2014 Principal Investigator Millionaires

Chris Cramer, CERI

Hsiang-te Kung, Earth Sciences

Project/Grant Information for Chris Cramer

Name of projects/grants:

  1. Memphis/Shelby Co. Earthquake Hazard Mapping
  2. St. Louis Area Earthquake Hazard Mapping
  3. Charleston, SC Earthquake Hazard Mapping
  4. Identifying Boundaries between Regions with Different Earthquake Shaking Amplitude Decay in the Continental U.S.
  5. Developing an Earthquake Ground Motion Database for Eastern North America
  6. Empirical Earthquake Ground Motion Prediction Equations for Eastern North America

Sponsoring Agencies:

    U.S. Geological Survey (projects 1-6) Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (project 5)

Time Frame of Projects:

  • Project 1: 2012-2015
  • Project 2: 2008-2015
  • Project 3: 2014
  • Project 4: 2012-2016
  • Project 5: 2007-2012
  • Project 6: 2013-2016


  • Project 1: Gary Patterson (CERI), Roy Van Arsdale (DES), David Arellano (Civil Eng.), and the Memphis Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project Technical Working Group.
  • Project 2: David Rogers (MST), Bob Bauer (ISGS), Missouri Geological Survey, and the St. Louis Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project Technical Working Group.
  • Project 3: Steven Jaume and Norman Levine (College of Charleston), and the Charleston Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project Technical Working Group.
  • Project 4: Heather Deshon (SMU) and Md. Nayeem Al Noman (CERI).
  • Project 5: Jerry Kutliroff and Donny Dangkua (CERI), and regional and national network operators in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Project 6: Md. Nayeem Al Noman (CERI).

Summary of Research Efforts:

Chris CramerThe research focus of my projects have related to earthquake shaking hazards, strong ground motion modeling, the effects of local geology on earthquake shaking, and the interaction with local and region users of this information. The urban earthquake hazards mapping projects develop local geology information that I incorporate into more realistic urban earthquake shaking and liquefaction hazard maps for use by local engineers, utilities, land use planners, emergency managers, and government agencies. We have held workshops to present results, obtain feedback, and interact with the urban hazard mapping user community. Aspects of my research are supported and used by the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project in improving their national earthquake hazard maps.

Project/Grant Information for Hsiang-te Kung

Name of projects/grants

University of Memphis Confucius Institute

Sponsoring Agency/Divisions

  • Confucius Institute Headquarters

Time Frame of projects

2006 - present

Collaborators/team members

  • Riki Hamilton Jackson
  • Yue Zhang
  • Lin Zhang
  • Xiaoyan Hu
  • Jiayun Li
  • Staff, teachers, and volunteers

Summary of project/research

Hsiang-te KungProposals were prepared and submitted for the Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of Memphis in 2006 and 2007 sponsored and funded by the CI Headquarters. The application process is extremely competitive. The University of Memphis Confucius Institute (CI) is the first CI in Tennessee and in the mid-south. We are the 24th in the US. Each year, the CI Headquarters fund projects and programs proposed and submitted by the University of Memphis Confucius Institute under the direction of Dr. Kung. In the eight year period of the CIUM, we have received several millions of dollars from HANBAN for more than 200 projects that we proposed, also receiving many grants and funding from our partner schools in the state of Tennessee.