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Award Abstract #1063138

REU Site: Earthquake Engineering Internship for Resilient Communities

NSF Org: EEC
Div Of Engineering Education and Centers
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Initial Amendment Date: February 16, 2011
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Latest Amendment Date: August 5, 2011
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Award Number: 1063138
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Esther Bolding
EEC Div Of Engineering Education and Centers
ENG Directorate For Engineering
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Start Date: March 1, 2011
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End Date: February 28, 2014 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $384,000.00
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Investigator(s): Stephen Mahin mahin@berkeley.edu (Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of California-Berkeley
Sponsored Projects Office
BERKELEY, CA 94704-5940 (510)642-8109
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NSF Program(s): HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT,
NEES RESEARCH
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Program Reference Code(s): 036E, 039E, 043E, 116E, 1576, 9178, 9250, 9251
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Program Element Code(s): 1360, 7396

ABSTRACT

This three-year REU site program focusing on earthquake resilient communities will be administered by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. Each summer,undergraduate students will be placed at the three partnering universities: University of California Berkeley, University of California Davis, and the University of Washington. The students will be placed in pairs with a faculty and graduate student mentor to complete projects related to the seismic resiliency of infrastructure, ports, levees,and urban buildings. The mentors have expertise in a variety of disciplines including structural and geotechnical engineering, urban planning, public policy and economics. This multi-disciplinary integration is an important aspect of this REU site because multidisciplinary cooperation and collaboration is needed to achieve the broad goal of earthquake resilient communities. During their summer research experience, interns will regularly interface with others studying alternate disciplines within the same research topic area and weekly engage with the full intern cohort. Supplemental activities will also be conducted to broaden the intern experience and inspire them to continue in earthquake engineering and related research.

Improving the earthquake resilience of communities nationwide must be a critical goal of our nation (NEHRP 2008). This REU program will contribute to that effort. The REU participants will learn how research can advance earthquake resiliency by developing tools and technologies that minimize earthquake damage and help communities to recover quickly from large earthquakes.

Recruitment efforts will focus on students participating in minority serving student clubs and at undergraduate serving institutions will build a group of REU interns with diverse backgrounds, and thus the program will provide a unique experience to attract underrepresented students to the fields of earthquake hazard mitigation. Their research experience, improved technical communication skills, and participation in the PEER Annual Meeting will make them strong candidates for graduate study. Through their involvement as mentors, graduate student participants will enhance their teaching and mentorship skills to prepare them for future academic faculty appointment.

BOOKS/ONE TIME PROCEEDING

Faison, H. and Mahin S, eds.. "Earthquake Engineering for Resilient Communities: 2011 PEER Internship Program Research Report Collection", 03/01/2011-02/29/2012,  2011, "PEER Report Number PEER2011/10, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA.".

Faison, H. and Mahin S, eds.. "Earthquake Engineering for Resilient Communities: 2011 PEER Internship Program Research Report Collection", 03/01/2012-02/28/2013,  2011, "PEER Report Number PEER2011/10, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA.".

Tremayne, H. and Mahin, S, eds.. "Earthquake Engineering for Resilient Communities: 2012 PEER Internship Program Research Report Collection", 03/01/2012-02/28/2013,  2012, "PEER Report Number PEER2011/10, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA.".

Faison, H., Mahin, S., Comerio, M., Schoettler, M.J., Lehman, D., Montgomery, J., Martinez, B., Maki, I., Montoya, B.. "Preparing undergraduates for success through a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus research internship program focused on earthquake resiliency", 03/01/2012-02/28/2013,  2012, "Proc., 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (15WCEE), Lisbon, Portugal, September 2012".

 

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