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2007 REU Symposium held in Seattle

The 2007 REU Symposium was organized this year by MCEER and took place August 8-12 in Seattle, Washington. This year’s student group was significantly larger than in previous years, totaling forty-two undergraduate students from MAE, MCEER, NEES and PEER.

During the Symposium, the undergraduate scholars gave technical presentations and actively participated in a question/answer session on their research projects to fellow REU students and coordinating faculty members from the Centers. Other Symposium activities included two engineer-led site tours: Safeco Park, the Mariner’s baseball stadium, and Seattle’s downtown Public Library – both nationally-recognized engineering accomplishments; a scenic dinner cruise of Lake Union and Lake Washington affording views of Washington’s floating bridges and zoned floating home communities; and an afternoon session addressing ethical considerations associated with engineering projects, led by Professor Scott G. Rutherford of the University of Washington.

As always, the Symposium proved to be an excellent educational and social experience for the young scholars, giving them the opportunity to present their research findings in a formal setting, learn about the numerous research possibilities available to them in the field of earthquake engineering, be exposed to several local engineers and faculty, meet other young people from all over the country who might become their future colleagues and collaborators, and interact with earthquake engineering faculty from EERC and NEES institutions.