Calling all Earthquake Junkies

There will be a lecture this evening by renowned earthquake expert and engineer Dr. John L. Aho at the Gilbert Town Council Chambers.

Presented by: Dr. John L. Aho

Tuesday, 26 September 2006
6:00 pm

Town of Gilbert, Town Council Chambers
50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85296

The presentation addresses recent of seismic activity with an emphasis on the most seismically active state-Alaska. The discussion is developed for the layman who has an interest in how earthquakes affect the built environment and addresses how damage investigations have played a roll in the development of state, national, and international building design and construction standards. The discussion will address why things fail during strong-motion earthquakes and examine the positive effects of earthquake risk mitigation.

Dr. John L. Aho
Retired Principal Project Manager & Vice President

Dr. Aho retired as a vice president and principal project manager with CH2M HILL. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Cornell University with an emphasis in structural engineering. He received an honorary Doctor of Sciences degree from the University of Alaska for his pioneering work in earthquake engineering. In 2004 he was awarded The Alaska Commendation Medal for his work in earthquake risk mitigation and received national recognition for his efforts in earthquake engineering research. He was involved as a project manager and/ or designer for over 300 major 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 is 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 past chairman of the Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission. He currently serves a Chairman of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission and serves on the national Board of Directors for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. 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 the son of a pioneer Alaska bush pilot.

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