MCEER SLC Members Participate in 8NCEE
Current and a few former MCEER SLC members at the 8NCEE. From left are: Daniel Fenz, Gian Paolo Cimellaro, Oren Lavan, Macarena Schachter, Ramiro Vargas, Sivaselvan Mettupalayam, Xiaoyun Shao, Jeffrey Berman and Yufeng Hu
The 8th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering was held at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on April 18 - 21, 2006. More than 3,000 earthquake professionals from around the world gathered in San Francisco, representing the fields of seismology, engineering, emergency management, risk management, public policy, and education (see related article).
The conference program included many poster and oral presentation sessions over the course of four days. In addition to many other MCEER investigators, a number of students were provided funding to attend the conference through MCEER Education Grants. These students, along with their respective home university, and titles of their conference presentations, are given below:
- Jeffrey Berman, University at Buffalo, “Proof-of-Concept Testing and Finite Element Modeling of Self-stabilizing Hybrid Rectangular Links for Eccentrically Braced Frames”
- Nurhan Ecemis, University at Buffalo, “Effects of Fines on Liquefaction Screening using Penetration Resistance”
- Daniel Fenz, University at Buffalo, “An Introduction to the Double Concave Friction Pendulum Bearing”
- Yu-Feng Hu, University at Buffalo, “Evolutionary Methodologies for Aseismic Decision Support”
- Selina Lee, Cornell University, “Review of Forest, Compartment, Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research and their Relation to Fire Following Earthquake Models”
- Michael Pollino, University at Buffalo, “Bi-directional Seismic Analysis and Design of Bridge Steel Truss Piers Allowing a Controlled Rocking Response”
- Rodrigo Retamales, University at Buffalo, “Experimental Study on the Seismic Behavior of Nonstructural Components Subjected to Full-Scale Floor Motions”
- Yu Wang, Cornell University, “Simulation of Earthquake Water Supply Performance”
Past SLC Chair Jeffrey Berman also presented “The MCEER Student Leadership Council and Earthquake Engineering Education Activities” during the Education and Outreach in Earthquake Engineering Session held during the conference.
The conference provided the students first-hand exposure to information on the state of the art in both practice and research in earthquake engineering while providing all of the presenters experience with public speaking. It also fostered discussion and networking among students, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. All together, the conference was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for all who attended.
-Submitted by Michael Pollino, SLC Chair, University at Buffalo