MCEER Movers & Shakers
Whittaker Named Director of SEESL
Professor Andrew Whittaker was named Director of the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, as of October 1, 2009. Whittaker has been a member of the UB faculty since late 2000, is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in the State of California, and has research interests that include earthquake and blast engineering. MCEER Director Andre Filiatrault, past Director of SEESL, will continue to serve on the SEESL Executive Committee.
Kulicki Named Recipient of the 2009 Richard S. Fountain Award
John Kulicki, Chairman and CEO of Modjeski & Masters, was awarded the 2009 Richard S. Fountain Award by the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Steel Bridge Task Force and the AASHTO technical committee for structural steel design. The award is presented annually to recognize leadership in steel bridge research and outstanding efforts to advance AASHTO specifications. Kulicki was a participant in the 2009-2010 Bridge Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series and is an active participant in MCEER’s highway research program.
Sadek leads UB 2020 Extreme Events Strategic Strength
Adel Sadek, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, was named Acting Chair of UB 2020’s Extreme Events: Mitigation and Response strategic strength. As Chair, Sadek will oversee university-wide activities focused on the development of innovative and integrated solutions to limit the impact of extreme hazards. This effort includes the collaborative involvement of experts with a wide range of knowledge from a variety of disciplines throughout the university. For more information on UB 2020’s initiative, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/ub2020/overview.
Sarah Haner joined MCEER in August 2009 as a Media Production Specialist and Webmaster. Prior to joining MCEER, Sarah held positions as a Writer/Editor and Communications Specialist for Penn State University’s Energy Institute and as a Producer/Writer for Seven Three Media, LLC. Sarah received her B.A. in journalism from Penn State University in 2004.
Jane Stoyle Welch
Jane Stoyle Welch, MCEER’s Publication Manager, was married to Michael Welch on September 26, 2009. Jane has managed MCEER’s publications group since 1987.