Allison Pyrch, PE, GE
Allison is a geotechnical engineer whose experience includes site specific seismic design for buildings, roads, bridges, dock and port structures, large embankments, slopes and landslides, and water and wastewater infrastructure. She is active with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Committee on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering has travelled to Chile and Japan after their recent subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis to study the effects on lifelines. She has actively been engaged with the public, local and state agencies, and the Oregon Resiliency Committee to promote earthquake and tsunami awareness and resilience.
Brian Knight, SE
Brian is a civil engineer who is expert in many structural systems. His experience encompasses a wide array of project types including the design of new structures, seismic analyses, rehabilitation and strengthening of existing buildings, construction means and methods and forensic/litigation support. Within these project types, Brian has worked on hundreds of projects ranging from simple modifications of existing structures to the design and construction of high-rise, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.
Ed is an economist who leads ECONorthwest’s litigation practice and directs economic analyses of public policies. Much of his work entails applying benefit-cost principles to public-policy alternatives to help stakeholders and decision makers understand the range of economic outcomes. Ed serves on OSSPAC, Oregon’s Seismic Commission. His recent resiliency work includes estimating the costs of tsunami evacuation, developing tools to help local decision makers assess the economic aspects of resiliency investments, and conducting an economic analysis of the U of O’s business continuity plan.
Jay Raskin Architect
Jay Raskin, FAIA
Jay has been involved in preparing the pacific coast for a large Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. This civic engagement work has included serving on committees and as city councilor and mayor of Cannon Beach, Oregon, where he championed emergency preparedness and pre-disaster mitigation efforts. He participated in creating the Oregon Resilience Plan and is the Vice-Chair of OSSPAC. He was selected as chair of Restore Oregon’s roundtable workgroup on Resilient Masonry Buildings. He is also the Chair of the national Community Resilience Panel organized by NIST.