CUREE University Representative:
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) at the University of Kansas offers nine graduate degree and two undergraduate degree programs that give students a wide range of opportunities to meet their educational goals. The undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering degrees are both ABET accredited and offer multiple areas of emphasis pertinent to students interested in earthquake engineering, including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction management, and mechanical and energy systems. The graduate program features advanced courses on the behavior of reinforced concrete structures, steel structures, composite systems, geotechnical engineering, structural dynamics, and seismic design.
West Campus Structural Testing Laboratory
Members of the CEAE department are active in earthquake engineering research. Research areas include the use of new materials and design methodologies for improving the resilience of structural systems, performance-based engineering, computer simulation of structural systems subjected to earthquake loading, distributed wireless sensing networks, geotechnical engineering, and the repair and rehabilitation of existing structures.
Research and teaching facilities at KU are undergoing a major expansion and renovation through a $104 million effort undertaken by the School of Engineering (SOE). This expansion includes a $24 million Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center (M2SEC), which opened in 2012, and the $15 million West Campus Structural Testing Laboratory shown in the photo, which opened in August, 2014. This expansion is ongoing, with a new $65 million “LEEP 2” engineering building that just opened in 2015. The LEEP 2 space, which has doubled the size of the engineering complex, houses new classrooms and teaching laboratories.
Structural Testing Room of Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory
The new 10,000 sq. ft West Campus Structural Testing Laboratory has a 40 ft L-shaped strong wall located at the end of approximately 6,800 sq. ft of strong floor space. The laboratory is equipped with several actuators, including a pair of 220-kip actuators for large-scale testing of components and systems. A Fracture and Fatigue Laboratory, housed in the new M2SEC building, has a structural testing room intended for component and reduced-scale model testing. It features 360 sq. ft of reaction floor space with orthogonal reaction walls on two sides of the test floor and a reaction ceiling with a clear height of 12 ft. These new laboratories complement existing structural and materials testing facilities at KU, which include a recently renovated Concrete Materials Laboratory and the 4,000 sq. ft high-bay Structural Testing Laboratory at Learned Hall.
For more information on the opportunities available at the University of Kansas, please go to:
University of Kansas
Dept. of Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering
2150 Learned Hall
1530 W 15th St.
Lawrence, KS 66045
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