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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 25, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2011

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Volume 25, Number 1, 2011

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Andrew Whittaker Elected MCEER Director

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Andrew S. Whittaker

Professor Andrew S. Whittaker, S.E., an expert in earthquake and blast engineering, has been elected MCEER Director. As Director, he assumes overall leadership of MCEER and its research, education and outreach initiatives. A University at Buffalo (UB) faculty member since 2001, he becomes the sixth director in the Center's 25-year history.

Whittaker, Professor and Chair of UB's Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, was elected to the post by the MCEER Management Council, a group of University at Buffalo faculty members who oversee MCEER's operations. As MCEER Director, he will also serve as Chair of the Council.

Whittaker is a member of several American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committees that address structural loads, blast engineering, and earthquake protective systems. He is on the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 349 on reinforced concrete nuclear structures and is the Structural Team Lead for the Applied Technology Council ATC-58 project on performance-based earthquake engineering. Whittaker is also a recognized structural engineering expert in the seismic resilience of nuclear power structures, and has conducted extensive research on fragility evaluation of conventional and isolated power plants, risk assessment procedures, modular composite construction for Generation III+ plants, and proposed designs for Generation IV reactors. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of California.

Whittaker succeeds Andre Filiatrault, Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, who stepped down to more intently pursue his research interests.

During his tenure as director, Filiatrault led the initial phase of development of the University at Buffalo/ MCEER Experimental Campus for Large Infrastructure Protection, Sustainability and Enhancement - ECLIPSE Campus, an MCEER publicprivate initiative that enables large- and full-scale testing of new knowledge, tools and technologies to intelligently renew our Nation's infrastructure and protect it against a host of hazards, both natural and manmade.

Filiatrault also served as the driving force behind the continuing UniQUB/ MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar Series, a joint effort with Haiti’s Quisqueya University (UniQ) in Port-au-Prince. Established to help the island nation effectively rebuild following the January 2010 earthquake, the program has educated more than 500 engineers in Port-au-Prince on fundamentals of earthquake engineering design and construction. Filiatrault also served as MCEER Deputy Director from 2003 to 2007.

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