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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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MCEER SLC Student Receives Award at the 2007 ANCER Meeting

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Participants at the 2007 ANCER Meeting

With “Earthquake Engineering Research: From Strong Seismic Regions to Regions of Moderate Seismicity” as a theme, the 2007 ANCER Meeting was held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Hong Kong, China from May 29-30, 2007 under the leadership of ANCER president Professor Jan-Ming Ko.

The meeting focused on issues of earthquake engineering in regions of moderate seismicity, and experiences that can be learned from regions of strong seismicity. It is particularly timely because the Hong Kong Government is now actively studying its earthquake hazard and risk, and considering whether seismic design should be included in building regulations. The meeting provided an opportunity for local as well as international experts to contribute to its development.

The two-day program included four keynote papers and 55 technical papers presented in two keynote sessions and 10 technical sessions. There were two sessions each on “Hazards,“ “Structures,” and “Health, Control & Smart Structures,” and one session on: “Substructure and Ground Motions,” “General Topics,” “Experiments” and “Bridges.” Authors and participants were from Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Greece, Italy, Korea, New Zealand and the US.

Binq Qu holding award certificate

UB Ph.D. candidate Bing Qu receives an award from ANCER president Jan-Ming Ko

Two MCEER Student Leadership Council (SLC) members attended the meeting along with several MCEER investigators. Bing Qu and Shenlei Cui from the University at Buffalo presented results of their respective ongoing research on earthquake engineering. Bing’s paper, “Analytical Study on Steel Plate Shear Walls Using Dual Strip Model and 3D FE Model” (Qu, B. and Bruneau, M.) received a merit award in the best student paper competition, as determined by a panel of directors (or their nominees) of ANCER centers.

The meeting is the fourth in a series whose purpose is to provide researchers from member centers opportunities to share the latest knowledge and techniques across a broad range of earthquake engineering topics and to provide young researchers with a chance to network among their peers. Previous meetings were held in Harbin, China (2002), Hawaii, US (2004), and Jeju, Korea (2005).

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