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Release date: Thursday, March 15, 2000
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MCEER Introduces Its
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spnquote.gif (9082 bytes)Buffalo, NY : March 15, 2000 ..... Strategic partnerships and networking opportunities are the cornerstone components of a new  MCEER initiative. The program, known as MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network, aims to unite business, industry and government participants to enhance the study, development and application of advanced technologies and reduce earthquake damage and losses nationwide.  (For more details, see the Strategic Partnerships Network Brochure.) (113kb Pdficonsmall.gif (198 bytes))

MCEER’s concept of a Strategic Partnerships Network to mitigate earthquake impacts, takes its lead from countless cooperative business alliances that have swept corporate America during the last decade or  so. "If fierce competitors can become friendly cooperators to achieve mutual business goals, then why can’t we do the same to protect lives, property and our nation’s economy from natural disasters?" asks George C. Lee, MCEER director.

The corporate strategic alliance trend has seen companies like Apple Computer and IBM, and automobile giants GM, Ford and Chrysler, find common ground on which to cooperate, to advance their individual corporate missions.

"MCEER seeks to follow suit with these corporate giants," says Lee. "Our overall goal is to create value through cooperation – valuable opportunities for participants to advance their organization’s mission, and valuable solutions to safeguard Americans and America’s economy from earthquake disasters."

MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network features three levels of membership:

Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Flagship Partner
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Premier Partner
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Partner

each with it’s own array of Network benefits. It also includes Specialty Interest Groups (SIGs) or "communities of interest," centered around various technologies being studied by researchers at MCEER. These include:

Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Site Remediation – to stabilize soils and foundations
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Structural Control – to protect structures from damaging vibrations
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Condition Assessment – to better estimate earthquake losses
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Decision Support Systems – to enhance earthquake response & recovery
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Advanced Systems Analysis/High-Performance Materials – to improve  lifeline performance

"MCEER’s research program is premised on the idea that new technologies can dramatically advance the way our nation mitigates losses from earthquake disasters," says Lee. "Technology manufacturers, marketers, consultants, and users all share a stake and can all benefit from the opportunity of working collectively to advance common goals and technology applications."

Lee added that SIG membership will represent the complete technology "application chain" – manufacturers, consultants, architects, engineers and other practitioners, computer software developers, technology end-users and facility owners in business, industry and government. Groups are designed to encourage networking and development of mutually-beneficial initiatives among participants and center researchers:

The new MCEER program began to take shape after center management met for a day in  December 1999, with professionals interested in further development and use of structural control technologies (damping and seismic isolation systems) to reduce damaging vibrations in buildings and other engineered structures.

The discussions that took place provided the seeds for the development of a program, which Lee says, "addresses the concerns of participants."

"It’s simple," he says, "they talked, we listened and now we’re acting on what they had to say." Plans are to open membership with an initial focus on the structural control and simulation SIG, and to hold future informational symposia with professionals interested in technologies represented in the program’s other Specialty Interest Groups.

MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network offers a variety of annual benefits to members, including:

Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)access to MCEER researchers and students;
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)early access to research results
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)early access to new state-of-the-art ideas, concepts and methodologies
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)preferred access to MCEER experimental facilities and equipment
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)priority enrollment in MCEER's Professional/Continuing Ed. short courses
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)opportunities for  product development needs through collaborative research

Areas of MCEER research expertise include: Seismology; Geotechnical, Structural and Risk Engineering; Architecture and Urban Planning; Structural Control & Technologies; Materials Science; Sociology, Economics; and Public Policy.

Members also become part of MCEER’s User Advisory Network, providing input to the center’s research program, and receive additional benefits including educational seminars, publications and information services. Flagship and Premier Partners receive further extended benefits.

Annual membership fees are: $10,000 for Flagship Partners; $3,500 for Premier Partners; and $1,000 for Partners. First-year memberships are effective through August 2001.

For information on the MCEER Strategic Partnerships Network, contact

Donald J. Goralski
University at Buffalo,
Red Jacket Quadrangle,
Buffalo, NY 14261;
tel: 716/645-3391 ext. 108;
fax: 716/645-3399;

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Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Application Form (77 kb)
Spnbullet.gif (49 bytes)Stategic Partners Brochure (93 kb)