Baker Research Group

Jack Baker is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. 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, Editor-in-Chief of Earthquake Spectra,  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 William B. Joyner Lecture Award from the Seismological Society of America and Earthquake Engineering Resarch Institute, 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


1/13/2023: Jack Baker posted a letter marking the start of his role as Editor-in-Chief of Earthquake Spectra.

1/12/2023:  Congratulations to Corinne Bowers for being selected to the 2023 cohort of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Rising Environmental Leaders Program!

12/16/2022: The group was involved in three presentations at the 2022 AGU Fall Meeting: "Combining Climate Change driven Sea Level Rise and Multi-hazard Impacts on the Built Environment," "Coastal Multi-hazard Workflow considering Sea Level Rise and various Impact Metrics," and "Improving Scenario Effectiveness in Motivating Mitigation for Geologic Hazards."

12/1/2022: Jack Baker has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Earthquake Spectra, effective January 2023.

11/18/2022: Jack Baker has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the William B. Joyner Lecture Award. He will present "Spatial correlation in ground motion intensities: Measurement, prediction, and seismic risk implications," at the 2023 SSA Annual Meeting to be held 17-20 April 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the 2023 EERI Annual Meeting to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in spring 2023.

11/4/2022: Jack Baker presented "Spatial Correlations in Ground Motion Intensity: Measurement and Use for Regional Risk Analysis," Neetesh Sharma presented "Modeling Societal Impacts of Natural Hazards," and Rodrigo Costa presented "Regional Housing Recovery Simulations as a Tool to Inform Pre- disaster Planning," at the 2022 SimCenter Symposium at University of Texas.

11/1/2022:  "Efficacy of Damage Data Integration: A Comparative Analysis of Four Major Earthquakes" has been featured as this month's Editor's Choice selection in Natural Hazards Review.

10/28/2022: All group members, and several alumni, presented research posters at the "2022 Blume Center and SURI Affiliates and Alumni Meeting at Stanford University.

10/16/2022: Jack Baker will present "Getting Published in Earthquake Spectra—and Beyond" for the EERI webinar series. Register at this link.

10/12/2022: Corinne Bowers presented "Occurrence and Impacts of Atmospheric River Sequences in Present and Future Climates" at the International Atmospheric River Conference 2022.

9/20/2022: Jack Baker presented "Deep learning-based retrofitting and seismic risk assessment of road networks" at the 2022 PEER Researchers' Workshop.

9/1/2022: Rodrigo Silva Lopez presented "Deep learning-based retrofitting and seismic risk assessment of road networks" at the 4th Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series on Earthquake Engineering.

8/30/2022: Congratulations to Rodrigo Silva Lopez for completing his PhD dissertation Seismic risk management of complex road networks: optimization methods and integration of community impact metrics! He will next join One Concern.

8/19/2022: Jack Baker will serve as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

8/15/2022: Congratulations to Rodrigo Costa for starting a new position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo!

8/15/2022: A new Advice article on Collaboration has been posted.

8/9/2022: A new Advice article on Conducting a literature review has been posted.

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.

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