Retreat at Penn State, 2001

The MCEER SLC held its second annual retreat at the Nittany Lion Inn at Pennsylvania State University from August 10-12, 2001.  Following the success of the retreat past year, the SLC decided to organize this event annually, with the objective of providing members with a chance to present their research to their peers and receive feedback in a casual environment. This year’s presentations were concluded by a guest lecture from Dr. Adam Z. Rose, head of Penn State's Energy, Environmental, and Mineral Economics Department and a prominent MCEER researcher. In addition to the presentations, the retreat featured an SLC meeting and various social activities.

The student presentations were divided into four sessions (see program): materials and structures; innovative technologies in earthquake engineering; geotechnical earthquake engineering; and socioeconomic issues – reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the center.  The following SLC members presented their work: Jeffrey Berman (University of Buffalo), Rory Connell (University of Delaware), Keith Kesner (Cornell University), Michael Kiley-Zufelt (University of Delaware), Alyssa Koch (Drexel University), Wei Liu (University of Buffalo), Jessica Moeller (Cornell University), Natali Sigaher (University of Buffalo), Gordon Warn (University of Buffalo), and Tony Yang (University of Buffalo).

Alyssa Koch (Drexel)

Tony Yang and Gordon Warn (UB)

The SLC retreat also marked the departure of two active members: Gauri-Shankar Guha and Michael Kiley-Zufelt. Gauri-Shankar Guha is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences at Arkansas State University. Michael Kiley-Zufelt has completed his course work at the University of Delaware and is currently residing in Philadelphia, PA.  The presence of these two members in future meetings will be missed deeply, but they will continue to be part of the SLC through the MCEER SLC Alumni.

Many issues were discussed, including future plans for SLC activities and organization. The meeting served as a brainstorming session for a collaborative future SLC project that will incorporate the various disciplines in the MCEER research community.
The SLC would like to thank Dr. Adam Rose for taking the time to speak at the meeting, and the assistance of the members of Penn State's Department of Energy, Environmental, and Mineral Economics. The retreat was also made possible by the coordinating efforts of SLC members Diego Lopez-Garcia, Gauri-Shankar Guha, and Michael Kiley-Zufelt. Finally, thank you to Natali Sigaher for providing the opening remarks and for her organizational assistance.  Last but not least, thanks to MCEER for sponsoring this event.