Keith Porter is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Principal of the consulting company SPA Risk LLC. He received degrees in civil and structural engineering from UC Davis (BS 1987), UC Berkeley (MEng 1990), and Stanford University (PhD 2000). He specializes in seismic vulnerability and natural-hazard risk. He helped to develop the second generation of performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE-2), a structural-engineering method to estimate seismic risk to buildings in terms dollars, deaths, and downtime. Other recent research topics include: seismic vulnerability for the Global Earthquake Model (GEM); engineering impacts for the USGS’s ShakeOut, ARkStorm, and California tsunami disaster planning scenarios; demand surge for the Willis Research Network; and benefit-cost ratio of multihazard risk mitigation for the Multihazard Mitigation Council and US Congress. He has been a professional catastrophe risk modeler, structural designer, and construction engineer. More information can be found at http://spot.colorado.edu/~porterka and www.sparisk.com.
Location: United States , Denver Organisation: University of Colorado at Boulder Role: Associate Research Professor Groups:
Areas of interest / Expertise:
- Second-generation performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE-2); Seismic vulnerability; multihazard risk modeling