Baker Research Group

Jack Baker is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He uses probabilistic and statistical tools to quantify and manage disaster risk and resilience. He has made contributions to risk analysis of spatially distributed systems, characterization of earthquake ground motions, and simulation of post-disaster recovery. He is an author of the textbook Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis, Director of the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative, and a Co-Founder of Haselton Baker Risk Group.

Prior to Stanford, Professor Baker was a visiting researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). 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). His 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 the American Society of Civil Engineers, 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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Postdoc opportunity

We are hiring a Postdoctoral Scholar to support the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative. For details about the position, see this link. Review of applications will begin on April 22nd and continue until the position is filled.


4/29/2022: Jack Baker is hosting a graduate student workshop on effective writing at the 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineerin, hosted by the EERI Younger Members Committee. See the workshop flier for more information and a link to register.

4/29/2022: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Physics-based ground motion simulations as a tool for earthquake engineering," at the University of Nevada, Reno, EERI Student Chapter Seminar Series.

3/22/2022: A series of short videos introducing basic concepts from the first half of our textbook are now available on YouTube.

3/10/2022: Jack Baker gave the opening keynote presentation at the Second International Conference on Materials, Mechanics & Structures (ICMMS2022).

2/28/2022: Welcome Lukas Bodenmann! Lukas is a PhD student at ETH Zurich, and visiting Stanford to collaborate on seismic risk and resilience research.

2/10/2022: Rodrigo Costa, Rodrigo Silva-Lopez, Gitanjali Bhattacharjee, and Simon Kwong presented at the San Fernando Earthquake Conference – 50 years of Lifeline Engineering (Lifelines 2021-2022).

1/28/2022: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) selected Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis as a finalist for the 2022 PROSE Awards.

1/18/2022: A new Advice article on Choosing where to publish your work has been posted.

12/15/2021: Congratulations to Rodrigo Costa for winning the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's 2021 Graduate Student Paper Award for his paper, "Agent-based model for post-earthquake housing recovery."

12/13/2021: The group is involved in two presentations at the AGU Fall meeting:

A Performance-Based Approach to Quantifying Atmospheric River Flood Risk in Northern California, by Corinne Bowers, Katy Serafin, and Jack Baker

Using hypocenter-mapped fault structures for regional seismic risk analysis: A case study of Oklahoma County, by Yongsoo Park, Jimmy Zhang, Sam Benzoni, Maryia Markhvida, Adam Zsarnoczay, and Jack Baker.

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.

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