National Science Foundation

- Site Visit, 2001

The SLC members participated in the annual NSF Site Review in Buffalo, on June 6-8. SLC students played a key role in demonstrating MCEER's achievements and progress in the three major program areas funded by NSF. The SLC activities in the previous year as well as the plans for the current year were summarized by chairperson Ani Natali Sigaher.

During the site visit, the SLC members also presented posters on their research projects and answered questions for the site review panel. This was an excellent opportunity for the students to practice thinking on their feet and also to receive valuable feedback about their work. Following the poster session, the SLC members had a chance to interact with the NSF review panel during the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of MCEER (SWOT) analysis, led by Ani Natali Sigaher. The SWOT session provided the students with the opportunity to voice their opinions on how MCEER is doing in its fight for earthquake resilient communities. It is the authors' opinion that the SWOT went very well and that the SLC was most helpful in telling how well MCEER was doing in its effort.

The SLC also took the student gathering at the NSF visit as an opportunity to have a productive meeting regarding its future plans.