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SLC Member Research: Current and Past

This page showcases graduate student research supervised by MCEER investigators.  The contact information reflects the student’s MCEER affiliation at the time the research was conducted, and may not be current.  Students wishing to be included on this page should contact us at (716) 645-5160.

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Navid Haji Allahverdi Pur

Ph.D. Candidate, New Jersey Institute of Technology  

Advisor:  Prof. Saadeghvaziri   

Expected Graduation Date:  2007   

Discipline:  Structural Engineering   

Area of Concentration: Blast-mitigation Design of Civil Structures 

MCEER Thrust Area:  Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Lifeline Networks

Research Project Title: "Seismic Design and Rehabilitation Strategies for Power Systems with Considerations to Other Extreme Events"

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Ali Ashrafi

Graduate Student, Department of Civil and Enviromental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Advisor: M. Ala Saadeghvaziri,

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Michael Astrella

Michael Astrella

Graduate Student, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo
Advisor: Andrew Whittaker

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Hiram Badillo-Almaraz

Graduate Student, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo
Advisor: Andrew S. Whittaker

02-03 Paper

Jeffrey W. Berman

Ph.D. Graduate, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Advisor: Michel Bruneau

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Areas of Concentration: Bridge Engineering, Seismic Retrofit, Passive Energy Dissipation, Steel Design

MCEER Thrust Area: Highway Project

Research Project Title: Development of Laterally Stable Links for Eccentrically Braced Frames for use in Braced Steel Bridge Piers

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Zehra Cagnan

Zehra Cagnan

Graduate Student, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
Advisor: Rachel Davidson

02-03 Paper

Shih-Yu Chu

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering,
University at Buffalo

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Gian Paolo Cimellaro

Ph.D. Candidate, University at

Buffalo, State University of New

York

Advisor: Andrei Reinhorn

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Areas of Concentration: Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Retrofit of Hospitals, Seismic Resilience

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: “Quantification of Seismic

Resilience”

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Rory Connell

Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
Advisor: Kathleen Tierney

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Robert Corbin

Master of Science Candidate in Civil Engineering Candidate, University of Nevada, Reno

Advisor: Dr. Emmanuel “Manos” Maragakis

Expected Graduation Date: December 2006

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Area of Concentration: Structures

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Experimental Evaluation of the Seismic Performance of Hospital Copper Piping System"

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Chris Cyr

Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania

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Seda Dogruel

Ph.D. Candidate in Structural and Earthquake Engineering, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Advisor: Dr. Gary F. Dargush

Expected Graduation Date: June 2009

Discipline: Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Area of Concentration: Structural Engineering

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Evolutionary Aseismic Design and Retrofit of Buildings"

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Saeed Fathali

Ph.D. Candidate in Structural and Earthquake Engineering, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Advisor: Dr. Andre Filiatrault

Expected Graduation Date: June 2008

Discipline: Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Area of Concentration: Non-structural Components

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Isolation / Restraint Devices for Non-Structural Components"

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Daniel Fenz

Ph.D. Candidate, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Advisor: Dr. Michael Constantinou

Expected Graduation Date: May 2008

Discipline: Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Area of Concentration: Seismic Protective Systems

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Behavior of the Double Concave Friction Pendulum Bearing"

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Yong Gao

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advisor: Billie F. Spencer, Jr.

Expected Graduation Date: July 2005

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Areas of Concentration: Structural Vibration, Structural Health Monitoring and Damage Detection, Seismic Analysis

MCEER Thrust Area:  Education

Research Project Title: “Java-Powered Virtual Laboratories for Earthquake Engineering”

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Marlon Hill

Ph.D. Candidate, Florida A&M University

Advisor: Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D.

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2008

Discipline: Civil Engineering

Area of Concentration: Earthquake & Wind Engineering

MCEER Thrust Area: Education

Research Project Title: "Investigating the Effects of Extreme Wind Events on Civil Structures"

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Yufeng Hu

Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Advisor: Gary F. Dargush

Expected Graduation Date: Feb. 1 2007

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Area of Concentration: Seismic Engineering, Computational Mechanics

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Evolutionary Methodology for Aseismic Decision Support"

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Cagdas Kafali

Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University

Advisor: Mircea Grigoriu

Expected Graduation Date: August 2007

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Area of Concentration: Earthquake Risk Assessment

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Fragility-Based Rehabilitation Decision Support Methodology"

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T. Kanagalingam

Graduate Student, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Advisor: S. Thevanayagam

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Dohwan Kong

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Investigators: A.M. Reinhorn, A. Filiatrault, A. Schiff

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Diego Lopez Garcia

Diego Lopez-Garcia

Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Advisor: Professor T. T. Soong

Graduation date: September 1, 2004

 

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Selina W. Lee

Graduate Student, Civil Infrastructure Systems, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Advisor: R. Davidson

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Xiabo Luo

Xiaobo Luo

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Advisor: A.J. Aref

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Rafeek G. Nashed

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Advisor: S. Thevanayagam

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Cuong Nguyen

Graduate Student, California State University at Los Angeles

Advisor: R. Purasinghe

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Michael Pollino

Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo,  The State University of New York

Advisor: Michel Bruneau

Expected Graduation Date: June 2007

 

Discipline: Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Area of Concentration: Steel Bridges, Seismic Retrofit, Passive Energy Dissipation

MCEER Thrust Area: FHWA Highway Project

Research Project Title: "Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Controlled Rocking Steel Braced Frames"

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REU Students:

Lisa Armbruster

Jayce D. Grefath

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Bing Qu

Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Advisor: Michel Bruneau

Expected Graduation Date: August 2008

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Area of Concentration: Steel Structures

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Steel Plate Shear Walls for Seismic Design and Retrofit of Building Structures"

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Rodrigo Retamales

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

 Advisors: G. Mosqueda, A. Filiatrault and A.M. Reinhorn

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REU Student:

Alma Garcia

Hwasung Roh

Hwasung Roh

Graduate Student , Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University at New York

Advisor: A.M. Reinhorn

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Thevachandran Shenthan

Thevachandran Shenthan

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University at New York

Advisor: S. Thevanayagam

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Sung-Han Sim

Graduate Student, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign

Advisor: B.F. Spencer

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Taronne H. P. Tabucchi

Graduate Student, Cornell University

Advisor: R. Davidson

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Ramiro Vargas

Ramiro Vargas

Ph.D. Graduate, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Advisor: M. Bruneau

 

 

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Dong Wang  

Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo, State University of New York   

Advisor:  Andre Filiatrault   

Expected Graduation Date: June, 2007   

Discipline:  Civil Engineering   

Area of Concentration: Structural Engineering   

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities  

Research Project Title: "Seismic Performance of Secondary Systems in Hospital Structures with Self-Centering Systems"

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Hongbo Wang

Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo, State University of New York    

Advisor: George C. Lee

Expected Graduation Date: June 2007

Discipline: Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Area of Concentration: Building Seismic Retrofit & Structural Control    

MCEER Thrust Area: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities

Research Project Title: "Seismic Retrofit of New York State Hospitals"; “Semi-Passive Control of Buildings and Buildings

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REU Student:

Tony Kim