Young Researchers from China and the US Gather at Earthquake Engineering Forum
From May 27-June 7, 2006, about 25 young researchers from the US and China participated in the PRC-US Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers. The purpose of the Forum was to establish professional opportunities and foster long-term partnerships in the form of continued technical communications and research collaboration.
George C. Lee and Xiaozhai Qi served as the coordinators, and Amjad Aref was the US team leader. US participants were Larry Fahnestock (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - UIUC), Gilberto Mosqueda (University at Buffalo - UB), Scott Olson (UIUC), Scott Robinson (University of Texas at Dallas), S. Thevanayagam (UB), Deborah Thomas (University of Colorado at Denver) and Ken Walsh (Bradley University).
The Forum included a formal technical program, technical tours in three cities: Harbin (Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Harbin Institute of Technology), Beijing (Beijing University of Technology and Academy of Building Research) and Shanghai (Tongji University), and selected sightseeing in these cities. Dr. Zifa Wang, Director of IEM, delivered the introductory lecture, which included a segment on Chinese culture.
The Forum was organized as an ANCER activity between two of its member Centers, the Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration and MCEER. It was primarily sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation, Heilongjiang, China and the Chinese Association of Earthquake Engineering (CAEE).