Baker Research Group

Jack Baker's work focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for managing risk due to extreme loads on the built environment. He studies risk to spatially distributed systems, characterization of earthquake ground motions, and probabilistic risk assessments for a number of types of structures. Professor Baker joined Stanford in 2006 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he was a visiting researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering. He has degrees in Structural Engineering (Stanford, M.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2005), Statistics (Stanford, M.S. 2004) and Mathematics/Physics (Whitman College, B.A. 2000). He is a Director of the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative and the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity. He is Co-Founder of Haselton Baker Risk Group.

Professor Baker's awards include the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Early Achievement Research Award from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability, the Walter L. Huber Prize from ASCE, the Helmut Krawinkler Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, and the Eugene L. Grant Award for excellence in teaching from Stanford.

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10/28/2021: Jack Baker presented "A model for predicting response spectra while considering near-fault pulse-like motions" at the U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project workshop on Seismic Directivity.

10/8/2021: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Simulation of Post-Earthquake Recovery to Design Enhanced Resilience," at the Texas A&M University Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

10/3/2021: Stanford CEE is hiring! We are running a broad area search for junior faculty who will contribute to our vision of Engineering for Sustainability. See more details at this link.

10/1/2021: Our group gave several presentations at the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. See our conference papers on our publications page (listed in 2020--the originally planned date of the conference).

9/24/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Sabine Loos for accepting a faculty position at University of Michigan! She will join Michigan after completing her Mendenhall Fellowship at the U.S. Geological Survey.

8/26/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Sabine Loos for completing her PhD dissertation, Mapping post-disaster need: Flexible approaches to rapidly estimate building damage and non-recovery for vulnerable populations! She will next join the U.S. Geological Survey as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Scholar.

8/26/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Gitanjali Bhattacharjee for completing her PhD dissertation, Seismic risk mitigation strategies for complex regional transport networks! She will next join Exponent.

8/16/2021: Rodrigo Silva-Lopez presented "Deep-Learning Based Seismic Risk Assessment of Road Networks" at the 2021 PEER Researchers' Workshop.

8/2/2021: A new Advice article on Writing an Abstract has been posted.

7/14/2021: Rodrigo Costa,  Chenbo Wang and Jack Baker presented "Integrating Place Satisfaction into Housing Recovery Simulations," and Sabine Loos, Jenny Levitt and Jack Baker were coauthors on "Contributors to Long-Term Recovery in Nepal: A Longitudinal Study Over Five Years," at the 2021 Natural Hazards Center Researchers Meeting.

7/6/2021: A new Advice article has been posted, advising graduate students on Establishing an Online Presence.

6/26/2021: Earthquake Spectra has published a review by Steve Kramer of our new textbook, Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis. "This book is one that should be on the shelves of serious students, practitioners, and researchers in the areas of seismic hazard analysis, earthquake engineering, and risk analysis."

6/17/2021: Jack Baker and Yilin Chen presented "Spatial correlations in CyberShake ground motion simulations: Validation and estimation of non-stationarities" at the 2021 PEER International Pacific Rim Forum.

6/13/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Ganyu Tang for completing her Ph.D. dissertation, Short-term hazard analysis in the presence of induced seismicity! She will next join Amazon as an Applied Scientist.

6/13/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Yilin Chen for completing his Ph.D. dissertation, Geostatistical and network analysis of non-stationary spatial variation in ground motion amplitudes! He will next join Twitter as a Machine Learning Engineer.

6/8/2021: We have upgraded our Ground Motion Model functions for enhanced consistency and usability, and have moved all of the code to a GitHub repository. Check out the new code repository and summary report.

6/7/2021: Check out the new advice article on how to build expertise, and how building expertise can support confidence.

5/26/2021: Jack Baker spoke on a Canadian Society for Civil Engineering panel, "Transitioning from graduate studies to faculty positions." A recording of the session is avialable here.

5/24/2021: Our research group shares software and accepted manuscripts on our website, and is increasing our posting of preprints. Read why I recommend this practice in this Advice article.

5/12/2021: Rodrigo Silva-Lopez has joined the PEER Student Committee, where he will help facilitate student interaction and engagement in PEER activities.

4/30/2021: Jack Baker gave a distinguished lecture, "Engineering disaster-resilient systems in an uncertain future" as part of the University of Michigan Building the Future lecture series.

4/28/2021: Jack Baker is quoted in a Stanford News article discussing why climate change resilience and equity are central to the proposed American Jobs Plan.

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