Call for Nominations for the 2014 Bruce Bolt Medal
The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by COSMOS, EERI, and SSA to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.
Members of EERI, SSA, and COSMOS are encouraged to submit nomination packages for this distinguished award. Nominations will be reviewed in confidence by a six-person Joint Nomination Panel formed by two representatives from each of the three sponsoring organizations. The recommended nominee will be considered in confidence by each organizationís board for their approval and joint selection of the medalist.
The following criteria are used to evaluate the recipient:
- Promotion of strong-motion instrumentation or advancing strong-motion data processing or data utilization;
- Technical contributions in seismic engineering or engineering seismology; and
- Leadership in the transfer of knowledge into practice or policy that has led to improved seismic safety.
The Joint Nomination Panel is charged with applying these criteria to select a nominee worthy of the high level of professional recognition represented by the sponsorship of the Bruce Bolt Medal by SSA, COSMOS, and EERI.
The nomination letter, which should be no longer than two pages, must address the ways in which the candidate meets all three of the criteria. Along with the letter, the nomination package must include a substantial summary of the professional history of the candidate including employment, significant publications, honors, and activities and accomplishments relevant to the Bolt Medal criteria. The current contact information for the candidate must also be supplied. Up to three supporting letters (each no longer than two pages) may be included in the nomination package. Such letters should include a personal perspective on the nominee and his/her sustained impact on the field.
The closing date for submitting nominations is August 31, 2013. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Nomination Panel. Nomination packages (preferably as one combined pdf file) for the Bruce Bolt Medal should be sent to the Bolt Medal Nomination Panel, in care of William (Woody) Savage at email@example.com. Questions regarding the Bolt Medal criteria or the nomination process for candidates may be directed to Woody at the above e-mail address. While electronic submissions are preferred, in .pdf or .doc formats, hard copies may be sent to the following postal address. If a hard copy is sent, the sender should notify Woody by e-mail.
Bolt Medal Nomination Panel
In care of William Savage
1930 Village Center Circle #3-292
Las Vegas, NV 89134
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The 2013 Bolt Medal Awarded to Musafa Erdik
Mustafa ÷zder Erdik, Professor of Earthquake Engineering Department of Earthquake Engineering, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute,Bogazici University was awarded the Bruce A Bolt Medal at EERI's Annual Meeting in February 2013, which was held in Seattle this year.
Professor Erdik is recognized by engineers and seismologists worldwide as an expert on strong motion characterization, earthquake hazard and risk assessment. Following his Ph.D. in 1975 from Rice University, he joined Middle East Technical University in Ankara and served as the Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center. In 1988 he joined Bog?aziÁi University in Istanbul. He founded the Department of Earthquake Engineering in 1989, one of the few in the world, and has mentored and supervised fifty graduate students.
After the 1999 Izmit earthquake, Mustafa became a central figure in understanding the earthquakeís toll, an advocate for monitoring and mitigation, and a key architect of his nationís future scientific course.
The Istanbul Earthquake Rapid Response and Early Warning System, composed of 200 real-time strong-motion accelerometers and 5 sea-bottom accelerometers in the Marmara Sea, was built and operated under Mustafaís direction. Because of his efforts, Istanbul today is among the best-instrumented megacities on Earth, monitoring that extends from the great dome of 1500-year-old Hagia Sofia to cabled undersea stations in the Marmara Sea. Because the Marmara fault lies offshore, the sea-bottom stations will be the first to detect a great earthquake, and so are crucial to early warning.For his outstanding work promoting the expansion of the strong-motion networks in Turkey and Central Asia, Mustafa was awarded the NATO Summit Science Prize in 2004.
Mustafa is equally devoted to instrumenting buildings. He has directed the installation of structural health monitoring arrays in UNESCO World Heritage treasures Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque, as well as in suspension bridges, tunnels and tall buildings, nuclear facilities, LNG tanks, and petroleum pipelines. For this vital work, he received the European Award for Conservation of Cultural Heritage in 1994 by the Ford Foundation.
Starting with his landmark probabilistic seismic hazard assessment for Turkey in 1985, Mustafa has focused on the vulnerability of large urban centers. This was a prescient insight, as today we all have come to recognize that with population pouring into megacities, the threat of urban earthquakes is the Achilles heel of the modern world. Mustafa directed the development of a new algorithm for urban earthquake risk assessment, producing sobering scenario loss assessments for Izmir, Istanbul, Tashkent, and Bishkek. Much of this work appeared in the book Issues on Urban Earthquake Risk, co-edited with Brian Tucker. For these contributions, Mustafa was awarded the United Nations Sasakawa Disaster Prevention Award in 1999.
Mustafa has an outstanding record of original research contributions, and since 1995 he has been editor-in-chief of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, and is the currently president of the Turkish Earthquake Engineering Research Committee.
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