January 13, 2010
Stanford earthquake experts available to discuss temblor in Haiti with news media.
Media advisory, not for publication.
Stanford University researchers study earthquakes, how they damage structures, and how buildings can be designed to resist the violent shaking seen in the Haitian tragedy. Journalists may contact the researchers listed here:
Gregory G. Deierlein
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor
Expert in how earthquakes affect buildings.
Work phone: (650) 723-0453, (650) 723-4150
Mark D. Zoback
Professor of Earth Science and Geophysics
Stanford, CA 94305-2215
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Expert on buildings in earthquake zones.
Professor and chair of Geophysics Department
Beroza develops and applies techniques for analyzing seismograms - recordings of seismic waves - in order to understand how earthquakes work and the hazard they pose to engineered structures.
Professor emeritus of civil engineering
Krawinkler's expertise is performance-based earthquake engineering, and his work involves steel, reinforced concrete, masonry and wood buildings.
Professor of geophysics
Segall develops and tests models of active plate boundaries such as the San Andreas Fault, and the nucleation of earthquakes. Main areas of research are crustal deformation, active faulting and volcanism.
Video of Anne Kiremidjian, professor of civil engineering, explaining why so many buildings collapsed in the Haitian earthquake: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/january11/haiti-quake-video-101310.html