Wednesday, February 26, 2014

EERI@LU - From Research to Practice Seminars in Earthquake Engineering

The third presentation organized by EERI@LU will be on Friday February 28th at 1:00PM in Fritz Lab 225, given by Dr. Troy Morgan.

Dr. Morgan is is a Senior engineer working with Exponent in New York and Adjunct Faculty at NYU. Dr. Morgan has performed extensive research on the numerical simulation and experimental behavior of innovative seismic systems and optimization of their use within performance-based engineering frameworks. He consulting experience includes essential structures such as healthcare facilities, laboratories, industrial buildings, and critical infrastructure having enhanced seismic performance criteria. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Morgan was Assistant Professor at the Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. He received B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees all from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered Professional Engineer in CA, NY, NJ, and CT.

The title of Dr. Morgan's presentation is "Technical Consulting: The Intersection of Mythbusters, CSI, and Earthquake Engineering." The modern era of civilization is marked my immense networks of complicated, interdependent systems and rapidly evolving technologies. Many of these technologies, while born from academia, are implemented and refined in the world of industry. As today’s complex ideas are put into practice, there is an increasing tendency for things to fail, and an urgent desire to prevent such failures. This is the realm of technical consulting, and the subject of this talk. Several projects from earthquake engineering, including nuclear reliability analysis, earthquake reconnaissance, and post-event damage investigation are presented to highlight the broader role of technical consultants in a world which increasingly depends on sophisticated engineering to protect itself from natural catastrophe.

CEE undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the seminar.
Coffee will be served at 12:50PM outside Fritz 225.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture - "The Evolution of Building Design to Resist Earthquakes" by James R. Harris

Prof. Dan Frangopol, initiator and organizer of the Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, is honored to invite FERS members to attend the first lecture in the 2014 Series:

The Evolution of Building Design to Resist Earthquakes

Friday, February 21st, 4:10 p.m. Sinclair Auditorium, Lehigh University

Principal, J. R. Harris & Company, Denver, CO

Much of the history of the development of design approaches and building code provisions for seismic resistance in the United States is in direct response to damaging earthquakes. The early work was largely empirical. The fundamentals of an analytical mechanics approach were created in the middle of the 20th century, and over the past half century there has been a considerable amount of theoretical development and laboratory validation. The economic and social impact of large earthquakes is very consequential, and the technical aspects of the problem are challenging. Modern computing power coupled with new analytical techniques and better characterization of the demand from ground shaking are making possible much more realistic approaches to achieving the desired performance in future earthquakes.

To access the complete announcement, please visit:

The lecture is free and open to the public. A pre-lecture reception will be held in the Sinclair Lobby at 4:10 pm.

For additional information about the Khan Lecture Series, please visit or see these links:

· Lecture #1, February 21st -- John R. Harris:
· Lecture #2, March 21st -- Jon D. Magnusson:
· Lecture #3, April 11th -- Charles H. Thornton:
· The Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair: