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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Curriculum Vitae


8/3/2022: Jack Baker was a panel speaker at the 43rd International Association for Energy Economics International Conference: Mapping the Energy Future. He discussed disaster resilience of infrastructure systems, and related research from the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative.

8/1/2022: Jack Baker has taken on an expanded role as Editor of the journal Earthquake Spectra.

7/14/2022: Rodrigo Costa presented "Deducing Current Individual Household Income From Publicly Available Data" and Emily Mongold presented "Modeling Rental Unit-Landlord Dependency for Post-Disaster Recovery" and "Combining Multi-Hazard Coastal Impacts Due to Climate Change" at the a 2022 Natural Hazards Center Researchers Meeting.

7/14/2022: Jack Baker presented "Future directions in earthquake risk assessment: High-fidelity optimization" at the Seismic Moment: From Rupture to Recovery symposium.

7/3/2022: Congratulations to Emily Mongold for being selected as a Stanford Impact Labs 2022 Summer Fellow. Emily is studying multi-hazard impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities.

6/13/2022: A new Advice article on Attending a Conference has been posted.

6/12/2022: Our group contributed to ten papers at the upcoming 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. See the papers on our Publications Page.

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.

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