Three Students Receive CSEE Awards
Several Ph.D. candidates involved in MCEER research were honored by the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) at the University at Buffalo in May 2007. Michael Pollino, President of the MCEER Student Leadership Council, received the CSEE Chair’s Recognition Award. Hongbo Wang received the UB Engineering Graduate School Ambassador Award.
Seda Dogruel won an honorable mention for her poster during the the first annual UB Engineering Graduate Research Day and Open House. The event was designed to promote familiarity among students and faculty at the School of Engineering and Applied Science with the research being performed throughout the school.
Four University at Buffalo graduate students from MCEER’s Student Leadership Council, Gian Paolo Cimellaro, Seda Dogruel, Shuichi Fujikara and Bing Qu, attended the Symposium on Emerging Developments in Multi-Hazard Engineering, September 18, 2007, held in New York City. In addition to the UB representatives of MCEER’s SLC, a number of other students were provided funding to attend the conference through MCEER Education Grants.
The symposium provided the students with first-hand exposure to the fact that the most important step in reducing short- and long-term losses resulting from hazardous events, is the acceptance of the new and broader role of engineers in developing mitigation strategies and a new philosophy of multi-hazard preparedness. During the symposium, this complicated subject was presented with a clarity which was reinforced with excellent presentations that reflect the need to provide flexible, comprehensive, and inter-disciplinary approaches to multi-hazard mitigation, rather than utilizing the current single hazard-specific performance assessment methods. It also gave students, researchers, and practitioners the opportunity to build a professional network among themselves. To conclude, the symposium was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for all who attended.
-Submitted by Seda Dogruel, University at Buffalo