SEESL/UB-NEES Education, Outreach and Training
Visit to Hamburg Middle School in Hamburg, NY
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
Two UB Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) undergraduate students, Dave Keller and Charles Ekiert, visited Hamburg Middle School in Hamburg, NY to discuss earthquake engineering, after a brief overview of civil engineering, to over 250 sixth graders. The visit was coordinated by 6th grade science teacher Sherry Pfohl, who approached Dave with the idea at a CSEE open house this past semester. In addition to showing a presentation with several entertaining movie clips, Dave and Charles displayed the model building they had used to compete with in MCEER’s Seismic Design Competition held this past January. The students were very attentive and enthusiastic during the visit as they asked many questions pertaining to the field of engineering as well as to the design of the towering model being displayed.
Dave and Charles comprised the UB Undergraduate Seismic Design Team, placing first in the MCEER competition and third overall in the Tri-Center Competition