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New Programs Well Attended During the 4th UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar in Haiti

Andre Filiatrault (center) reviews some classroom content with a small group of seminar participants.

Instructor André Bergeron (right) gives a concrete slump test demonstration during his lecture on properties and quality control of materials.

More than 215 Haitian engineers, architects and students attended the 4th UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar. The month-long event, held August 1-23, 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, featured nine programs on earthquake engineering and seismic design of buildings in Haiti. Three of the most well-attended programs, simplified seismic design, seismic design of steel buildings, and geotechnical earthquake engineering and seismic design of foundations, were offered for the first time during this seminar and drew over 100 participants to each session.

Participants in the seismic design of steel structures program pose for a group photo in front of the classroom building used to present the seminar series. The building’s design was based on a seismic design example presented at an earlier installment of the seminar series.

In addition to offering the new programs, a new classroom building on the Quisqueya University (UniQ) campus was put to use to host the seminars. The building’s design was based on a seismic design example presented at an earlier installment of the seminar series.
Two new instructors, Constantin Christopoulos (Associate Professor of Civil Engineering & Director of the Structural Engineering Laboratory, University of Toronto) and Denis Leboeuf (Professor of Civil Engineering, Laval University), joined returning instructors Andre Filiatrault (M.EERI, Professor of Civil Engineering, University at Buffalo & MCEER Director), Pierre Fouché (Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo), Wassim M. Ghannoum (M.EERI, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin), J. Eric Karsh (Principal, Equilibrium Consulting Inc, Vancouver) and André Bergeron (Consultant in Structures, Montreal) to conduct the seminar. Sofia Tangalos, M.EERI, senior program officer of MCEER Information Service and education/outreach activities, served as seminar coordinator and Lou-Anne Filiatrault accompanied the team to assist with registration. Haitian colleagues Dean Evenson Calixte and Tingue Wolfield of the Faculty of Engineering & Architecture organized the event on behalf of UniQ.

Developed in consultation with UniQ faculty and based on Haitian construction practices, all lectures and seminar materials are presented in French and provide participants with the opportunity to receive credit toward a master’s of earthquake engineering degree that UniQ is developing with MCEER’s support. For more information, visit http://mceer.buffalo.edu/education/UniQ/default.asp.