2014 - International Conference on Multi-hazard Approaches to Civil Infrastructure Engineering (ICMAE), Chicago, IL

The overarching goal of the International Conference on Multi-hazard Approaches to Civil Infrastructure Engineering (ICMAE) to be held in Chicago, Illinois June 26-27, 2014, is to promote the mitigation of the impact of natural and human-made hazards on society. The conference has a strong interdisciplinary character focusing on issues related to reliability analysis, risk determination, risk evaluation and risk management for natural and human-made hazards, and disaster response and recovery.

Specific themes discussed during the conference include:

  • methodologies for vulnerability assessment of structures, including both the general, overall methodologies, and the detailed procedures to estimate the system demands and the structural and component capacities;
  • new techniques to reduce the system demands through control systems;
  • instrumentation, monitoring and condition assessment of structures and foundations, to determine the need to strengthen them, a key step in assessing the vulnerability of existing structures;
  • new techniques for repairing structures that have suffered damage during past events or structures that have been found in need of strengthening, using conventional and new materials (fiber reinforced composites for instance);
  • development of new design provisions that consider multiple hazards;
  • and interdisciplinary participation of social scientists and scholars in law and the humanities with cultural, political, economic, ethical and legal expertise relevant to the management of natural and human-made hazards.

The conference features a number of presentation from scholars and practitioners from diverse national and professional background.

2014 WindPower, Las Vegas, Nevada

The 2014 WINDPOWER conference and exhibition is the yearly premier wind industry event in the US and globally. This year's event was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 5-8, 2014. I participated with a poster presentation titled "Bearing Capacity of WTG Foundations - Reliability-based Assessment Using Random Finite Elements."

2009 Structures Congress, Austin, TX

The 2009 Structures Congress in Austin was a blast - personally and professionally. I made a presentation on design of wind turbine foundations as part of a session sponsored by the ASCE Wind Energy Structures committee. I also got a chance to visit with RES offices in Austin and meet with friends and family in the Austin area.

2007 WINDPOWER, Los Angeles, CA

WindPower 2007 held in Los Angeles, California, has been an exceptional event. With attendance nearing 7000, this is the largest event focused exclusively on wind energy. Besides the various presentation tracks, the exihibition provided an opportunity to learn about innovative products and services associated with wind energy.  For many, the occasion was used to meet face-to-face with project team members and to discuss on-going and planned work.