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Florida A&M Team Wins MCEER's First Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

team with their structure
team member attaches model to shake table

The winning team from Floriday A&M University. MCEER's diversity director, Makola Abdullah, is shown second from left.

Members of the University of
Nevada-Reno team prepare their
model for testing.

On Saturday, January 29, 2005, five teams of undergraduate students participated in the first MCEER Seismic Design Competition for Undergraduates, held in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory at UB. Undergraduate students from Florida A&M, University of Nevada-Reno, University at Buffalo, New Jersey Institute of Technology and City College of New York saw how well their structures made of balsa wood performed when subjected to large earthquakes.

The winning team will go on to compete in a Tri-Center competition later this year. A full review is in preparation and will be included in the Spring 2005 issue of the MCEER Bulletin. Additional information on the event can be found at:

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