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MCEER Movers & Shakers


Jack Moehle

PEER Director Jack P. Moehle Named EERI’s 2005 Distinguished Lecturer

Jack P. Moehle, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, has been chosen to give the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's 2005 Distinguished Lecture. His topic will be ''Performance-Based Design: Developments and Applications.''

In February 2005, Moehle will present his lecture at EERI's 57th Annual Meeting in Ixtapa, Mexico. Groups interested in having him present the lecture subsequently should contact the EERI office, or visit for more information.

Michael Constantinou

Constantinou Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Michael C. Constantinou, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo and long time MCEER researcher, received the 2004 SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence. The award is given in recognition of scholarly and creative pursuit beyond teaching responsibilities. A UB faculty member since 1987, Dr. Constantinou is co-director of UB's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL). His research interests include structural engineering, earthquake engineering, seismic isolation, seismic-energy dissipation, large-scale testing and performance-based design.

Sissy Nikolaou

Nikolaou wins Prakash Award

Sissy Nikolaou was presented with the Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice during a special ceremony at the 2004 Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering Conference held in New York City, April 13-17, 2004. The Shamsher Prakash Foundation presents this award annually to young engineers and scientists from all over the world who are specialists in geotechnical engineering or geotechnical earthquake engineering, recognizing the winner's significant independent contributions and promise of future excellence in these fields. Dr. Nikolaou is Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Seismic Analyst at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers. She received a Masters and Ph.D. degree from the University at Buffalo in 1995 and 1998, respectively. While at UB, Sissy was involved in MCEER's research under the direction of Professor George Gazetas.
Dan Fenz at the podium

Daniel Fenz

Daniel Fenz, an M.S. Student in Earthquake Engineering at the University at Buffalo, received the American Society of Civil Engineers Buffalo Section Student of the Year Award for 2003. Dan, who was selected for the award by the faculty of the UB Civil Engineering Department, received it from Buffalo Section President John Danzer at a joint meeting of the UB Student and Buffalo Section ASCE Chapters in March.

Former MCEER student Tony Yang won the award in 2001.

Art in his office chair

Art Chianello

Art Chianello, M.S. candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at California State University at Los Angeles (CSLA) received a student award from the Structural Engineering Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) at the Annual Student Night, in February 2004.

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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