Research & Scholarly Activity

Research & Scholarly Activity

  • Co-Leader Education, Outreach, and Training NEES
    National Science Foundation, NSF CMMI-0927178
    National Science Foundation, 2009-2014

    Description: The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) provides the earthquake and tsunami hazard mitigation communities with a research infrastructure to make discoveries, translate discoveries to engineering demonstrations, develop innovative technologies, and transition technology advances to industry, engineering practice, and seismic design provisions. NEES provides for the integration of research findings and activities with education, outreach, and training, thus enabling the smooth transition of ideas from conception to education to practice. NEESacademy provides a community resource for educational materials, on-line learning, and outreach across the age spectrum. NEESacademy supports outreach to the profession, providing a mechanism to bridge theories to practice and the needs of practice to research priorities.

  • Mitigation of Collapse Risk in Vulnerable Concrete Bldgs.
    National Science Foundation
    National Science Foundation, 2007-2012

    Description: This NSF-funded Grand Challenge project aims to study the collapse potential of older nonductile concrete buildings, which are pervasive and high risk, to improve and disseminate effective engineering assessment and retrofit tools, and to define appropriate incentive or policy measures to mitigate the risk.

  • Integrating Sustainability into Lower Division Core Engineering Courses
    National Science Foundation, NSF EEC-0935162
    National Science Foundation, 2009-2011

    Description: This project was part of a major initiative of the college of engineering to promote, coordinate and facilitate research, curriculum and activities related to the development and implementation of green and sustainable engineering practices. The outcome of the project was teaching modules covering the topics of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, energy conversion and efficiency, energy and water, and product life cycle analysis.

  • Building a Network: Civil Engrs & Science Museums
    National Science Foundation
    National Science Foundation, 2005-2007

    Description: Begin establishing a Network linking the science museum/science center community and the civil engineering community to enhance the way the public learns about civil engineering. The project will conduct a survey of current practice among science museums/science centers to compile a preliminary catalog. The Project will then hold a workshop to present plans and obtain critical input from the science center community to finalize the Network design and recruit charter members.

  • An Educational Strategic Plan For NEES
    National Science Foundation
    National Science Foundation, 2003-2006

    Description: The award provides funding to the NEES Consortium, Inc., to develop a strategic plan for education, outreach, training, and assessment activities for the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). NEES is an NSF-funded Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) project under construction during FY 2000 - FY 2004.

  • Collaborative Research: A Demonstration of NEES
    National Science Foundation
    National Science Foundation, 2003-2006

    Description: Collaborative Research: A Demonstration of the NEES System for Studying Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction. This collaborative project involves eighteen researchers from ten universities. As such, it provides an ideal opportunity for demonstrating and challenging the new NEES model for conducting research and also addresses one of the most critical needs in earthquake engineering today: improved knowledge of soil-foundation-structure interaction (SFSI).

  • Partnership for Students Success in Science (PS3)
    National Science Foundation
    National Science Foundation, 2003-2008

    Description: The Partnership consisting of nine Silicon Valley school districts and SJSU's Colleges of Engineering and Education is taking a regional approach to improving science education by building institutional capacity, instructional quality, and student achievement in a major urban region. Sustainable institutional changes are created to support high quality science education. Science teaching and learning, grades K-8, is improved through a continuum of university preservice preparation, new teacher induction, on-going inservice and leadership development for over 1300 preservice students and inservice teachers. Establishing a career spanning professional development model, which includes rich content and methodology workshops, provided by regional leaders for professional development, retains a pool of well-prepared K-8 science teachers. Elementary and middle school students experience exemplary inquiry and laboratory-based lessons linked appropriately to math, literacy, and technology resulting in higher achievement. Engineering faculty devote time as consultants in middle schools. While they contribute scholarship and content background they also learn by viewing the variety of teaching strategies that serve diverse student needs. Undergraduate engineering education is improved through close collaboration between engineers and teachers. Preservice instruction at SJSU is improved with the development of a new MA degree in Elementary Education with a focus on science, which should be readily transportable.