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ASCE Seminar Features MCEER Investigator & Partners

MCEER investigator, Michael Constantinou and several center partners will serve as lecturers for "Infrastructure for Earthquakes -- Seismic Retrofit of Structures," March 19-22 in New York City. 

The program is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section Infrastructure Group. It is held in cooperation with the ASCE student chapter and department of civil & environmental engineering at Polytechnic University. The program will feature several presentations on applications of structural control technologies in civil infrastructure systems. 

It will take place on consecutive evenings, from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 through Thursday, March 22, 2000. Seismic isolation and damper manufacturers, and seismic analysis software developers will also exhibit each evening.

Constantinou will open the series on Monday, March 19 with "An Introduction to Seismic Isolation and Seismic Energy Dissipation." He is among the world's leading authorities on the subject. A long-time MCEER researcher, he is also professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo.

A number of members of the center's Strategic Partnerships Network will also present papers. All are members of the Network's Specialty Interest Group on Structural Control Technologies. These include:

Monday, March 19 
"Seismic Isolation Retrofit of Bridges, Buildings and Industrial Structures."
presented by Victor Zayas, Earthquake Protective Sytems, Inc. (EPS)

Tuesday, March 20 
"Seismic Retrofit of the I-40 Bridge & Approaches Across the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tennessee"
presented by Roy A. Imbsen, Imbsen & Associates, Inc.

 "JFK Air Rail System - Seismic Engineering Aspects"
presented by Amarnath Kasalanati, Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc.

Thursday, March 22 
"Seismic Upgrade of the New Terminal at the Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey"
presented by Emmanuel E. Velivasakis, LZA Technology, a division of Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc. (

View the Complete Seminar Agenda  (In Abode Acrobat .pdf format, If you don't already have the Acrobat reader, get it Here.)

Among those companies exhibiting are the following members of MCEER's Strategic Partnerships Network

A collection of MCEER materials will also be on display.

Other program participants include: 

  • Tony Taddeo, Koch-Skanska 
  • Andy Ko, STV Engineers 
  • Peter L. Lee, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Steven W. Bennett and Serafim G. Arzoumanidis, Parsons Transportation Group
  • Robert A. Dameron, Anatech Corp.
  • Norik Tatevossian, NYSDOT 
  • Nabih Youssef, Nabih Youssef & Associates.

Other exhibitors include: 

  • R J Watson
  • Seismic Energy Products
  • Pall Dynamics
  • Computers & Structures
  • Adina R & D
  • Research Engineers. 

R J Watson and LARSA have been  MCEER Research Collaborators.

Registration is $100 per person, $80 each for a group of 5 or more and $20 for full-time students with school ID. Checks should be drawn to "ASCE Met Section" and brought to the seminar. Admission includes a copy of the proceedings and daily refreshments.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the 

Jagtar S. Khinda, P.E., F.ASCE, Infrastructure Group Chair
Tel.: 212-788-1781 
Fax: 212-788-1811 
Web site:

For more information on the MCEER Strategic Partnerships Network, contact 

Business Development & Strategic Partnerships
University at Buffalo
133A Ketter Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260
Tel: 716-645-5151
Fax: 716-645-3399

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