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 faulty 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.


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

12/7/2016: Maryia Markhvida presented research on the SURI Resilience Performance Objective Framework at the 2016 Human Cities Expo at Stanford.

11/17/2016: Jack Baker spoke on a panel, "Implications of Performance-Based Engineering: Financial, Legal and Beyond," at the SEAOSC Strengthening our Cities Summit in Los Angeles.

11/7/2016: Jack Baker and Jason Wu presented research on regional ground motion characterization and a seismic risk-based framework for infrastructure retrofitting to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

10/5/2016: Jack Baker gave a talk, "Consideration of ground motion duration in engineering assessment of building safety," at the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center Seminar series.

9/12/2016: Jack Baker participated in the 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California.

9/1/2016: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen and David Lallemand presented on their research at the 2016 QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting in Taopo, New Zealand.

7/15/2016: Jack Baker presented on Ground Motion Simulation Validation and Engineering Applications, at the QuakeCoRE workshop on Utilisation of Ground Motion Simulations in Engineering Practice” in Christchurch, New Zealand.

6/20/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar on Ground-Motion Selection for Performance-Based Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

5/5/2016: David Lallemant and Maryia Markhvida's research using the Google Earth Engine was featured in the Stanford News. David's work with the Nepali government, and the John A. Blume Center's efforts after the Nepal earthquake, are also discussed.

4/1/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Benchmarking FEMA P-58 performance predictions against observed earthquake data – A preliminary evaluation for the Canterbury earthquake sequence" at the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering annual technical conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.

3/7/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the for the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering in Wellington, New Zealand.

2/2/2016: Congratulations to Reagan Chandramohan for winning the EERI Outstanding Student Paper Award for his paper, "A Structural Reliability Framework for Collapse Risk Assessment Incorporating Ground Motion Duration and Response Spectral Shape." Reagan will receive his award at the upcoming 2016 EERI Annual Meeting.

1/29/2016: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen, Cynthia Lee and Jason Wu all presented research posters at the 2016 PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California.

12/17/2015: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the for the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering in Auckland, New Zealand.

12/15/2015: Abhineet Gupta gave a talk, "Correlation between Changes in Seismicity Rates and Well Injection Volumes in Oklahoma," at an AGU Fall Meeting Special Session on Induced and Triggered Earthquakes in San Francisco.

12/11/2015: Reagan Chandramohan gave a talk, "Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk," at the 2nd ATC-SEI conference on improving the seismic performance of existing buildings and other structures in San Francisco.

12/8/2015: Jack Baker will be giving research seminars in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, New Zealand, as a New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Traveling Lecturer.

12/4/2015: Congratulations to Beliz Ugurhan Gokkaya for completing her PhD dissertation, "Seismic reliability assessment of structures incorporating modeling uncertainty and implications for seismic collapse safety." Dr. Gokkaya has now joined Udemy as a data scientist.

11/16/2015: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

11/6/2015: Jack Baker gave a plenary talk, "Ground motion selection for performance-based engineering, and the Conditional Mean Spectrum as a selection tool" at the 10th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Sydney, Australia.

11/2/2015: Jack Baker presented a talk, "Updated ground motion spectral matching requirements in the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions" at the 6th International Conference on Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering in Christchurch, New Zealand.

9/15/2015: Abhineet Gupta presented a poster, "Performance assessment of a change point model for estimating earthquake rates from induced seismicity" at the 2015 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs.

7/15/2015: Research from the group was presented in four papers at the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering in Vancouver, Canada. The papers are available on the publications page.

7/15/2015: Congratulations to Beliz Ugurhan Gokkaya for receiving a CERRA Student Recognition Award for her submission to the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering.

7/1/2015: Seismological Research Letters has released a Special Issue on Induced Seismicity, including a paper by researchers from the Stanford Center on Induced and Triggered Seismicity on characterizing and responding to risk from induced seismicity.

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