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MCEER Announces New Director
George C. Lee Takes on New Role

Retiring Director George C. Lee, left, and incoming Director, Michel Bruneau, right.

Dear Readers,

Last fall, at my request, the University at Buffalo began a national search for the next director of MCEER. I am pleased to report that Michel Bruneau has accepted the position, effective at the beginning of the fall semester on August 25, 2003. Michel is a well established earthquake engineering researcher with an enormous amount of knowledge, experience and energy. I am confident that he will provide the necessary leadership for our Center to realize its vision. Please join me in congratulating and supporting Michel in his new position as MCEER director.

I will continue to do my best to serve MCEER as a researcher, to manage its international programs, and to be more involved in MCEER’s research-education interface activities. Furthermore, I will continue to be the project director for the FHWA contract. I will maintain an office at MCEER headquarters and my contact information will remain the same.

Earthquake engineering at UB began its development about 30 years ago, when the University made a decision to construct the shaking table facility in the new civil engineering department building back in 1975. The structural dynamics and earthquake engineering laboratory at Ketter Hall became a reality in 1982. In 1986, UB became home to NCEER and since that time, has received continued support from UB, the State of New York, and consortium institutions. As a result, MCEER today is well regarded for its pioneering role in the application of advanced technologies in earthquake hazard mitigation and in disaster response/recovery through multidisciplinary team efforts involving engineering and social sciences. With Michel’s appointment to the directorship, MCEER can expect a continued and accelerated growth in accomplishing its mission.

George C. Lee,
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