Unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings are vulnerable to earthquakes, but often house critical community infrastructure like schools and fire departments. SUNY Distinguished Professor Michel Bruneau and associate professors Kallol Sett and Andreas Stavridis (lead PI) are funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to enhance the seismic performance of these buildings.
SUNY Distinguished Professor Michel Bruneau and assistant professor Negar Elhami Khorasani both received accolades from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) based on their career achievements.
Students in associate professor Andreas Stavridis’ reinforced concrete design class had a chance to experience something most undergraduate students do not: seeing the beams they designed and built put to the test.
“Later in my career, I want to apply these concepts and take this retrofit methodology and apply it to buildings that are out there now,” says Sina Basereh, a PhD student in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.
A grant, worth over $500,000 awarded to assistant professor Ravi Ranade, will assist in developing superior materials and reviewing the building codes currently used to design protective structures for housing equipment and soldiers.