BUFFALO, N.Y. — Last weekend at a university campus in Port-au-Prince, where not a single building withstood the January earthquake, more than 200 Haitian engineers, architects and other professionals gathered in tents in temperatures hovering near 100 degrees F to begin learning the principles of earthquake-resistant design.
From May 20-22, the University at Buffalo’s MCEER and Universitè Quisqueya, (UniQ) held their first jointly sponsored Earthquake Engineering Educational Seminar.
The seminar was a result of a memorandum of understanding signed between UB’s MCEER (formerly the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research) and UniQ to bring MCEER’s earthquake engineering expertise to the professional and student engineering communities in Haiti so they can learn fundamental earthquake engineering principles needed to retrofit damaged facilities and design new construction.
The response to this first seminar was overwhelming, the organizers said.
“We expected between 60 and 70 attendees and we got 215,” says Andre Filiatrault, PhD, MCEER director and UB professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, who ran the seminar.