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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Dinner Registration

Dear EERI San Diego members and friends,

Hope you had a great and safe summer!

With the Fukushima disaster in Japan and the recent decision to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, there is strong interest in the community to better understand the seismic issues and risks of nuclear power plants. Motivated by these events and by our mission of raising awareness of earthquake risks, the EERI San Diego Chapter, working jointly with the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego and the San Diego Association of Geologists, invite you to participate in a dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6pm at the Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant.

 We are delighted to have Dr. Annie Kammerer, an earthquake engineer in the Office of Research of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, present on this topic. The abstract of her talk and her biographical information are provided below.



Since the beginning of the nuclear power industry, the framework and methods used in the seismic design and risk evaluation of the fleet of nuclear power plants in the US has gone through significant change and advancement. Currently the US regulatory framework uses a risk-informed, performance-based framework that has matured over the last 5 decades and is composed of three steps: probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, seismic design, seismic probabilistic risk assessment.

This presentation will cover a wide variety of topics including:

  • Basic nuclear plant design concepts (how they work and what can go wrong)
  • Why the engineering of nuclear plants is unique and challenging
  • The history of seismic regulations, design approaches, and reevaluation efforts
  • The performance-based and risk-informed methods used in the industry today
  • The impact of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, including current and future NRC efforts


Dr. Annie Kammerer is a senior seismologist and earthquake engineer in the Office of Research of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she is the coordinator and manager of the seismic and tsunami research program.  Her research is principally in the areas of seismic and tsunami hazard and risk assessments, seismic isolation, and technology-neutral approaches to seismic design. Currently she is also the NRC’s technical lead for a special program conducting Seismic Walkdowns of all 104 operating US nuclear plants in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.  She is active internationally and chairs an IAEA Working Group on Seismic Re-evaluation of Operating Reactors, as well as special committee developing new guidance on seismic isolation. Prior to joining the NRC in 2006, she was a consultant in the Risk and Advanced Technology groups in the international design firm, Arup.  As seismic hazard lead for the Americas, her consulting work encompassed a wide variety of technical areas including geotechnical earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, seismology and risk assessment.  Her work focused principally in the energy, industrial and transportation sectors and included dozens of projects around the world.  She holds three degrees from UC Berkeley, including a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering with minors in strong motion seismology and structural engineering.

Date:     Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Time:     5:30-6:30 pm Networking

6:30-7:30 pm Dinner

7:30-8:45 pm Presentation and Q&A

Venue: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant

2150 Harbor Island Drive

San Diego, CA 92101


EERI members: $35

EERI non-members: $45

Students: $15



Please reserve a spot by September 20, 2013 at the following website:

You may pay with cash, check, or credit card ($2 service fee) at the door.

For any questions or to cancel your reservation, please contact:

Tan Cao, EERI San Diego Chapter Secretary/Treasurer,


Looking forward to seeing all of you