Andre Filiatrault Named Deputy Director of Earthquake Engineering Research
Center at UB
N.Y. -- Andre Filiatrault, Ph.D. -- a leading expert on shake-table
testing of structural and nonstructural building components, including
electrical substation equipment -- has been named deputy director
of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
(MCEER) headquartered at the University at Buffalo. MCEER is a National
Science Foundation "Center of Excellence" in earthquake
Filiatrault, formerly a professor of structural engineering at the
University of California-San Diego, will be responsible for
coordinating MCEER's nationwide research program in advanced technology
applications. He also has been appointed professor of civil,
structural and environmental engineering in the UB School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences.
"Dr. Filiatrault is an outstanding and prolific researcher
who has received many awards for his work," said Michel Bruneau,
Ph.D., MCEER director and UB professor of civil, structural and environmental
engineering. "His extensive experience with shake-table testing
will be especially valuable to research initiatives of MCEER and the
UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences upon completion of UB's
state-of-the-art Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation
Filiatrault is past president of the Consortium of Universities for
Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) and was project manager
for testing and analysis for the CUREE-Caltech Wood Frame Project,
a federally funded effort to develop reliable and economical methods
of improving woodframe building performance in earthquakes.
His full-scale dynamic tests on a variety of structural and nonstructural
systems and components over the past 15 years have led to improved
seismic design standards. Filiatrault has led or has been a member
of several earthquake reconnaissance teams, including those that investigated
the Nisqually Valley earthquake in Washington State in 2001, the Loma
Prieta and Northridge, Calif., earthquakes in 1989 and 1994, respectively,
and the Kobe, Japan, earthquake in 1995. He is a recipient of the
Moisseiff Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the
Gzowksi Medal from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. He has
published 67 articles in scientific journals and is author of the
textbook "Elements of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics."
Before joining the University of California-San Diego, Filiatrault
professor of civil engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
also continues to serve on the scientific board and faculty of the
European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk
the University of Pavia in Italy.
He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Sherbrooke,
Quebec, and a master's degree and doctorate in civil engineering from
the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
He also is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a registered
professional engineer in the province of Quebec, Canada.
MCEER's mission is to reduce earthquake damage and losses through
multidisciplinary team research and the application of advanced
technologies that improve earthquake engineering, pre-earthquake
planning and post-earthquake recovery strategies.
A $20 million expansion of UB's Structural Engineering and Earthquake
Simulation Laboratory on UB's North (Amherst) Campus will be completed
in 2004. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the State
University of New York, the facility will be equipped with twin shake
tables capable of real-time seismic testing of structures up to 120
feet in length. The facility is part of the National Science
Foundation's George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering
Simulation (NEES), a nationwide "collaboratory" for earthquake
engineers and students.
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