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August 2, 2001, Buffalo, NY ….. The Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) welcomes six new members to its Strategic Partnerships Network. They are: 

Arup, Degenkolb, KPFF, and SHA Coffman Engineers, are engineering firms. Skidmore Owings & Merrill is an architectural engineering firm. Bridgestone is a manufacturer of seismic isolation bearings.

MCEER's Strategic Partnerships Network is a network of business, industry and government partners, working with Center researchers to advance common strategic goals. The program unites the entire technology "application chain" - manufacturers, consultants, and users of advancing technologies - in an effort to collectively advance technology applications to reduce earthquake damage and losses.

Arup, Degenkolb, and KPFF, have subscribed to membership as Premier Partners. Bridgestone, SHA Coffman Engineers, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill, join at the Partner level.

They join existing members Enidine, Inc. and Taylor Devices, Inc. (Flagship Partners); Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc. and Weidlinger Associates, Inc. (Premier Partners); and Cannon Design, Earthquake Protection Systems, Inc., Imbsen & Associates, Inc., and Thornton-Tomasetti Group (Partners) as members. 

Additional information on MCEER's Strategic Partnerships Network, and links to all member web sites can be found at


About MCEER's Strategic Partnerships Network  

MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network links world-renowned researchers with practitioners in business, industry, and government, to serve common goals. The program seeks to unite the entire technology “application chain” – researchers, manufacturers, consultants, software developers, and users of advancing technologies – in an effort to collectively advance technology application.

It offers numerous member benefits including Specialty Interest Groups (SIGs) that focus on research, development and application of specific technologies including:

The Strategic Partnerships Network features three levels of membership: Flagship Partner, Premier Partner, and Partner, each with it's own array of Network benefits. Annual membership fees are: $10,000 for Flagship Partners; $3,500 for Premier Partners; and $1,000 for Partners.

It encourages interaction with important industry colleagues and MCEER's "expert" researchers. It offers preferred enrollment in MCEER continuing education courses. It provides access to top students throughout MCEER's nationwide consortium of institutions. And it provides opportunities for collaborative studies with center researchers, fellow members, and government agencies.


Further  Information

For information on the MCEER Strategic Partnerships Network, contact Donald J. Goralski at:

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

or visit the “Partnerships” section on the MCEER Web site at

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