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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.

11/15/2015:  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.