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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 3, Fall 2007

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Volume 21, Number 3, Fall 2007

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Ten Students Participate in 2007 MCEER REU Program

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REU’s at UB 2007: (left to right) Back: Christa Kelleher, Armando Ciprian, Clayton Burningham, Christopher Gonyo, Matthew Alboum, Robert Wurstner, Melissa Norlund and Thomas Coyne; Front: Brianna Rooney, Atia Syed and Shannon McKenna

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Thomas Coyne (center) meets with faculty advisor, Andre Filiatrault (left) and SEESL technician, Chris Budden (right)

Ten MCEER-sponsored undergraduate students from the University at Buffalo (UB), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lafayette College, Harvey Mudd College, the City College of New York (CCNY) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) participated in the 2007 REU program. During the ten-week summer program, these students worked with faculty advisors and graduate student mentors at UB, CCNY and FAMU to participate in ongoing research projects conducted by MCEER-funded investigators.

The seven students studying at UB this summer received instructional sessions from the MCEER Information Service on databases including QUAKELINE®, ASCE and CompendexPlus. The UB students were also introduced to EndNote software (for references) and attended a half-day technical communication seminar led by William Grunert, from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ External Affairs Department.

The summer program culminated in a symposium, held in Seattle.

Students and Projects

Student/ Home Institution

Host Institution Project Title Faculty Advisor/ Student Mentor
Armando Ciprian, UB UB Resonance of Structures Under Sinusoidal Shaking George Lee/ Yu-Chen Ou
Thomas Coyne, UB UB NEESWood: Framing to Sheathing Connection Tests Andre Filiatrault/ Jianis Christovasilis
Christopher Gonyo, RPI UB Experimental Study of a Small Scale Laminar Box for Soil Liquefaction Studies S. Thevanayagam/ Raghudeep Bethapudi
Kristn Denaye Hinds, FAMU FAMU Analytical Studies of the Suspended Zipper Frame and Control Devices M. Abdullah/ Kenneth Walsh, Marlon Hill
Haridayal Jaswal, CCNY CCNY Analysis of Micro-Vibration in Buildings Anil Agrawal
Christa Kelleher, UB UB Nonstructural Components and the Rainflow Counting Algorithm Gilberto Mosqueda/ Rodrigo Retamales
Shannon McKenna, Harvey Mudd College UB Preparation and Preliminary Testing of a Small Scale Laminar Box for a Study of Soil Liquefaction S. Thevanayagam/ Nurhan Ecemis and Raghudeep Bethapudi
Melissa E. Norlund, UB UB & Stanford Sideways Collapse of Deteriorating Structural Systems under Seismic Excitations: Phase II Shake Table Collapse Test Helmut Krawinkler, Andrew Whittaker and Andrei Reinhorn/ Dimitrios G. Lignos
Aaron Williams, FAMU FAMU Developing a Variable Stiffness System with Continuously Variable Transmission Technology M. Abdullah/ Kenneth Walsh
Robert Wurstner, UB UB Property Test of Concrete Isolators Michel Bruneau/ Shenlei Cui