Risk Management Solutions, Newark, Calif., announced that Mary Lou Zoback has joined the firm as vice president of earthquake risk applications. A 28-year veteran of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Zoback is a geophysicist recognized for her work on the relationship between earthquakes and state of stress in the earth’s crust.
Most recently she was regional coordinator for the USGS Northern California Earthquake Hazard Program. She was a co-recipient of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Northern California Chapter’s 2006 Award for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction.
In her new role, Zoback will help to organize and manage earthquake hazard and risk networks, as well as build consensus among experts to develop high quality earthquake source and earthquake risk models for new regions of the world. She also will lead RMS initiatives on the significance of risk quantification for expanding the societal role of earthquake insurance, disaster management, and risk reduction activities worldwide.