Company History

Earthquake damage picture taken by HB-Risk team members Dustin Cook and Katie Fitzgerald during their post-earthquake reconnaissance the day of the 2014 South Napa earthquake in California (taken August 24, 2014).

Earthquake damage picture taken by HB-Risk team members Dustin Cook and Katie Fitzgerald during their post-earthquake reconnaissance the day of the 2014 South Napa earthquake in California (taken August 24, 2014).

Jack Baker and Curt Haselton have worked together for over a decade on research to support and advance our structural engineering profession.

These activities have included fundamental research projects, technology transfer projects with the Applied Technology Council (including ATC-58), and consulting projects to utilize research tools in the real world.

Preparations for testing a full-scale RC column specimen at the MAST lab in Minnesota.  HB-Risk Co-Founder Curt Haselton is Co-PI on this NSF-NEES project.

Preparations for testing a full-scale RC column specimen at the MAST lab in Minnesota. HB-Risk Co-Founder Curt Haselton is Co-PI on this NSF-NEES project.

Through this work, we observed that advanced design and assessment methods are often difficult to implement in practice. This difficulty often arises because research calculations and software cannot keep up with the rapid pace of work in a design office. Given our experience in performance-based engineering research and software development, we saw a chance to address this problem.

We created the Haselton Baker Risk Group in 2014 to produce software that meets the needs of cutting-edge engineering design professionals and enables engineers to quickly implement advanced design and assessment methods into their practice. When equipped with the tools to comprehensively assess performance of buildings, we believe that engineers will be able to design more resilient projects and communities.

Our Team

Curt Haselton, Ph.D., P.E. Co-Founder and CEO

Curt Haselton, Ph.D., P.E. Co-Founder and CEO

Curt is a leader in the field of structural earthquake engineering, with recent work focusing on building code development, building collapse safety assessments, and earthquake damage and loss estimation. In addition to his role as Co-Founder and CEO of HB Risk, he is a Professor and Department Chair in Civil Engineering at California State University, Chico . He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University in 2006. Among his awards, Curt received the 2013 Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute , honoring an individual under the age of 35 for creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in earthquake risk mitigation and management.

Jack Baker, Ph.D. Co-Founder

Jack Baker, Ph.D. Co-Founder

Jack is a leader in the field of structural reliability and earthquake loss estimation. In addition to his role as Co-Founder of HB Risk, he is an Associate Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University in 2005, where he also earned M.S. degrees in Statistics and Structural Engineering. Among his awards, Jack received the Shah Family Innovation Prize in 2009 from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He has industry experience in seismic hazard assessment, ground motion selection, probabilistic risk assessment, and modeling of catastrophe losses for insurance and reinsurance companies.

Careers

We are actively building our SP3 development team. If interested in working on this exciting project, and as part of a great team, please send a resume to support@hbrisk.com.

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