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Announcement of the Satoru Ohya Medal

The World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) is pleased to announce creation of the Satoru Ohya Medal established in memory of Mr. Satoru Ohya. Mr. Ohya was a world leader in the field of seismic instrumentation and devoted his life to reducing the risks associated with earthquakes and other natural disasters, especially in the most vulnerable communities in developing countries of the world. He was the President and Chairman of the Board of OYO Corporation and served as President of the Geological Society of Japan and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan. He was heavily involved in the activities of WSSI and served on its Board of Directors.

Award Description: The Satoru Ohya Medal has been established by WSSI with the consent of the Ohya family. Its purpose is to honor the legacy of Mr. Ohya and acknowledge the contributions of worthy individuals and organizations that have carried on the tradition of technical excellence and deep concern for the public wellbeing that was exemplified by Mr. Ohya. The Award will be given every four years on the occasion of the World conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) and from time to time between these conferences as deserving candidates are  identified.

Nomination: Nominations for the Saturo Ohya Medal should be made using the “Nomination Form” that is available on the WSSI website (www.wssi.org). All nominations must be submitted to the WSSI office in Singapore at the address indicated on the Nomination Form. Nominations must be received by the end of August every year.

A review committee will evaluate all nominations and its recommendations will be presented to the WSSI Board of Directors who will make the final decision on selection of award recipients. Board members of WSSI will be ineligible to receive this award.


- December, 15, 2010

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