UCLA Student Chapter

EERI-SEAOSC at UCLA is a group of motivated scholars and researchers with a vision to reduce earthquake risk in California and beyond.

EERI-SEAOSC at UCLA is a student chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of earthquake engineering research and education for the purpose of reducing seismic hazards worldwide. Since 1999, our chapter has built a strong presence within the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community. In 2019, our chapter partnered with the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, the largest professional association for structural & earthquake engineers in Southern California.

Achieving our vision

Reducing earthquake risk through research in collaboration with UCLA faculty

Bridging the gap between earthquake engineering research and professional practice

Inspiring the next generation of leadership in our field and motivating our members to create lasting impact

News and Updates

Fall General Meeting | October 6th, 2020 | Zoom

Thank you for attending our Fall General Meeting! The slidedeck is posted below for your reference. Congratulations to MS student, Natalia Ramirez, the winner of our raffle for a free LA Tall Buildings Conference Registration!

Please visit the Membership tab to sign up for 2020-21 chapter membership. Stay connected to our chapter via LinkedIn and Facebook Group, and now Slack!

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We are pleased to present our chapter's annual report

Summer 2020

2019-2020 EERI-SEAOSC at UCLA Annual Report

Winter 2020 Office Visits Announced!

January, 9th 2020

Our Professional Development Team has been hard at work finalizing the Winter 2020 Office Visit Program for this quarter. Save the schedule for your reference and check the Events page as well as the EERI-SEAOSC Facebook Group for updates!

Inaugural Earthquake Engineering Career Fair: A success!

Thursday, November 22nd 2019

On behalf of the EERI-SEAOSC board, we extend our thanks to our partners and members who made our first-ever Earthquake Engineering Career Fair a huge success. Design firms from across Southern California joined us at UCLA to share opportunities with our members and engage in thoughtful conversation about structural/earthquake engineering practice today. We look forward to making this an EERI-SEAOSC tradition in the coming years.

EERI-SEAOSC Partnership

Monday, November 4th 2019

As many of you know, EERI at UCLA has undergone a massive restructuring this year in an effort to support undergraduate and graduate student members who wish to specialize in earthquake engineering, both in research and professional capacities. A goal of our chapter in recent years has been to bridge the gap between earthquake engineering research and the professional industry.

A key to bridging this gap is to help our members participate in the essential conversations now - to meet professionals in the community who can speak upon the issues we currently face, as well as the challenges that must be overcome in order to improve our design standards, spark innovation, and work forward toward a future where we can integrate the latest research into our everyday work.

I am proud to announce that as of today, EERI’s UCLA Chapter has officially partnered with the largest structural/earthquake engineering association in Southern California, SEAOSC. Current President Ken O’Dell is determined to support our chapter and provide all members with the resources and opportunities needed to succeed in the industry upon graduation from UCLA.

In light of this partnership, we will be operating under a new public banner, EERI-SEAOSC at UCLA. You will have the opportunity to network with the SEAOSC board during the EERI-SEAOSC Career Fair Bootcamp and the Earthquake Engineering Career Fair. Details for both events will be released this week.

Thank you to all members, current and former, who have helped propel this student chapter forward.


Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is the leading non-profit membership organization that connects those dedicated to reducing earthquake risk. Our multidisciplinary members include engineers, geoscientists, social scientists, architects, planners, emergency managers, academics, students, and other like-minded professionals. EERI has been bringing people and disciplines together since 1948.

Mission Statement
The objective of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is to reduce earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

Vision and Role
EERI’s Vision: A world in which potential earthquake losses are widely understood and for which prudent steps have been taken to address those risks.

EERI’s Role: EERI is a leader in earthquake investigations and in the dissemination of earthquake risk reduction information both in the US and globally in cooperation with its international partners.

Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)

The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) is one of the oldest structural engineering associations in the world, and is one of four regional structural engineering associations of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). SEAOSC members are civil, structural, and geotechnical engineers who regularly engaged in the practice of structural engineering. SEAOSC also draws membership from related fields involved in design and construction, including academe (professors and students), contractors, architects, and representatives from industry and government.


The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) is the premier organization to which local Structural Engineers belong. The organization serves its members and the Profession of Structural Engineering by fostering and promoting the contributions of structural engineers to society.


The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California will empower its members and advance

the Structural Engineering Profession in service to our community.

The Association fulfills this mission through:

  • Technical Resources - The Association will develop and make available state-of-the-art technical resources that influence policy and educate engineers

  • Community Engagement - The Association will promote the role and value of structural
    engineering and inspire communities to action

  • Professional Development - The Association will provide the resources and opportunities
    structural engineers need to be leaders in their communities

  • Policy Advocacy - The Association will influence and advance policy that increases the value of the built environment and the structural engineering profession