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Emel Seyhan

About Emel Seyhan

Emel is a Lead Earthquake Modeler in Model Development at RMS, based in Newark. She joined RMS four years ago as a modeler after her postdoctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley. During her time at RMS, she has led the global ground motion modeling including nonlinear site amplification models and sedimentary basins in the following earthquake projects: North America, Southeast Asia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, India, and Australia.

Among her many accomplishments, Emel published nine peer-reviewed journal papers between 2013 and 2018. She is the author of two of the Next Generation Attenuation (NGA)-West2 ground motion prediction equation models (GMPEs or GMMs); an NGA-West2 site database and VS30-proxy methodology for site characterization; a public GMPE validation tool for Pacific Earthquake Research Center (PEER), and nonlinear site amplification models for the next cycle of National Earthquake and Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Provisions for the implementations in the National Building Code. Simultaneously, she was involved in Global Earthquake Model project (GEM). Currently, she is active in various national and international hazard projects.

Emel holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in civil engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees in both geological engineering and civil engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

Are You Ready for an Interim USGS NSHM Update?

RMS recently hosted a two-day workshop for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on March 7-8, based at our Newark headquarters in California. The aim of the workshop was to both discuss and receive feedback from the scientific community on the interim update to the ongoing 2018 USGS National Seismic Hazard Map Project (NSHMP).

RMS works actively with the USGS and the community and has previously hosted USGS workshops to help facilitate scientific discussions and to improve understanding of earthquake hazard. The workshop was well attended by over 150 people from academia, the scientific community, and industry.

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