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University of Nevada, Reno

CUREE University Representative:

Professor Keri Ryan
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mail Stop 258
1664 N. Virginia Street
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Tel.: 775.784.6928
Fax: 775.784-1390

CUREE Members:

• Ian Buckle
• Sherif Elfass
• Ahmad M. Itani
• Patrick Laplace
• E. Manos Maragakis
• Ramin Motamed
• Gary Norris
• Gokhan Pekcan
• Keri Ryan
• M. Saiid Saiidi
• David H. Sanders
• Raj V. Siddharthan


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering strives to prepare graduates through outstanding teaching and world class research. The Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering that are ABET accredited, and offers MS and PhD Graduate Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the home of the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research (CCEER) that comprises three research laboratories: Large-Scale Structures Laboratory (LSSL), Earthquake Engineering Laboratory (EEL) and Large-Scale Geotechnical Laboratory (LSGL). Almost 20 academic, research, and administrative faculty, research scientists, and technicians are affiliated with CCEER, and about 30 doctoral and masters students are engaged in research projects under the Center’s umbrella. In its 30-year history, the Center has become well known for its work in advancing seismic safety, particularly in the area of highway bridges. The Center also addresses issues in non-structural components, building systems, soil structure interaction, and equipment qualification.

The Large-Scale Structures Laboratory (LSSL) has 7,500 sq. ft. high-bay strong-floor laboratory, and the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory (EEL) has a 9,600 sq. ft. high-bay strong floor laboratory plus a strong wall, office space, and a 140-seat auditorium. The laboratories include multiple high-capacity high-stroke actuators, high speed data acquisition and instrumentation. The EEL is the home of the NEES shake table array that includes four 50-ton high performance shake tables with the capability of simulating large earthquakes. Each shake table may be located anywhere on the laboratory floor, which is a feature unique to the University of Nevada, Reno, site. Three of the tables are bidirectional, and one has six degrees-of-freedom. The laboratory is one of 14 equipment sites in the NSF-funded George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), established in 2004. The laboratory’s actuators are capable of applying dynamic and quasi-static loads to full-scale components or large-scale systems.

The LSGL has operated within the LSSL, but now has 400 sq. ft. of dedicated laboratory space for performing geotechnical related experiments. The facility includes two soil containers: large soil tank and shear (laminar) box. The LSGL is equipped with a structural frame, data acquisition, and a hydraulic pump which provides the flexibility of setting up experiments with different configurations.

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Contact: Meg Fitzgerald
Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention and Advising
College of Engineering
Tel.: 775.682.7755 •

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Contact: David H. Sanders, PhD
Graduate Director, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tel.: 775.784.4288 •

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last updated 11.02.15