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Archive of Student Research from NEES REU Programs

Students' papers and posters detailing the results of their research projects for each summer of the program are available in this archive.

2014

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2014

2014 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. The 2014 research sites included:

Students' papers and posters are shown below detailing individual research projects.

Student Project Title NEESreu Site
Erik Avila -
California State University, Los Angeles
2014 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Graphics" Winner
Enhancement of Seismic Performance and Design of Partially-Grouted Reinforced Masonry Buildings
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Michael Chamberlain -
University of California, Berkeley
Developing a MATLAB Graphical User Interface for Damage Feature Creation and Change Point Analysis
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Sajeeda Chin -
Howard University
Passive Seismic Protective Systems for Nonstructural Systems and Components in Multistory Buildings: Investigating the Effectiveness of the QuakeGuard Seismic Isolation System
Paper
Poster
University of Buffalo
Rachel Cohen -
Brown University
2014 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session B
Numerical Simulation of Impulse Response Testing for Detection of Fatigue Cracking in Steel Anchor Rods
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Paul Diebold -
Northeastern University
Developing the Next Generation Real-Time Data Viewer
Paper
Poster
University of Minnesota
Jacob Gould -
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Total Reinforced Concrete System Behavior Software Comparison
Paper
Poster
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jordan Greer -
Lehigh University
Damage Detection and Instrumentation of a Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall System
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Jose Gutierrez -
University of Texas at El Paso
Performance of Conventional and Innovative Special Structural Walls
Paper
Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Andrew Hoeschele -
University of Colorado Boulder
Data Analysis of Seismic and Environmental Effects on the Watts Towers
Paper
Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Babette Hohrath -
Lehigh University
Design and Application of a Mobile Sensing Network for a Bridge Structure
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Jamie Hudson -
Lehigh University
2014 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Layout" Winner
Spatial Correlation Driven Damage Localization
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Paquilla Jones -
Howard University
Passive Seismic Protective Systems for Nonstructural Systems and Components in Multistory Buildings
Paper
Poster
University of Buffalo
Mitchell Knapp -
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Analytical Comparison of Reinforced Concrete Columns Designed According to ACI 318-63 & ACI 318-11
Paper
Poster
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Elizabeth Lynch -
Iowa State University
Seismic Testing of PreWEC Systems with Floor Interaction
Paper
Poster
University of Minnesota
Carlos McEniry -
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Flexible Utility Design and Analysis of a Sliding Isolation System for Residential Structures
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Kaleigh McLaughlin -
University of Notre Dame
Mitigation Strategies for Strong Currents in Harbors
Paper
Poster
Oregon State University
Ryan McNerney -
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2014 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Overall" Winner
Nonlinear Simulations of Seismically Enhanced Light-Frame Systems
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Ariana Mendible -
Seattle University
Characterization and Quantification of Tsunami-Induced Velocity Fields
Paper
Poster
Oregon State University
Sophia Palumbo -
Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York
Understanding Ship Motions under the Presence of Tsunami Currents
Paper
Poster
Oregon State University
Milton Sanders Park -
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Reserve Capacity in New and Existing Low-Ductility Steel Braced Frames
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Laura Pavone -
University of Buffalo
Effect of Window Openings on Reinforced Concrete Frames with Masonry Infill
Paper
Poster
University of Buffalo
Eric Ramirez -
University of Texas at El Paso
Seismic Resilience of Pre-Tensioned Bridge Bents
Paper
Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Andrea Sacco -
University of Buffalo
Forced Vibration and Ambient Tests on a Ten-Story RC Building in Utica, NY
Paper
Poster
University of Buffalo
Erin Segal -
Lehigh University
Mitigating Web Cracking in Post-Tension Applications
Paper
Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Marissa Shea -
University of Massachusetts Amherst
2014 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session A
Design, Verification, and Calibration of Digital Image Correlation System in Applications to Large Scale Structural Testing
Paper
Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Matthew Shelden -
San Jose State University
Enhancement of Seismic Performance and Design of Partially Grouted Reinforced Masonry Buildings
Paper
Poster
University of Minnesota
Shirley Tang -
University of Pittsburgh
2014 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session C
Development of Enhanced Data on Isolation Bearing Response for the NEEShub
Paper
Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Joseph Vantassel -
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2014 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session D
Improving the Seismic Performance of Partially Grouted Masonry Buildings
Paper
Poster
University of Minnesota
Kerianne Westphal -
Manhattan College
Instrumentation and Data Post-Analysis for Masonry Buildings
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Marissa Wildeck -
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
System Identification of Bridge Structures Using Mobile Sensors
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University

2013

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2013

2013 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. The 2013 research sites included:

Students' papers are shown below detailing individual research projects.

Student Project Title NEESreu Site
Martin Anderson -
Lafayette College
Bed Geometry Response to Varying Wave Conditions
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Gabriel Banuelos -
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Period Tracking of 1920's Soft Story Wood Frame Buildings
- Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Jessica Boakye -
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Analysis of Shear Strength in the End Panels of Bridge Girders
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Winston Boyce -
University of California, Los Angeles
Experimental Analysis of Crack Displacement on the Watts Towers
Paper
Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Rocky Chen -
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Damange Assessment and Inter-story Drift of a Soft-Story Woodframe Building
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Dan Coleman -
Virginia Tech
Seismic Performance and Design of Partially-Grouted Reinforced Masonry Buildings
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Darlene Espiritu -
Virginia State University
Sandwich Node: A New Wireless Sensor Node Architecture for
Real-Time Data Acquisition

Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Anna Flintrop -
Bethany Luteran College
Testing of Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Boundary Elements Designed According to ACI 318-11
Paper
Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Kenneth Gauthier -
University of Florida
Study on Full-scale Testing of Swaged Steel Bulkheads: Modeling of Residual Stress Resulting from Welding Process
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Sandra Gutierrez -
University of Texas, El Paso
Data Analysis to Determine the Rigidity of the Floor Diaphragm
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Babette Hohrath -
Lehigh University
A Comparison of Narada and Imote2 WSU for Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Ryan Holmes -
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Behavior of Head Core Energy Dissipators at Low Shear Strains
Paper
Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Austin Houk -
University of Arizona
Finite Element Analysis of an Intertial-Force Limiting Anchorage System
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Chloe Johansen -
University of Florida
Nonlinear Analysis and Validation of Steel Plate Shear Wall with Coupling Sub-Assembly Testing
Paper
Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alexandria Julius -
Smith College
Investigation of Thresholds of Pore Pressure Increase Induced by Seismic Shaking
Paper
Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Scott Kuhlman -
University of Arizona
Development of the Visualization Tool and Measurement Prediction for the Inertial Force-Limiting Floor Anchorage System
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Mackenzie Lostra -
University of Arizona
Finite Element Modeling of Seismic-Resistant Reinforced Concrete Building with Friction-Damping Anchorage System
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Amory Martin -
Johns Hopkins University
Near-Collapse Performance of Existing RC Building Frames Through Small-Scale Hybrid Testing Experimental Setup
Paper
Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alronil Pacheco -
San Jose State University
Large Scale Experimental Validation of Inertial-Force Limiting Anchorage
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Karly Rager -
University of Colorado
NEES-Soft@Buffalo: Modeling Instrumentation for Hybrid Pseudodynamic Testing of Seismic Retrofits in Soft-Story Woodframed Buildings
Paper
Poster
University at Buffalo
Maria Ramirez -
Rice University
Investigating Thresholds of Earthquake-induced Nonlinear Material Behavior
Paper
Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Laura Rendos -
Case Western Reserve University
Characterizing the Experimental Behavior of Multi-Story Cold-Formed Steel Structures Under Seismic Excitations
Paper
Poster
University at Buffalo
Eric Salazar -
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Preparation of Test Specimen for Post-Tensioned Shear Wall Systems
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Katie Samuelson -
Swarthmore College
Full Scale Observational Estimates of the Pressure Gradients Induced by Waves and Tsunamis
Paper
Poster
Oregon State University
Jameson Schwab -
California State University, Fresno
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Base Isolated Buildings
Paper
Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Marissa Shea -
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Seismic Performance of Thin Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Boundaries
Paper
Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
M. Faith Silva -
University of California, San Diego
Instrumentation and Data Post-Processing for Soft-Story Woodframe Buildings for Full-Scale Testing
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Emily Stinson -
Princeton University
Characterizing Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction Using Experimental Data from the SFSI Test Structure at the Garner Valley Field Site
Paper
Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Fannie Tao -
Johns Hopkins University
Preparation of Test Specimen for Post-Tensioned Coupled
Shear Wall Systems

Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Soknirorn Than -
San Jose State University
Data Analysis of Large Scale Experimental Results From Seismic Testing of Reinforced Concrete Masonry Braced Steel Frames
Paper
Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conor Thompson -
Lehigh University
Long Term Structural Health Monitoring of the Northampton Street Bridge
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Philip Thompson -
Colorado State University
NEES-Soft: Damage Prediction and Repair for Light-Frame Wood Buildings
Paper
Poster
University at Buffalo
Andrew Thorsen -
Carnegie Mellon University
Developing a MATLAB GUI for Change Point Analysis
Paper
Poster
Lehigh University
Connie Tsui -
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Damage and Repair Assessment for a Soft-Story Woodframe Building
Paper
Poster
University of California, San Diego
Taylor Valencia -
Howard University
Investigating the Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Columns through Static and Dynamic Analysis
Paper
Poster
Howard University / Georgia Tech
Ariel Ward -
Howard University
Investigating the Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Columns through Static and Dynamic Analysis
Paper
Poster
Howard University / Georgia Tech

2012

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2012

2012 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. The 2012 research sites included:

Students' papers are shown below detailing individual research projects. NEES REU students who were focused on education, outreach and training created learning modules for K-12 classrooms that can be viewed here .

Student Project Title NEESreu Site
Christopher Allen -
University of New Hampshire
Characterization and Calibration of 5DOF Load Cells
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Patrick Bassal -
California State Polytechnic University,
San Luis Obispo
Experimental Study of Tsunami-Driven Debris Forces
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Kevin Boles -
University of Nevada, Reno
Construction and Instrumentation of Multi-Story Steel Frame Specimens for Hybrid Testing to Collapse
- Paper
- Poster
University at Buffalo
Amy Breden -
Lehigh University
Post-Tensioned Coupled Shear Wall Systems
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Jennifer Cheng -
University of California, San Diego
Testing Preparation for a Low Rise Reinforced Masonry Shear-Wall Structure Designed with Displacement-Based Design Method
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Charys Clay -
University of Texas at Austin
Large-Scale Testing of RC Shear Wall and Coupling Beams with Embedded Structural Steel Sections
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Matthew Cook -
University of California, Santa Barbara
Integration of Significant Data from SCEC Borehole Sites with the NEES@UCSB Database
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Emma Crossman -
University of Nevada, Reno
Simulation for Seismic Performance on Nonstructural Systems
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Kathleen Darby -
University of California, Berkeley
Finite Element Model Analysis of the Northampton Bridge
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Mathu' Davis -
Howard University
Post-Tensioned Couple Shear Wall Systems
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Sarah Early -
Lehigh University
Civil Infrastructure Monitoring Using Wireless Sensor Network
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Carrie Field -
Auburn University
Simulation of the Seismic Performance of Nonstructural Systems
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Christian Omar Figueroa Ocasio -
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Unbonded Post-Tensioned Rocking Walls for Seismic Resilient Buildings
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Fernando Garcia -
University of California, Los Angeles
Earthquake Reconnaissance and Experiment Documentation through Spherical Panoramic Photography
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Vahe Hayrapetian -
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Developing Tools and Procedures for Advanced Noncontact Instrumentation Data Analysis
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laura Liliana Hernandez -
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Hybrid Simulation With Online Updating of Numerical Model
- Paper
- Poster
University at Buffalo
Liz Johnson -
San Jose State University
Cyclic Testing of Precast Facade Push-Pull Connection
- Paper
- Poster
San Jose State University
Amy Kordosky -
Oregon State University
Experimental Study of Tsunami Debris Forces
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Kevin Kuei -
University of California, Davis
Assessment of Seismic Design Methods of Earth Retaining Walls Using Tire Derived Aggregate for Backfill
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Timothy Albert Lamere -
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Measuring Material Properties With A Permanently Deployed Cross-Hole Experiment
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Emma Lejeune -
Cornell University
Large Scale Testing of Low Aspect Ratio Concrete Shear Walls: Image Processing for Crack Measurement
- Paper
- Poster
University at Buffalo
Andrew Lopes -
Cornell University
2012 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session A
Impact Forces from Tsunami-Driven Debris
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
An Ma -
San Jose State University
Experimental Testing of Window Glass for Commercial Real Estate Building Design
- Paper
- Poster
San Jose State University
Omar Mauricio -
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Seismic Design of Prototype Buildings with Nonlinear Viscous Dampers for Real-Time Hybrid Simulation
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Abigail Mitchell -
Lafayette College
2012 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session B
Instrumentation Assessment of Reinforced Concrete C-Shaped Wall Testing for the Improvement of Data Acquisition and Data Visualization Methods
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jay Pastor -
California State University, Northridge
Evaluation of an Advanced, Compressed Elastomeric Damper for the Reduction of Seismic Hazards to Steel Frames
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Nicholas Perez -
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
A Case Study of Earthquake Damage and Repair
- Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jasmin Sadegh -
Tufts University
2012 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session D
Investigation of Damage in Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls Under Flexural Bending in Chile
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Shadoe Sanford -
Lehigh University
Localized Damage Detection in Large-Scale Steel Earthquake Moment Connections
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Geoff Scheid -
University of Texas at Arlington
Modeling of Hybrid Masonry: An Evaluation of Modeling Techniques for Hybrid Masonry Components and Systems
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emily Stinson -
Princeton University
2012 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Overall" Winner
Investigation of Seasonal Variability in the Response of the Soil-Foundation-Structure-Interaction Test Structure
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jessica Stratton -
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2012 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session C
Full Scale Structural and Nonstructural Building System Performance During Earthquakes
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Eugenia Tai -
San Jose State University
2012 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Layout" Winner
2012 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Graphics" Winner
Adaptive Reuse of Precast Concrete Cladding Panels
- Paper
- Poster
San Jose State University

2011

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2011

2011 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. The 2011 research sites included:

Students' papers are shown below detailing individual research projects. NEES REU students who were focused on education, outreach and training created learning modules for K-12 classrooms that can be viewed here .

Student Project Title NEESreu Site
Brett Allen -
Michigan Technological University
2011 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Use of Graphics" Winner
Nonlinear Device Representing Abutment Soil in Curved Bridge Seismic Testing
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Sean Allen -
University of Nevada, Reno
Make Your Own Earthquake Activities
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
John Archibald -
Lehigh University
Development of a Blast and Ballistic Resistant Precast Concrete Armored Wall System
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Patricia Joan AuBuchon -
The University of Central Florida
3-Pier Hybrid Simulation Using Zeus-NL and Matlab
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ana Angelica Avelar -
California State University, Northridge
Performance-Based Design for Cost-Effective Seismic Hazard Mitigation in New Buildings Using Passive Dampers
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Hillary Marie Brooker -
Lehigh University
Tsunami Impact on Fuel Storage Containers
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Felipe Cifelli -
Florida International University
Lateral Load Behavior and Modeling of Low-Rise RC Walls for Performance-Based Design
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Gregory Grajczyk -
University of Toledo
2011 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session B
NDOT Prestressed Columns for Earthquake Resistance
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Gregory Hubers -
Hope College
Landslide Generated Tsunamis around a Conical Island
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Justin Kunert -
University of Nevada, Reno
2011 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session D
Forced Vibration Testing to Investigate Structure Soil Sturcture Interaction
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Emma Marie Lejeune -
Cornell University
2011 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Overall Poster/Presentation" Winner
Strong Shaking of a Steel Frame Base Isolated Building at E-Defense in Japan: Developing Processing Scripts
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Rebecca Leigh Leonard -
University of Arkansas
2011 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Layout" Winner
System Identification Toolbox for MATLAB: Developing a Graphical User Interface
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Diana Lin -
San Jose State University
Autocad Drawings of Precast Concrete Cladding for High Seismicity Region
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Yujia Liu -
University of California, San Diego
Nonlinear Modeling of Precast Concrete Cladding Panels for High Seismicity Regions
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Stephanie N. Lopez -
Universidad de Puerto Rico
NEES Landslide Tsunami Generator: Modeling a Landslide Generated Tsunami of a Conical Island
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Derek Loush -
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2011 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session D
Assessment of a Test Setup on a Damped Braced Frame for Conducting Large-Scale Earthquake Simulations
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Sean Luong -
University of California, San Diego
Seismic Response of Bridges in New Zealand
- Paper
- Poster
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Cecilia Luu -
University of California, San Diego
Full-Scale Structural and Nonstructural Building System Performance during Earthquakes and Post-Earthquake Fire
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Christopher Ryan Manco -
University of Delaware
2011 Young Researchers Symposium "Best Poster" Winner - Session A
Seismic Response of Bridges Located in Christchurch, New Zealand
- Paper
- Poster
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Omar Mauricio -
Cal Poly Pomona
Comparison of Forced Vibration Testing Results to a Soil Structure Interaction Model
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Yoshua Neuman -
University of California, San Diego
Contributions to the Construction of a Building for Seismic and Fire Research
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Kevin O'Connor -
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Test of a Small-Scale Specimen to Evaluate a Complex Loading Protoco l
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jaime Orozco -
Cal Poly Pomona
Performace-Based Design for Cost-Effective Seismic Hazard Mitigation in New Buildings Using Passive Dampers
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Heidi Pence -
University of Michigan
Earthquake Experiments for K-12 Students
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Kristen Ann Peterson -
Lehigh University
Impact Forces from Tsunami-Driven Debris
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Joe Paul Trudeau -
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Make Your Own Earthquake
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Santa Barbara
Ramy Ugarte -
San Jose State University
Landslide Generated Tsunami
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Alejandro Zepeda -
Texas A&M University
Hybrid Masonry Seismic Structural Systems: Material Charactarization
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amy Xiang Zhang -
Carnegie Mellon University
Small-Scale Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns Under Combined Shear-Torsion Loading
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2010

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2010

2010 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. The 2010 research sites included:

Students' papers are shown below detailing individual research projects.

Student Project Title NEESreu Site
Cristian Acevedo
Florida International University
2010 Young Researchers Symposium Best Poster Winner - Session D
Seismic Vulnerability of Non-Special Boundary Element of Shear Wall Under Axial Force Reversals
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Berkeley
Nina Arroyo
University of Southern California
Large-Scale Bridge Abutment Wall with Granular Backfill
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Javier Briz
University of Florida
Tsunami Generation by Landslide
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Caitlin Collins
Tufts University
Characterizing Two Buildings By Analysis of Ambient Vibration Data
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Ariel Creagh
The University of Texas at Austin
2010 Young Researchers Symposium Best Poster Winner - Session A
Seismic Performance of Concrete Special Boundary Element
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Berkeley
Mark Cukrov
University of Nevada, Reno
2010 Young Researchers Symposium Best Poster Winner - Session B
Parametric Study of Ductile Cross Frames in Horizontally Curved Stell Girder Bridges
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Alicia Echevarria
University of Nevada, Reno
NEESR-GC: Simulation of the Seismic Performance of Nonstructural Systems
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Jeremy Hasselbauer
University of Nevada, Reno
Small-Scale Proof Testing for Three Pier Hybrid Simulation
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ray Hooft
University of Nevada, Reno
2010 Young Researchers Symposium Best Poster Winner - Session C
Preliminary Study of the StrongbackSystem: Preventing the Soft-Story Mechanism
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Berkeley
Sunit Mody
University of Michigan
Seismic Performance and Repair of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Pile-to-Wharf Connections
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kevin Nguyen
University of Nevada, Reno
Parametric Study of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer Concrete Filled Bridge Columns Under Lateral Loads
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Ashley Oertel
University of California, Santa Barbara
Large Scale Testing of Backfill Soil
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Pablo Ramos
California Polytechnic State University
Contributions to the Investigation of the Response of a Highly Curved Bridge
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Gautam Shankar
Temple University
Automated Crack Mapping
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Cody Sowa
University of Nevada, Reno
NEESR-GC: Simulation of the Seismic Performance of Nonstructural Systems
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Phillip Stewart
Temple University
3-D Modeling of Krypton Data in Real Time
- Paper
University of Minnesota
Stephanie Tong
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Performance-Based Design of Large Scale Reinforced Concrete Squat Walls
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Maria Tribelhorn
University of Idaho
Assessment of Punching Shear Vulnerability
- Paper
- Poster
University of Minnesota
John Van Heukelem
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Crack Mapping for the Analysis of Complex Shear Wall Systems
- Paper
- Poster
University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kyle Weiland
Kansas University
Lateral Load Behavior and Modeling of Shear-Dominant RC Walls for Performance-Based Design
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Justine Woo
Saint Martin's University
Reducing Initial and Lifetime Costs of Isolation Through Design
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Berkeley
Diane Wurst
Rowan University
Localized Damage Detection in Full Scale Beam-Columns Using Strain Gauges
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University

2009

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2009

2009 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at the following research sites:

Students' papers are shown below detailing individual research projects.

Student Project Title NEESreu Site
Ryan Ahn
Pennsylvania State University
Seismic Testing of Large-Scale Reinforced Concrete Walls
- Paper
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Mark Bingham
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Seismic Response of Structural Concrete Pile-Wharf Deck Connections of Port Structures Through the Use of MUST-SIM Facilities at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Katie Bowden
University of Nevada, Reno
Effects of Curvature on Beams under Static Loading
- Paper
- Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Tim Brauning
Lehigh University
Magnetorheological Damper Force Rise Times
- Paper
Lehigh University
Charly Champion
Georgia Tech University
The Huff and Puff Test: Seismic Response of Innovative Straw Bale Wall Systems
Paper Poster
University of Nevada, Reno
Xiaozang Chen
University of California, Davis
Analysis of Newmark method on type 1 semi-gravity reinforced concrete cantilever retaining walls with and without sound wall
- Paper
University of California, San Diego
Joseph Dow
Lehigh University
Testing and Analysis of Iron and Plastic t-Joints in Sprinkler Systems
- Paper
University at Buffalo
Francisco Galan
San Jose University
The Analysis of Forces and Pressure Distributions on an Aluminum Rigid Wall from Tsunami Wave Loading
- Paper
Oregon State University
Leilani Gilpin
University of California, San Diego
Visualizing NEES Activities Using Web Services and Object Relational Mapping
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Allen Grimes
Texas A&M University
A Java-based Numerical Wave Tank for Efficient Experimental Design
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Rikki Keegan
University of Idaho
Dynamic Testing of Pedestrian Bridges
- Paper
University of California, Los Angeles
Casey Laush
Clarkson University
Instrumentation, Static Testing, and Stiffness Matrix of Self-Centering Concentrically Braced Frame
- Paper
Lehigh University
Jennie Lee
University of California, San Diego
Experimental Studies on the Design, Construction, and Seismic Performance of Small-Scale Wind Turbines Used in Developing Countries
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Philip Lund
Lehigh University
Geographically Distributed Hybrid Simulation of a Four-Story Steel Moment Frame “Hybrid Simulation Platform for Seismic Performance Evaluation of Structures through Collapse
- Paper
- Poster
University of Buffalo
Peter Maloney
California Polytechnic State University
Study of the Inelastic Behavior of Full-Scale Steel Bean-Column Connections
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, Los Angeles
Javier Miranda-Rivera
University of Puerto Rico
Material Testing Analysis for the Self-Centering Concentrically Braced Frame
- Paper
- Poster
Lehigh University
Alfredo Morales
Florida International University
Performance Evaluation of Semi-Rigid Steel Frames Using Hybrid Simulation
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Denise Muramoto
University of Washington
Performance-Based Design of Large Scale Reinforced Concrete Squat Walls
- Paper
- Poster
University of Buffalo
Kimberly Quesnel
California Polytechnic State University
Tsunami Wave Breaking Behavior on a Reef with a Rough Surface
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Josh Rocks
University of Buffalo
Large Scale Testing of Reinforced Concrete Squat Walls
- Paper
- Poster
University of Buffalo
Alexander Ruud
University of Navada, Reno
Visualization of the NEES@UNR Large-Scale Structures Laboratory
- Paper
- Poster
University of Navada, Reno
Tadei Shayo
University of California, Davis
Seismic Design guidelines of retaining walls with/without soundwall: qualitative analysis of failure behavior of retaining structures during previous significant earthquakes
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Barbara Simpson
University of Kansas
Development of Hybrid Simulation Models
- Paper
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Brian Terranova
University of Buffalo
Design and Verification of a Seismic Isolation Educational K – 12 System
- Paper
University of Buffalo
Eric Tung
University of California, San Diego
Parametric Study of Masonry Infilled RC Frames Using Mortar Joint Properties
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Christopher Vetter
University of Notre Dame
Dynamic Response of Non-Structural Elements Anchored in Cracked Concrete
- Paper
University of California, San Diego
Robert Vida
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Design and Behavior of Complex Walls
- Paper
- Poster
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Jessica Wakeman
University of Virginia
NEESR-GC: Mitigation of Collapse Risk in Vulnerable Concrete Buildings -- Assessment of Slab Membrane Action
- Paper
- Poster
University of California, San Diego
Ting-Cheng Wen
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Large Scale Particle Image Velocimetry Study of Breaking Tsunami Wave Behind Structure
- Paper
- Poster
Oregon State University
Jessi Willstrop
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Bore Impact Loading on Structures
- Paper
Oregon State University

2008

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2008

2008 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. 2008 research sites included those at the University at Buffalo, the University of California, Davis, Lehigh University, and NEESit at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Students' papers are shown below detailing individual research projects.

Student Paper
Ryan Ahn , Pennsylvania State Design of a Seismic-Resistant Self-Centering Concentrically-Braced Frame and Experimental Test Structure
Daniel Alvarado , Arizona State Bio-Mediated Soil Improvement: Cementation of Unsaturated Sand Samples
Rommel Cintron , University of Puerto Rico Strain Measurements with the Digital Image Correlation System Vic-2D
Ryan Doheny , University of Central Florida, Orlando Exploration of Uni-axial Shaketables Dynamics
Luis Funes , San Jose State Video on Centrifuge Modeling of the Effects of Earthquakes on Bridge Foundations
Savannah Gowdy , Georgia Institute of Technology Full Characterization of the Influence fo Conductivity Changes To Resistance Wave Gauge Measurements
Vanna Keller , Texas A&M Large Scale Particle Trajectory via Tsunami Wave Forces
Bogdan Liea , University of California, Davis Measuring Strains with High Resolution Camera and Understanding Structural Behavior
Aaron Malatesta , Chico State Hazardous Vibration Mitigation of Structures Using Magneto-Rheological Tuned Mass Dampers
Nahom Micael , San Jose State Development and Design of Centrifuge Model Container
Jodi Sangster , University of Nebraska, Omaha A Numerical Model for the Transport of Boulder By Tsunami
Alan Stewart , University of California, Berkeley Experimental Analysis of Self-Centering Moment Resisting Frames
Evan Tusini , George Washington University Performance Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Masonry Infill Walls
Matt Whipple , University of Nevada, Reno SYNCDVV: A New Software Solution for Shake Table Data and Video Synchronization Using GPS Acquired SMPTE Timecode
Meiai Xie , University of California, San Diego Performance of Straw Bale Wall System and Prediction of Straw Bale House Response

2007

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2007

2007 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. 2007 research sites included those at the University at Buffalo, the University of California, Davis, Lehigh University, and NEESit at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Students' papers are shown below detailing individual research projects.

Student Paper
Matthew Alboum , University of Buffalo Sidesway Collapse of Deteriorating Structural Systems Under Seismic Excitations
Vannesa Andrews , University of Tulsa Development of a new Subsurface Strain and Displacement Sensor to be used in Soil
Kenneth Bailey , Georgia Institute of Technology SensorFusion: Localization and Tracking of Sensors Using RFID
Ryan Beemer , Washington State University Detailed Testing of Prescast Concrete Diaphragms at Lehigh University
Austin Brown , University of Nevada, Reno Response of a Substandard Two-column Bridge bent Subjected to near Fault Ground Motion
Clayton Burningham , University of Utah Comparison of Seismic Fragility of Free Standing Equipment using Current testing Protocols and Recorded Building Floor Motions
Jorge Camacho , University of California, Davis Seismic Performance of Exposed Column Base Plates (Phase I)
Richard Fernandez , San Diego State University Soil Mechanics Analysis and Comparison to In Situ Test Methods of Soils found in Potrero Canyon
Eddie Guerra , University of Puerto Rico Impact analysis of a Self-Centering Steel Concentrically- Braced Frame
Vinnie Hung , The Cooper Union Remediation of Soil Liquefaction using Colloidal Silica Grout
Santos Jordan , University of California, Davis Seismic Response Investigation of special Truss Moment Frame (STMF) Subassemblies under Quasi-Static Loading
Jennifer Krebs , Edgewood College A Physical Model Study of Tsunami Inundation with Coastal Infrastructure
Jason Miles , LSU Surge Impact Loading on Wood Residential Structures
Adedotun Moronkeji , University of Missouri, Rolla Physical Modelling of Tsunami Induced Sediment Transport and Scour
Alex Piolatto , Southern Illinois University Effects of Post-Tensioning and Energy Dissipators on Seismic Performance Of Bridge
Brianna Rooney , University of Wisconsin, Stout The Study and Practice Of Metrology at The University of Buffalo NEES Site
Gabriel Sanchez Martinez , University of Puerto Rico A Comparative Study of a Piping System Subjected to Earthquake Loads Using Finite Element Modeling and Analysis
Scott Swensen , University of Utah Design of Self-Centering Moment Resisting Frame and Experimental Loading System
Atia Syed , City College of New York Development of In-House Accelerometer Dynamic Calibration System
Alejandro Uribe , Florida International University SensorFusion: Localization and Tracking of Sensors using RFID
Jennilyn Vallejera , University of Nevada, Reno Behavior and Testing of Small Scale Columns under Combined Action Loading
Brian Wiebe , Oregon State University SensorFusion: Localization and Tracking of Sensors Using RFID

2006

Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2006

2006 NEESreu students joined faculty mentors in exciting research experiences for undergraduate students at world-class earthquake research facilities. 2006 research sites included those at the University at Buffalo, the University of California, Davis, Lehigh University, and NEESit at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Students' papers and PowerPoint presentations are shown below detailing individual research projects.

Mr. Alan Abad - Florida Int'l Univ.
Presentation Paper
Mr. Rodrigo Barbosa - Florida Int'l Univ.
Abstract Presentation Paper
Mr. Jeremy Coleman - Binghamton, NY
Presentation Paper
Mr. Scott Diehl - UC San Diego
Presentation Paper
Mr. Charles Ekiert - Univ. at Buffalo, NY
Paper
Mr. Alek Harounian - UCLA
Presentation Paper
Ms. Jamie Hong - UC Irvine
Paper
Mr. Mark Jones - Ohio Univ. Athens, Ohio
Presentation Paper
Mr. Geoff Madrazo - Nat. Haw. Georgia Tech
Presentation Paper
Mr. Nukoon Mangkalakiri - UC Irvine
Presentation Paper
Mr. Mike Sampson - RPI
Presentation Paper
Mr. Eric Sanchez - CCNY
Abstract Presentation Paper
Ms. Mia Simmons - N. Carolina State Univ.
Paper
Ms. Yoshiko Tsunehara - UCLA
Presentation Paper
Mr. Gabriel Valencia - San Jose State Univ.
Paper