EERI Plans

2nd Reconnaissance Team

A second, larger multi-disciplinary reconnaissance team will travel to Haiti on Sunday, February 28th under the leadership of Professor Reginald DesRoches of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The scale of this disaster is so large that many organizations will be working together in conducting reconnaissance. The NSF-funded Learning from Earthquakes team will be joined by representatives from partnering organizations who are all traveling under Professor DesRoches’ leadership.

Download a list of team members traveling to Haitiicon

January Advance Reconnaissance Team

EERI has appointed Reginald DesRoches, Professor and Associate Chair of the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a native of Haiti and a current EERI Board member, to lead EERI’s reconnaissance team to Haiti. He is currently in Haiti under different auspices conducting damage assessment, and is coordinating with various other groups planning to send teams in the next few weeks.

An opportunity came up quickly last Friday (1/22/10) for EERI to assist the USGS in organizing a joint USGS/EERI team, with the coordination of the U.S. Military. A small group of 5 investigators are now on their way to Haiti: Marc Eberhard, University of Washington, representing EERI and NEES; Glenn Rix, Georgia Institute of Technology, representing GEER; Steven Baldridge, Baldridge & Assoc, Hawaii, representing ATC; Justin Marshall, Auburn University and an EERI young professional; and Walter Mooney, USGS. Dr. Mooney will be installing several accelerometers to measure aftershocks. When this team arrives, they will be coordinating with EERI’s Haiti team leader, Reginald DesRoches, who is currently in Haiti. As information comes back from this group it will be posted online at

GEER has organized a team under the leadership of Ellen Rathje, Professor at the University of Texas and new EERI Board member, that is planning on traveling to Haiti on January 30th. For more information, see the GEER press release.