Welcome to the web site for Jack Baker's research group. Our work focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for managing risk due to extreme loads on the built environment. We have investigated seismic loads on spatially distributed systems, characterization of earthquake ground motions, performance of damaged infrastructure systems, and probabilistic risk assessments of a number of types of structures.

Prof. Baker joined the Stanford faculty 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 has industry experience in seismic hazard assessment, ground motion selection, probabilistic risk assessment, and modeling of catastrophe losses for insurance and reinsurance companies. He is a co-founder and technical advisor for Haselton Baker Risk Group, LLC.

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 and the Eugene L. Grant Award for excellence in teaching from Stanford. In 2015-2016 he was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Google Research Awards Program, among others.


New position at Stanford

We would like to bring to your attention an opportunity to work as a Research Fellow supporting the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative. We are looking for a leader to coordinate research activities, develop original research, and facilitate stakeholder engagement and educational efforts.

The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative is focused on research and design of technologies to improve the resilience of communities to natural disasters. Housed in the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, the initiative is focused on tackling one of the major global challenges of the next century: ensuring that our human environments–increasingly urban, complex, interconnected–cope with and thrive in the face of natural perils. An engaged group of Stanford faculty and students are participating in this effort, creating an exciting opportunity for new initiatives.

For details about the position, and a link to apply online, see https://stanford.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=76619. Questions can be directed to Jack Baker (bakerjw@stanford.edu).


Book project

Jack Baker, Brendon Bradley and Peter Stafford are writing a book on seismic hazard and risk analysis. Sign up at pshabook.com to receive updates and advance copies of draft chapters.

Recent news

12/11/2017: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk Communities," at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

12/8/2017: Congratulations to Abhineet Gupta for completing his PhD dissertation, "Quantifying Temporally-Varying Induced Seismicity Hazard and Regional Risk: Statistical Approaches and Application in Oklahoma"! Abhineet has joined One Concern as Resilience Engineering Lead.

11/22/2017: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk Communities," at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

11/7/2017: Jack Baker gave a presentation, "Unlocking value in earthquake resilience," at the Strengthening our Cities SEAOSC Summit in Los Angeles.

10/25/2017: Jack Baker has joined the Editorial Board of Structural Safety. He is also on the Editorial Boards of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, and Earthquake Spectra.

10/19/2017: Jack Baker was a panelist on the Challenges and Opportunities in Infrastructure Resilience event hosted by Resilient by Design at Stanford University.

9/10/2017: Jack Baker presented a keynote lecture, "Characterization of spatial correlations in ground motions—insights from physics-based simulations," and Ganyu Teng presented a poster, "Characterization of spatial correlations in ground motions—insights from physics-based simulations, " at the 2017 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California.

9/3/2017: Maryia Markhvida presented a poster, "Post-earthquake real estate decision making: repair or replace?"and Reagan Chandramohan presented a poster, "Accounting for ground motion duration and spectral shape in structural design and assessment," at the 2017 QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting in Taopo, New Zealand. Maryia and several members of the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative also coauthored a paper on "Integrating PBEE and Network Analysis to Measure Resilience Performance Objectives."

9/1/2017: Congratulations to Jason Wu for completing his PhD dissertation, "End-to-end seismic risk analysis framework for the identification of infrastructure network retrofits"! Jason has joined the New York office of Thornton Tomasetti as a Senior Engineer.

8/7/2017: Jack Baker, Camilo Gomez and Maryia Markhvida presented results from the group's research at the 12th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability in Vienna, Austria.

7/16/2017: Jack Baker co-authored a paper, "Ground motion selection and acceptance criteria when multiple seismic sources contribute to MCE ground motions," at the PBDIII Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering conference in Vancouver, Canada.

5/11/2017: Jack Baker was a co-author on the newly released Version 2.0 of the Tall Buildings Initiative's "Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings."

4/13/2017: Jason Wu's research project with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was the topic of a recent Stanford News article.

4/7/2017: Abhineet Gupta gave a presentation, "Repair cost risk from induced seismicity: sensitivity to models for earthquake source, ground motion and building vulnerability" at the ASCE Structures Congress in Denver, Colorado.

4/3/2017: Jack Baker gave two presentations on ground motion selection and vulnerability modeling at a Global Earthquake Model and USAID Vulnerability and Loss Estimation workshop in Pavia, Italy.

2/13/2017: Abhineet Gupta gave a presentation, "Assessing ground motion amplitudes and attenuation for small to moderate induced and tectonic earthquakes in the Central and Eastern United States" at the USGS Induced Seismicity Ground Motion Workshop in Menlo Park, California.

1/12/2017: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen, Abhineet Gupta and Jason Wu presented research at the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago, Chile. Their conference papers are available on the Publications page.

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