The sixth annual MCEER Student Leadership Council (SLC) retreat was hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee on September 8-11, 2005. The annual retreat provides an opportunity for SLC members to discuss current issues and future activities, present their research, and receive feedback from other students in an informal manner. Much of the retreat’s organization was done by FAMU students Terri Norton, Marlon Hill and Karla Villarreal.
The annual retreat meeting began on Friday morning at the FAMU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with opening remarks by Michael Pollino, University at Buffalo (UB), the current SLC chairman. Following his remarks, the group began discussing the planning and coordination of the coming year’s activities and duties. Some of the SLC activities discussed included the 2004-2005 Student Research Accomplishments volume, which will be edited by SLC Activities Coordinator Navid Haji Allah Verdipur from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, which was held at UB in January (see review).
All SLC participants gave presentations on their research, followed by questions and comments from fellow SLC members. The presentations covered various research projects funded through MCEER. Student presentations were given by Terri Norton, Marlon Hill and Karla Villarreal (FAMU); Selina Lee (Cornell); Robert Corbin (Nevada-Reno); and Dan Fenz, Yufeng Hu, Xiaobu Luo and Michael Pollino (UB).
During lunch on Friday, the Director of the Wind Hazard and Earthquake Engineering Research Lab at FAMU and MCEER researcher, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, gave a presentation on the FEMA/DRU Project. Later in the afternoon, the SLC distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Shirley J. Dyke, Washington University in St. Louis, gave a presentation on semi-active structural control technologies.
On Saturday, students had time to explore the city of Tallahassee and met later in the day for an informal discussion on the Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. That evening, SLC participants and FAMU students watched the Florida State University vs. The Citadel football game.
Submitted by Michael Pollino, University at Buffalo