Fahnestock and Tao attend NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Meeting

Larry Fahnestock and Zhuoqi Tao attended the 3rd NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Research Collaboration Meeting in Miki, Japan, along with collaborators from Lehigh University and Oregon State University.  The research team for the new NSF-funded project “Frame-Spine System with Force-Limiting Connections for Low-Damage Seismic Resilient Buildings” observed shake table testing of a reinforced concrete building, participated in discussions with researchers from other projects and planned for shake table testing that will be conducted at E-Defense in 2020.

Meeting participants at E-Defense.

CEE Faculty Visit Guangzhou University

CEE faculty Bill Spencer, Erol Tutumluer, Larry Fahnestock, Frank Lombardo and Jinhui Yan visited Guangzhou University and delivered lectures as part of a two-day workshop (June 29-30) on potential research collaboration.  Guangzhou University is a new 3+2 Program partner with CEE@Illinois.

Frank Lombardo, Larry Fahnestock, Bill Spencer, Erol Tutumluer and Jinhui Yan at Guangzhou University.

SSRC Celebrates 75 Years

Last week the Structural Stability Research Council celebrated its 75th anniversary at the Annual Stability Conference, held in conjunction with the AISC North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC).  SSRC was founded in 1944 as the Column Research Council and became SSRC in 1976.  Since its inception, the Council has served as an international forum for the exchange of ideas and ongoing research efforts related to the stability of structural components and systems.  SSRC’s service to the structural engineering profession includes support of education and code development, and publication of the Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures.

At the Annual Stability Conference, held last week in St. Louis, Kelley Grabner presented a paper, based on her thesis (MS, 2018), titled “Seismic Stability of Special Concentrically Braced Frames in a Moderate Seismic Region.”  Congratulations to Kelley on this accomplishment!  Also at the Conference, Larry Fahnestock moved from Vice-Chair to Chair of SSRC and Dan Linzell (U. of Nebraska) was appointed Vice-Chair.  Thanks to Past-Chair Todd Helwig (UT Austin) for his excellent service to SSRC!

Kelley Grabner presents her paper at the 2019 SSRC Annual Stability Conference.

Larry Fahnestock presents gift to Todd Helwig in appreciation for service as SSRC Chair.








In the closing keynote of NASCC, former SSRC Chair (and editor of the SSRC Guide) Ron Ziemian (Bucknell U.) delivered his inaugural T.R Higgins Lecture, “Structural Stability – Letting the Fundamentals Guide Your Judgement.”  Congratulations to Ron on this significant honor!

Agarwal and Grabner Present at 11NCEE

Congratulations to Aradhana Agarwal and Kelley Grabner for presenting their research in June at the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, held in Los Angeles!  Aradhana presented “Comparison of the Seismic Performance of Multi-Story and Multi-Tiered Braced Frames” and Kelley presented “Preliminary Performance Assessment of Special Concentrically-Braced Frames for Moderate Seismic Regions.”  Aradhana is continuing in her PhD studies and Kelley is now working for KPFF in Seattle.

SEAOI Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium 2018

On September 20, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm, the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois will be holding the 2018 Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium at the i-Hotel on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  This day-long event provides a forum for engineers and architects to interact with trade professionals, and listen to informative presentations.  The Trade Show and Symposium provides six hours of continuing education credit plus numerous opportunities to meet with companies that provide goods and services to the design profession.  For more information and to register, see the SEAOI website: