The COSMOS/EERI/SSA Bruce Bolt Medal

Bruce_BoltThe Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by the Consortium of Strong Motion Observations Systems (COSMOS), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and SSA to an individual for their achievements according to the following criteria:

  • Promotion of strong-motion instrumentation or advancing strong-motion data processing or data utilization
  • Technical contributions in seismic engineering or engineering seismology
  • Leadership in the transfer of knowledge into practice or policy that has led to improved seismic safety

The award is issued annually and is presented to the recipient at the annual meeting of the recipient’s choice among the three sponsoring organizations.

The nomination period for the 2018 Bolt Medal is 1 August – 31 October 2017.


To nominate an individual for the Bruce Bolt Medal you must submit a nomination package, which includes: 1) a nomination letter, which should be no longer than two pages, that addresses the ways in which the candidate meets the criteria for the award; 2) a summary of the professional history of the candidate, including employment, significant publications, honors, activities and accomplishments; 3) the current contact information for the candidate; and 4) up to three signed supporting letter, each no longer than two pages, that provide a personal perspective on the nominee and their sustained impact on the field.

Nomination Panel

The Joint Nomination Panel is charged with employing the above criteria to select a nominee worthy of the high level of professional recognition represented by the sponsorship of the Bruce Bolt Medal by SSA, COSMOS, and EERI. The panelists for 2018: William “Woody” Savage (Chair of the Bolt Panel), Jon Ake, Jose A. Martinez-Cruzado, Robert L. Nigbor, Robert R. Youngs and Maurice S. Powers. Please note that current members of the Joint Panel are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations packages (preferably as one combined pdf file) for the Bruce Bolt Medal should be sent to the Bolt Medal Nomination Panel, in care of William (Woody) Savage at woodysavage [at] gmail [dot] com. While electronic submissions are preferred, in .pdf or .doc formats, hard copies may be sent to the following postal address. If hard copies are sent, the sender should notify Woody by email.

Bolt Medal Nomination Panel
In care of William Savage
1930 Village Center Circle #3-292
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Nomination Panel.

Questions regarding the Bolt Medal criteria or the nomination process for candidates may be directed to Woody at the above email address.

Bruce Bolt Medalists

2017 Recipient

Farzad Naeim

Farzad Naeim (M. EERI, 1983), President of Farzad Naeim, Inc. and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at University of California, Irvine, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Bruce A. Bolt Medal. The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by the Consortium of Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), the Seismological Society of America (SSA), and … Continue Reading »

2016 Recipient

Roger D. Borcherdt

Dr. Borcherdt’s career is marked with “exceptional scientific contributions in the fields of seismology and engineering seismology, extraordinarily broad in scope” as noted on the Presidential Distinguished Service Award he received in 2010 as the highest honor of the U.S. Department of Interior. His contributions, evident in 200 publications, include … Continue Reading »

2015 Recipient

John Anderson

One of John Anderson’s first publications in 1979 estimated the earthquake recurrence rate on a fault by incorporating how much a fault slips each year, a novel approach to examining seismicity that foreshadowed the impact of his research on seismic hazard assessment. Anderson, a professor of geophysics at the University … Continue Reading »

2014 Recipient

Anthony F. Shakal

Dr. Shakal has been associated with the California Geological Survey’s Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (SMIP) for the past 32 years, and has successfully grown and led the Program for the past 27 years. Under Dr. Shakal’s direct supervision and innovative management, the SMIP operates the largest and most advanced strong–motion … Continue Reading »

2013 Recipient

Mustafa Erdik

Mustafa Erdik’s career has been marked by inspiring leadership guiding ambitious Turkish and international programs; distinguished research discoveries highly cited by researchers; practical seismic hazards software that is prized among practitioners; and stellar success in bringing high-quality ground and building instrumentation networks to his nation. Erdik is recognized by engineers … Continue Reading »

2012 Recipient

Norman A. Abrahamson

Professor Bruce Bolt was recognized in his time by earthquake engineers and seismologists worldwide as the expert in engineering seismology. His PhD student, Dr. Norman Abrahamson, is now advancing the leading edge of the field and is arguably the world’s foremost authority on engineering seismology. Following his PhD in 1985, … Continue Reading »

2011 Recipient

Kojiro Irikura

Kojiro Irikura has made an enormous contribution to the analysis and sharing of strong-motion earthquake data throughout his career in Japan. During his career at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University, Irikura, authored nearly 200 publications, supervised more than 30 students in advanced degrees and became a fixture … Continue Reading »

2010 Recipient

David Boore

Boore, a geophysicist with the United State Geological Survey, developed SMSIM, a well-known method for computing estimates of ground motion from simulated earthquakes that is used by engineers and designers. With more than 230 publications during his career, Boore’s work has advanced the understanding of strong-motion seismology. Focusing primarily on … Continue Reading »

2009 Recipient

Wilfred D. (Bill) Iwan

Iwan is honored for his many accomplishments in advancing earthquake strong-motion monitoring networks and instrumentation in the US and internationally, his research accomplishments in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, and his effective leadership roles in professional organizations to further the acquisition and application of strong-motion data. Notable among these activities … Continue Reading »