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US-PRC Protocol Meeting Held in Hawaii

Delegations from China and the U.S. met in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 28, 2004 to review progress of existing joint research activities and to discuss possible joint future projects between China and the U.S. under the US-PRC Protocol (Annex III) agreement.

Huijuan Wu, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Construction and S.C. Liu, NSF Program Director, opened the meeting by citing past successes of the program and offering ideas for future collaboration. MCEER's George Lee then discussed the history of the protocol, which has provided an important mechanism for collaborative research in earthquake engineering between the two countries since 1980.

The development of an initiative on smart structures for earthquake hazard mitigation and the establishment of a state-of-the-art sensor laboratory and testbed campaigns (in the laboratory and in the field) were key topics of discussion. China is developing smart structure technology for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and there are opportunities for collaboration between the two countries (see program announcement on page 9).

The meeting concluded with both delegations agreeing to pursue three major activities in the next year:


U.S. Participants

  • Michel Bruneau
    MCEER, University at Buffalo

  • Ian Buckle
    Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, University of Nevada Reno

  • Amr Elnashai
    Mid-America Earthquake Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Gregory Fenves
    Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California at Berkeley

  • George Lee
    MCEER, University at Buffalo

  • S.C. Liu
    National Science Foundation

  • Jack Moehle
    Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

PRC Participants

  • Shu Jia
    Ministry of Construction

  • Xilin Lu
    Research Institute of Structural Engineering & Disaster Reduction, Tongji University

  • Xiaozhai Qi
    Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration

  • Yayong Wang
    China Academy of Building Research

  • Zifa Wang
    Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration

  • Huijuan Wu
    Ministry of Construction

  • Lingxin Zhang
    Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration

The Bulletin is a free publication offering articles on Center research, cooperative ventures, reports from conferences, educational activities, upcoming events, and reviews of new MCEER publications Fall/Winter 2004

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