2006 Alfred E. Alquist Medal Winner:
Chris D. Poland
Poland, a registered civil and structural engineer, has worked as an advisor on government programs for earthquake hazard mitigation and as an effective leader in related professional activities for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of
Mr. Poland’s career in structural engineering began as a summer intern and has led to his current position as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco. His professional experience includes projects of all construction types, ranging from new design, seismic retrofit and rehabilitation, to historic preservation.
He has spent countless volunteer hours of service as an advisor on government programs for earthquake hazard mitigation and as an articulate leader of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), where he served both as President and Treasurer. Mr. Poland’s contributions include (1) several decades of membership on the Strong Motion Instrumentation Advisory Committee of the California Geological Survey’s Strong Motion Instrumentation Program; (2) years of advocacy for the development and implementation of the Advanced National Seismic System, which is operated by the U. S. Geological Survey; and (3) extended advocacy, as President of EERI, for the significant expansion of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference Commemorating the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, which was attended by nearly 4,000 specialists in earthquake hazard mitigation, including researchers and practitioners from around the world.
Through his personal advocacy and leadership skills, Chris Poland has promoted and advanced earthquake hazard reduction in