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SEI Technical Session

December 10, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Arup Office
10370 Richmond Ave, Conference Room @ 1st Floor
Houston, TX 77042


Join your peers for the next SEI Houston Chapter Luncheon Technical Session:


Damage from recent earthquakes underscores the importance of developing new approaches and technologies to improve the performance of structures during earthquakes. The presentation will highlight applications of one class of smart materials, shape memory alloys, in improving the performance of structures subjected to earthquake loading. Shape memory alloys belong to a class of shape memory materials which can undergo large deformations while reverting back to their original, undeformed shape. This unique property has led to the development of numerous applications in the biomedical, aerospace, and commercial industry. A multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach is taken to explore the potential use of these systems for applications in earthquake engineering. Component testing, full-scale testing, and detailed analyses show great potential for these systems to significantly improve the earthquake performance of steel-frame buildings, nonductile concrete buildings, and bridges.

Speaker: Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D., F.ASCE, F. SEI

Where: Arup Office, Conference Room @ 1st floor, 10370 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX, 77042

When: Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Cost w/RSVP: Regular: $25; Government Employees: $20; Students: $10

Walk-in-Attendee: $30

* Checks preferred. Address checks to “ASCE Houston”.

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(seating may limited so please let us know if you will be attending

Speaker Bio: Reginald DesRoches is the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, and holds faculty appointments in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. DesRoches’ research focuses on the design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads and the application of smart and adaptive materials.  DesRoches serves on the National Academies of Resilient America Roundtable, the Board on Army Science and Technology, the Global Earthquake Modeling Scientific Board and the advisory board for the Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management Research Center. Among DesRoches’ honors are the 2015 ASCE Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, the 2007 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the 2008 Georgia Tech ANAK Award, which is the highest honor the undergraduate student body can bestow on faculty members. He was elected to the UC Berkeley Civil Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2015. 

Event Contact: Michel Maksoud, Ph.D., P.E. | President, SEI Houston


$25.00 Member or Non-member

$20.00 Government Employee

$10.00 Student


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