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2012 CSEE Student Poster Competition Provides Opportunity for Students to Present Research Work

Thirteen graduate students from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) at the University at Buffalo (UB) participated in the 2012 CSEE Graduate Student Poster Competition, an annual event organized to provide students with the opportunity to present their research work to faculty members and compete for cash awards.

Held on March 2, 2012, all CSEE faculty members were invited to participate as judges in the competition. In addition, Roberto T. Leon, David H. Burrows Professor at Virginia Tech, served as a guest judge. The posters were scored based on the originality of the research, impact on the field and the quality and clarity of presentation.

Following the poster presentations, Professor Leon gave a seminar on the “Performance of URM and RC Structures in the Feb. 22, 2011 Christchurch Earthquake: Lessons for USA Practice” in which he described the behavior of unreinforced masonry (URM) and reinforced concrete (RC) structures, and how lessons learned from the earthquake can be applied to practice in the U.S.

From Left: Yuan Tian (3rd), M. J. Hashemi (3rd), Alireza Farhidzadeh (1st) and Konstantinos Oikonomou (2nd).

Awards were presented at the conclusion of the seminar. The first place award went to Alireza Farhidzadeh for his poster, which profiled his research on “The Next Generation of Structural Engineering: Non-destructive Evaluation, Structural Health Monitoring and Smart Structures.” Second place went to Konstantinos Oikonomou for his poster on “Seismic Isolation of Electrical Transformers.” Third place was a tie between Yuan Tian for his poster on “Experimental Seismic Study of Fire Extinguishing Sprinkler Piping Subsystems” and M. J. Hashemi for his poster on “Framework for Online Parameter Identification in Hybrid Simulation.”

The top scoring posters will be displayed in the department after the competition. The students with the winning posters will also represent CSEE in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) graduate poster competition later this year.

Aikaterini Stefanaki, a Ph.D. student in structural and earthquake engineering and vice president of the CSEE Graduate Student Association (CSEEGSA), coordinated the competition, which was open to all graduate students. The event was also organized and sponsored by the University at Buffalo Student Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (UB-EERI), the Graduate Student Association of UB's Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE-GSA), MCEER, the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), and the University at Buffalo Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE).