Dear friends and colleagues:
As many of you already know, I have taken on the roles of Principal Investigator of the University at Buffalo NEES Site and Director of the university’s Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL), effective June 1, 2007. This double administrative duty has required me to step down as Deputy Director of MCEER.
There are so many people I wish to thank for the many successes enjoyed over the past four years. First, to the MCEER Staff, thank you for your wonderful support. From my very first day at MCEER, you immediately made me feel welcome, and beyond your professional assistance, my family and I will always remember the various personal attentions that you displayed to make us feel at home within the Buffalo community.
To members of the center’s Student Leadership Council (SLC), thank you for your enthusiasm in embracing the multidisciplinary aspects of the center’s program. You are the future champions that will influence the continuing developments in our field. It is my pleasure to have met and worked with so many of you over these years. I look forward to continuing these associations as I assume my new responsibilities at UB.
To MCEER’s partners in business, industry and government, thank you for your continuous dedication and professionalism. With your help, the experience that I have gained has been invaluable and has been particularly insightful in making me appreciate the important role that all of you play in the success of a research center and structural engineering laboratory. On this account, I would like to congratulate you for a job well done.
While I will miss the day-to-day involvement in MCEER’s technical program and the center’s efforts to serve your interests, my new position in SEESL strengthens opportunities for continued growth in our collaborations. In particular, as Director of SEESL, I look forward to interacting even more closely with some of you through collaborative projects using UB’s testing facilities. I am also optimistic that my experience at MCEER and my intimate knowledge of the center’s program, will allow me to be of greater service working with and through these two established entities.
Finally, to my faculty/investigator colleagues, thank you for your collegiality and cooperation. You made my job very easy and most inspiring. Above all, our interactions have helped me to fully appreciate the importance of multidisciplinary collaborations and in particular, the role that social sciences play in mitigating seismic hazards.
To all of you – staff, students, partners and academic colleagues – although I now take on new challenges in UB’s SEESL, I will continue to support to the best of my abilities the development and activities of MCEER. I am hopeful that my experience at MCEER will allow me to contribute positively to this new endeavor.
Thanks again and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.
Andre Filiatrault, Ph.D., Eng.