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Update on NEES Activities

Michel Bruneau organized a session on the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) during the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting. Titled "New Experimental Capabilities for Bridge Seismic Research: George E. Brown, Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation," the session featured presentations from several MCEER affiliates on progress at their respective institutions on NEES efforts.

The objective of the session was to present, to bridge engineers, an overview of how the new NEES facilities can enhance the level of earthquake engineering research for bridges and make it possible to find solutions for problems that could not previously be solved. Presenters included Michel Bruneau, University at Buffalo laboratory, Tarek Abdoun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute centrifuge facility, and Ian G. Buckle, University of Nevada, Reno laboratory. Dr. Joy Pauschke, NEES program director, opened the session by providing an overview of the overall direction of the NEES program.

The Transportation Research Board's 81st Annual Meeting attracted over 8,000
transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting was held in Washington D.C. on January 13-17, 2002.

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