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Prof. Zu-Yan SHEN

Tongji University, Academician of Engineering of China

Topic: Major Development of Research and Practices on Seismic Design of Steel Building Structures in China


Prof. Zuyan Shen, Professor of Tongji University (TJU) in Structural Engineering, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineering (IStructE) and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He graduated from TJU in 1955 for B.S. and in 1966 for his postgraduate study. He was a visiting scholar of Fritz Lab, Lehigh University, USA, from 1980 to 1982, Vice President of TJU from 1984 to 1994, Dean of Graduate School of TJU from 1990 to 1997, and Director of the State key Laboratory of Disaster Reduction in Civil Engineering from 1988 to 1996. His main research interests focus on design theory of steel building structures, seismic design of building structures, ect., and he is the chief editor or main contributors of 17 Chinese specifications related to steel structures.


Prof. Amr Elnashai

Harold and Inge Marcus Dean, College of Engineering, Penn State

Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Topic: Hybrid Analytical-Experimental Simulation and Applications to Steel Frames with Semi-rigid Connections


Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering Amr Elnashai is the Dean of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Harold and Inge Marcus Chair of Engineering. As dean, Amr is responsible for all aspects of operation of the College of Engineering, with about 10,000 students, 300 professors, 600 staff, $300M total budget, $150M research expenditure, over $200M endowment, 11 departments, and 20 research centers. He was previously head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and the Bill and Elaine Hall endowed professor. He was Director of the NSF multi-institution interdisciplinary Mid-America Earthquake Center (2004-2009). He was also Director of the NSF Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations (NEES) Laboratory at Illinois (2002-2009). Amr obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Cairo University, followed by MSc and PhD degrees from Imperial College, University of London. Before joining the University of Illinois in June 2001, Amr was Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Head of Division at Imperial College (1985-2001). He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, UK, since 1997. Other visiting professor appointments include the University of Tokyo, the University of Southern California, and the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk, Italy.


Prof. Masayoshi Nakashima

Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University

Topic: Integrated Efforts Needed for Resilient Society


Masayoshi Nakashima is Professor at Kyoto University, Japan. Nakashima's fields of research include inelastic, stability, and collapse behavior of steel members and frames, seismic analysis and design of steel building structures, and experimental techniques for the simulation of earthquake responses. He pioneered the realization of two very important experimental techniques in earthquake engineering: the hybrid simulation and the shaking table test. Between 2004 and 2011, Nakashima served as Inaugurating Director of E-Defense, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED). E-Defense is a research center that operates the world's largest shaking table.
Extending over a 30-year time span, Nakashima and his students have published some three hundred technical papers, over one hundred and fifty of them in archived journals. Based on the research carried out by him and his students, Nakashima has earned various national awards including the Best Paper Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) among others. He also earned four awards in the United States: the ASCE Moisseiff Award (2000), the Special Achievement Award of AISC (2009), the ASCE Ernest E. Howard Award (2013), and most recently the EERI George W. Housner Medal (2014).
Regarding his contribution to the concerned profession, he served as Vice-President of AIJ, Vice-President of the Japanese Society for Earthquake Engineering, and Director of EERI. Currently, he is Executive Vice President of International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE). He also serves as Editor of International Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (EESD), an official journal of IAEE.


Prof. Raffaele LANDOLFO

University of Naples "Federico II"

Topic: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Standards: The Activities of the Eccs-Tc13 Seismic Committee


Raffaele LANDOLFO, PhD, Engineer, is Full Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Naples "Federico II" since 2003. He is currently the Head of the Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture at the University of Naples. He gives first and second level master classes in the field of steel structures and seismic design and is the Italian coordinator of the European Erasmus Mundus Master "Sustainable Constructions under Natural Hazards and Catastrophic Events ". His research activity involves the participation in several national and international research projects. Among those he is Coordinator of the RFCS project 'EQUALJOINTS' and served as Chairman the Working Group 3 within the European project COST Action C25 "Sustainability of Constructions: Integrated approach to Life-time Structural Engineering". He published a book and more than 300 scientific papers, mainly on national and international journals, on topics related to metal structures and seismic design. He is President of the Italian mirror sub-committee UNI-SC3 'Steel structures' since April 2014 and participates in the Italian Ministerial Committee for the update of the national structural design code within the 'steel and composite structures' working group. He is structural designer of several steel structures including the space structure of Malpensa airport in Milan (in cooperation) and the steel structures of the extension of the Architectural Faculty in Pescara. He served as Chair the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) in 2013-2014 together with the Technical Committee n.13 - Seismic Design (since 2008).


Dr. Gregory A. MacRae

Associate Professor School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Topic: Future Directions for Steel Structure Seismic Research – a NZ Perspective


Gregory MacRae's research relates to the seismic performance of steel structures. Recent emphasis is on low-damage construction, assessment and repair, and decision-support tools. MacRae has taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on structural materials, design, dynamics, earthquake engineering, probability, and loss. After obtaining degrees from the University of Canterbury he worked at the Public Works Research Institute in Tsukuba Japan, University of California San Diego, and University of Washington Seattle before returning to Canterbury in 2005. He has also spent time recently at Stanford University, National Taiwan University, and IIT Gandhinagar. MacRae chaired the American Society of Civil Engineers Seismic Effects Committee, he established the Earthquake Clearinghouse after the Canterbury Earthquake, and is senior advisor to the World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI). He is active in many technical organizations and serves on the management committee of the NZ Structural Engineering Society as well as on NZ seismic design and steel structures standard committees. He is the chair of the structural engineering cluster at the University of Canterbury and is the NZ representative to the International Association of Earthquake Engineering.


Mr. Da-Sui WANG

Engineer-in-Chief, East China Architecture Design Institue.

Topic: Structural Design of a Super-Tall Building Consisting of Three Towers Connected in Seismic Zone


Wang Dasui has engaged in structure design field for 50 years, and is still working on the front line. He was born in Leping city, Jiangxi province in 1941 and graduate from Tongji University in 1964. He is the National Exploration and Design Master and the senior chief engineer of East China Architectural Design & Research Institute. He is also the associate director of High-rise Building Committee of Architectural Society of China, the fellow of Super High-rise Building Expert Committee of Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development, adjunct professor and Ph.D supervisor of Tongji University, visiting professor of China Academy of Building Research. He was named Shanghai construction hero in 1997 and national model worker in 2005.
Wang Dasui has presided and guided the structure design work of a large number of buildings. The representative works are the People’s Mansion in Comoros(1982), Shanghai Huating hotel & towers(1985), Shanghai Guangming building (1988), Ningbo International Building(1990), Shanghai Oriental pearl radio and television tower(1994), Shanghai Union plaza (1996), Shanghai Pudong International airport (First phase)(1999), Shanghai World Financial Center(2004), Dalian Commodity Mansion(2005), Shanghai Pudong International airport (the second phase)(2006), The new CCTV building(2006), Tianjin Jin tower(2007), Gldin Finance 117 in Tianjin(2010), Wuhan Center(2010), Shanghai Expo Axis & Expo boulevard(2010), Nanjing Golden Eagle Tiandi plaza(2011), Suzhou Zhongnan Center(2012), et al. Recently years, his work is mainly concentrated on the design of super high-rise buildings. Further research on the high-rise structures performance under wind loads and earthquakes has made, and the research results have been widely used in the practical project. An outstanding example is the 330m-high Tianjin Jin tower. A special plate steel wall considering the strength of the steel plate after bucking was used in the building, which makes it the highest steel plate shear wall structure in the world. Furthermore, the new CCTV building was awarded the world's best high-rise building by CTBUH in 2013.
He has also participated in the compilation work of national and local codes and specifications, such as: Code for design of steel structure, Technical specification for concrete structures of tall building, Code for design of composite structure, Code for seismic design of buildings(Shanghai), Tube structure design code for reinforced concrete tall buildings(Shanghai), Code for design of steel-concrete hybrid structures for high-rise buildings, et al.

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