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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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Graduate Students Present Research at Poster Competition

Petros Sideris and Prof. Dimitrios Lignos

Petros Sideris (right) receives the first place award from Prof. Dimitrios Lignos.

Sixteen graduate students from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) at the University at Buffalo (UB) participated in the 2011 CSEE Graduate Student Poster Competition. Coordinated by Maria Koliou, a Ph.D. student in structural and earthquake engineering and president of the CSEE Graduate Student Association (CSEE-GSA), the annual competition provides students with the opportunity to present their work to the CSEE faculty and to compete for cash awards.

Held on February 23, 2011, all CSEE faculty were invited to participate as judges. Dr. Dimitrios G. Lignos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics at McGill University, served as a guest judge. Students were rated on the technical merits of their poster as well as their ability to clearly and concisely convey their research.


Afsoon Nicknam and Prof. Andrew Whittaker

Second place winner Afsoon Nicknam (left) explains her poster to Prof. Andrew Whittaker.

Following the poster presentations, Dr. Lignos gave a seminar on “Collapse Assess- Graduate Students Present Research at Poster Competition ment of Steel Structures under Extreme Earthquake Loading: Recent Advancements and Future Directions.” Dr. Lignos obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2008, and a significant part of his experimental studies towards his degree were conducted at the UB-NEES site as part of the NEESCollapse research project.

Awards were presented at the conclusion of the seminar. Dr. Lignos presented the first place award to Petros Sideris, whose poster profiled his research on “Hybrid Post-tensioned Precast Concrete Segmental Bridges” (Amjad Aref and Andre Filiatrault, advisors). Second place went to Afsoon Nicknam, whose poster was entitled “Direct Displacement-based Seismic Design of Propped Rocking Wall Systems,” (Andre Filiatrault, advisor). Third place was a tie between Kiarash M. Dolatshahi for his research “Three Dimensional Dynamic URM Buildings” (Amjad Aref, advisor) and Stacey Sloan Blersch for “A Modeling Framework for Evaluating Stream Restoration Techniques and Ecosystem Response” (Joseph Atkinson, advisor).

The event was sponsored by the Department of CSEE, CSEE-GSA, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Chapter (UB-EERI) and MCEER. More information is available at Student_Poster_Competition/ 2011/default.asp.

CSEE graduate student poster competition

The CSEE graduate student poster competition provides students with an opportunity to present their research to faculty members.