Gary Y. K. Chock is the Chair of the ASCE 7 Tsunami Loads and Effects Subcommittee that developed the tsunami design provisions of the ASCE 7-16 Standard. He was selected by Engineering News Record as one of the 25 Top Newsmakers of 2012 for his work on developing a national standard for tsunami-resistant design and for leading the ASCE reconnaissance of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Tsunami. His reconnaissance team under ASCE was the first group from the US to comprehensively survey the tsunami-damaged Tohoku coastline of Honshu, Japan.

Gary Chock is a licensed Structural Engineer in Hawaii and California, a Diplomate - Coastal Engineer of the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers, and a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute and an ASCE Fellow. He has been engaged in structural engineering since 1980. In 2014, he was bestowed the Western States Seismic Policy Council Lifetime Achievement Award, reflecting a multiple-decades long history of dedicated public service in the areas of earthquake and tsunami mitigation.

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