MCEER Movers & Shakers
George C. Lee
George C. Lee was named Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. The designation, a rank above full professor and the highest in the SUNY system, denotes national or international prominence and an established reputation in the recipient’s field of expertise. Dr. Lee, MCEER’s former director and current special tasks director, has served at the University at Buffalo for more than 40 years.
Two MCEER affiliates from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo were recognized for their outstanding achievements with 2007 Chancellor’s Awards from the State University of New York. Andrei Reinhorn received an Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, which recognizes the work of those who actively engage in scholarly and creative pursuits beyond their teaching responsibilities. Andrei, Clifford C. Furnas Eminent Professor, is an expert on the behavior of structures under dynamic loads near collapse.
Mark Pitman, Technical Services Manager of the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL), received an Award for Excellence in Professional Service. The award honors performance excellence “both within and beyond the position.” A specialist in electro-hydraulics, computers, data-acquisition systems and control systems, Pitman supervises technical and administrative functions related to the SEESL laboratory. He supervised the commissioning of this NSF-funded NEES lab, including the acceptance testing of all experimental equipment and networked tele-presence infrastructure.
Ron Eguchi, President of ImageCat Inc. and MCEER investigator, has been appointed Research Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Ron will play a strong role in the Department’s research efforts in the area of remote sensing for damage detection.
Sissy Nikolaou, Ph.D., was recently named one of the winners in the 2007 “40 Under 40” competition sponsored by Building Design & Construction magazine. Winners are leaders who excel in their professional roles as architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and business developers, while giving back to their communities and professional societies, and finding time off the clock to expand their horizons. Dr. Nikolaou is an associate with Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, where she heads the Geo-Seismic Department. She is a former NCEER/MCEER student who received Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University at Buffalo in 1995 and 1998, respectively, under the direction of Professor George Gazetas.
Mehdi Ahmadizadeh, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo, won the top prize in EERI’s 2006 graduate student paper competition with his paper, “A Comparison Between Passive and Semi-Active Structural Control Systems Using Viscous Fluid Dampers.” Ahmadizadeh received a grant to present his paper at the 59th EERI Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, on February 7-10, 2007. His faculty advisor is MCEER investigator Gilberto Mosqueda.