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Purdue University to Operate the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation

The University at Buffalo shake table, a NEES facility, tested a home's wood-frame construction.

The University at Buffalo shake table, a NEES facility, tested a home's wood-frame construction.

September 23, 2009

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Purdue University to lead, manage, operate, and maintain NSF's national, multi-user network for earthquake and tsunami research during fiscal years 2010-2014.  Earthquakes and tsunamis have the potential to cause significant casualties and damage to buildings, bridges, critical utility lifelines, and other civil infrastructure. 

NSF's George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) began operations in 2004 to enable research and innovation in earthquake and tsunami loss reduction, create an educated workforce in hazard mitigation, and conduct broader outreach and lifelong learning activities.  In addition to the new headquarters at Purdue, NEES includes 14 experimental facilities, NEEShub cyberinfrastructure, and the NEES Academy for science and engineering education and outreach. 

Information about NEES is available at  This award is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP),

Media Contacts
Cecile J. Gonzalez, NSF Engineering, (703) 292-8538,
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF OLPA, (703) 292-7730,
Elizabeth Gardner, Purdue University, (765) 494-2081,

Program Contact
Joy Pauschke, NSF, (703) 292-7024,

Principal Investigator
Julio Ramirez, Purdue University, (765) 494-2716,

Related Websites
2009 NEESWood Capstone Test:
NSF Special Report on NEES:

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