2006 REU Symposium held in Sunriver, Oregon
The 2006 Annual Tri-Center Earthquake Engineering Symposium for Young Researchers, was held August 10-13 in Sunriver, Oregon (just south of Bend) and organized by PEER. This year’s group was significantly larger, totaling thirty-four undergraduate students from MAE, MCEER, PEER, and newcomer NEES. All of the participants presented on their research conducted during the 10-week long summer program, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).
MCEER sponsored nine REU students this summer. Seven completed their programs at the University at Buffalo (UB): Lisa Armbruster, Jesse Gotham, Jayce Grefrath, and Donald Taylor from UB; Alma Garcia from California Polytechnic State University; Tony Kim from Bradley University; and Sean Eosefow from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Kristn Denaye Hinds and Aaron Williams remained at their home institute, Florida State University to conduct their research.
The MCEER group enjoyed the beautiful setting in Sunriver, Oregon.
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The Symposium activities included an engaging dinner talk entitled Preparing for the Big One in Oregon, presented by an energetic Yumei Wang from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Stunning weather provided a perfect setting for our afternoon tour of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, beginning with a spectacular view of the Newberry Caldera at 6,300 feet elevation. We then traveled down the mountain and stopped at different points to walk through a hillside of black-glass obsidian, hike around a portion of Paulina Lake and meander through an old-growth hemlock forest – all while learning the history of the region, the impacts on the indigenous Native Americans, and details about the geology, flora, and fauna of this region at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon.
The Symposium program included a session focused on ethical considerations associated with engineering projects led by guest speaker, Dr. Charles Harris, from Texas A&M University.
Students participating in the program are encouraged to pursue graduate studies in their field of interest. Symposium Proceedings will be available from PEER.