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2016

11/02/2016:  Jim Kaklamanos and former student Tom Cross co-authored a book chapter entitled “Incorporating Natural Disasters into the Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum: A Case Study Using Hurricane Katrina and the Oso Landslide”, published in Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide: Learning from Case Studies in Six Continents.

10/26/2016:
  Jim attended the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America (ES-SSA) in Reston, Virginia, and gave a research presentation on site response in strong-impedance contrast environments.

07/25/2016:
  Congratulations to Friederike Wulff for successfully defending her M.S. thesis in the Department of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island.  Jim served as the external member of Friederike’s thesis committee.

06/29/2016:
  Jim co-authored a paper on the usage of pre- and post-course knowledge surveys in undergraduate geotechnical engineering courses; this work was presented by lead author Simon Ghanat at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2016 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

06/10/2016:
  Jim attended the 2016 ADSC Civil Engineering Faculty Workshop, sponsored by the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC), in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This weeklong “teach the teacher” workshop was attended by geotechnical engineering faculty from across the country, and focused on drilled shafts, micropiles, and earth retention systems.

05/23/2016:
  Jim met with Profs. Jon Stewart and Scott Brandenburg at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and presented an invited talk on his site response research and the challenges associated with accurately predicting surface ground motions.

04/22/2016:
  Jim attended the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in Reno, Nevada, and presented research on the evaluation of physical explanations for observed bias in site response models.

03/04/2016:
  The paper “Soil Amplification with a Strong Impedance Contrast: Boston, Massachusetts” was published in the March 2016 issue of Engineering Geology.  Laurie Baise was the lead author on this article, followed by Jim Kaklamanos, Bradford Berry, and Eric Thompson.

02/17/2016:
  Along with students Kyle Elmy and Leyna Tobey, Jim attended the 2016 ASCE Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress in Phoenix, Arizona.  Jim presented a paper on the development of the geotech R software package and its implementation in the civil engineering curriculum.

01/30/2016:
  Jim Kaklamanos and student Kyle Elmy have released version 1.0 of the geotech R software package for geotechnical engineering.  This program contains a wide range of functions relevant to geotechnical engineering education, research, and practice.

01/15/2016:
  Welcome to student researchers Aiswarya Moolacattu and Brad Picard, who will be performing research with Jim on site response using ground motions from Japan’s KiK-net database.  Their research efforts in 2016 will be funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

2015

12/23/2015:  Congratulations to Finn Groenewold for successfully defending his M.S. thesis in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Rhode Island.  Jim served as the external member of Finn’s thesis committee.

11/24/2015:  Jim has received a research grant from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) of the U.S. Geological Survey.  This one-year project is entitled “Assessment of 1D Nonlinear Site Response Uncertainty at a Large Number of Vertical Seismometer Arrays”.

11/04/2015:  Jim’s research on site response model evaluation was presented at the Sixth International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Christchurch, New Zealand.  Co-author Brendon Bradley presented this paper on Jim’s behalf.

10/11/2015:  As part of a special earth science program at the Museum of Science in Boston, Jim gave an invited talk on the 2010-2011 Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquakes, and discussed their relevance for understanding seismic hazards in New England.

08/20/2015:  Jim gave a talk in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury on his ongoing site response research, focusing on the statistical and physical conclusions gained from a large dataset of ground motions.

07/15/2015:  Jim is headed to Christchurch, New Zealand, through the end of August to work as a visiting scholar on research with Prof. Brendon Bradley at the University of Canterbury.

06/26/2015:  Jim received the Award of Excellence at the Professors’ Driven Pile Institute (PDPI) sponsored by the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA).  This weeklong “teach the teacher” workshop was held at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and was attended by geotechnical engineering faculty from across the country.

05/15/2015:  Welcome to student researcher Kyle Elmy, who will be working with Jim this summer and fall on the development of a geotechnical engineering software package in R.

04/29/2015:  Congratulations to the Merrimack College ASCE student chapter on being named Outstanding Academic Student Organization of the Year at Merrimack College at the annual Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Determination Awards.

04/11/2015:  Congratulations to the Merrimack College ASCE student chapter for successfully hosting the 2015 New England ASCE Student Conference and Steel Bridge Competition, and earning third place in the competition (qualifying them for the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition in Kansas City).  Prof. Marc Veletzos oversaw the planning of the conference, and Jim serves as the faculty advisor of the student chapter.

04/03/2015:  Jim attended the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) in Boston, partially supported by an EERI Young Professional Travel Grant.  He presented ongoing research using site response data from the KiK-net database in Japan.

03/12/2015:  Jim was hosted by Prof. Chris Baxter in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, and presented a seminar on his site response research.

03/01/2015:  Jim’s paper “A Simple Approach to Site‐Response Modeling: The Overlay Concept” has been published in the March 2015 issue of Seismological Research Letters.  This work was co-authored with Luis Dorfmann and Laurie Baise.

02/01/2015:  Jim’s paper “Comparison of 1D Linear, Equivalent-Linear, and Nonlinear Site Response Models at Six KiK-net Validation Sites” has been published in the February 2015 issue of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  This work was co-authored with Laurie Baise, Eric Thompson, and Luis Dorfmann.

2014

08/16/2014:  Jim attended the ASCE Practitioner and Faculty Advisor Training Workshop (PFATW) at the ASCE Headquarters in Reston, Virginia.  This concentrated two-day workshop provides faculty advisors with the background to successfully advise their student chapters.

07/16/2014:  Jim has been awarded with the first Special Project Grant from the United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER). These funds will support a student researcher during summer 2015 to work with Jim on the development of a geotechnical engineering software package in R.

06/02/2014:  Welcome to student researchers Tom Cross and TJ Blair, who will be working with Jim this summer on his research on uncertainty in earthquake engineering.

05/31/2014:  Along with several Merrimack colleagues, Jim attended the 2014 Teaching Professor Conference in Boston, to learn more about innovative classroom techniques and proven best practices in pedagogy.

05/09/2014:  Jim attended the 2014 International Conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Sustainable Reconstruction, held at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and gave an invited presentation on the incorporation of natural disasters into the undergraduate civil engineering curriculum.

03/25/2014:  Congratulations to the Merrimack student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on receiving a Letter of Honorable Mention from the ASCE Committee on Student Members based on their 2013 annual report.  Merrimack senior Rebecca Read serves as President, and Prof. Jim Kaklamanos serves as faculty advisor.

02/26/2014:  Jim attended the 2014 ASCE Geo-Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, and presented a research paper on site response modeling using the overlay concept.

01/10/2014:  Jim has begun as a faculty participant in Merrimack’s multi-year Foundations for STEM Success program funded by the National Science Foundation.  He will be developing and leading the peer and faculty Advising, Tutoring, and Mentoring (ATM) initiative, with the goal of promoting recruitment and retention of students in engineering and computer science.

2013

07/26/2013:  Jim attended the ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop, held at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, as a 2013 ExCEEd Teaching Fellow.  The ExCEEd workshop is a week-long intensive practicum that provides engineering educators with opportunities to transform their teaching abilities.

06/20/2013:  Jim attended the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR 2013), held at Columbia University in New York City.  He presented a paper on his site response research and also chaired a session on earthquake engineering.

06/15/2013:  Welcome to student researcher TJ Blair, who will be working with Jim this summer on computer programming related to ground-motion prediction equations.

06/01/2013:  Jim’s paper “Critical Parameters Affecting Bias and Variability in Site‐Response Analyses Using KiK‐net Downhole Array Data” has been published in the June 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.  This work was co-authored with Brendon Bradley, Eric Thompson, and Laurie Baise.

04/26/2013:  Congratulations to Merrimack senior Maggie Jacques on being named the New Face of Civil Engineering among all college students in the United States by ASCE and the National Engineers Week Foundation.

04/19/2013:  Jim attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and presented his research on nonlinear site response.

03/12/2013:  Congratulations to the Merrimack student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on receiving a Letter of Honorable Mention from the ASCE Committee on Student Members based on their 2012 annual report.  Merrimack senior Maggie Jacques serves as President, and Prof. Jim Kaklamanos serves as faculty advisor.

2012

11/03/2012:  Jim has officially received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University.  His dissertation, Quantifying Uncertainty in Earthquake Site Response Models Using the KiK-net Database, was advised by Prof. Laurie Baise.

09/28/2012:  Jim’s research on bias and variability in site response was presented at the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Lisbon, Portugal.  Co-author Eric Thompson presented this paper on behalf of the group.

09/01/2012:  Jim began his appointment as Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Merrimack College.