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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Laurie Gaskins Baise

Professor and Chair
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Geohazards Research Lab

Laurie Gaskins Baise

Professor and Chair
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Geohazards Research Lab

Phone 617-627-2211
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
geotechnical earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mapping, natural hazards
Biography: 

Laurie Baise is a professor in and the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering. She is a member of the Geosystems Faculty, and lead investigator in the Geohazards Research Lab. She is also the director of the BSCE degree program.

Education: 
Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
M.S., Geology and Geophysics, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1997
B.S.E., Civil Engineering and Operations Research, Princeton University, 1995
Professional Experience: 
2001-present:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2017-present: Chair
  • 2015-present: Professor
  • 2008-2015: Associate Professor
  • 2001-2008: Assistant Professor
2008-present:

Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Tufts University

  • 2015-present: Adjunct Professor
  • 2008-2015: Adjunct Associate Professor
2004-2005:

Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth Sciences, Boston University

1997:

Graduate Student Researcher, Port and Harbour Research Institute

1996:

Engineer, Chandler Geotechnical, Inc.

1995-1996:

Engineer, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

Research Interests: 

Laurie Baise's work in the Geohazards Research Lab addresses hazards such as earthquakes and extreme wind, and links predictive models with observational data. She is an expert in earthquake site response and regional seismic hazard mapping. Baise's recent research focuses on regional mapping for rapid response and loss estimation. Baise and her students are interested in both developing predictive models to predict damage extent and using remotely sensed imagery and automated classification techniques to develop damage extent maps immediately following natural hazard events.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2012: Graduate Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award, Tufts University
  • 2008: Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2007: Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate Studies, Tufts University Graduate Student Council
  • 2008: Best Paper of the Year Award, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience Journal
  • 2006: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
  • 2005: Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching Award, Tufts University
  • 1997-2000: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • 1997: Harry Bolton Seed Award in Geotechnical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
  • 1996-1997: Jane Lewis Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley
  • 1995: W. Taylor Thom, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Geological Engineering, Princeton University
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • 2016-2017: Past-President, New England Chapter, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • 2015-2016: President, New England Chapter, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • 2013-2014: President-Elect, New England Chapter, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • 2011-2017: Board Member, Seismological Society of America
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Civil Engineers
Seismological Society of America
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-0081: Capstone Design
CEE-0247: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
CEE-0187: Geographic Information Systems
ES-0093: Engineering in Emergencies