CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical~ 2/2~ 12 to 1 pm ~ SEM 344

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CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical

February 2, 2018

Friday 12 to 1 pm, SEM 344

Open to all students


Experimental Investigation of Special Concentric Braced Frames Under Long & Short Duration Ground Motions

Ali Hammad

PhD Candidate, University of Nevada, Reno

Over the past decade, several long duration subduction earthquakes took place in different locations such as Chile (2015, 2014, and 2010), Japan (2011), China (2008), and Indonesia (2004). These earthquakes are reminders of the possible occurrence of a long-duration, large-magnitude earthquake in the Cascadia subduction zone along the Pacific Northwest Coast of the United States. Although the duration of an earthquake is expected to affect the response of structures, current seismic design specifications use response spectra to identify the hazard and do not consider duration effects. These events highlighted the importance of comprehensive investigation of the effect of the ground motion duration on structural performance. Experimental program and analytical investigations are conducted in this study to investigate the influence of earthquake duration on structural response of Special Concentric Braced Frames (SCBF). The overall objective is to study and quantify the effect of duration on collapse capacity of SCBFs to possibly incorporate these effects in improved seismic design provisions.


Why Do Coastal Bridges Tend to Fail during Tsunami Inundation?

Denis Istrati, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Nevada, Reno

Recent major earthquake events that occurred in the ocean generated tsunami waves of significant heights, which inundated nearby coastal cities causing extreme destruction and loss of human lives. Although many bridges were able to withstand the earthquake, they were damaged by the subsequent waves. This presentation will discuss the performance of selected coastal bridges from Japan and will attempt to provide an explanation for this performance using simplified analytical equations. Moreover, results from advanced dynamic fluid-structure-interaction (FSI) analyses with a focus on the demand on individual bearing connections, will be presented in order to decipher the tsunami inundation mechanism and associated effects. These effects will be further investigated using results from recent large-scale hydrodynamic experiments of tsunami wave impact on a 1:5 scale composite bridge model, giving an insight into the reasons behind the washout of coastal bridges in recent tsunamis.


SWE Member Meeting Tomorrow, 1/30 at 6:30 pm in PE 104~ FREE Qdoba

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Society of  Women Engineers Member Meeting

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 6:30 pm in PE 104

Business card workshop

Prepare for Evening with Industry

FREE Qdoba!!

Wolf Pack Racing ~ First Meeting~ 1/30 at 6 pm in PE 107

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Wolf Pack Racing First Meeting

January 30th at 6 pm in PE 107

ASCE Office Crawl

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ASCE Office Crawl

When – February 9th, 2018

Where – Various Locations in the Reno Area

Come out to tour local offices, learn about what each office does, and speak with local employers about potential job and internship opportunities before the career fair (February 15th) Food will be provided at each location!

RSVP using the following link: http://conta.cc/2G8ohOO

Excellent Networking Opportunity! Open to all majors

Prices: $5 for ASCE members $10 for non-ASCE members

After February 5th $10 for everyone


CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical ~ Friday, January 26th~ 12 pm to 1 pm ~ SEM 344

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CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical

January 26, 2018

Friday 12 to 1 pm, SEM 344

Open to all students

Effect of Skew on the Seismic Performance of Bridges with Seat-type Abutments

Dr. Suiwen Wu

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Nevada, Reno

Girder unseating in skewed bridges with seat-type abutments has been frequently observed in past earthquakes. This has been attributed to excessive in-plane rotation of the superstructure and numerous numerical studies have been conducted to investigate the cause of this rotation. The most common explanation has been pounding between the superstructure and abutment back wall, but this phenomenon has not been verified by experimental testing. Accordingly, shake table experiments were conducted on a family of skew bridge models in order to: 1) test a proposed unseating mechanism and investigate the seismic behavior of skewed bridges; 2) confirm the applicability of a simplified method for estimating the minimum support length requirement for skewed bridges; and 3) validate a detailed 3D analytical model developed in OpenSEES, that considers pounding and friction effects at the abutment-deck interface.


Preliminary Shake Table Test Results of a Two-Span Concrete ABC Bridge System

José Benjumea

PhD Candidate, University of Nevada, Reno

A key strategy for accelerated bridge construction (ABC) is the use of prefabricated elements and systems that are brought to the field and connected in a timmely manner.  In regions with moderate to high seismic hazard, the connections shall be able to keep the structural integrity of the bridge while significant stresses are developed at designated locations.  A wide range of ABC connections have been developed and proof tested using single or subassemblies components; however, the performance of the elements and connections when integrated into a bridge has not been thoroughly studied.  To address this gap, a 0.35-scale bridge model adopting six ABC connections was tested under bi-directional ground motions simulated on the shake tables of the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The presentation will consist of a summary of the bridge and construction design details, followed by some preliminary test results that allow assessing the seismic performance of the bridge and ABC connections.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Undergraduate Scholarship – Deadline February 9th

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Undergraduate Scholarship
Nuclear Power Research at Nevada
Since 1992, the University of Nevada, Reno has conducted externally-funded research on the
performance and reliability of materials in advanced nuclear power applications.

Nuclear Power Fellowship Objective
The objective of this program is to help develop a workforce with who are able to support the
design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of
nuclear materials. This program is funded by the US Nuclear Regulatory commission. The Scholarships
are available ONLY to students pursuing a degree in Materials Science and Engineering with Nuclear
Materials emphasis.

Materials Science and Engineering: The program has research strengths in studying materials for
nuclear power with special focus on high temperature materials performance and corrosion. Notable
infrastructure includes a supercritical water loop facility and molten salt facility outfitted with
a suite of materials characterization techniques. Nuclear Materials emphasis option offers 4
courses in nuclear energy that are taught by world renowned professors. Prof. Tsoulfanidis, has
authored two of the books used in this course.

Deadline: February 9, 2018

Contact: Dr. Dev Chidambaram (dcc@unr.edu)

Award: $7,500 each/year Award Date: 2017-18 academic year

• Minimum 3.00 GPA.(min overall, including grades for courses taken in other institutions)
• Minimum 3.0 GPA for courses taken at UNR and Minimum 3.00 GPA towards MSE Major
• Enrolled fulltime in both Fall and Spring (at least 12 hours, each semester)
• Must be a US Citizen (not permanent resident or international)
• Serious interest in a career in the nuclear industry or a nuclear related materials area –
such as Nuclear Materials, Engineering, Health Physics or Radiochemistry.
• Must be willing to commit to serve 6 months per each year of scholarship award in nuclear-
related employment in exchange for the scholarship support. This can be waived under certain cases
• Scholarship is open to only students pursuing (declared) a Materials Science and Engineering
degree with Nuclear Materials Emphasis.

To apply, please submit the following materials (as one stapled document):
1. University transcript (unofficial downloaded transcript is acceptable)
2. Resume
3. Two-page (maximum) essay describing your interest in the nuclear/nuclear related materials
industry and a description of your future goals and career objectives

Please include your name and UNR ID on the top of each page.

Applications should be delivered to the Chemical and Materials Engineering office in Laxalt Mineral
Research (LMR) 474 by 5:00PM on February 9th, 2018.

International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) opportunity

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International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) opportunity

The Undergraduate Research office supports up to 12 students each summer to conduct research in another country under the mentorship of a faculty member at the host university. This summer (2018) we have identified 15 mentors at 5 universities, located in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China who would like to mentor a STEM student from UNR. Successful applicants are enrolled through the USAC program, and spend the majority of their time working on independent research on a project identified by the mentor.

UNR students get a 40% discount on the typical USAC rate for the program, and in addition, Undergraduate Research and the ASUN provide scholarship funds to help support student costs. This is an outstanding opportunity to learn how research is conducted in other cultures, and internationalize your research experience. Students can earn up to 6 credits towards their major.  Please visit this website for more information (https://www.unr.edu/undergradresearch/opportunities/international).

Applications for this submission are due Feb 12, 2018.

Student Worker Job – Office of Enterprise & Innovation

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Student Worker – Office of Enterprise & Innovation

Job Description

The Office of Enterprise & Innovation is the University’s “technology transfer” office. This office is charged with developing and commercializing the latest technologies/inventions on campus. To do this we file intellectual property (e.g. patents) and seek corporate partners or create start-up companies to help us take forward these innovations. The office is seeking students to help in this process of technology commercialization. The student workers will gain experience in intellectual property protections and will also learn the processes involved in screening technology and presenting technologies to companies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Desire to learn about university technology transfer.
  • Ability to convey scientific information in written and spoken form to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Familiarity with basic software applications, including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Background/education in business, science or communication would be helpful.
  • Ability to work approximately 10 hours per week.

Required Attachments

  • Current resume that clearly states your background, education and experience
  • Cover letter discussing why you are interested in the program and how this experience will help you reach you future career goals


The position pays $10.25 per hour

Office of Enterprise & Innovation, Technology Comercialization Specialist

Engineering Summer programs abroad

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Summer Programs Abroad at our engineering partner institutes!

Please see Julia McMillin (SEM 131C) if you have an interest! Some deadlines as early as mid-February, so do not wait!


“Automotive Engineering and Management”

Technische Hochschule, Ingolstadt, Germany

Two weeks in the automotive center of Bavaria. July 16 – 27th, 2018

  • Lectures and practical sessions in the fields of automotive engineering and management
  • Focus on mobility and new research trends in automotive engineering
  • Study trips to Audi, BMW, AIRBUS
  • July 16 – 27th, 2018

Cost 250 Euros (apx $310) includes tuition, fees, lectures, excursions, social programs.

Registration begins Feb 1st  closes April 15.


“Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency”

Universidad de Navarra-TECNUN, San Sabastian, Spain

Two week program. May 21 – June 1, 2018

  • Design and optimization of hybrid power systems with HOMER and Smart Grids for renewable energy integration
  • Energy efficiency in the building, industry, and transport sectors

Cost 550 Euros (apx. $675) includes tuition, fees, lectures, social and extracurricular activities, and daily lunch at the University Canteen

Registration open now – April 23

(Joint program in partnership with California Polytechnic State University)


“Introduction to Mobile Robotics”

Universidad de Navarra-TECNUN, San Sabastian, Spain

Two week program. May 21 – June 1  &  June 25 – July 6

  • Obtain a global vision of Robotics
  • Intro to micro-controllers and micro-processors (Arduino Pi)
  • Programming micro-controllers
  • Control algorithms and robot modelling
  • Intro to robot hardware (sensors, actuators, controllers) and description of the architecture of the mobile robot used
  • Intro to the python programming
  • Intro to ROS

Cost 550 Euros (apx. $675) includes tuition, fees, lectures, social and extracurricular activities, and daily lunch at the University Canteen

Registration open now – April 23


“Product Design and Development”

Universidad de Navarra-TECNUN, San Sabastian, Spain

Two week program. May 21 – June 1

  • Training and skills in the process of product design and development
  • Provide insights in companies in industrial design process
  • Experience teamwork in an international multicultural context

Cost 550 Euros (apx. $675) includes tuition, fees, lectures, social and extracurricular activities, and daily lunch at the University Canteen

Registration open now – April 23


“Engineering Across Cultures”

Universidad de Navarra-TECNUN, San Sabastian, Spain

Two week program. June 25 – July 6, 2018

  • Understand the role of human culture in identifying and solving engineering problems
  • Explore various frameworks for defining and analyzing cultural drivers in the context of engineering design
  • Practice ethnographic methods for customer discovery, needs assessment and developing product design specifications

Cost 550 Euros (apx. $675) includes tuition, fees, lectures, social and extracurricular activities, and daily lunch at the University Canteen

Registration open now – May 29

(Joint program in partnership with the University of Michigan)


“Chinese Language, Culture and Society Design, Innovation and Technology Business, Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership”

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • An international exchange experience with students from all over the world
  • A variety of talk series by distinguished speakers
  • Fun-filled activities and social events
  • Various choices of field trips: Hong Kong, Guangzhou & Shenzhen, Taiwan (Kaohsiung or Taichung) or Xi’an

Program Fee is waived! Includes tuition, on-campus accommodation, activities.

Cost: Administrative fee: apx. $70)

Optional Field Trip:  apx. $90-$244)

Registration open now through February 12


If interested in any of these programs,

See Julia McMillin

SEM 131C for details!

USC Viterbi SURE Program ~ Application Deadline: February 5, 2018 at 9 am PST

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SURE Program: Summer Research for Undergraduates

Program Dates: June 11 – August 3, 2018

Application Criteria:

  • Sophomore or Junior-year undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens
  • Interest in conducting research and pursuing a PhD program
  • Strong academic background (GPA of 3.5 or higher is recommended) in the fields of engineering, math, or hard science (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Application requires transcripts, a resume, statement of purpose and 2 letters of recommendation
  • On the application, you will be asked to select up to 2 research positions for which you would like be considered

Program Benefits:

  • Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty
  • Receive $4500 stipend, university housing, and travel to/from Los Angeles
  • Gain experience and tools to enhance your application to competitive PhD programs
  • Explore the rich and diverse culture of Southern California during a two-month stay in Los Angeles while learning about the resources at USC
  • Develop lasting friendships with fellow participants
  • Receive an application fee waiver for future graduate study at USC

Deadline & Notification:

  • 2018 SURE Application Deadline is February 5, 2018, 9am PST
  • Participants will be notified in early March 2018

** Please do not contact faculty directly until you have been formally accepted into the program

For questions regarding the SURE program, please contact SURE@gapp.usc.edu

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