layman interested in a how advances in earthquake engineering are affecting the safety of Alaska’s population and improving the built environment. Discussion topics will include Alaska’s seismicity (why worry), historic damage (what happens), current local research (how to improve), current approaches (what we’re doing). Mitigating personal injury and property damage during a seismic event will also be addressed. The audience will be taken on a brief damage tour around the world to show how post-earthquake damage assessment in other areas of the world affects what we do in Alaska.
Dr. John Aho retired from CH2M HILL after 31 years as a vice president and principal project manager. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Cornell University with an emphasis in structural engineering. In 2004 his was awarded the Alaska Commendation Medal and a national USGS award for his work in seismic risk analysis. He received an Honorary Doctor of Sciences degree from UAA in 2006 for his work in earthquake engineering research. The Western States Seismic Policy Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Earthquake Risk Mitigation was presented to him at the National Earthquake Engineering Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on April 11, 2012.
He has been involved as a project manager and/ or designer in over 300 projects located throughout the State of Alaska. Prior to returning to Anchorage, his city of birth, he was a structural engineering professor at an Indiana university. Dr. Aho has been a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trainer in earthquake hazard mitigation of utility lifelines systems, an instructor in the Municipality of Anchorage’s post-earthquake damage assessment training, and is a past chairman, and current member, of the Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission.
He currently Chairs the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission and was founding Chair of the UAA Engineering School Advisory Board. He is president of the Alaska Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research and a past member of the national Board of Directors for that organization. He is Chairman of the Advisory Panel for the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation project on Seismic Microzonation in Anchorage and also serves a Chairman of the Alaska Advisory Committee for the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS). He also serves as an ex-officio member of the ANSS Working Group.
Dr. Aho has served on a National Science Foundation team that made yearly site visits to the nationally funded Southern California Earthquake Center to review their programs and to determine future levels of funding. He has given numerous presentations on issues relating to earthquake engineering, risk, and hazard mitigation. He was born in Anchorage and is the son of a pioneer Alaska bush pilot.