Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Faculty Mentor:  Ricardo Taborda

Faculty Mentor's Department: Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Telephone Number/Email: (901) 678-1527;

Project Description: In this study we investigate the extent to which the presence of buildings can modify ground motions during earthquakes. We use of three-dimensional wave propagation simulations, with and without the presence of building models, and analyze the potential correlations that exist between seismic waves and the collective characteristics of building clusters. We are interested in identifying parameters that could serve as proxies to characterize urban environments and measure the changes on the ground motion in terms of spatial distribution, amplitude, duration, and frequency content. The overall objective of this ongoing study is to arrive at conclusions relevant to urban planning and seismic hazard analysis. We are also interested in identifying some of the observations from our models in strong motion data from monitoring stations located within dense urban areas.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science students with knowledge of Matlab (Matlab scripting/programming language). Junior or Senior students with potential interest in graduate programs are preferred. 

Application or Interview Process: Interview, and reference from UofM faculty if possible.

Hours per week/Start Date:  Immediately/ Pending Federal Word Study funding and the student's availability

Method of Compensation: Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to by Friday, January 26, 2018.  Other interested students should submit materials directly to the faculty mentor.