The Science and Technology Policy Institute, a department of the Institute for Defense Analyses, has invited Gordon Denby, GeoEngineers’ President and a Principal Geotechnical Engineer, to serve on a panel of experts to plan for the future of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).
NEES was originally founded in 2004 to provide earthquake engineering research infrastructure for multiple participants across the country. The current centers include experimental facilities and supporting computing networks at 14 universities around the United States. NEES is currently funded by the National Science Foundation; the funding is set to expire in 2014.
As a member of the panel, Gordon will contribute to a NSF study that will identify post-2014 needs and priorities for earthquake engineering. In accepting the appointment, Gordon commented, “I believe I will be able to make a worthwhile contribution on the committee, as my current area of practice involves dam safety, which is evolving to a risk-based approach for seismic design.
Gordon traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 27th to attend the first of the three meetings scheduled for 2011.