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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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New Faculty Featured at UB Extreme Events Mixer

On March 26, 2009, 32 faculty members and five graduate students with research interests in the UB 2020 Strategic Strength on Extreme Events: Mitigation and Response gathered for the Spring 2009 Extreme Events Faculty Mixer, held at UB’s Center for the Arts. The event had two main purposes: introduce new faculty hires at the University at Buffalo in Extreme Events, and allow faculty from many different departments and schools at UB to meet and find opportunities for collaboration.

Small group discussions focused on research topics, research processes and potential funding sources.

A. Scott Weber, Chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), welcomed the participants. New faculty then presented their research interests. Presentations were made by Lisa Butler, Social Work; Beata Csatho, Geology; JiYoung Park, Urban and Regional Planning; Pavani Ram, Social and Preventive Medicine; Adel Sadek, CSEE; Greg Valentine, Geology; Bob Viswanathan, Operations Management and Strategy; Qian Wang, CSEE and Jun Zhuang, Industrial and Systems Engineering. MCEER Director Andre Filiatrault followed with “The Future Vision of MCEER-CSEE.”

researchers gathered for the Extreme Events mixer

Opportunities for collaboration were among the aims of the Mixer.

The presentations were followed by two rounds of small group discussions, one on research topics, and the other on research process and funding.

The organizing committee for the event included Harvey Stenger, Dean,  School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and Acting Chair, Extreme Events Faculty Advisory Committee;  Ernest Sternberg, Urban & Regional Planning; Steven Dubovsky, Psychiatry, and Adel Sadek, CSEE. Read the full review.