Professor Emeritus Jack P. Moehle is one of two recipients of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) 2022 Honorary Membership award. Honorary membership recognizes EERI members who have made sustained and outstanding contributions to the field of earthquake engineering and/or to EERI and the pursuit of its objectives. This year's other honorary member is Robin K. McGuire, Principal at Lettis Consultants International.
Founded in 1948, EERI's mission is to reduce earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.
Moehle received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and joined the U.C. Berkeley faculty in 1980. From 1991 to 2001, he was the director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center at Berkeley, and from 1996 to 2008 he was director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.
He has played a leading role in the development of building codes and professional engineering guidelines for the design of new construction and the assessment and rehabilitation of seismically vulnerable existing construction.
His notable honors include election to the US National Academy of Engineering (2014), election as International Member of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico (2016), EERI Distinguished Lecturer (2005), and the EERI Housner Medal (2020).