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 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.

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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Curriculum Vitae


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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