2004 Annual Meeting
The New Otani Hotel & Gardens
Los Angeles, California
January 14 - 16, 2004

Engaging Community...Enlisting Opinion...Attaining Resilience


2004 MCEER Annual Meeting Successfully "Engages" California Stakeholders

Incorporating a spectacular nighttime view of the Los Angeles skyline, a day of intense listening to practitioner viewpoints, industry exhibits and student posters, and a collaborative luncheon to reflect on 10 years of advancements since the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) capped off a successful 2004 Annual Meeting, January 15-16, in Los Angeles, California.

Under the theme of "Engaging Community Enlisting Opinion Attaining Resilience," the meeting provided a setting for MCEER researchers, students, and Industry Advisory Board (IAB) members to engage West Cost practitioners and stakeholders face-to-face, in providing input to help shape the center's research plan for the coming year. In all, more than 40 practicing architects, engineers, planners, owners, emergency managers, policy makers, and public officials joined in the process.

The meeting was held in Los Angeles, at the invitation of the city's Emergency Preparedness Department; Ellis Stanley, Sr., general manager, helped preside over a number of annual meeting activities, most of which took place at The New Otani Hotel.

The annual meeting included:

On the evening of Thursday, January 15, an Annual Meeting Banquet honored the leadership of former MCEER director, George C. Lee. Lee stepped down as director last fall, to concentrate more intently on the center's Highway Project on which he serves as principal investigator, and other responsibilities at the University at Buffalo. He held the post of MCEER director since 1992. The Annual Meeting convened with the center's Executive Committee and Industry Advisory Board Executive Committee meeting in joint session, to review and further discuss past research progress and plans made for the coming year. On Saturday, January 17, MCEER representatives concluded their Southern California outreach by taking part in "Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future: Northridge Earthquake 10th Anniversary," an Earthquake Fair at California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena. The event, sponsored by FEMA, BICEPP and others, featured a day of lectures and exhibits on advancements made in the decade since the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994.





Engaging Community...Enlisting Opinion...Attaining Resilience
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