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Greg Deierlein Wins Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award!

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Congratulations to Gregory Deierlein, the John A. Blume Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University, and his collaborators Jerome Hajjar, Chair and Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, and Sarah Billington, Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor, Stanford University, who have been recognized by “Popular Mechanics” magazine as one of several winning teams of the magazine’s annual Breakthrough Awards.

They designed a system that features “fuses” which absorb the shock of an earthquake and cables that control the rocking of the building then pull it back into alignment once shaking has stopped. (NSF Award #0530756, “NEESR-SG: Controlled Rocking of Steel-Framed Buildings with Replaceable Energy Dissipating Fuses,” Deierlein, principal investigator, and Hajjar and Billington, co-principal investigators). An article in The Dish at Stanford University expands on the recognition as does the online version of Popular Mechanics. They and the other nine winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York City on October 5.