SLC Retreat at University at Buffalo, 2002

The MCEER SLC held its its third annual retreat, where members discussed current issues facing the SLC, communicated with each other about their research progress, and agreed upon several future activities. The retreat was hosted by the University at Buffalo, on August 2-4, 2002 at the University Inn. 

The retreat commenced with an icebreaker and evening meeting at the University Inn followed by dinner in the city. This was a good opportunity for students to bond, get familiar with the new faces and have casual talks. 
On Saturday, the official schedule of the retreat began with opening remarks by Jeff Berman, SLC president, followed by presentations by the members on their research and plans for further continuation of their work. The presentations were divided into short, five-minute presentations by students who had just begun their research and long, 15-minute presentations by the other students. Time for questions was included. 

The diversity of research programs supported by MCEER and the universities hosting these projects was well projected in the presentation topics. Overall, 12 students from five different universities made presentations: 

Janet Lane (University at Buffalo), Michael Astrella (University at Buffalo), Cagdas Kafali (Cornell University), Diego Lopez Garcia (University at Buffalo), 

Rildova (Virginia Tech), 

Wei Liu (University at Buffalo), 

Siva (University at Buffalo), 

Rory Connell (University of Delaware), Yunli Wang (University at Buffalo), 

Ali Ashrafi (New Jersey Institute of Technology), 

Michael Pollino (University at Buffalo), Jeff Berman (University at Buffalo). 

Participants in the SLC Retreat in Buffalo, 2002

A pleasant addition to this year’s retreat was presentations by three REU students. Robert Payne, Nishadi Karunarathne and Dan Fenz provided the SLC members with the results of their work and in return, obtained valuable feedback and encouragement (see REU  Symposium Held in Colorado). 
Following the presentations, attendees discussed upcoming events and updated everyone on the status of current issues, such as the 2002 Student Research Accomplishments (SRA), edited by Diego Lopez Garcia (see New MCEER Reports), and open positions in SLC after some of the current officers graduate. 

Also discussed was the 2002 NSF Student Retreat , the 2003 MCEER Annual PI Meeting, and the 2003 SLC Retreat. The meeting concluded with a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Oguz Cem Celik on “Lessons Learned From the Recent Turkey Earthquakes.”