European Science Café: Lecture #3

It’s European Science Café time again people so get this date in your diary round about…NOW!

Title: Earthquake Reconnaissance – Turning Disaster Into Knowledge, a lecture by Professor David Frost of the Georgia Institute of Technology

600_346745002When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Auditorium
Time: 5:30pm with the lecture starting at 6pm
Admission: Complimentary


What’s happening:
The Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta and the Atlanta European Science Café are pleased to present the next Science Café Lecture, “Earthquake Reconnaissance – Turning Disaster Into Knowledge” by Professor David Frost of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

An earthquake is the ultimate experiment for scientists and engineers who study them. Conducting field reconnaissance in the immediate aftermath of such catastrophic events allows for “perishable information” to be observed and collected. This information, when subsequently analyzed, can provide unique insights into both how the forces of nature as well as the man-made infrastructure systems impacted by these forces, interact during and after the earthquake. By studying the consequences of earthquake, techniques to retrofit existing infrastructure as well as materials and methods to build more resilient infrastructure in the future can be identified. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to learn from past earthquakes and to save lives in future catastrophic events.

This talk will provide examples of the type of damage that can occur during an earthquake, an overview of some of the technologies now used in conducting post-earthquake reconnaissance, and illustrations of how insights gained from reconnaissance activities have influenced changes in design and construction.

A little bit about the speaker:
J. David Frost headshot - 125px
David Frost is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his BAI (Civil Engineering) and BA (Mathematics) from Trinity College, Dublin. He then worked for several years in Canada on a range of natural resource projects before receiving MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Canada and the US and a Fellow of ASCE.

David’s research focuses on the development of digital data collection systems for studying subsurface problems related to earthquakes at multiple scales and he has received two US patents for multi-sensor subsurface characterization systems. He has served on or led NSF supported post-disaster study teams following earthquakes in US, Turkey, India, China, Chile and Japan as well as at the World Trade Center complex following the 9/11 attacks.

David has received a number of awards for his research work including an NSF National Young Investigator Award, the ASCE Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the ASTM Hogentogler Award.



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