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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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NEES@Buffalo Recognized for Outstanding Service

Crane structure on the UB shake table

NEES@Buffalo received an Outstanding Service to Researchers Honorable Mention Award for exceptional support on the NEES Grand Challenge entitled “Seismic Risk Mitigation for Port Systems.” The award, which is given to a NEES Site in recognition of research support services that greatly exceeded expectations, was presented at the NEES Annual Meeting, held June 23-25, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The PI of the project, Glenn Rix, a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, nominated the UB team for its outstanding support of the experimental portion of the seismic performance of cranes project.

NEES@Buffalo, one of 15 university- based earthquake engineering laboratories in the U.S. affiliated with the Gov. George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Research (NEES), is located in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) at the University at Buffalo. Team members are Mark Pitman, SEESL Technical Services Manager; Thomas M. Albrechcinski, NEES Site Operations Manager; Goran Josipovic, NEES Information Technology Manager; Scot Weinreber, Senior Electronic/Instrumentation Engineer; Myrto Anagnostopoulou, Senior Structural Engineer; Christopher Budden and Christopher Zwierlein, Electronic/Instrumentation Specialists; Duane Kozlowski, Field Safety Officer and Lead Mechanical Technician (Machine Operations); Lou Moretta, Robert Staniszewski and Jeffrey Cizdziel, Welding and Steel Construction; and Carmela Gosden, Senior Administrative Assistant.

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