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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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Tri-Center Field Mission to Japan Planned

Four MCEER Student Leadership Council members, Bing Qu, Seda Dogruel, Georgios Apostolakis, and Nurhan Ecemis will participate in the 2007 Tri-Center Field Mission to Japan. All four are pursuing Ph.D. degrees at the University at Buffalo. They will join their counterparts at the Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAE) and the Pacific Earthquake Center (PEER) on the trip. The trip will be led by Prof. Scott Ashford, PEER’s education director, with the help of Prof. S. Thevanayagam, MCEER’s education director, and Prof. P. Gould, MAE’s education director.

The field mission will take place from July 21- 28, 2007, when the students and their faculty advisors will visit various earthquake engineering testing facilities and universities and also engage in a hands-on field assessment exercise.

The trip will begin in Tokyo. Highlights include a visit to the Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering (CUEE), at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a boat tour of Tokyo Bay, a visit to Port and Airport Research Institute, Yokosuka. Planned tours include Tsukuba Research City, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Public Works Research Institute (PWRI) and the Building Research Institute (BRI). In Kyoto, the group will visit the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), along with Kyoto University. In Kobe, the students will visit the world’s largest shake table facility, the Miki shake table in Miki City near Kobe, and the Hanshin Expressway Museum.

Participants will collaborate on a final group report and submit a presentation after they return. Past field missions have been held in New Zealand (2006), Greece (2005), Japan (2004), Italy (2003), and Taiwan (2002).