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NEES Community Update - Feb 2014

Research News

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Upcoming Events & Deadlines

March 5
FEMA Webinar: Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Wood-Frame Buildings

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March 17
NEES/EERI Research-to-Practice Webinar: Adaptive Passive Stiffness Shaping

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April 26 & 27
3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington DC

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July 21-25
10CEE meeting, Anchorage, Alaska

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Director's Letter


We are happy to share with you the news about the important recognitions received by three members of the NEES community: Jack Moehle and Greg Fenves were elected to the National Academy of Engineering; and Masayoshi Nakashima will be awarded the Housner Medal by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Prof. Nakashima is a past E-Defense director and has been a strong supporter of the exchanges between NEES and E-Defense with regards to research collaboration, access to the E-Defense shake table and data exchanges. The 10th planning meeting of this collaboration was convened by Prof. Mahin from UC Berkeley and Prof. Nakashima from DPRI just last December. The full report is available on the NEEShub.

Finally, the NEEShub release 6.0 is coming next month. NEEScomm IT developers are hard at work implementing community wishes. Stay tuned for details!

Thanks to all for ensuring that testing at the NEES sites is completed by September 30, 2014.


Julio Ramirez
NEES Chief Officer and NEEScomm Center Director

Jack Moehle and Greg Fenves elected to National Academy of Engineering

Jack Moehle, T.Y. and Margaret Lin Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley, and Greg Fenves, executive vice president and provost, University of Texas, Austin, recently were elected to the National Academy of Engineering. This honor is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Moehle was recognized by the Academy for contributions to earthquake-resistant design and analysis of building structures, and for leadership in engineering education. Moehle also is the founding director of PEER from 1996 to 2008.

The Academy cited Gregory Fenves' principal engineering accomplishments as his "contributions to computational modeling, creation of open source software for earthquake engineering analysis, and academic leadership." Fenves is former associate director of PEER and developer of PEER's OpenSees software.

The National Academy of Engineering honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature."

More information from the EERI Pulse.

Get ready for Quake Summit!

EERI and NEES invite you to attend the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE) held July 21-25, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. The NEES Quake Summit will be held in conjunction with the 10NCEE.

The event will bring together more than a thousand professionals in the multidisciplinary earthquake-related fields from the U.S. and beyond. Over 800 papers and presentations from experts covering issues critical to earthquake engineers, scientists, policy makers, and disaster mitigation professionals have been accepted. Join EERI and NEES this July in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska for this great event!

Read more at the 10NCEE website.

Masayoshi Nakashima to be awarded Housner Medal

Masayoshi Nakashima, professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University, will be presented with the George W. Housner Medal at the 2014 EERI Annual Meeting, which takes place as part of the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE). The Housner Medal recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to public earthquake safety through the development and application of earthquake hazard reduction practices and policies.

Nakashima's research contributions have had a profound impact on the advancement of earthquake engineering, including his seminal work in the development of hybrid simulation.

Dr. Nakashima was the director of Japan's E-Defense facility. Prof. Nakashima was instrumental in the implementation of the landmark agreement with NEES. Through this agreement researchers in NEES have gained access to this amazing facility and conducted ground breaking tests. The data from these tests can be found in the Project Warehouse available to the entire earthquake community.

Read more about Professor Nakashima's accomplishments in the EERI Pulse newsletter.

Northridge 20 Symposium: a successful tribute to resiliency

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, NEES at UCLA teamed with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and 22 other earthquake risk mitigation organizations to host the Northridge 20 Symposium. The event took place January 16th and 17th.

Held on the UCLA campus, the symposium attracted more than 600 policy makers, government and building officials, engineers, earth scientists, emergency managers, building owners, community leaders, financial services industry professionals, and members of the media to review the effects of the 1994 earthquake and highlight the accomplishments of the past 20 years. Breakout sessions provided in-depth discussions about advances in particular areas, including damage mitigation, many of which resulted from NEES research.

Above, graduate student Jianming Yin staffs the NEES booth at Northridge 20.

An archive of presentations is available at the Northridge 20 website.

Shake test in upstate New York will lead to safer concrete buildings

In an unusual experiment, a team of researchers from the University at Buffalo, Tufts University, and UCLA conducted shake tests on an existing, 10-story, RC-infilled structure in Utica, New York. Led by UB Asst. Professor Andreas Stavridis and Tufts Asst. Professor Babak Moaveni, the study aims to develop and validate software tools for simulating the seismic performance of reinforced concrete structures and for identifying damage to concrete buildings.

Watch the ABC television news coverage of the tests.

"This was a unique opportunity,” Stavridis explained. “With the resulting data we want to develop a new simulation framework that, ultimately, practicing engineers can apply for assessing damage for any type of building."


NEES/E-Defense meeting report now available

In December 2013, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) in Kyoto, Japan, hosted the 10th annual meeting for planning U.S.-Japan research collaborations. The meeting was convened by Prof. Mahin from UC Berkeley and Prof. Nakashima from DPRI.

Among the over 60 attendees was NSF NEES program director, Dr. Joy Pauschke. Above, Stanford Engineering Prof. Anne  Kiremidjian poses with Kyoto University engineering students, who also attended the meeting.

The full report of the meeting is now available on the NEEShub.

NEES at Engineering Family Day

Once again, NEES educators and student ambassadors participated in Discover Engineering Family Day, which took place in Washington DC on Saturday, February 22. Nearly 10,000 visitors were able to participate in hands-on engineering-themed activities.

Over 20 NEES student ambassadors, under the leadership of Professor Claudia Marin from Howard University and Professor Monique Head from Morgan State University, used the NEES mini-wave tank to teach families about tsunamis and tsunami mitigation.

The NEES booth also featured a mini shake table that gave festival visitors hands-on experience constructing and shaking model buildings. Above, Howard engineering students Sajeeeda Chin and Paquilla Jones help kids assemble test structures with marshmallows as connectors.

The annual event, part of February’s “Engineers Week,” takes place at the National Building Museum, an institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment. The museum celebrates American architecture, design and engineering.

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