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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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MCEER Announces New Director
Research Program to Focus on Earthquakes and Multiple Hazards

Bruneau and Filiatrault sitting in front of a bookshelf full of MCEER reports

Michel Bruneau and Andre Filiatrault

The year 2008 was one of endings and new beginnings for MCEER. On September 1, MCEER’s leadership changed when Michel Bruneau’s decision to step down as Director became effective, and Andre Filiatrault was named as his successor.

During his tenure, Dr. Bruneau successfully led the Center through its graduation from the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Earthquake Engineering Centers (ERC) program, oversaw the renewal of Federal Highway Administration funding (led by MCEER’s previous Director George Lee), and secured New York State funding beyond the end of the NSF ERC project. Under his guidance, MCEER broadened its scope and its leadership role in advancing multi-hazard engineering and disaster resilience against a spectrum of extreme events. He served as Director from 2003-2008 and as Deputy Director from 1998-2002. In the coming year, he will pursue his own scholarly interests as a professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB).

Going forward, Andre Filiatrault will lead MCEER’s research and outreach program. Using the multi-hazard concept as its foundation, research will revolve around three complementary thrusts: infrastructure systems and public policy; sustainable and resilient buildings; and innovative technologies. The program expands MCEER’s NSF-sponsored research on lifelines, hospitals, and response and recovery, and builds on the strength of on-going high-profile research activities at UB, such as the UB 2020 Strategic Strength on Extreme Events. At the same time, MCEER will continue to collaborate with academic, industry and government partners and sponsors, and provide education and outreach to advance technology transfer. Dr. Filiatrault is a professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at UB, Director of the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL), and former MCEER Deputy Director (2003-2007).

Please join the MCEER team in congratulating Andre Filiatrault on his appointment as Director. The Center looks forward to continued growth in the fields of earthquake and multiple hazard engineering under his leadership. We also thank Michel Bruneau for his dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of MCEER.

This issue covers the research, events and publications that took place over the past year. The MCEER Bulletin will resume its regular publication schedule of two to three issues per year in 2009. More details on the transition and management structure of MCEER are available here: