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Photo of a structural cement column twisted and uprooted

Northridge Earthquake, CA, January 17, 1994--Many roads, including bridges and elevated highways were damaged by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Approximately 114,000 residential and commercial structures were damaged and 72 deaths were attributed to the earthquake. Damage costs were estimated at $25 billion.

Credit: FEMA News Photo

NEES Grand Opening



Grand Opening
Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

National Science Foundation
Monday, November 15, 2004—Room 1235
Arlington, Virginia


1:30-1:35 p.m. EST
Ian Buckle--Moderator
President, NEES Consortium, Inc.
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

1:35-1:45 p.m.
A Catalyst for Research into Earth's Tremors and Traumas
Joseph Bordogna
NSF Deputy Director

1:45-1:55 p.m.
A New Paradigm for Research
John Brighton
NSF Assistant Director for Engineering

1:55-2:05 p.m.
NEES Overview
Ian Buckle

2:05-2:10 p.m.
Bill Spencer
Nathan and Anne Newmark Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering and NCSA Senior Center Affiliate
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Demonstrations from NEES Sites
2:10-2:20 p.m.
Site 1-UIUC
NEESgrid – Creating New Frontiers in Collaborative Earthquake Engineering Research
Amr S. Elnashai
D.B. Willett Professor of Engineering
Director, Mid-America Earthquake Center

2:20-2:30 p.m. (Remaining Demo Site Introductions by Ian Buckle)
Site 2-Cornell
Large-Displacement Soil-Structure Interaction Facility for Lifeline Systems
Cornell University
Harry Stewart
Associate Professor,
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and
Director, Civil Infrastructure Laboratories

Timothy Bond
Manager of Technical Services
School of Technical and Environmental Engineering

2:30-2:40 p.m.
Site 3 -Oregon State
The Next-Generation, Shared-Use Facility for Remote Tsunami Research
Oregon State University
Daniel Cox
Associate Professor
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and
Director, O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Cherri Pancake
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering

2:40-2:50 p.m.
Site 4--UCSD
Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table
University of California, San Diego
Jose Restrepo
Professor of Structural Engineering
UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering

Robert Englekirk
Founder, The Englekirk Companies

2:50-3:30 p.m.
Q & A - All NEES sites

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Reception at NSF Headquarters
Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation A Special Report