The Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1988 whose purpose is the advancement of earthquake engineering research, education, and implementation. It provides a proven administrative and management structure for efficiently and objectively mobilizing and coordinating academic as well as practicing engineer resources and talents on large projects, a niche in which it has proved to be more nimble than the comparable process of organizing and managing numerous subcontracts by a university sponsored projects office. The 22 University Members of the organization are shown below. At those universities, 280 professors have been admitted as individual CUREE members based on the review and approval of the Board of Directors of their credentials in the earthquake engineering field.
In carrying out projects for the federal government, CUREE has reached out successfully to universities beyond its membership. In recent years, CUREE has issued subcontracts to 25 universities in the USA other than its 22 member universities, as well as to universities in other countries, including Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Japan, and New Zealand. Over 100 consulting engineering firms have worked under subcontracts with CUREE. CUREE conforms to OMB A-133 audit standards.
Examples of large projects managed by CUREE for federal agencies include: the NEHRP Conference, Workshop, and 4-volume technical paper compilation on the Northridge Earthquake, funded by the four NEHRP agencies; NEES Consortium Development project for NSF, including responsibility for the submittal of the $80 million+ proposal for the ten-year operation of the system; CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project, funded by FEMA; and, with partners ATC and SEAOC, the SAC Steel Project funded by FEMA.
In the current NIST-funded five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract, CUREE has managed a substantial portion of the work with lead partner ATC. For the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN ISDR) program, CUREE compiled a report of international scope on the multi-hazard technical resources at universities and research institutes with regard to natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes/typhoons, and earthquakes.
The Board of Directors is elected by the membership and includes eight professors and two practicing engineers. The President is Professor Maria Garlock; Vice-President, Professor W.D. Iwan; Treasurer Professor David Sanders; Secretary William Holmes. The Past Presidents are:
- Wilfred (Bill) Iwan, Caltech (1988-1991)
- Haresh Shah, Stanford University (1992-1993)
- Stephen Mahin, UC Berkeley (1994-1996)
- Helmut Krawinkler, Stanford University (1997-1998)
- James Beck, Caltech (1998-1999)
- Karl Romstad, UC Davis (1990)
- Gerard Pardoen, UC Irvine (1999-2001)
- André Filiatrault, UC San Diego (now with U. at Buffalo), 2001-2002
- Roberto Leon, Georgia Tech (2003-2004)
- Andrew Whittaker, University at Buffalo (2005-2011)
The corporate headquarters of the CUREE are in Richmond, California. That office is in the San Francisco Bay Area, an hour’s drive away from the ATC headquarters in Redwood City, which is convenient for coordinating on projects such as the current NIST IDIQ effort and the SAC Joint Venture work. CUREE has the typical up-to-date array of computers, scanners, and video teleconferencing equipment.
CUREE maintains its website, http://www.curee.org, with a full set of information resources and features such as searchable databases on the qualifications of its professor members. CUREE also operates the website for the current NIST IDIQ project and solicits statements of qualification from any interested party for consideration in the formation of teams to carry out NIST-issued Task Orders. It also established and operates the Earthquake Architecture website, providing outreach to researchers and practitioners internationally with interests in the architectural aspects of seismic design. CUREE also developed and operates the project websites for the NEES Nonstructural and NEES City Block/SSI projects and recently renovated the website of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering.
About the President
Dr. Maria Garlock is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering at Lehigh University and Cornell University respectively and her PhD in structural engineering at Lehigh University. Her professional practice as a licensed engineer in New York includes several years with Leslie Robertson Associates.
At Princeton University, Professor Garlock’s scholarship is in resilient building design for large earthquakes and fires, as isolated and as combined multi-hazard events. She conducts research on self-centering seismic resistant steel frames, the design and response of buildings and bridges subjected to fire, and post-earthquake fire response of steel buildings. Currently, she is the Chair of ASCE’s Fire Protection Committee.
Professor Garlock teaches structural design courses, but she also carries on the program developed at Princeton by Professor Emeritus David P. Billington that educates both engineering and non-engineering students, in which "structural art" is the key theme. Students are introduced to a multi-themed treatment of structural engineering, featuring the evolution of bridge designs that combine efficiency, economy, and elegance. She is one of the leaders of a group of colleagues that form the International Network for Structural Art, who meet annually and share scholarship and teaching experiences. She also has been active in involving students in the design and production of museum-quality structural models with accompanying information for the general public in exhibitions held in art museums and public spaces.