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Symposia : Housner Symposium

The CUREE Symposium in Honor of George Housner

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[Back Row] : Stephen Mahin, Mihran Agbabian, Thomas Heaton, Ronald Scott, Bruce Bolt, Thomas Paulay, Paul Jennings, Hiroo Kanamori, Joseph Penzien, William Hall, John Hall, Sami Masri, George Housner, James Roberts, I. M. Idriss, Edward Wilson, Vernon Persson, Clarence Allen, Frank McClure [Front Row] : Nigel Priestley, Richard Wright, James Yao, Anil Chopra, Donald Hudson, Navin Nigam, Haresh Shah, Helmut Krawinkler, Luis Esteva, Roy Johnston, Robert Hanson, James Beck.

About the Event

    When: October 27 and 28, 1995

    Where: Pasadena, California.


The Caltech Organizing Committee for the event was:

Professor James Beck, Professor John Hall, Professor Robert Hanson, Professor Wilfred Iwan, Professor Paul Jennings, Professor Ronald Scott, and Professor Robin Shepherd.

Sharon Beckenbach, along with Denise Brown, of the Civil Engineering departmental office of Caltech, assisted with many Symposium arrangements and with coordination and communication between Caltech and CUREE. The following Caltech students helped staff the registration desk at the Symposium: Anders Carlson, Eduardo Chan, Wenshui Gan, Andrew Gibson, Ching-Tung Huang, Ayhan Irfanoglu, David Polidori, Luo-jia Wang, Chi-Ming Yang, and Weidon Zhu.

The assistance of the following organizations is gratefully acknowledged for locating and providing photographs used. The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; Institute Archives, California Institute of Technology; Public Relations Office, California Institute of Technology.

About George Housner (1910-2008)
Professor Housner received his BSCE degree from the University of Michigan in 1933 and his MSCE (1934) and Ph.D. (1941) degrees from Caltech. From 1934 to 1939 he worked as a practicing engineer in the Los Angeles area. In World War II, he served with the US Army Engineer Corps from 1941 to 1942, and from 1943 to 1945 as Chief of the Operations Analysis Section, Ninth Bomber Command in North Africa.

Professor Housner has been on the faculty at Caltech since beginning as an assistant professor in 1945, later serving as Professor of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.

He is the recipient of the Vincent Bendix ASCE Award for Research, ASCE Von Karman Medal, Seismological Society of America Society Medal, ASCE Nathan Newmark Medal for Research, National Medal of Science, EERI George W. Housner Medal (first awardee), National Academy of Engineering Founders Award, and the Alquist Award. He has been named a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, and Indian National Science Academy; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Honorary Member of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, Japan Engineering Academy, Japan Academy, Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Architectural Institute of Japan, Institute of Engineering Mechanics of China, and of the State Seismological Bureau of China.

Professor Housner has served as Chairman of the following commissions and panels: National Academy of Sciences panels on the Alaska Earthquake and on Earthquake Engineering; National Research Council committees on Earthquake Engineering, Safety Criteria for Dams, International Decade of Hazard Reduction, and US-China Cooperative Research in Earthquake Engineering; National Academy of Engineering Committee on Earthquake Engineering Research; Panel on Aseismic Design and Testing of Nuclear Facilities, International Atomic Energy Agency; Committee on Earthquakes, US Committee on Large Dams; US Earthquake Engineering Delegation to Peoples’ Republic of China; Governor’s Board of Inquiry on the Loma Prieta Earthquake; International Association for Earthquake Engineering Committee on the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction; Consulting Board for Earthquake Problems, California Dept. of Water Resources; Consulting Board for Earthquake Design of Auburn Dam; Seismic Advisory Board, Caltrans; US Panel on Structural Control Research, California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering.

In lieu of a lengthy list of Professor Housner’s publications, the reader is referred to the American Society of Civil Engineers published Selected Earthquake Engineering Papers of George W. Housner (783 pp., published in 1990). Information is available at:

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