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The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a formal incarnation of the students who are involved in performing MCEER research under a faculty advisor. Since its inception, MCEER has included and encouraged student efforts throughout its research program and in all of the disciplinary specialties concerned with earthquake engineering.

Throughout the years, students have been an integral component in advancing research in earthquake hazard mitigation. Many former students are now in academia, professional practice or government agencies applying knowledge gained during their exposure to MCEER research. While associated with MCEER, students participate in annual Center Investigator meetings, attend conferences, workshops and seminars, and have the opportunity to make presentations at these events. The SLC was formed last year to formalize these programs and to afford students from many different institutions the opportunity to meet with each other and develop/improve interaction.

The idea for this first issue of the Student Research Accomplishments was conceived by the SLC and features the work of some of MCEER’s current students. Topics range from traditional civil and lifeline engineering to applications of advanced technologies to social impacts and economic modeling. Papers are presented in two formats: full length, which provide details on the background/motivation for the research, a brief view of prominent work in the area of research, proposed technique/methodology employed, current status of work, how it advanced the state of the art, results from experiments/simulations and how it will be expended in the future. The abstracts either summarize the research, or expand on one of the points listed above. 

This issue was coordinated and edited by Gauri Guha, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of energy, environmental & mineral economics at the Pennsylvania State University. MCEER acknowledges Mr. Guha's efforts as well as those of the individual contributors. MCEER also wishes to extend its thanks to the Student Leadership Council for its endeavors, and in particular to Ms. Ani Natali Sigaher for her able guidance of the SLC.





Active Structural Control Verification by using Real-Time Structural Simulator (1900 kb)
   Shih-Yu Chu, University at Buffalo
Sliding Fragility of Restrained Block-type Nonstructural Components under Seismic Base Excitations (150 kb)
   Diego Lopez Garcia, University at Buffalo
Estimating Indirect Economic Losses from Electricity Lifeline Disruption Following Catastrophic Earthquake in Memphis, TN. (Using a CGE Model, Survey & Simulations) 
(115 kb)
   Gauri-Shankar Guha, Pennsylvania State University
Developments of Engineered Cementitious Composite Materials for Seismic Strengthening and Retrofit Applications (486 kb)
   Keith Kesner, Cornell University
Optimal Design of Added Energy Dissipation Devices based on Building Performance Objectives (113 kb)
  Wei Liu, University at Buffalo
Fiber Reinforced Composites for Advanced Seismic Performance of Water Supplies (211 kb)
   James A. Mason, Cornell University
Fragility Curves for Non-structural Systems (272 kb)
   Ehab M. Mostafa, Cornell University
Urban Damage Assessment from Remotely Sensed Images (1178 kb)
   Ali Rejaie, University of Southern California
Compressive Load and Buckling Response of Steel Pipelines during Earthquakes (1734 kb)
   Ilker Tutuncu, Cornell University


Moveable Infills for Seismic Energy Dissipation (79 kb)
   Jeffrey Berman, University at Buffalo
Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Evaluate Mitigation for Lifeline Systems  (81 kb) 
   Chris Cyr, Patricia Grossi and Wendy Tao, University of Pennsylvania
Strong Ground Motion Simulation for Eastern North America (89 kb)
   Benedikt Halldorsson, University at Buffalo
Simulation Strategies to Predict Seismic Response of RC Frame Structures(81 kb)
   Tong-Seok Han, Cornell University
Rehabilitation Impediments and Incentives (71 kb)
   Michael Kiley-Zufelt & Rory Connell, University of Delaware
Experimental Study of Nonlinear Inelastic Seismic Response of Irregular Structure (68 kb)
   Dyah Kusumastuti, University at Buffalo
Modeling General Equilibrium Economic Impacts of Earthquake-Induced Lifeline Disruptions using MPSGE Approach (70 kb)
   Shu-Yi Liao, Pennsylvania State University
Dynamic Behavior of Buried Pipeline Joints (67 kb) 
   Ronald Meis, University of Nevada, Reno
Sensitivity Analysis of Dynamic Systems Subjected to Earthquake Loads (62 kb) 
   Christopher Roth, Cornell University
Development, Testing and Modeling of Highly Effective Energy Dissipation System Configurations (79 kb)
   Ani Natali Sigaher, University at Buffalo
Experimental Investigation of P-Delta Effects on Columns during Earthquakes (82 kb) 
   Darren Vian, University at Buffalo


Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) Infill Walls for Seismic Retrofit (2058 kb)
   WooYoung Jung, University at Buffalo

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