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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Seminar Series


The EERI student chapter of the University at Buffalo (UB-EERI), MCEER, the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) and the CSEE Graduate Student Association jointly sponsor a seminar series on a variety of topics related to earthquake and extreme events hazard mitigation.

The purpose of the seminar series is to widen accessibility to timely, technical presentations by students, researchers, visitors and affiliates of MCEER. All seminars are held at the University at Buffalo, and most are broadcast over the Internet in real-time. They can be viewed at

The Transition from University to Professional Practice

Graeme Ballantyne, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Engineer at Thornton-Tomasetti, Inc. San Francisco, CA, October 2, 2009

The transition from university to professional practice can be formidable. New people, new expectations and new environments further complicate the transition. One learns that professional practice is more than calculations on engineering paper. Graeme Ballantyne, a recent University at Buffalo graduate, discussed his transition into professional practice, from Philadelphia and later to San Francisco, both with Thornton-Tomasetti.

Post-Strengthening of Masonry Structures with Fiber Reinforced Polymers

Werner Seim, Professor, University of Kassel, Germany, September 4, 2009

Dr. Werner Seim’s seminar focused on how fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) can be effectively used in the post-strengthening of masonry structures. Dr. Seim talked about manufacturing the FRP material by wet-layup directly on the surface of the masonry structure, and discussed possible applications of this method. He presented results of experimental research carried out at the University of Kassel.