The NEEScomm Management Team brings rich and diverse experience to help manage and create innovative solutions that enable the NEES commmunity to advance in Earthquake research and related technology.
Julio Ramirez, Ph.D. has served as NEES network director since October 2009 after Purdue University was awarded the opportunity to lead the project. Prior to this role, Ramirez served as assistant head for graduate programs for Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering and continues to serve as professor of civil engineering for Purdue. He earned his BSCE degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, his MSCE from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Ramirez is chair of the Committee on Concrete and Masonry Structures of the ASCE/SEI. He has been a member of several National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) research panels and has served in NSF proposal review panels for several directorates. He presently serves as a member of Committee 318, Structural Building Code of the American Concrete Institute and Co-PI in the NEESRGC Project: Mitigation of Collapse Risk in Vulnerable Concrete Buildings.
Barb Fossum has served as NEES deputy center director since October 2009. She comes to NEES after serving as managing director of Purdue University’s Cyber Center and Computer Research Institute. Prior to coming to Purdue, Fossum served as research and development manager for the Texas Advanced Computing Center, and TeraGrid Site Lead, for the NSF Extensible Terascale Facilities Project at the University of Texas at Austin. She also served in several roles for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., including associate program director for the Advanced Computational Research Division, and adjunct program director for the Computer-Communications Research Division.
Dr. Keith Adams joined the NEES team as Director of Education, Outreach and Training in March 2011. He comes to NEEScomm from the Physics Department at Purdue, where he was the Physics Outreach Coordinator. In that position he has done demonstrations for the Big Ten network and for the Boiler Bytes Magazine, coordinated RET and REU experiences within physics and developed numerous demonstration models for current physics research. He has taught mathematics and sciences at the high school and college level, basing his curriculum on the student-centered activity learning process. Dr. Adams retired from the U. S. Navy in 1997 as a Commander, having served his career with International Security Assistance working in conjunction with the Department of Defense in the Falklands, Tehran, Beirut and other tours in the far east, middle east and Australasia area. He completed his service as the Commanding Officer, U. S. Navy Research Labs in Natick, MA.
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