MCEER Annual PI Meeting

-  February 25-26, 2005. Sacramento, California

The 2005 Annual Meeting of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) was held on February 25-26, 2005 at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, in California at the invitation of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). The theme of this year Annual Meeting was “Involving Stakeholders … Igniting Innovation … Securing Resilience”, and its main objective was to engage stakeholders at the start of a process that will ignite innovation and engineer solutions to help communities secure heightened resilience against earthquakes as well as other disasters nationwide.

MCEER Industry Partners, Students and Researchers attended the icebreaker on the evening of Thursday, February 24 at the California State History Museum, in downtown Sacramento. The Annual Meeting commenced with a Practitioners Day Forum on Friday morning, February 25, 2005. Open to the practicing community of architects, engineers, planners, owners, emergency managers, policy makers, and public officials in Northern California and beyond, Practitioners Day Forum included plenary and breakout sessions that focused on the three critical components of the community resilience:

  • Seismic Evaluation & Retrofit of Electric Power & Water Systems
  • Seismic Retrofit of Hospitals/Acute Care Facilities
  • Earthquake Response & Recovery

The Strategic Research Planning Day on Saturday, February 26, was open to the MCEER industry partners, students and researchers only. In the morning session; Michael Pollino, the new Chair of the MCEER Student Leadership Council (SLC), presented the objectives and activities of the SLC to the industry partners and researchers. Jeff Berman, a civil engineering graduate student at the University at Buffalo, presented his article titled, “Testing of a Laterally Stable Eccentrically Braced Frame for Steel Bridge Piers”. He was selected as the winner of the Annual Student Research Accomplishments paper competition, by a panel of distinguished judges from MCEER’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB), and was presented with an award in recognition of his achievement. In the afternoon session the members of the three groups met in plenary and breakout sessions to factor the previous day’s practitioner comments into Strategic Research Planning, for the year ahead.

Students with more than twenty posters presenting their research related to the three critical components of the community resilience and Industry Partners with their exhibits helped to foster further interaction between MCEER students, industry partners, researchers, and others in attendance.  SLC Members that attended the Annual PI Meeting included:  Navid Haji Allah Verdipur (NJIT), Jeffrey Berman (UB), Gian Paolo Cimellaro (UB), Sanjay Coelho (UBC), Robert Corbin (UNR), Marlon Hill (FAMU), Seth Guikema (CU), Anita Jacobson (CU), Cagdas Kafali (CU), Xiaobo Luo (UB), Shashi Kant Mishra (UB), Rafeek Nashed (UB), Terri Norton (FAMU), Thu Pham (UCI), Michael Pollino (UB), Hwasung Roh (UB), Hongbo Wang (UB), Assawin Wantikorkul (UB), Xin Xu (UB), and Dong Wang (UB).

The day before the Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 24, MCEER investigators involved in the MCEER Hospital Project met with the OSHPD officials at the Secretary of the State Building in downtown Sacramento. MCEER investigators presented their research to OSHPD officials and received feedback.  Discussion also included California's sb1953 policy and other related policy issues.  

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-Submitted by:  Cagdas Kafali, Cornell University

SLC Meeting Minutes