Five MCEER-sponsored SLC Members Present Research at the 2007 ASCE Structures Congress
MCEER SLC students (from left): Mohammad Reza Bayat, Mehdi Ahmadizadeh, Xiaoyun Shao, Macarena Schachter, Hyong Uk Kim, Gian Paolo Cimellaro
From May 16-19, 2007, over 1,000 structural engineering professionals from around the world gathered in Long Beach, California for the 2007 ASCE Structures Congress. Topics included: Bridge & Transportation Structures; Business & Professional Practice; Buildings; Non-Building Structures; Existing Structures; Research Frontiers, including Fundamental, Analytical, or Experimental Research Results, Performance-based Seismic Design, NEES Projects, New Materials & Systems, Health Monitoring & Sensor Networks; and Forensic Engineering, which included remote sensing research.
Several MCEER investigators and students presented research at the conference. The students were all from the University at Buffalo, and and their presentation topics were as follows:
- Mehdi Ahmadizadeh, Combined Implicit or Explicit Integration Steps for
Real-Time Hybrid Simulation
- Gian Paolo Cimellaro, Seismic Response of Adjacent Buildings Connected by Nonlinear Viscous Dampers
- Michael Pollino, Experimental Study of the Controlled Rocking Response of Steel Braced Frames
- Macarena Schachter, Analytical Modeling of Zipper Frames Subjected to Shaking Table Testing
- Xiaoyun Shao, Real-time Hybrid Dynamic Simulation with Substructure Techniques
The conference provided the students with first-hand exposure to information on the state-of-the-art in both practice and research in structural 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. The students also enjoyed the attractions of Long Beach, including the ocean. Altogether, the conference was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for all who attended.
-Submitted by Gian Paolo Cimellaro, University at Buffalo