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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 Movers & Shakers

Mosqueda Receives NSF CAREER Award

Tarek Abdoun

Gilberto Mosqueda

Gilberto Mosqueda, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo, received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER Program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Dr. Mosqueda will develop methods of evaluating and designing steel buildings so they are less vulnerable to collapse during strong earthquakes. With a goal of developing more realistic, reliable and economic ways of testing large-scale structures, Dr. Mosqueda’s project “Hybrid Simulation Platform for Seismic Performance Evaluation of Steel Structures through Collapse” will combine laboratory experiments with numerical simulations.

Filiatrault and Mosqueda honored by the SUNY Research Foundation

Tarek Abdoun

Andre Filiatrault

Two faculty members from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, received awards from the SUNY Research Foundation for their research and scholarship.

Andre Filiatrault, a leading expert on shake table testing of structural and nonstructural building components, received an Outstanding Researcher/Scholar Award for contributions he has made to his field. Professor Filiatrault is Director of MCEER and Director of the Structural Earthquake Engineering Simulation Laboratory.

Gilberto Mosqueda received a Rising Star Award, which is presented to newer faculty members for the promise they show at having published their work or receiving external funding or a patent or license for the first time.

Capers Receives Outstanding P.E. Award

Tarek Abdoun

Harry Capers

Harry Capers, Corporate Bridge Engineer at Arora and Associates, PC Consulting Engineers, received the Outstanding Professional Engineer Award from the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers at their annual awards and installation reception on June 12, 2008. Mr. Capers was recognized for his expertise and leadership in bridge design for the State of New Jersey, as well as for his long-term counsel to professional and academic organizations around the world. He is an active participant in MCEER’s Federal Highway Administration-sponsored Highway Project.

Shama Places Second in Blind Analysis Contest

Tarek Abdoun

Ayman Shama

Ayman Shama, Principal Engineer, Parsons and former MCEER affiliate, placed second in the 3D Analysis for Practicing Engineers category in the 2007 Blind Analysis Contest developed by the Executive Committee on the E-Defense Steel Building Project. The contest was sponsored by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention in Japan. For more information, visit the E-Defense website. Ayman received his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo in 2000.