MCEER part of newly formed Asian-Pacific Centers Network
Members of ANCER are committed to enhancing research, education and technology transfer to reduce seismic hazards.
MCEER is one of seven centers that are part of a new unique, professional consortium called the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER). ANCER was established in October 2001 to enhance the research, education and technology transfer activities of the centers. Its vision is to broaden research and development impacts and mitigation practices through cooperative activities that can best be advanced on a center-to-center basis over a large geographical area.
The concept of a centers network was introduced during an international workshop organized by the Korean Earthquake Engineering Research Center (KEERC) in Seoul in 2000. Professor Sung-Pil Chang, director of KEERC, suggested developing a formal working relationship among the centers, and the concept evolved into the formation of ANCER.
The first activity of ANCER is the sponsorship of a major international conference on advances and new challenges in earthquake engineering research. The conference will consist of two consecutive back-to-back meetings in Harbin and Hong Kong (see announcement ) and will be held in August 2002.
ANCER has four officers: Dr. S.C. Liu, of the National Science Foundation, serves as the advisor; Dr. Sung-Pil Chang, KEERC, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea will serve as president for two years (2001-2003); Dr. George Lee, MCEER, will serve as president elect for two years (2001-2003), and president for one year (2003-2004) and Dr. Xiaozhai Qi, Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Seismological Bureau (IEMCSB), Harbin, China, will serve as secretary/treasurer for five years (2001-2006). Other members are Dr. Daniel Abrams, Mid America Earthquake Center (MAE), Urbana, Illinois, Dr. Jack Moehle, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, Berkeley, California, Dr. H. Kameda, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan and Dr. C-H Loh, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
ANCER plans to expand its membership during and after the conference. ANCER is headquartered at KEERC, http://www.keerc.net.
Korean Earthquake Engineering Research Center (KEERC)
Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)
Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Seismological Bureau (IEMCSB)
Mid America Earthquake Center (MAE)
National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE)
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center