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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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MCEER Movers & Shakers


Reinhorn Receives ASCE Newmark Medal

Andrei M. Reinhorn

Andrei M. Reinhorn

Andrei M. Reinhorn, Clifford C. Furnas Professor of Structural Engineering, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), University at Buffalo (UB), has been awarded the 2011 Nathan M. Newmark Medal. Dr. Reinhorn is cited for his contributions to the development of experimental and analytical methods in structural dynamics and in design of response-control systems for earthquake resistant buildings, as well as his contributions to quantify earthquake resilient communities. He joins George C. Lee (2000) and Tsu T. Soong (2002) as the third faculty member to receive this prestigious medal in the past 10 years. The national medal is given to an ASCE member who, through contributions in structural mechanics, has substantially strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering; these contributions having been made in the form of papers or other written presentations.


Bruneau Receives ASCE Winter Award and AISC T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award

Michel Bruneau

Michel Bruneau

Michel Bruneau, Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), University at Buffalo (UB), and former MCEER Director, has received the 2011 George Winter award. Dr. Bruneau is recognized for his contributions to structural engineering and seismic hazard mitigation, and to creative fictional literature for his novel Shaken Allegiances, which tells the hazard mitigation story to a broader audience. The award, named for Dr. George Winter, a world renowned teacher and researcher at Cornell University who died in 1982, recognizes the achievements of an active structural engineering researcher, educator or practitioner who also demonstrates a commitment to the social or artistic needs of the community through work performed in an area not directly related to engineering or science.

Bruneau also received the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) 2012 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. He is being honored for his papers on steel plate shear wall design published in AISC’s Engineering Journal and the proceedings of the Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering. The award is presented annually and recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical paper(s) are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel. The award will be presented at the 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference to be held April 18-21 in Dallas, Texas.


Salamone Receives ASNT Grant to Develop New Course on Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation Methods

Salvatore Salamone and Ricky Morgan

Salvatore Salamone (right) received a faculty grant at the 2011 ASNT Fall Conference from ASNT President Ricky Morgan (left).

Salvatore Salamone, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), University at Buffalo (UB), has been awarded a 2011 Faculty Grant from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). The grant will support the development of a new graduate course on structural health monitoring and nondestructive evaluation methods, which will be offered in the CSEE department at UB. The ASNT Faculty Grant is given every year to no more than two academic institutions in the U.S. The award was presented at the ASNT Fall Conference and Quality Testing Show in Palm Springs, CA, in October 2011.


Staff News

Bonnie McKay

Bonnie McKay

MCEER welcomes Bonnie McKay, who joined the staff in August as Business and Financial Staff Assistant. Bonnie comes to MCEER from the University at Buffalo’s (UB) NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, where she served as Assistant Finance/HR Manager. She has been employed at UB since 2000, and is a graduate of The State University of New York’s Empire State College. Bonnie resides in Depew with her husband and three children.