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The Department holds several Distinguished Lectures annually

John A. Blume Distinguished Lecture Series
This lecture series is presented by the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, which encourages the advancement of earthquake engineering research and education at Stanford. The center was established in 1974 by a donation from John A. Blume, often called the "father of earthquake engineering."

The John A. Blume Distinguished Lecture is given once a year by a structural engineer whose career best exemplifies Dr. Blume’s outstanding achievements.

Shah Family Fund Distinguished Lecture Series
The Shah Family Fund was established in 1995 to provide annual fellowships for students in civil engineering; an annual prize for an outstanding staff member in the School of Engineering; and an annual distinguished lecture on catastrophic risk management and related subjects.

The fund is named for Haresh Shah, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Shah, an expert on probability and reliability theory, also is a founding member of Risk Management Solutions Inc. in Newark, Calif.

Shimizu Distinguished Lecture Series
The Shimizu Corporation endowment, established in 1989, enables the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department to welcome visitors who make distinctive contributions to civil or environmental engineering, and helps us promote international collaboration between academia and industry.