UBC Experts on Great BC Shakeout and Disaster Preparedness


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British Columbia will hold the Great BC Shakeout tomorrow (October 21) as part of efforts to prepare communities for a major earthquake in the region.

UBC experts are available to comment on exercise and other aspects of earthquakes, natural disasters, and emergency preparedness and management.

Dr Nemkumar (Nemy) Banthia (he him)
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation
Email: [email protected]
Language (s) of the interview: English, Hindi, French

Brett Gilley (he him)
Associate Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Phone. : 604-719-9423
Email: [email protected]
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Explain landslides and natural disasters to a non-expert audience

Dr Carlos Molina Hutt (he him)
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Phone. : 604-822-2196
Email: [email protected]
Language (s) of the interview: English, Spanish

  • Assess the seismic risk in buildings and translate this knowledge into tools and information for use by engineers, seismic planners and decision makers

* Available Oct. 20 after 3:30 p.m. and Oct. 21 before noon

Dr Mehrtash Motamedi (he him)
Research Associate and Director of Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Facility
Phone. : 604-724-8712
Email: [email protected]
Interview language (s): English, Farsi

Dr Ryan P. Reynolds (he him)
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Community and Regional Planning
Phone. : 604-396-2979
Email: [email protected]
Language (s) of the interview: English

Dr Salman Soleimani-Dashtaki (he him)
Postdoctoral fellow and lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering
Phone. : 604-338-3692
Email: [email protected]
Interview language (s): English, Farsi

Dr Tony TY Yang (he him)
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Phone. : 604-822-3684
Email: [email protected]
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Structural and earthquake engineering
  • Design and evaluation structural systems under seismic loads
  • Has developed several high performance systems for seismic applications
  • Member of the Standing Committee for Seismic Design, which drafts the seismic design provision for the National Building Code of Canada

* Not available before 1 p.m. on October 21


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