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  • Graduate Student, Marco Simone Pigazzini received the Science and Engineering Library Award for Best Use of Literature at the JSOE 2014 Research Expo.  Marco's poster was entitled, Impact on Water of Aircraft Structures: A Review.

    Congratulations, Marco!

  • SE Graduate Student, Edouard Marc Yreux , and SE Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. Michael Hillman, recieved the SE Department Best Poster Award at the 2014 JSOE Research Expo.  The poster is entitled, Mesh-Free Methods for Fragment-Impact Modeling and Homeland Security Applications.

     Congratulations, Edouard and Mike!

  • The ASCE Student Leadership Award is granted to an ASCE Student Member who has demonstrated leadership in a Student Chapter/International Student Group through various activities (e.g., service as an officer, leading special events, interaction with university administration, and interaction with ASCE Sections/Branches). Winners of the ASCE Student Leadership Award are based on nominations received by the Committee on Student Members. 

  • SE graduate students, Colin Haynes and Scott Ouellette, were selected to be 2014 Gordon Fellows at the Jacobs School of Engineering Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center. As a Gordon Fellow, selectees will receive a Gordon leadership medallion and monetary award, as well as gain access to the Gordon Alumni Network.  This network will connect Gordon Fellows with current engineering leaders to encourage life-long learning and mentorship.  This is an excellent opportunity to further develop their professional network and to observe effective engineering leaders, and further develop their personal leadership potential.

    Both Colin and Scott were selected through a competitive process which determined that their engineering leadership experience exemplifies the goals of the Gordon Center.  The vision of the Gordon Center is to educate and train a network of effective engineering leaders who create new products and jobs that benefit society. The Gordon Center Advisory Board, composed of engineering leaders from diverse backgrounds, reviewed all submitted packets and determined that Colin and Scott have demonstrated the vision of the center. 

    Congratulations, Colin and Scott!

  • Dean Albert Pisano presented Professor Benson Shing with the 2012-2013 Best Teacher Award. 

    Professor Shing received the most popular votes from student surveys, and is awarded with an allocation to be used toward instructional improvements. 

    Congratulations, Professor Shing !

  • Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea and his students Stefano Mariani, Thompson Nguyen, Robert Phillips, Piotr Kijanka of UCSD and Wieslaw Staszewski of AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland, received the Best Paper Award at the 9th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring. The paper, entitled  Non-contact Ultrasonic Guided Wave Inspection of Rails, was selected among more than 300 papers presented at the conference.  The SHM Best Paper Award is presented to one or more individuals whose paper(s) are selected to have the highest quality and innovation from the Proceedings of the 2013 IWSHM. The Award Committee is formed by all the Session Chairmen for this Workshop. They may propose among the articles from the sessions of their specialty, one or two papers which may be candidates for the Award, justifying their proposal. This award is sponsored by Boeing. 
     

  • SE Alumnus, Dr. Ming-Chen Hsu, advised by Professor Yuri Bazilves, was named as the Jacobs School of Engineering recipient for the 2013 Chancellor's Dissertation Medal for his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis of Wind Turbines."

    The Chancellor's Dissertation Medal is to recognize oustandng Ph.D. research in one of six divisional areas.  This is the first year that the medal is being awarded.

  • Dr. John Kosmatka was selected by over 300 undergraduate students participating in this year's Jacobs Ring Ceremony as the 2013 Professor of the Year. He will be presented with the award at the Jacobs Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at 8 p.m.  Congratulations, Dr. K!

  • Professor Hyonny Kim has received the 2013 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for Structural Engineering.  The AS Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes the recipient's excellent contributions to the educational mission of UCSD. Congratulations, Professor Kim!

  • Due to his outstanding achievements, undergraduate student David Najera has been awarded the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego annual scholarship for the 2012-1013 academic year.  David will receive this award at the Association dinner this April.

    Congratulations David!

  • Undergraduate student Ameeta Kunnath has received first place in the 2013 National Daniel W. Mead Student Contest for her paper entitled “Is it Ethical to Associate Credentials with Competency?”  In order to submit her paper, Ameeta had to first win the UCSD internal competition which required her to present her ideas to a faculty member and two SCSE representatives.  Ameeta then had the opportunity to present at the ASCE regional conference.  Because of Ameeta’s accomplishment, she will be awarded a $1,000 award check and the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students. 

    Congratulations, Ameeta!

  • Structural Engineering Ph.D. student, Mr. Weian Liu, was chosen as one of the three US recipients of the 2012 Liu Huixian Scholarship awards by the US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation and the Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation.

  • Dean Juan Lasheras presented Professor Patrick Fox with the "Best Teacher Award for 2011-2012".

    Professor Fox received the most popular votes from student surveys, and is also awarded a $1,500 allocation to be used toward instructional improvements.

    Congratulations, Professor Fox!

  • Ph.D. student Gabriela DeFrancisci received the 2012 Student of the Year award  from the FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials and Structures. Gabriela will travel to Washington D.C. in January to accept her award.

    Gabriela DeFrancisci received her B.S. (2008) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Department of Civil Engineering. She received her M.S. (2010) and is currently completing her Ph.D. at University of California, San Diego in Structural Engineering.  In 2008, she received the UCSD Structural Engineering Department Fellowship. She was a Transportation Research Board Fellowship Recipient on Public Sector Aviation Issues in 2009-2010 and a California Space Grant Fellowship Recipient in 2010.   Gabriela conducts her multi-faceted research for the FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials and Structures which is sponsored by the FAA Office of Aviation Research at the FAA Wm. J. Hughes Technical Center.   Her project involves interactions with various aspects of the aviation industry including the airframers, the airline operators and material suppliers, as well as FAA and EASA.

    Gabriela's main research area is wide area, blunt impact on composite structures, similar to accidental contact between a ground service vehicle and a commercial aircraft.  Her dissertation is entitled “High Energy, Wide Area, Blunt Impact on Composite Aircraft Structures” which has very strong implications related to safety and detection of damage in the new generation of composite airframes.  This award is a fitting acknowledgement of Gabriela's dedication to these important transportation-safety focused efforts, and the significance of the contributions which her research has produced, and continues to produce, for the aviation safety community.

  • Professor Patrick J. Fox’s publication Geomembrane damage due to static and cyclic shearing over compacted gravelly sand received honorable mention and was recognized as "one of the best papers published in Geosynthetics International in 2011” by Members of the Editorial Board of Geosynthetics International.

    Fox, P.J., Ross, J.D., Sura, J.M. and Thiel, R.S. (2011). Geomembrane damage due to static and cyclic shearing over compacted gravelly sand. Geosynthetics International, 18, No. 5, 272–279.

  • Professor David J. Benson is named the 2012 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award Winner.

    The Applied Mechanics Award was established in 1988 by the ASME Applied Mechanics Division. The Award was renamed the Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award in 2008. The Award is given to an outstanding individual for significant contributions in the practice of engineering mechanics; contributions may result from innovation, research, design, leadership or education.

     

  • Dean Frieder Seible presented Professor Lanza di Scalea with the "Best Teacher Award for 2010-2011".

    Professor Lanza received the most popular votes from student surveys, and is also awarded a $1,500 allocation to be used toward instructional improvements.

    Congratulations, Professor Lanza!

  • Congratulations to Yujia Liu, on receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  The NSF Graduate  Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)  Fellowship provides unique financial and fellowship support to the nation’s outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. It is one of the most competitive and prestigious graduate fellowships in science and engineering. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend along with education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development. The fellowship enables Fellows to be financially independent and free from traditional restriction in order to promote innovation in collaboration with leading professors in the field. Further information in the description above can be found at http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

  • Dr. Lelli Van Den Einde received the 2011 ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers - Region 9 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.
     The award was given to recognize the efforts of Civil Engineers to further advance the field of civil engineering through:

    *  ASCE Involvement
    *  Professional Service Contributions
    *  Community Activities
     *  Dedication, Hard Work, and Ingenuity
     *  Devoted Service to the Region, Section, Branch, or Life Member Forum
    *  Innovative Concepts
    *  Journalism which Enhances the Public Understanding of Civil Engineering
    *  Legislative Activities
    *  Legislative Advancement of the Civil Engineering Profession
     *  Lifetime Efforts
    *  Research or Materials
    *  Support of ASCE Student Chapters and Civil Engineering Students
    *  Student Contributions to Civil Engineering, ASCE, and their studies

     The 2011 ASCE Region 9 Awards Ceremony recognizing the selected individuals will be held in
    Sacramento on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency at Capitol Park, 1209 L
    Street, Sacramento, California

  • Two SE faculty were honored with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) Awards:

    Prof. David Benson is the recipient of the Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Division Award. The award is given “To an outstanding individual for significant contributions in the practice of engineering mechanics; contributions may result from innovation, research, design, leadership or education.”

    Prof. Yuri Bazilevs is the recipient of the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award. The award is given for “Special achievement for young investigators in Applied Mechanics. Nominees must not have reached their 40th birthday at the time of Awards presentation.”

    The Awards, which include a medal, a plaque, and an honorarium, will be presented at the AMD Banquet, tentatively scheduled on Tuesday, 13 November 2012, during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, to be held in Houston, TX, November 9-15, 2012.

  • At the Chancellor's Challenge 5k run on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, 1,350 students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members participated in this event to raise funds to support undergraduate scholarships. This event raised almost $200k, bringing the fundraising total for the lifetime of the event to close to $2.7 million.

    Structural Engineering faculty members, Lelli Van Den Einde and Michael Todd won 1st and 2nd in the race. Several Structural Engineering students also participated in this annual event. See the complete article at http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2011/10/25_5kcoverage.html

  • PhD student Arun Manohar has been awarded a Fellowship for the San Diego Regional Renewable Energy Technology Acceleration Program administered by the Von Liebig Center. The project is entitled “Structural Health Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blades Using Advanced Infrared Thermography,” is a process to identify structural defects in composite plates. Arun will receive an award of $45,000 to be spent within one year to develop his research into a commercially viable product. His was one of only three projects selected for this award out of 30+ originally submitted.

    More information about this award can be found here: http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1096

  • Professor Yuri Bazilevs received the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics Gallagher Young Investigator Award for 2011 “for contributions to isogeometric analysis and strong coupling algorithms in fluid structure interaction with applications to wind turbines and cardiovascular flow.”  The Gallagher Young Investigator Award recognizes oustanding accomplishments, particularly outstanding published papers, by researchers of 40 years or younger.

  •  Prof. Bazilevs received the 2011 NSF CAREER Award to perform fluid-structure interaction modeling and simulation of wind turbines. The detailed description may be found at  http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1055091

     The NSF CAREER Awards are "the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

  • Ph.D. student Zhu Mao recently won the 2011 D. J. DeMichele Scholarship winner (from the Society of Experimental Mechanics) to be presented at the 2011 International Modal Analysis/Structural Dynamics (IMAC) Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, in early 2011.

    The scholarship is selected by the Society of Experimental Mechanics for the best student paper who is attending IMAC for the first time. The scholarship provides for travel expenses to/from the conference, a special plaque, and an honorary presentation at the IMAC conference awards ceremony. This award was given for the paper "A Model of Uncertainty Quantification in the Estimation of Noise-Contaminated Transmissibility Measurements for System Identification," by Z. Mao and his advisor, Professor Michael D. Todd.

  • Jose AceitunoOn Saturday, June 12, 2010, SE student José Aceituno was bestowed with the "SE Department Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service" by the Triton Engineering Student Council. Congratulations, José on this distinction!

  • Del Mar BridgeNine bridges across San Diego County could buckle if a strong earthquake strikes the area, according to Caltrans. View this recent report on KGTV-10.

  • Zhangli PengZhangli Peng was named for a NSF fellowship and the best poster award at the National Science Foundation's "Workshop on the Emerging Applications and Future Directions of the Boundary Element Method," held at the University of Akron on September 1-3, 2010. Peng's poster is titled "Multiscale Modeling of a Red Blood Cell and Simulating Its Fluid-Structure Interaction with Blood Flows by Coupling Finite Element and Boundary Element Methods." Peng's faculty advisor is Prof. Qiang Zhu. Congratulations Zhangli on winning both prestigious awards!

  • Chancellors ChallengeOn Friday, October 22, 2010, several students and faculty from the Department of Structural Engineering in this campus-wide event which included over 1,400 competitors in all. SE Professors, Michael Todd and Lelli Van Den Einde, each secured 2nd place in their division and gender. Congratulations to all! Read more about this event.

    Pictured: Back Row (left to right) - Dustin Harvey, Colin Haynes, Gary Lui, Michael Todd, Michael Daneshvar, Eric Flynn, Sam Lee. Front Row (left to right) - Gabriela DeFrancisci, Brittany Rochelle, Jenn Ciofolo, Sarah Fung, Kim Dotimas, Lelli Van Den Einde, Scott Ouelette, and Sabrina Piras.

  • Colin Haynes and Scott Ouellette Colin Haynes and Scott OuelletteGraduate students Colin Haynes and Scott Ouellette were recently awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Fellowship recipients are provided three years of tuition, stipend, and travel fees. Both students are advised by Professor Todd. Congratulations to Colin and Scott on this achievement!

  • USCD Aerial ViewTwo recent rankings have placed Jacobs School of Engineering among the world's top universities. In a ranking of the top 500 High Impact Universities around the globe based on a research performance index, the Jacobs School ranked 9th in the engineering, computing and technology category, between the University of Southern California (#8) and Harvard University (#10). Additionally, Jacobs School was ranked 5th in terms of its research impact among public institutions. To read the full story, click here.

  • Lanza di Scalea Robert PhillipsProfessor Lanza di Scalea and student Robert Phillips have been awarded the 2010 Research Fellowship Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) for the research proposal titled "Nonlinear ultrasonic testing of waveguides including rail tracks." The ASNT Research Fellowship Award is given every year to up to three academic institutions in the country. The award consists of a $15,000 fellowship which will go towards the support of PhD student Robert Phillips, and an archival publication in the journal Materials Evaluation. The award will be announced at the ASNT Fall Conference and Quality Testing Show in Houston, TX, November 2010. Congratulations to Professor Lanza di Scalea and to Mr. Phillips!

  • Zhangli PengZhangli Peng was named for a NSF fellowship and the best poster award at the National Science Foundation's "Workshop on the Emerging Applications and Future Directions of the Boundary Element Method," held at the University of Akron on September 1-3, 2010. Peng's poster is titled "Multiscale Modeling of a Red Blood Cell and Simulating Its Fluid-Structure Interaction with Blood Flows by Coupling Finite Element and Boundary Element Methods." Peng's faculty advisor is Prof. Qiang Zhu. Congratulations Zhangli on winning both prestigious awards!

  • SCSEThe students leaders of UCSD's Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) were recognized at the Triton Engineering Student Council Awards on June 2, 2010. The Chapter's annual event, Seismic Outreach, was named "Best Outreach Event" for the 2009-10 academic year. Congratulations to everyone involved in making these great outreach events such a success!

  • Benson ShingBenson Shing, SE professor, will use a nearly $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to study and test performance-based seismic design methods and tools for reinforced masonry shear-wall structures. Click here to read the full story. To view a related video, click here.

  • Chia-Ming UangSE's own Professor Chia-Ming has always been a student favorite here at UCSD, and this was reflected again in Dr. Uang's recent selection for two UCSD awards. Dr. Uang was nominated and selected by Warren College's student body as "Outstanding Teacher" and by the Triton Engineering Student Council as "2009-2010 Teacher of the Year." Professor Uang was recognized at several commencement exercises for these awards. Congratulations, Dr. Uang!

  • Petr KryslSE professor Petr Krysl is making waves with his amazing research on how sound affects marine mammals such as beaked whales and dolphins. To read the full story featured in the Union-Tribune, click here.

  • Nucera GroupSE Student, Claudio Nucera (Prof. Lanza di Scalea, advisor) was selected for the "Best Structural Engineering Poster" at the recent 2010 Research Expo. Nucera's poster was entitled "Nonlinear Ultrasonic Guided Waves for Health Monitoring of Prestressing Tendons in Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures." Ming-Chen Hsu (Prof. Bazilevs, advisor), received an Honorable Mention for his poster entitled "Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction for Wind Energy Applications. Congratulations, Claudio and Ming-Chen!  Read the listing of all 2010 Research Expo poster winners.

  • Colin Haynes and Scott OuelletteColin Haynes and Scott OuelletteGraduate students Colin Haynes and Scott Ouellette were recently awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Fellowship recipients are provided three years of tuition, stipend, and travel fees. Both students are advised by Professor Todd. Congratulations to Colin and Scott on this achievement!

  • Ming-Chen HsuMing-Chen Hsu, an SE doctoral student working with Prof. Yuri Bazilevs, received the Best Student and Young Investigator Poster Award for his joint work with Prof. Bazilevs and collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University, SINTEF ICT, Norway, and The University Hospital of Northern Norway. The poster was titled "Computational vascular fluid-structure interaction: Methodology and application to cerebral aneurysms" and was presented at the 1st International Conference on Computational Simulation in Congenital Heart Disease (CS-CHD 2010) held on February 26-27, 2010 in La Jolla. Congratulations to Ming-Chen!

  • Lanza di ScaleaRobert PhillipsProfessor Lanza di Scalea and student Robert Phillips have been awarded the 2010 Research Fellowship Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) for the research proposal titled "Nonlinear ultrasonic testing of waveguides including rail tracks." The ASNT Research Fellowship Award is given every year to up to three academic institutions in the country. The award consists of a $15,000 fellowship which will go towards the support of PhD student Robert Phillips, and an archival publication in the journal Materials Evaluation. The award will be announced at the ASNT Fall Conference and Quality Testing Show in Houston, TX, November 2010. Congratulations to Professor Lanza di Scalea and to Mr. Phillips!

  • Yuri BazilevsDavid BensonProfessors David Benson (left) and Yuri Bazilevs (right) were recently selected to receive awards from the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM). Prof. Benson was named to receive the IACM Fellow Award, and Prof. Bazilevs was named to receive the IACM Young Investigator Award by the IACM Award Committee. The committee stated these awards are "a reflection of the high regard that our community has of your work and contributions." The awards will be presented at the World Congress of Computational Mechanics in Sidney, Australia in July, 2010. Congratulations to both Professors for their remarkable achievements!

  • Benjamin ThompsonGraduate Student Benjamin Thompson (far right in photo) is on a quest to discover if surfboards have an optimal flexibility - a board stiffness that makes surfing as enjoyable as possible. Thompson is studying the fluid-structure interaction between surfboards and waves. By outfitting a surfboard with sensors and electronics that shuttle data back to shore, the mechanical engineering undergraduates built some of the technological foundation for Thompson's science-of-surfboards project. To read the full story click here or to read the story as covered by Wired, click here.

  • Seismic Design TeamSE's Seismic Design Team, with twenty-seven students from the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) and the SE Department, recently attended the 2010 National Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in San Francisco and received the award for First Place! This competition is hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). With renewed interest and aggressive recruitment, the team grew from just eight members last year, to forty-five members this year. The Seismic Design Team and SCSE wishes to thank to their industry sponsors, SE's Dr. Lelli Van Den Einde, Steve Porter, and Ian Prowell, and also UCSD's Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for the generous grant. This year's SCSE Officers include: Jose Acietuno (President), Huanming Cong (Project Manager), and Jeniene Knight (Fundraising Coordinator), and others. Congratulations, SCSE!

  • SCSEThe students leaders of UCSD's Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) were recognized at the Triton Engineering Student Council Awards on June 2, 2010. The Chapter's annual event, Seismic Outreach, was named "Best Outreach Event" for the 2009-10 academic year. Congratulations to everyone involved in making these great outreach events such a success!

  • Ming-Chen HsuMing-Chen Hsu, a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Yuri Bazilevs, was selected as one of the six finalists of the 2010 Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition for the best student paper in finite element methods. To complete the competition, Ming-Chen will give a presentation of his joint paper with Prof. Bazilevs on tissue prestressing in fluid-structure interaction simulation of cerebral aneurysms at the Robert J. Melosh Symposium to be held at Duke University on April 30th, 2010. The seven finalists will have their full-length articles published in a special issue of Finite Elements in Analysis and Design. The articles are expected to appear in print in early 2011. Congratulations Ming-Chen!

  • Dr. UangSE's own Professor Chia-Ming has always been a student favorite here at UCSD, and this was reflected again in Dr. Uang's recent selection for two UCSD awards. Dr. Uang was nominated and selected by Warren College's student body as "Outstanding Teacher" and by the Triton Engineering Student Council as "2009-2010 Teacher of the Year." Professor Uang was recognized at several commencement exercises for these awards. Congratulations, Dr. Uang!

  • The new 250 foot railroad at the ESEC
    The new 250 foot railroad at the ESEC.
    This is the only such large-scale rail defect farm west of the Mississippi.

    Researchers in the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego are building a “Rail Defect Farm” at The Englekirk Structural Engineering Center (ESEC), which is located eight miles east of campus. A 250 ft-long rail track was recently laid, and will be used for development of rail inspection technologies by SE researchers and others collaborators. This is the only large-scale rail defect farm on the West Coast of the United States.

    Additionally, SE researchers are building a large-scale test setup at the Powell Laboratories to study railroad buckling. This is one of the largest rail test setups ever created for the study of rail buckling (see photo). The research group for both projects is led by Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea, and includes Drs. Ivan Bartoli, Stefano Coccia (both Project Scientists), Dr. Salvatore Salamone (Post-doctoral Fellow), Robert Phillips and Claudio Nucera (both PhD students). To read the full story as reported in the Union-Tribune, click here.

  • Nucera GroupSE Student, Claudio Nucera (Prof. Lanza di Scalea, advisor) was selected for the "Best Structural Engineering Poster" at the recent 2010 Research Expo. Nucera's poster was entitled "Nonlinear Ultrasonic Guided Waves for Health Monitoring of Prestressing Tendons in Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures." Ming-Chen Hsu (Prof. Bazilevs, advisor), received an Honorable Mention for his poster entitled "Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction for Wind Energy Applications. Congratulations, Claudio and Ming-Chen! To read the listing of all 2010 Research Expo poster winners, click here.

  • Sun DonationSE alumnus Junling Sun recently visited the UC San Diego campus to present a gift to support educational and outreach efforts of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), in honor of UCSD's 50th anniversary. "I feel I owe so much to UCSD,"said Sun, who received his Ph.D. in 1993, is president of Sun Engineering Consultants International (SECI), which specializes in bridge design for highways and railways. Now Sun hopes to build a new bridge with his fellow alumni in China. Sun is the founding president of the UCSD Chinese Student and Scholars Alumni organization. Over the past year, he has been working to bring alumni together for dinners and symposia, and looks forward to the next gathering when a delegation from UCSD and Global Connect visit Beijing. Sun sees tremendous potential for an active alumni network in China. “As UCSD alumni, we share a common past,” Sun added. To read the full article, click here.

  • Pat FoxProfessor Patrick Fox has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief for the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, effective April 2010. The Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering is one of the leading journals and has the highest circulation of any journal worldwide in the field of geotechnical engineering. Dr. Fox has previously served as Editorial Board Member and Editor for the journal. His appointment as Editor-in-Chief is for a three-year term.

  • Jose RestrepoThe massive earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010, provides a good look at how California might fare after a large temblor. Chile and California are both leaders in seismic safety engineering due to the frequency of large quakes in both places. Their strengths lie in different areas, however, so structural engineers have been able to learn new things from each other. The 8.8-magnitude quake near Concepción, though 500 times more powerful than the January quake in Haiti, caused comparatively less damage and tens of thousands fewer deaths. The reason is that Chile has advanced building codes, many developed in consultation with California, said SE's Professor José Restrepo. To read the full story, click here.

  • Ming-ChenMing-Chen Hsu, an SE doctoral student working with Prof. Yuri Bazilevs, received the Best Student and Young Investigator Poster Award for his joint work with Prof. Bazilevs and collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University, SINTEF ICT, Norway, and The University Hospital of Northern Norway. The poster was titled "Computational vascular fluid-structure interaction: Methodology and application to cerebral aneurysms" and was presented at the 1st International Conference on Computational Simulation in Congenital Heart Disease (CS-CHD 2010) held on February 26-27, 2010 in La Jolla. Congratulations to Ming-Chen!

  • Yuri BazilevsDave BensonProfessors David Benson (left) and Yuri Bazilevs (right) were recently selected to receive awards from the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM). Prof. Benson was named to receive the IACM Fellow Award, and Prof. Bazilevs was named to receive the IACM Young Investigator Award by the IACM Award Committee. The committee stated these awards are "a reflection of the high regard that our community has of your work and contributions." The awards will be presented at the World Congress of Computational Mechanics in Sidney, Australia in July, 2010. Congratulations to both Professors for their remarkable achievements!

  • SCSESE's Seismic Design Team, with twenty-seven students from the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) and the SE Department, recently attended the 2010 National Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in San Francisco and received the award for First Place! This competition is hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). With renewed interest and aggressive recruitment, the team grew from just eight members last year, to forty-five members this year. The Seismic Design Team and SCSE wishes to thank to their industry sponsors, SE's Dr. Lelli Van Den Einde, Steve Porter, and Ian Prowell, and also UCSD's Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for the generous grant. This year's SCSE Officers include: Jose Acietuno (President), Huanming Cong (Project Manager), and Jeniene Knight (Fundraising Coordinator), and others. Congratulations, SCSE!

  • Ming-ChenMing-Chen Hsu, a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Yuri Bazilevs, was selected as one of the six finalists of the 2010 Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition for the best student paper in finite element methods. To complete the competition, Ming-Chen will give a presentation of his joint paper with Prof. Bazilevs on tissue prestressing in fluid-structure interaction simulation of cerebral aneurysms at the Robert J. Melosh Symposium to be held at Duke University on April 30th, 2010. The seven finalists will have their full-length articles published in a special issue of Finite Elements in Analysis and Design. The articles are expected to appear in print in early 2011. Congratulations Ming-Chen!

  • Wind Turbine
    Photo: Peggy Peattie / Union-Tribune

    SE Researchers will start taking an in-depth look at one of these less-studied structures this February when they subject an 80-foot, 23,400-pound working wind turbine to a series of simulated earthquakes escalating to more than 7.0 in magnitude. This will be only the second known test of a full-sized wind turbine on a shake table — a computerized, hydraulic-powered platform that can replicate the motions and forces of specific earthquakes or seismic events. To read the full story, click here. To see a KUSI news video about the wind tuebine tests, click here.

  • Dr. Fox Receives 2009 ASCE Middlebrooks Award

    Dr. Patrick J. FoxDr. Patrick Fox and his co-author, Robert Kim, have received the 2009 Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for their paper entitled, "Effect of progressive failure on measured shear strength of geomembrane/GCL interface." This paper was published in the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, April 2008 issue. The Middlebrooks Award is presented annually to the author(s) of a paper published by ASCE during the previous 12-month period that is judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to the field of geotechnical engineering. Dr. Fox also received the 2008 Middlebrooks Award for two companion papers published in the January 2007 issue of the same journal.

    Prof. Hutchinson Wins 2009 Shamsher Prakash Research Award

    Dr. Tara HutchinsonProf. Tara Hutchinson was recently selected as the Shamsher Prakash Research Award winner for 2009. The Shamsher Prakash Foundation (in India) considers nominations among young engineers, scientists, and researchers from all over the world. Winners are specialists in Geotechnical Engineering and/or Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, who have made significant independent contributions, and who show promise of excellence in research. The award consists of $1,100.00 and a plaque. Congratulations to Prof. Hutchinson for winning this prestigious award!

    Professor Restrepo Awarded Institute's Prestigious Award for 2009

    RestrepoPCI's Martin P. Korn award recognizes Prof. José Restepo's paper published in the PCI Journal as most "worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution in design and research to the advancement of precast and prestressed concrete." PCI judges selected Restrepo's co-authored paper on "Preliminary Results of the Shake-Table Testing for the Development of a Diaphragm Seismic Design Methodology," published in the Winter 2009 issue of the PCI Journal. The award was presented at the 55th Annual PCI Convention in San Antonio, Texas on September 13.

    Dr. Benzoni Named Editor in Chief of International Journal

    BenzoniSE Researcher, Dr. Gianmario Benzoni, was elected as Editor in Chief of the international journal, "Seismic Isolation and Protection Systems," of the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California. The first issue is expected in November, 2009. Congratulations to Dr. Benzoni on this impressive achievement!

    Outstanding Seniors Awarded

    Henry KageyMichael DaneshvarNearly eighty undergraduate seniors and their families gathered with SE faculty and staff at the Fourth Annual Senior Reception and Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony on Matthew’s Quad on Friday, June 12, 2009. Professor and Vice-Chair Michael Todd presented this year's award for Outstanding Academic Achievement to Henry Kagey (Valedictorian) and to Michael Daneshvar (Salutatorian).

    "TA Excellence Award" Recipient Named

    Don PhillippiSE Graduate student Don Phillippi was selected for the "TA Excellence Award" for the 2007-08 academic year. Congratulations to Don, and we thank him for his excellent service to our students and faculty!

    Professor Todd Awarded 2009 Benjamin F. Meaker Visiting Professorship

    Mike ToddProfessor Michael Todd was recently announced as one of the 2009 Benjamin F.. Meaker Visiting Professors by the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) Institute of Advanced Studies (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/ias/fellows/bms09.html). Prof. Todd will work this summer with collaborators in the University of Bristol's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and with his SE graduate student Eric Flynn, on optimizing ultrasonic interrogation strategies for defect detection on complex geometry aerospace structural components. The Meaker Fellowship is awarded to up to ten faculty applicants worldwide each year, drawn from all disciplines in engineering, science, social science, humanities, and the arts, to develop and build research relationships with University of Bristol researchers. Congratulations to Prof. Todd on winning this prestigious award!

    SE Student to Compete in Idaho Ford Ironman This Summer

    WatkinsDerrick Watkins, SE Ph.D. student and a "Hilti Fellow," will be competing in the Idaho Ford Ironman on June 21, 2009. Simply competing at this level is an outstanding accomplishment, requiring months of focused training. The "Ironman" events consists of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles on a bike, and culminates with a full marathon. SE wishes Derrick best wishes on his latest challenge!

    Two SE Students Awarded "Honorable Mention" from National Science Foundation

    HaynesPhillipsSE senior Colin Haynes and graduate student researcher Robert Phillips were recently awarded "Honorable Mention" for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards. Honorable Mention recipients are provided enhanced access to cyberinfrastructure resources, including supercomputing time, through the TeraGrid network. Congratulations to both Haynes and Phillips on this achievement!

    Professor Conte and Co-Workers Awarded 2009 ASCE Moisseiff Award

    Professor Conte and Co-WorkersDuring the 2009 Structures Congress in Austin, Texas, Professor Conte together with Dr. Michele Barbato (Ph.D. Graduate from UCSD, 2007, and now Assistant Professor at Louisiana Sate University) and Dr. Alessandro Zona (Postgraduate Researcher at UCSD in 2003-2004 and now Assistant Professor at the University of Camerino, Ascoli Piceno, Italy) were awarded the 2009 ASCE Moisseiff Award for their paper “Nonlinear Seismic Response Analysis of Steel-Concrete Composite Frames,” published in the June 2008 issue of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. This paper was particularly noted by the award committee as an important contribution to the knowledge of the dynamic response of composite steel-concrete structures. The Moisseiff Award may be presented to the author(s) of an important paper published by ASCE dealing with the broad field of structural engineering including applied mechanics, theoretical analysis, or constructive improvement of engineering structures of any structural material. The award was established in 1947 in recognition of the accomplishments of Leon S. Moisseiff, M. ASCE, a notable contributor to the science and art of structural engineering. Congratulations to Drs. Conte, Barbato and Zona!

    SE Chapter Wins Prestigious Award

    SCSE crewThe Center for Student Involvement recently awarded the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) as its Outstanding Student Organization of the Year" for 2008-2009. The award is given "to the registered student organization that displays outstanding effort in all areas, in relation to its purpose, based on the following criteria: contributions to the University, contributions to the community, and development of its members." This award is a testament to the hard work that all of SCSE members have put into the organization throughout the past year in order to make it the top student organization at UCSD! The Structural Engineering Department congratulates the organization on this impressive honor.

    Chad Foerster Awarded 2009 National Defense Fellowship

    ForesterChad Forester, SE graduate student, was recently named as a recipient for the 2009 National Defense Science and Graduate Fellowship. Forester will receive a three-year fellowship which covers full tuition and required fees in addition to a yearly stipend; this fellowship is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. Forester's faculty advisor is Professor John Kosmatka. Congratulations, Chad!

    SE Student Selected for UC Graduate Research Day

    RestrepoIan Prowell, SE graduate student, was recently selected as one of two students to represent UC San Diego at the first annual UC Graduate Research Day at the state capital on May 27, 2009. Prowell’s poster is entitled "A Seismic Study of Wind Turbines for Renewable Energy." Prowell's faculty advisor is Professor Ahmed Elgamal. Dean Kim Barrett (Graduate Studies) commented "because of the high quality of the work of those nominated, choosing only two was a very difficult task!" Congratulations to Ian for this prestigious accomplishment!

    Professor Restrepo Awarded Best Paper

    RestrepoDr. José Restrepo was awarded the James Cooper Best Paper Award at the National Seismic Bridge Conference, in Charleston, South Carolina, held July 27 - 30, 2008. The conference continued a series of biennial meetings organized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and MCEER, University at Buffalo. To read more about the conference, click here.

    Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Scholarship Awarded

    SEAHaynesThe Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) recently announced this year’s scholarship will be awarded to Mr. Colin Haynes, the current Chapter President of SCSE. SEAOSD's Student Awards Night will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Congratulations, Colin!

    Professor Yuri Basilevs Named "Most Cited Author 2005-2008" by Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

    Dave BensonSE Professor Y. Bazilevs received the "Most Cited Author 2005-2008" Award for the paper entitled "Isogeometric analysis: CAD, finite elements, NURBS, exact geometry and mesh refinement." This paper was published with Prof. T.J.R. Hughes and Dr. J.A. Cottrell in the Elsevier Journal, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Volume 194, pp. 4135-4195, 2005.

    Robert Phillips Is Named Structural Engineering's Best Poster Winner at 2009 Research Expo

    Robert PhillipsCongratulations to this year's Best Structural Engineering Poster winner, Robert Phillips (Advisor: Professor Lanza di Scalea). Phillips' research poster is entitled "NON-CONTACT ULTRASONIC RAIL DEFECT DETECTION SYSTEM PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT AND FIELD TESTING," and the abstract can be viewed here. All of the winners can be viewed here, including SE graduate students, Travis Soppe (who received Honorable Mention) and Anna Pridmore (who received the "Science and Engineering Library Award for Best Use of the Literature"). Congratulations to all of our department winners! To view this event's photo gallery, click here.

    Professor D. J. Benson Named "Most Cited Author 2005-2008"
    by Materials Science and Engineering

    Dave BensonSE Professor David J. Benson was recently named the "Most Cited Author 2005-2008" by Materials Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ltd., for the paper entitled "Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Materials," by M.A. Meyers, A. Mishra, and D.J. Benson, as published in Materials Science Journal, Vol. 51, Issue 4, pp. 427-556 (2006).

    Colin Haynes Named 2008 Outstanding Civil Engineering Student in California by the American Society of Civil Engineers

    Colin HaynesSE senior, Colin Haynes, has been named the 2008 Outstanding Civil Engineering Student in California by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award, including a $750 gift, was presented at the ASCE Region 9 Awards Dinner in Sacramento on February 24, 2009. ASCE cited Colin's "near perfect" academic record, along with his extraordinary record of involvement in student affairs, as the basis for this award. Haynes currently serves as president of the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers, the UCSD student affiliate of ASCE. Under his leadership, student membership in this organization has grown to 182 -- an unprecedented level of participation. Haynes has been an officer of SCSE in three of his four years at UCSD. In addition to officer duties, Haynes has devoted his time as a member of the Steel Bridge team and other events at ASCE-sponsored competitions. He has also been a leader in the Seismic Outreach program, an effort to take earthquake engineering principles into the middle school classrooms of greater San Diego that has involved 2,000 students in the three programs, so far. Haynes was recommended for this award by Tim Murphy, president of the San Diego section of ASCE. Congratulations, Colin, on this impressive accomplishment!

    Scott Ouellette wins at Tenth Annual EUReKA Poster Competition

    Scott OuelletteSE undergraduate senior Scott Ouellette (Professor Michael Todd, Advisor) was selected as the winner at the Tenth Annual EUReKA Undergraduate Research Conference held in collaboration with the Corporate Affiliates Program Board Meeting, held February 5, 2009 at UC San Diego. Ouellette’s research poster, entitled “Corrosion-Enabled Powering Approach for Structural Health Monitoring Sensor Networks,” investigates innovative powering solutions for sensor networks via galvanic series corrosion. This technology has the potential for providing maintenance-free power to sensor networks with a shelf life on the order of the host structure. Congratulations, Scott!

    Jacobs School of Engineering Awards: Professor Conte "Best Teacher" Award 2007-2008

    Joel ConteOn January 20, 2009, Dean Frieder Seible presented Professor Conte with the "Best Teacher Award for 2007-2008." Professor Conte received the popular vote by students completing surveys, and is also awarded a $75 debit card and a $1,500 allocation for undergraduate education improvements. Congratulations, Professor Conte!

  • Local Sixth Graders in Outreach EventOver the course of two weeks in November, 2009, approximately 550 sixth graders visited the UC San Diego campus with K'NEX structures which they built to withstand simulated earthquakes. During the field trip, students tested their structures on a miniature shake table, demonstrated their classroom knowledge of earthquakes and earthquake engineering, took a campus tour (including the Seismic Response Modification Device facility. In preparation for the field trip, SACS volunteers visited the sixth grade classrooms and taught them about the basics of earthquakes and how to build structures to survive earthquakes. The sixth graders then had one month to build their K'NEX structures and brush up on what they were taught. The experience was reported to be enjoyable for both the sixth grade students and the SACS volunteers. The next SACS Seismic Outreach event will take place during the Spring 2010 quarter.

  • Jose RestrepoSE Researchers from the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center were recently featured in a local news story. To read the full story and watch the KGTV-10 News video click here.

  • Dawn ChengSE researchers recently tested two types of retaining wall systems – one without a sound barrier (foreground) and one with a sound wall (background) during a series of rigorous simulated earthquake tests at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center, which has the largest outdoor shake table in the world. During the first series of tests which simulated a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and were led by Dawn Cheng, an SE alumna and now a civil engineering professor at UC Davis, researchers investigated the seismic response of a semi-gravity reinforced concrete cantilever wall. To read the full story, click here.

  • Patrick FoxDr. Patrick J. Fox was recently appointed Professor to the Department of Structural Engineering. Professor Fox will be a faculty member affiliated with Muir College. Dr. Fox joins UC San Diego from Ohio State University, where he served as Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Science since 2003. Previous to Ohio State, Prof. Fox was on the faculties of UCLA and Purdue University.

  • Frieder bridge workWhen the Loma Prieta earthquake ripped through the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 17, 1989, it cut a terrifying path of destruction that forever changed the way Californians think about living in quake country. The 6.9 magnitude rupture of the San Andreas Fault toppled houses, crushed a freeway and collapsed a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Sixty-three died, more than 3,750 were injured and the damages were estimated at more than $6 billion. Not since the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake had California experienced such a devastating seismic event. Yet if there could be an upside to those 15 seconds of deadly shaking, it would be in the scientific and engineering advances that grew out of Loma Prieta. Twenty years later, researchers are still learning from Loma Prieta, and UC experts continue to play an integral role in ensuring those lessons are translated into practical solutions that make California more quake resistant. To read the full article, click here.

  • Mark Galvan, Susan Davis, and Dan BeardMark Galvan (SE class of 2010) recently began working three days a week in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol and "Green the Capitol" offices, and two days a week in the office of Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53). The nation's first "green" intern in the U.S. Capitol has arrived from one of the country's greenest universities, UC San Diego. The multi-faceted internship is the first of its kind and a unique opportunity for Galvan. To read the full story, click here. To read "Point of View with Mark Galvan," click here. Pictured is Mark Galvan (center) stands with Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) and the Capitol's chief administrative officer, Dan Beard.

  • Jolt testSE researchers were not quite sure what would happen when a series of rigorous simulated earthquakes – measuring up to a 7.5 magnitude – jolted a three-story, 1920s era reinforced concrete test structure this summer.The test structure suffered some damage but it was still standing – just what the engineers had hoped for. To read the full story, click here.

  • Washington MonthlyIn new rankings announced on September 2, 2009 by the Washington Monthly measuring “what colleges are doing for the country,” the University of California, San Diego was ranked second in the nation. To read the full story, click here. Additionally, UC San Diego is ranked in the top 10 as one of the greenest universities in the country by the national publication Greenopia, based on the university’s environmental performance, and U.S. News & World Report ranks UC San Diego in the top 10 of best public universities in the nation, with the Jacobs School of Engineering ranked 11th among the nation’s public engineering schools.

  • UC San Diego’s Department of Structural Engineering continues to bring in substantial research dollars. Here are some of the large, recently awarded projects:

    • A $1.254M contract from the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) for continued blast mitigation and hardening optimization studies using the blast simulator at UC San Diego. The UC San Diego/TSWG program is now in its sixth year. In this effort, the blast simulator will be used to perform tests on steel columns and support components to investigate progressive collapse, and to develop new and novel blast mitigation strategies for entry control points. As in previous years, computational analyses will be performed in support of the experimental program and to validate analytical models, and standardized test protocols will be developed. PI: Dr. Frieder Seible with Co-PI: Dr. Gilbert Hegemier
    • A $1.087M contract from Caltrans studying the "Required Embedment Length of Column Rebar Cage into Type II Shaft." This research began in June, 2009 and runs through June, 2012. PI: Dr. Benson Shing
    • A $1.20M contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) researching "NEESR-CR: Full-Scale Structural and Nonstructural Building System Performance during Earthquakes". This project is set to begin this October, 2009, and will go until September, 2012. PI: Dr. Tara Hutchinson with Co-PIs: Dr. Jose Restrepo and Dr. Joel Conte

    Additionally, the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center (ESEC) recently received full accreditation (by an independent agency) as having "demonstrated compliance with general criteria for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, and has been accredited, commencing June 15, 2009." (ANS/ISO/IEC Standard 17025:2005)

  • US News CoverIt was recently reported by US News and World Report that UC San Diego's Department of Structural Engineering program (within the specialty of "Civil Engineering") rose in rankings from #16 (in 2008) to #15 (2009) of Graduate Schools in the United States.

  • SCSEUCSD's Student Chapter, The Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE), recently traveled to Hawaii for ASCE's 2009 Regional Student Conference. Several hundred students from eighteen chapters competed in several events. For being in the top three, the UCSD team will be going to ASCE's National Conference next month, for the fifth consecutive year.

  • Professor Maurizio SeraciniSE Adjunct Professor Maurizio Seracini stands facing Leonardo da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi," which is being displayed on a massive bank of 70 flat-screen monitors. Seracini holds what looks like a plastic gun, and points it at the masterwork and begins moving his arm in a circular motion. On the screens, the brownish veneer of the painting is brushed away, and da Vinci's original drawings of a fight scene come into view. "We just went through the paint," he says. "This is a drawing never seen for 500 years -- this the real work of Leonardo." To read the full story as featured in Voice of San Diego, click here.

  • Dumbarton Bridge TestsThe Dumbarton Bridge is the southernmost of the eight highway toll bridges that cross the San Francisco Bay. Dumbarton is part of State Route 84 that connects the Fremont on the east to Menlo Park on the west. A 1/3rd scale specimen of Pier 23 of the Dumbarton Bridge (San Francisco Bay) was tested in the Structural Engineering Department's North Powell Lab on December 3-4, 2008.

  • Palazzo MediciThe Palazzo Medici, one of most significant landmarks of the Italian Renaissance, has become a prototype for researchers pursuing high-resolution digital cultural forensics, a field being pioneered by Maurizio Seracini, SE Adjunct Professor and Director of UC San Diego's Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3). To read the full story, click here.

  • EBU IVOn Friday, October 24, 2008, administrators from the Jacobs School of Engineering, along with the faculty and staff from the departments of Structural Engineering, NanoEngineering and Visual Arts, all gathered on the building site of the new Structural and Materials Building (also referred to as "Engineering Building Unit IV"). The ceremony included artistic interpretations, the reading of an original convocation poem, "The Absence of Field," by Amy Sara Carroll, and the assembly of a winning steel bridge by SE's student organization Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE). Speakers included Senior Vice Chancellor, Paul Drake and Jacobs School Dean, Frieder Seible. The actual groundbreaking was done by a mechanical "Sun God," created by students from the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.

    The new building will include nearly 170,000 square-feet and is a showcase for sustainable design. The facility's energy conservation measures include dynamic shading devices, hydronic heating, and intelligent controls. Construction of the $63 million state-funded building, the 11th major engineering and technology facility on the UCSD campus, is expected to be complete by 2011. The buildings architects are Miller/Hull Partnership and Safdie Rabines Architects, and the general contractor is the Mortenson Company. To see the photo gallery from this event, click here.

  • Benson and AndreasA 3-story, 2-bay masonry-infilled, reinforced concrete (RC) frame, designed to represent a 1920 era RC structure constructed in California, is currently under construction at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. The structure will be tested to failure this fall. The test program is part of the study conducted by SE Professors Shing and Restrepo, and graduate students, Andreas Stavridis and Yannis Koutromanos, on the assessment and improvement of the seismic performance and retrofit of infilled frames. After the structure is tested to failure, a second frame will be built and retrofitted so that an effective retrofit scheme can be developed. Click here to see the photo gallery.

  • FalkoDespite the breathtaking evolution of computer science over the past 30 years, structural engineering - hindered by a reluctance to adapt to digital innovations - has remained relatively unchanged as a discipline. With this in mind, a group of UC San Diego engineers and computer scientists (including SE faculty), together with their counterparts at Germany's Bauhaus University of Weimar, are hoping to completely reform the way buildings are constructed by integrating the two fields and bringing data visualization and online collaboration to the forefront of structural design. To read the full story, click here.

  • Dean Frieder Seible named Honorary Professor by Chinese University

    Frieder China visitIn early November, 2008, Jacobs School Dean and Structural Engineering Professor, Frieder Seible, was welcomed at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and was invited to receive an Honorary Professorship there. Southeast University is one of the national key universities administered directly under the Ministry of Education of China, and one of the first universities accredited by the State Council to determine and approve the qualifications of professors, associate professors and doctorial supervisors. Southeast University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China, with its origin traceable back to 1902. Congratulations to Professor Seible on this impressive accomplishment! During Dr. Seible's visit, he also met with Lu Cunfang, the Vice Minister of Railway of China.

    Eric Flynn wins "Best Student Paper" Award at ASME 2008 Conference

    Eric FlynnPh.D. graduate student Eric Flynn (Dr. Michael Todd, Advisor) won "Best Student Paper" Award at the ASME 2008 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS08), held in Ellicott City, Maryland, October 28-30, 2008. The paper, entitled "Optimal Sensor Placement for Active Sensing," describes a new approach for determining the optimal layout for arranging sensors on a structure in order to make appropriate measurements for detecting and locating damage on that structure. The approach fundamentally employs detection theory, a means to distinguish between a signal and noise, which was adapted from earlier work established in the radar community. The optimal sensor arrangement, found by employing genetic algorithms, is defined as the minimization of either false negatives or false positives (whichever is more important for a given application) observed during the damage detection process. Flynn is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and is leading the effort for the UC San Diego/Los Alamos National Laboratory's Engineering Institute to put together a comprehensive structural health monitoring software package. Congratulations, Eric!

    SE Professor and Graduate Student Receive Award for Outreach Event

    Benson and AndreasProfessor P. Benson Shing and graduate student Andreas Stavridis were recently awarded the "Most Effective Outreach and Training Activity of 2008" at the Network of Earthquake Engineering Simulations (NEES) Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. They were selected for integrating NEES into the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) program. A video, made by Stavridis, which compares their National Science Foundation (NSF) research with the work done by COSMOS students, can be viewed by clicking here. Congratulations, Professor Shing and Andreas!

    Jennifer Heredia-Garcia Receives SE Department Award

    Jennifer-FriederSE student, Jennifer Heredia-Garcia, was selected as the recipient for the Structural Engineering Department Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service. The award was given at this year's Order of the Engineering Ring Ceremony, held Saturday, June 14, 2008, and was presented by Dean Frieder Seible, and was hosted by the Jacobs School of Engineering. This award, initiated by the Triton Engineering Student Council, was created with the purpose of commending students for their outstanding contributions to their department and the engineering community. Ms. Heredia-Garcia is President of UCSD’s Chapter of the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers. Congratulations, Jennifer!

    Jennifer Rhymer named winner of AIAA Foundation Award

    Jennifer RhymerSE graduate student, Jennifer Rhymer was recently selected as the winner of the 2008 AIAA Foundation Award/William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award. Funding for this award is provided by endowment gifts from the Piper Aircraft Corporation and the W.T. Piper, Sr. Foundation, in the name of William T. Piper, Sr. combined with support from the General Aviation Systems Technical Committee and the AIAA Foundation. Ms. Rhymer was selected due to her active participation in research endeavors in General Aviation, as part of her graduate studies. Official recognition will be made in conjunction with the Awards Presentations Ceremony at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. In addition, the AIAA Foundation will present Ms. Rhymer with a special recognition plaque. Congratulations, Jennifer!

    SE Names 2008 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    Andy TranSE senior Andy Tran was announced as the 2008 Valedictorian at this year’s Senior Reception. SE senior Brandon Tappen was named as the 2008 Salutatorian. Both were selected based upon their winter quarter GPAs. Congratulations to Andy and Brandon!

    Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Scholarship Awarded

    SCSESE Student, Andy Tran, was recently awarded the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. Congratulations, Andy!

    Winners Announced From SE-1 Bridge Competition

    SE-1 Bridge Competition WinnersDuring December 2007, final exam month at UCSD, one hundred and twenty students in Prof. Restrepo's SE-1 (Introduction to Structures & Design) class were divided into 30 teams to take an unusual and creative final exam: to build a 9-foot long bridge made of cardboard tubes. The winning team, whose bridge held not only the instructor, but a total weight of 370 pounds, was Team #10, featuring students Allison Yu, Denny Fulop, Lacey Cobb, and Marion Buyson.

    SE Student Receives Three Prestigious Awards

    Anna PridmoreAnna Pridmore, an SE graduate student researcher was recently named the recipient of three significant awards: 1) The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable Mention); 2) The American Women in Science and Engineering (AWIS) Local Chapter Scholarship; and 3) The Paulette Duve Memorial Scholarship, from the Women's Transportation Seminar. All of these awards were given based on academic achievement and professional activities as well as work experience and community involvement. Congratulations, Anna!

    Anna Pridmore Winner of "Best Poster-Structural Engineering" at 2008 Research Expo

    Anna PridmoreThe Department of Structural Engineering is pleased to announce the following results from the 2008 Research Expo:
    Best Poster (SE): Anna Beth Pridmore (Professor Vistasp Karbhari, Advisor)
    Honorable Mention (SE): Matthew Tobolski (Professor Jose Restrepo, Advisor)
    Best Use of Literature in Poster (for SE Department): Griffin Brungraber (Professor Karbhari, Advisor)
    Visit http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/re/ for the results of other departments, and for the name of the overall winner. Congratulations to our winners, and to everyone who participated! To see photos of the event, click here. For a list of posters titles and presenters, click here pdf-icon (39KB).

    SE Team Takes First Place at National Competition

    Winning TeamSix undergraduate SE students traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana from February 6-9, 2008 to compete in the Fifth Annual Seismic Design Competition, against 16 other schools nationwide. UCSD's 2008 Seismic Design Team won first place!

    Frieder Seible Wins Bridge Engineering Research Award

    Frieder Seible Wins BEA Research AwardFrieder Seible, SE Professor and Jacobs School Dean, was recently named the 2007 Bridge Engineering Association's Research Award winner, at the New York City Bridge Conference in August, 2007. Our congratulations to Dr. Seible!

     

  • The Department of SE announces its newest faculty (effective July 1, 2008): Yuri Bazilevs from the University of Texas at Austin, David J. Benson, who transferred to SE from MAE, Maurizio Seracini, Director of CISA3, and Yael (Lelli) Van Den Einde, who comes to us from NEESit.

  • Lanza ResearchStructural Engineering's Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea and grad student Arun Manohar use an infrared camera to detect possible anomalous objects in boxes and cigarette cartons, which are used to camouflage terrorist bombs. To read the full story, click here.

  • SeraciniDr. Maurizio Seracini joins the Faculty of the Department of Structural Engineering as Adjunct Professor, effective July 1, 2008.  Currently, Dr. Seracini collaborates with SE's own Professor Falko Kuester, as part of an 18-month project to re-discover a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, the "Battle of Anghiari" in Florence, Italy's famed Palazzo Vecchio.

  • 1 mil ShakeSE researchers have concluded three months of rigorous earthquake simulation tests on a half-scale three-story structure, and will now begin sifting through their results so they can be used in the future designs of buildings (parking garages, college dormitories, hotels, stadiums, prisons, and increasingly, office buildings) across the nation. Researchers produced a series of earthquake jolts as powerful as magnitude 8.0 on a structure resembling a parking garage. The 1 million-pound precast concrete test structure had the largest footprint of any structure ever tested on a shake table in the United States. To read the full story and view videos of the testing, click here. To view photos of the event, click here.

  • US News CoverUC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering was ranked 11th among the nation’s 191 engineering schools, up from 13th place last year. The Department of Structural Engineering, ranked 16th in the specialty of civil engineering. To read the full story, click here.

  • Winning TeamSix undergraduate SE students traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana from February 6-9, 2008 to compete in the Fifth Annual Seismic Design Competition, against 16 other schools nationwide. UCSD's 2008 Seismic Design Team won first place!

  • UangDr. Jeanne Ferrante, Acting Dean, recently presented Professor Chia-Ming with its "Best Teacher 2006-2007." Professor Uang received the popular vote by students completing surveys.

  • Ceiling damage following the 2006 Hawaii EarthquakeUCSD Structural Engineering and Computer Science researchers were awarded $585,000 for a project to address non-structural damage caused by an earthquake. Tara Hutchinson, co-principal investigator on a project, stated "This proposal is unique in that we want to address not only the individual nonstructural element or component performance, but also determine the impact of its performance on losses at the regional level. At UCSD, research will focus on simulating and visualizing the interactions among the various nonstructural and structural systems under severe earthquake loading." For the full article click here.

  • MHPUCSD Structural Engineers have kept busy this summer conducting five experiments at the floating modular hybrid on the US Naval Base-San Diego. See the previous news brief for a description of the structure, test program and the first experiment. Structural testing of the deck capacity, the bollard capacity, and the fendering system (using hydraulic actuators) was recently completed. Descriptions of each test are below. The last experiment being a long term test of the retrofitted fendering system was recently completed after running for four weeks: 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. This project was completed on schedule and under budget thanks to the hard work and detailed planning of everyone involved.

    Bollard Test

    Deck Test

    Long Term Fender Test (old news article)

    Short Term Fender Test

    Other MHP Photos

     

    Bollard Test

    Combatant vessels are berthed at a pier with mooring lines that are wrapped around a steel fabricated bollard which is fixed to the pier deck. Numerous designs for bollards and for the connection to the pier are used. However there is no standard method by which the structural capacity can be tested. This test aims to set a standard for future bollard tests and aims to examine the effectiveness of the bollard used on the floating pier. The floating pier has a bollard design consisting of a 16 inch diameter concrete filled steel pipe that is welded to a base plate. The base plate is secured to the deck with six 2.5 inch diameter bolts that are fastened to a steel reaction plate underneath the deck. Mooring lines are kept on the bollard by two horns (horizontal steel pipes) as shown in the photos below.

    The test setup used two 300 kip capacity jacks to apply load to a reaction beam and a wire rope assembly which pulled the bollard. The wire rope passed around the bollard to apply loading similar to a ships mooring line. The applied load was reacted by a frame with a beam along the external wall to provide a reaction into the heavily reinforced concrete deck.

    Photos from the testing conducted on 9/06/07 are shown below.


    Bollard Test Setup.
     


    Top View of Bollard Test Setup showing the wire rope wrapped around the bollard and underneath the horns – to simulate the applied load from a mooring line.
     


    Instrumentation underway.
     


    Instrumentation underway with Deck Test Setup to right.
     


    Ph.D. Candidate Hussein Okail, Prof Shing and Prof Uang examine the bollard test reaction frame.

     

    Deck Test

    The Operations Deck (upper deck) of the floating pier is composed of prestressed concrete beams with an overlying reinforced concrete deck containing bi-directional post tensioned strands.  This heavily reinforced deck is designed to support equipment including trucks and cranes servicing berthed combatant vessels.  This equipment can result in highly concentrated loading areas on the deck, of particular concern is the loading from a crane outrigger.

    The objective of this test is to verify that the Operations Deck can carry an outrigger crane loading of 400 kips at a critical location without damage.  Load was applied to a perceived critical location being adjacent to the external wall with a large utility (window) opening.  Two 300 kip capacity hydraulic jacks were used to apply quasi-static loading to a high strength bar which passed through the deck and was fastened to a reaction beam and wall reaction fixtures in the lower level.  The deck responded within the elastic range with only minor cracking in the utility window opening.

    Photos from the testing conducted on 8/14/07 are shown below.


    Hydraulic cylinders and the high strength load application bar (passes through the deck).
     


    Applying instrumentation to the exterior.
     


    Instrumentation within the lower level of the floating pier.
     


    Test reaction within the lower level of the floating pier.
     


    Group Photo for the Deck Test.
     


    Navy engineers onsite for the Deck Test.
     


    Lunch break during testing.

     

    Short Term Fender Test

    When a combatant vessel is berthed at the floating pier the forces from any impact are transferred from the pier into the rubber fendering system and main pile shaft.  The rubber fenders will compress and buckle to absorb the impact and can compress up to one half of its length.  Depending on the amount of compression and buckling, the fender will return to its original shape with no degradation of its stiffness. The fendering system will also compress and buckle during a seismic event therefore resulting in no seismic forces transferred into the floating pier.

    The focus of this test is the pre- and post-buckling behavior of the fenders under a short term loading.  Axial and bi-axial tests of the fenders were conducted using two 220 kip capacity hydraulic actuators.  The actuators were connected to the pier deck and bolted to a reaction frame attached to the main pile shaft during a low tide.  Due to the tidal variation of 8 ft at the pier this test had to be carefully choreographed with the lab staff, graduate students and the contractors crew so that the actuators would be connected to the shaft for less than 3 hours.  In these tests data was collected from over 80 instruments which included displacement transducers, strain gages, thermocouples, inclinometers, and GPS.

    Photos from the testing conducted on 9/11/07 and 9/12/07 are shown below.


    Bi-axial testing underway.
     


    Hooking up the actuators as the tide drops.
     


    Hooking up an actuator.
     


    Actuator connected to the reaction frame and main pile shaft.  The round object at the corner of the pile shaft is a GPS antennae.
     


    The fender system with retrofit plates and chains in place.  Note this was installed after the first long term test caused an early failure.
     


    Biaxial testing of the fendering system with retrofit plates and chains in place.
     


    The MHP at a tilt of 1 degree during testing.
     


    View of the setup.

     

    Other MHP Photos


    A lobster on the main pile shaft.
     


    Mission Control.  Inside the Test Control Office Trailer.
     


    GPS Receivers and PC inside the Test Control Office Trailer.
     


    Data Cabinets inside the Test Control Office Trailer.
     


    Graduate Student Researcher Jerry Lee with the moonpool instrumentation.
     


    Building some camera mounts.
     


    Bollard test instrumentation underway with a tug boat visitor.
     


    Research sponsors having lunch with Dr Latham (blue hat).
     


    UCSD's Base of Operations on the Floating Pier.
     


    Marathon Construction’s floating crane used to place test reaction fixtures.
     


    Bringing the mini-crane into the Service Deck (lower level) of the MHP.

  • Two Structural Engineering Students Receive National Awards

    Jorge Ortiz & Robert ValtierraTwo SE students, out of over 500 competitors at the 2007 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) held in Kansas City, Missouri earlier this year received "Awards in Engineering." Jorge Ortiz conducted research under Professor Chia-Ming Uang this past summer as part of CAMP's Summer Research Program. Jorge will continue his research under the direction of Professor Uang in Winter and Spring ’08 as part of UCSD’s Faculty Mentor Program. Jorge worked on the MHP project with the Navy (Principal Investigator: Prof. Shing and Co-PI: Prof. Chia-Ming Uang). SE student Robert Valtierra conducted his research independently. To read the full story, click here.

    Jacobs School of Engineering Awards Professor Uang "Best Teacher" Award

    UangDr. Jeanne Ferrante, Acting Dean, recently presented Professor Chia-Ming with its "Best Teacher 2006-2007." Professor Uang received the popular vote by students completing surveys.

    Prof. Francesco Lanza di Scalea awarded 2007 Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year

    LanzaProfessor Francesco Lanza di Scalea was awarded the 2007 Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award for “outstanding contributions in the field of Structural Health Monitoring”. The Person of the Year is selected by the editorial board, associate editors and editors of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal, following a nomination procedure. National Medal of Science recipient Prof. Jan Achenbach presented Prof. Lanza di Scalea with the award at the 6th International Workshop on SHM held at Stanford University, September 11-13, 2007.

    ICASP10 Overseas Student Scholarship Awarded

    Michele BarbatoMichele Barbato was awarded the ICASP10 Overseas Student Scholarship after selection by the ICASP10 local Organizing Committee to present the paper "Extension of Spectral Characteristics to Complex-Valued Random Processes and Applications in Structural Reliability" by M. Barbato and J.P. Conte, at 10th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP10), August 1-3, 2007, Tokyo (Japan). The amount of the scholarship is 100,000 JPY.

    Blasker Science and Technology Award Winner

    Gillian CutterGillian Cutter, a master's student working with Dr. Karbhari, won the Blasker Science and Technology Award from the San Diego Foundation to pursue her research on renewable composite materials. Congratulations, Gillian, on this impressive achievement!

    The Earthquake Engineering Institute Announces Graduate Fellowship Recipient

    Barbara ChangBarbara Chang, SE graduate student, was recently named the 2007-2008 winner of EERI Graduate Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction. The fellowship provides a nine-month stipend, and an additional amount to be used for tuition, fees, and research expenses. Congratulations, Barbara!

    Prestigious Journal Names SE Professor New Associate Editor

    LanzaAssociate Professor, Francesco Lanza di Scalea, was recently named Associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures.

    American Concrete Institute Graduate Fellowship Announced

    Matthew TobolskiMatthew Tobolski, SE Graduate student, was selected as a 2007 finalist based on recommendations, academic achievements, and a supporting essay and selected to receive the fellowship based on an interview process at the last ACI Convention, in Atlanta, GA. This award includes travel to the next two ACI conventions (in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, CA) as well as a stipend.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Awarded
    Matthew Tobolski, graduate student, received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the National Highway Institute of the Federal Highway Administration for the second year. This award provides funding to attend the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

    Charles "Chuck" Farrar elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Charles 'Chuck' FarrarCharles "Chuck" Farrar, SE Adjunct Professor, has been recently elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME, a prestigious distinction recognizing him for his many career contributions to the engineering field. Professor Farrar has 23 years experience as a technical staff member, project leader, and team leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and is internationally recognized for his sustained and outstanding scientific achievements in structural health monitoring (SHM) and damage prognosis. Farrar is a pioneer in SHM, proposing new concepts in statistical pattern recognition paradigms for SHM, recognizing environmental variability in SHM applications, and developing integrated hardware and software solutions for SHM problems. Farrar also led a LANL/UCSD Engineering Institute initiative that offers a formal graduate programs in the area of Damage prognosis and validated simulations in engineering mechanics. Congratulations, Professor Farrar!

     

  • New Visualization System at UC San DiegoEngineers lead by chief architect Falko Kuester, associate professor of structural engineering, at the University of California, San Diego have constructed the highest-resolution computer display in the world – with a screen resolution of up to 220 million pixels. It is also linked via optical fiber to Calit2's building at UC Irvine, which boasts the previous record holder. The combination – known as the Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Space (HIPerSpace) – can deliver real-time rendered graphics simultaneously across 420 million pixels to audiences in Irvine and San Diego. To read the full article, click here.

  • COSMOS-07UCSD is one of four UC campuses to participate in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS).  This program exposes talented and motivated high-school students to mathematics and science to encourage them to continue their education in science and engineering.

  • Roadside BombThe National Science Foundation has selected UCSD to receive a grant within the national NSF solicitation on "Explosives and Related Threats: Frontiers in Prediction and Detection." This solicitation was generated in response to the deaths caused by explosives (particularly Improvised Explosive Devices- IEDs) in Iraq and other war theaters. Prof. Lanza di Scalea will use imagery analysis combined with statistical pattern recognition to identify suspicious objects placed at roadside based on their shape, color and brightness. This three-year project, starting in September 2007, will use similar signal processing algorithms used by Lanza di Scalea's group in the area of ultrasonic damage detection in structures, and apply them to the area of image analysis. The proposed object recognition will be based on visible wavelength, but the algorithms will be extendable to multi-spectral (e.g. infrared) ranges.

  • MHPIn a joint project with the U.S. Navy, Berger/ABAM Engineers and Marathon Construction, the UCSD Structural Engineering Department is conducting field tests of a floating modular hybrid pier (MHP) structure at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego.  The MHP is a reinforced concrete structure with two levels to service naval combatant ships, and a lower level to provide floatation.  The structure is made out of prestressed concrete and post-tensioned concrete, with stainless steel reinforcement used along the exterior.  Dimensions of the test structure are 100 ft x 50 ft with a height 29 ft, making it one of the largest test structures and costliest test structures for the Powell Labs, at a cost of $5 million.

    The MHP is kept in place by an internal mooring shaft fabricated from stainless steel with a rubber fender system on each side.  The rubber fenders absorb impact loads and seismic loads making this structure completely seismically isolated as the dead load of the structure is supported by buoyancy.  A secondary external pile shaft is used to prevent the structure from rotating.  Because the MHP floats, it can be relocated as the needs of the Navy change. In addition, the structure is built offsite minimizing the impact on the navy base.  The test structure was constructed in a drydock in Seattle and towed 1,100 nautical miles to San Diego, proving her seaworthiness.  Testing results will aid the design of a full-scale MHP, which is expected to have a length of 1,300 ft and have twice the width.

    UCSD is conducting four experiments at the MHP this summer.  Two of the experiments involve studying the rubber fendering system over a long term period (weeks) and over a short term period using hydraulic actuators.  The capacity of the main operations deck will be tested (to simulate a crane outrigger loading).  In addition the capacity of the bollard connection will also be tested and will set a standard procedure for future tests.  Setup of the testing fixtures began in May with testing and research well underway by graduate student researchers Jerry Lee, Adam Bogage, Elizabeth Schroth-Nichols and Ph.D. student Hussein Okail.  Powell Labs staff involved includes Scott Hutcheson, Bob Parks and Christopher Latham.  Principal Investigators for the project are Professors Benson Shing and Chia-Ming Uang.  Planning and test setup design began in June, 2006 by Ph.D. candidate James Newell and Dr Michael Gebman (UCSD MHP Project Manager).

    Time Lapse Video of the sway buckling mode  failure of the East Fender. Maximum applied force was 70,000 lb (7/12/07),  click play below.

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    Photos

    Floating Modular Hybrid Pier at the U.S. Naval Base, San Diego.

    MHP

    MHP 1

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    Group Photo for Long Term Fender Test: Berger/Abam, Marathon Construction, NAVFAC, NFESC, UCSD Structural  Engineering.

    MHP 2

    Graduate Student Researchers Adam Bogage, Elizabeth Schroth-Nichols and Jerry Lee at the MHP Moonpool.

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    Graduate Student Researcher Adam Bogage and Lab Technician Scott Hutcheson.

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    Powell Labs Technician Robert (Bob) Parks adjusting a load cell.

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    Dr Christopher Latham overseeing the fender instrumentation work of Bob Parks (bottom) and Scott Hutcheson.

    MHP 3

    View of the rubber fendering system with  instrumentation.  Fenders are fixed to  the MHP and absorb impact loads and provide seismic isolation for the MHP. The  fender reacts on a stainless steel pile shaft (upper right) and displaces with  the tide (8 ft vertically with the tide).   The stainless steel pile shaft is bolted to a concrete pile cap which is  supported by 9 prestressed concrete piles.

    MHP 7

    Prof Uang, Prof Shing and Ph.D. Student Hussein Okail  examining the fenders.

    MHP 8

    Sway buckling mode failure of the East fender during  the long term test.  Note this fender  returned back to its original geometry after unloading with slight stiffness  degradation.

    MHP 9

    Graduate Student Researcher Adam Bogage operating the chain line to apply loading for the long term fender test.

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    View of the cables, rigging and load cells which load the mooring shaft.  The cables are connected to load blocks which hang off each side of the MHP.  Mooring shaft instrumentation is being adjusted by Graduate Student Researcher Adam Bogage.

    MHP 8

    Research Poster (click for a larger version)

    MHP Research Poster

  • Sun MicrosystemsIn recent tests at the Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device (SRMD) Testing Facility at UC San Diego, Sun Microsystems conducted experiments on its Black Box to see how the box would perform in a seismic event.  The Black Box was subjected to realistic shaking on the SRMD’s impressive shake table, which also is capable of real-time 6-DOF dynamic characterizations of full-scale bearing devices and dampers.

    To read more about the Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device (SRMD), click here. View vdeo, click here.

  • studentsUCSD is one of four UC campuses to participate in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS). This program exposes talented and motivated high-school students to mathematics and science to encourage them to continue their education in science and engineering. In July, 2006, Benson Shing, SE professor, Andreas Stavridis, graduate research assistant, and Bridget Smith, seismologist at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, ran a four-week course, "Earthquakes in Action," to seventeen COSMOS participants. This course exposed the students to the geophysical aspects of earthquake ground shaking and the fundamentals of earthquake engineering, including earthquake resistance design and analysis, emphasizing the relationship and important role of mathematics and physics to earthquake engineering.

    towerThe COSMOS program consists of lectures, computer exercises, hands-on laboratory experiments, videos, final projects, and included a field trip to the Englekirk Center for Structural Engineering. The engineering aspect covered the basic concepts of differential calculus, vibration analysis, characteristics of earthquake ground motions, base isolation, and earthquake resistance structural systems and laboratory experiments included the testing of model frames using bench-top shake tables. A final project focused on the performance and seismic strengthening of unreinforced masonry structures. The program objectives are for students to understand the importance and challenge of earthquake engineering, and how basic science and mathematics can be used to solve real-life problems. Details of this course can be found at here.

  • IASCMThe U.S. Panel on Structural Control Research in collaboration with the International Association of Structural Control and Monitoring (IASCM), and several scientific organizations in the United States, Asia, and Europe, recently held its Fourth World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring (4WCSCM) in the Price Center Ballrooms on the UCSD campus. This international event involved over 320 participants, with many from Europe and Asia. The 4WCSCM was organized jointly by the UCSD and USC under the auspices of the International Association for Structural Control and Monitoring. Dr. Gianmario Benzoni, Structural Engineering Researcher, was the main coordinator for UCSD.

    The conference objective was to bring together engineers, scientists, architects, builders and others interested in the general field of active or hybrid vibration control and structural health monitoring of buildings and civil infrastructure systems. The conference focused on topics related to building structures, including adaptive structures, intelligent/smart materials and systems, sensor networks, health monitoring and damage detection, actuators, vibration isolation, and hybrid vibration control of civil infrastructure components under the action of earthquakes, wind and man-made loads.

    As in previous conferences in this series, this is organized with the collaboration of many of the leading national and international scientific organizations whose mission deals with topics related to the theme of 4WCSCM. For more information, please visit http://www.usc.edu/dept/civil_eng/4wcscm/. The next WCSCM will be held in Tokyo, Japan in 2010.

  • De Plane boss, De plane!Last month, UCSD students placed fifth out of eighteen competing universities in the 4th annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Aircraft Competition at the Pax River Naval Base in Maryland. The UCSD team (pictured at right with their winning aircraft) was composed of undergraduate students from several different departments within UCSD’s Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering, including Structural Engineering, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Structural Engineering Professor John Kosmatka commented, “This is by far the best performance of a first-year team. These students are indebted to the financial, equipment and mentor support of Northrop-Grumman, Jacobs School of Engineering, and NASA-Dryden.”

  • Undergrad Seniors of 06On Friday, June 9, 2006, our undergraduate Seniors gathered with Structural Engineering faculty and staff for the first annual Senior Reception at the lovely Eucalyptus Point conference facility. Various faculty spoke, and each graduate was given a keepsake pen.

  • Group 19Structural Engineering's Conceptual Structural Design (SE 103) course's annual design competition was held the last week of spring classes. This year's project was to design and build a model Sports Center (in 1:120 scale) that considers set strength, stiffness, economy and aesthetic requirements. The competition consisted of twenty-three teams with a total of 112 students. After the models were judged on aesthetic qualities, each was tested for strength and stiffness. The winning model was selected based upon its performance in testing, overall cost, and points earned in the aesthetic judging portion.

    This year's winning teams were:

    • First Place: Team #19 – Alex Santana, Devan Dagley, Kai McPhee, Ryan Griswold, Pyon Thet
    • Second Place: Team #13 – Brian Aberegg, Tom Colegrove, Aileen Perlas, Christian Repayo, Chad Allen
    • Third Place: Team #9 – Taryn Dunbar, Jason Crispi, Janice Reguyal, Andrew Kim, Kenneth Swanson

    Steve Porter, the Undergraduate Lab Coordinator, commented, “With these projects, each year we raise the bar and each year the student rise to the challenge. Their work ethics are outstanding.”  Congratulations to the winners, and to all those who participated.

  • Dean Seible Receives the Distinguished Humboldt Research Award

    Frieder SeibleFrieder Seible, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering and Professor, has been named a 2006 Humboldt Research Award recipient. The prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is one of the most prestigious scientific honors in Germany, given to eminent foreign scholars in recognition of their lifetime academic achievements. Additionally, Prof. Seible received the 2006 Wason Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Awarded

    Matthew TobolskiMatthew Tobolski, graduate student, received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the National Highway Institute of the Federal Highway Administration.

    Professor Karbhari Receives President's Award from IIFC

    KarbariProfessor Vistasp Karbhari received the President’s Award from the International Institute of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) in Construction (IIFC) in recognition by his peers for his “outstanding contributions to the IIFC as the Editor-in-Chief of FRP International and through other IIFC activities.”  Additionally, Prof. Karbhari was recently elected a Fellow of the International Institute of FRP in Construction (IIFC).

    Professor Joel Conte selected as a Fulbright Scholar

    Prof. Joel ConteSE Professor Joel P. Conte was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for study in Europe during the 2006-2007 academic year, according to the U.S. State Department and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program operates in 150 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Congratulations Professor Conte on this remarkable achievement!

    Professor Uang Selected for Prestigious Award

    UangThe American Institute of Steel Construction announced SE Professor Chia-Ming Uang as recipient of the Special Achievement Award. This award is given in recognition to individuals who demonstrated notable singular or multiple achievements in structural steel design, construction, research, or education, and honors living individuals who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry. The award ceremony will be held during the North American Steel Construction Conference in New Orleans on April 18, 2007. Congratulations, Professor Uang!

    Precast Concrete Institute Announces Winners

    Prof. Restrepo & Matthew SchoettlerSE Professor José Restrepo and Ph.D. student Matthew Schoettler were recently awarded the 2006 Charles C. Zollman award from the Precast Concrete Institute. Congratulations to Dr. Restrepo and Matthew on receiving this impressive award!

    SE Professor, Dr. Joel Conte, Receives Coveted Distinguished Teaching Award

    Joel TeachingUCSD's Academic Senate recently determined the recipients for its 2006 Distinguished Teaching Awards, and the Department of Structural Engineering is proud to announce the selection of Professor Joel P. Conte.

    Undergraduate Leadership Award Given to Philip Yu, President of SCSE

    Philip Yu AwardPhilip Yu, the 2005-06 Chapter President, was recognized at a chapter event on May 31st. Yu received a certificate for “Outstanding Student Leadership” and a check for $1,000, to be used for academic purposes. The check was a joint gift from Dean Seible and the Department of Structural Engineering. Pictured here is Philip Yu with Professor Ahmed Elgamal (Department Chair) and Professor Chia-Ming Uang (AISC Chapter Advisor). Congratulations, Philip!

    Chancellor's Research Scholarship Results

    Ryan MaloneyUndergrad Ryan Maloney has been awarded the Chancellor’s Research Scholarship for $3,000. Ryan’s faculty advisor is Professor Karbhari. Congratulations, Ryan, on this outstanding achievement!

    John E. Starrett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Results

    Andrew J. BeattieStudent Andrew J. Beattie is one of three recipients of the John E. Starrett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which includes Provost’s Honors. The scholarship consists of a $600 cash award and certificate. Congratulations, Andrew, on this great honor!

    UCSD is selected for the 2006 Research Fellowship Award from the American Society for Non destructive Testing

    BartoliThe research proposal entitled “Built-in system for the structural health monitoring of adhesively-bonded components in aerospace structures” by Ph.D. candidate Ivan Bartoli was selected to receive the 2006 award.

    Bridge-monitoring poster wins grand prize at 2006 research expo

    AwardStructural Engineering's Hong Guan is awarded "best poster" among 250 poster presentation by graduate students at the Jacobs School's Research Expo. Read the paper here - 1.26MB pdf-icon and get the full story here.

  • conteUCSD's Academic Senate recently determined the recipients for its 2006 Distinguished Teaching Awards, and the Department of Structural Engineering is proud to announce the selection of Professor Joel P. Conte.

    Professor Conte was nominated by his students and colleagues. Selection criteria for the Distinguished Teaching Award are outstanding teaching qualities, a positive rapport with students, and other distinguishing characteristics. This award is one of UCSD's highest honors for teaching.

    Following tradition, Professor Conte's and other recipient's photos will be displayed in the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club for one year. Additionally, the words "Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award" will appear next to Professor Conte’s name in the UCSD General Catalog. Our department's first recipient of this prestigious award was Professor Chia-Ming Uang in 2003.

    Our students and our department share in this great honor. We all know of Joel's dedication and commitment to education, now also recognized by the Academic Senate. Congratulations to Professor Conte for receiving this most deserved honor!

  • The research proposal entitled “Built-in system for the structural health monitoring of adhesively-bonded components in aerospace structures” by Ph.D. candidate Ivan Bartoli was selected to receive the 2006 award. Read the paper here pdf-icon.

  • Structural Engineering's Hong Guan is awarded "best poster" among 250 poster presentation by graduate students at the Jacobs School's Research Expo. Read the paper here pdf-icon (1.26MB), and get the full story here.