MCEER Explores Expanded Opportunities for Strategic Partners
Nonstructural components developments continue; Globalnex, Inc. joins membership
MCEER is joining forces with faculty in the University at Buffalo (UB) Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), and the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) to explore expansion of opportunities for members of the center’s Strategic Partnerships Network and Industry Advisory Board. The overall goal of the effort is to examine development of an industry partnerships program that is served jointly by the three entities.
“There is a great deal more to earthquake engineering research at UB than simply that which is conducted by MCEER,” said Michel Bruneau, MCEER director. “The NEESWood project is a prime example of this. Our goal is to enable partners in business, industry and government to better access the full measure of opportunities and program benefits offered jointly through MCEER, CSEE and SEESL.”
A task force including Michael Constantinou, CSEE; Andre Filiatrault, SEESL; and Don Goralski, MCEER, will lead the effort. It will also include participation from members of MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network.
“We want to ensure industry input and feedback throughout the developmental process,” said Bruneau. “Our desire is to better serve industry needs while creating new educational opportunities for students, and we look forward to the increased and new synergies that this expanded program will inspire.”
A driving force behind the initiative is the continued development of MCEER-CSEE-SEESL capabilities and expertise in the study of nonstructural components. Gilberto Mosqueda, CSEE, is continuing his MCEER-funded work in this area, which includes a memorandum of understanding with the University of Chile and the support of the Pan American Health Organization, for the testing of hospital equipment. A large number of hospital equipment donations have already been secured for this project which will include fragility studies of the various nonstructural components (performed by G. Mosqueda, A. Filiatrault and A. Reinhorn, UB).
Additional studies are also planned with MCEER’s ASHRAE Consortium, comprising a group of mechanical equipment and restraint manufacturers from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (A. Filiatrault, UB, ). MCEER experimental studies on nonstructural components also include those on isolated floors systems (M. Bruneau, UB), and piping systems subjected to independent floor motions (E. Maragakis, University of Nevada, Reno), as well as others.