MCEER SLC Student Guidebook 

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What is MCEER?

The Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) is a national center of excellence that develops and applies knowledge and advanced technologies to reduce earthquake losses. Headquartered at the University at Buffalo, the Center was established in 1986 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the country’s first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER).  It is now one of three Earthquake Engineering Research Centers funded by NSF, the other two are the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), and the Mid-America Earthquake Engineering Research Center (MAE).

MCEER unites a group of leading researchers and practitioners from numerous disciplines and institutions throughout the United States to integrate knowledge, expertise, and interdisciplinary perspective with state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities in the fields of earthquake engineering and socioeconomic studies. The result is a systematic “engineered” program of basic and applied research that produces solutions and strategies to reduce the structural and socioeconomic impacts of earthquakes.

Sponsored principally by NSF, the State of New York and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), MCEER garners additional support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), other state governments, academic institutions, foreign governments and private industry. 

The Center’s mission is

"to enhance the seismic resiliency of communities through improved engineering and management tools for critical infrastructure systems (water supply, electric power, hospitals). Seismic resilience (technical, organizational, social and economic) is characterized by reduced probability of system failure, reduced consequences due to failure, and reduced time to system restoration."

In pursuit of this goal, MCEER coordinates a nationwide program of problem-focused, multidisciplinary team research, education and outreach activities that include collaboration with business, industry, consultants and government. 

Since its inception, MCEER has coordinated more than $120 million in projects to reduce our nation’s vulnerability to earthquakes.

Through funding research performed by university faculty (called Principle Investigators or PI’s) and their graduate students under their supervision (that’s you), MCEER works towards creating more seismically resilient communities. 

For a more in depth description of MCEER, visit

MCEER SLC Student Guidebook 

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