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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Vargas wins Best Student Paper Award


Ramiro Vargas (left) receives his award from MCEER Education Director “Theva” Thevanayagam (center) and MCEER Director Michel Bruneau (right)

Ramiro Vargas, who completed his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo last February, won the annual Best Student Article Competition for his paper, “Seismic Response of Hybrid Systems with Metallic and Viscous Dampers.” His paper was one of ten published in Student Research Accomplishments: 2004-2005, the fifth in a series featuring the work of MCEER SLC students on topics ranging from traditional civil and lifeline engineering to applications of advanced technologies, to social impacts and economic modeling.

Members of MCEER’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB) selected the winner and two honorable mentions, T. Shenthan and Dong Wang, both from the University of Buffalo. Our thanks go to Steve Eder, Facility Risk Consultants, Inc., Andy Taylor, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Doug Taylor, Taylor Devices, Inc., Walterio Lopez, Rutherford and Chekene, and Ali Porbaha, CSU, California for their reviews and recommendations.

The award was presented at the MCEER Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, where Ramiro, now a Professor in the civil engineering department of the Technological University of Panama, presented his research to meeting participants.
Ramiro was also featured in the Summer 2006 Student Spotlight column.