UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar Series
Quisqueya University (UniQ) and the University at Buffalo's MCEER have united to provide a series of educational seminars on earthquake engineering in Haiti to practicing engineers, graduate students and senior undergraduate students. The seminars are part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by UniQ and MCEER, which also includes plans to develop longer-term educational programs on seismic design of buildings with a focus on adapted techniques for reconstruction, and promote academic exchange and cooperation over the next three years.
Each seminar will provide the opportunity to receive credit toward a master’s of earthquake engineering degree that UniQ is developing with MCEER’s support. Prior to the January 12 earthquake, opportunities to receive formal training in seismic design and construction in Haiti were very limited.
The first seminar was held May 20-22, 2010 in Port-au-Prince on the UniQ campus. It was developed with an understanding of current Haitian construction practices, and aimed to help Haitian engineers gain knowledge of fundamental earthquake engineering principles for retrofit of damaged facilities and design of new construction. Seminar participants were shown how to conduct rapid building assessments using the U.S. standard, Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.