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PURPOSE: Appointed by the CDRM Executive Committee to advise on issues and programs of the Council.

Alfredo Ang, Ph.D., S.E., Hon.M.ASCE
Bilal Ayyub, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Amar Chaker, Ph.D., M.ASCE
Anne Kiremidjian, Ph.D., M.ASCE
Craig Taylor, Aff.M.ASCE
Erik Vanmarcke, Ph.D. M. ASCE


Dr. Ang is currently Research Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of California in Irvine, California, USA. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1988 where he received his Ph.D. in 1959 and was on the faculty of Civil Engineering from 1959 through 1988. His main area of research is on the application of probability and reliability in civil and structural engineering, with emphasis on safety of engineering systems, including seismic risk and earthquake engineering, quantitative risk assessment (QRA) and life-cycle cost consideration. He has published about 400 papers and articles, and also a two-volume textbook on probability concepts in engineering, which have been translated into several languages; the 2nd edition of Vol I was published in February 2007. During his academic career, he has directed 55 Ph.D. students and countless postdoctoral researchers from many parts of the world. He has given invited keynote papers and lectures in numerous major national and international conferences, including the 2009 Freudenthal Keynote Lecture at the ICOSSAR’09 in Osaka, Japan and the 2010 Kwang-Hwa keynote at the ISRERM2010 in Shanghai, China.

Bilal M. Ayyub has 25 years of experience after the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in uncertainty modeling and analysis, risk analysis, and decision science.   He completed several research projects that were funded by the National Science Foundation, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Homeland Security, the Maryland State Highway Administration, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and several engineering companies.  Dr. Ayyub is a fellow of ASCE, ASME and SNAME; has served the engineering community in various capacities through societies that include ASNE, ASCE, ASME, SNAME, IEEE-CS, and NAFIPS; and is the multiple recipient of the ASNE Jimmie Hamilton Award for the best papers in the Naval Engineers Journal in 1985, 1992, 2000 and 2003.  Also, he received the ASCE Outstanding Research Oriented Paper in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management for 1987, the ASCE Edmund Friedman Award in 1989, the ASCE Walter Huber Research Prize in 1997, and the K. S. Fu Award of NAFIPS in 1995.  The Department of the Army honored him with Army Commander’s Award for Public Service in 2007 for leading the development of the risk model for the hurricane protection system of New Orleans.  Dr. Ayyub was appointed to many national committees and investigation boards.  He has delivered many invited talks at leading national and international organizations including most recently a distinguished lecture to the Brazilian Research Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, Naval War College for the Chief of Naval Operations, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Australian national Marine Safety Committee. 

Anne S. Kiremidjian is a faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. From 1987 to 2002 she also served as the Director and Co-Director of the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University.  Dr Kiremidjian received her B.S. degree from Columbia University in Civil Engineering and her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees from Stanford University in Structural Engineering.  Professor Kiremidjian has been on the faculty at Stanford since 1978 where she teaches courses in structural analysis, earthquake engineering, earthquake hazard and risk analysis, probabilistic and stochastic modeling and structural reliability analysis.  Her research over the years has focused on stochastic modeling of earthquake events, site hazard characterization, ground motion modeling, earthquake damage and loss estimation, structural damage modeling, regional risk assessment, risk analysis of transportation systems, reliability analysis of industrial systems, damage detection algorithms, wireless sensor development and structural sensing system design. These projects have resulted in the development of earthquake hazard maps for, California, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. She has also been involved in the development of major earthquake, hurricane and tornado risk assessment software where she was the lead architect for the project. Currently she is working on the development of distributed remote sensing systems for structural damage monitoring using micro-electro-mechanical sensors, embedded diagnostic algorithms and advanced wireless communications technologies. In 1997 she and two of her colleagues were granted a US patent for the method and concept of wireless structural health monitoring (US Patent No. 6,292,108). Other current research projects include seismic hazard modeling for spatially distributed systems with correlated ground motions and use of satellite imagery for regional inventory data compilation and post event damage assessment.