Seismic Specialist is Visiting Professor at UH Manoa College of EngineeringUniversity of Hawaiʻi
Daniel P. Abrams, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is this year‘s Bob Y.K. Wong Distinguished Visiting Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa College of Engineering.
The Bob Y.K. Wong Distinguished Visiting Professor, sponsored by the Geolabs Engineering Endowment, was established in Spring 2001. The late Bob Y.K. Wong, former chairman of Geolabs, Inc., established the endowment for the advancement and promotion of civil engineering.
During his visit to UH Mānoa, Abrams will conduct several seminars and workshops for faculty, students, and practicing engineers, focusing mainly on structural engineering. Abrams, who is also involved with the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), will help the UH Mānoa Civil and Environmental Engineering Department establish a node on the NEESgrid and collaborate with faculty in writing proposals to use the research sites in the network.
The goal of NEES is to accelerate progress in earthquake engineering research and to improve the seismic design and performance of civil and mechanical infrastructure systems through the integration of people, ideas, and tools in a collaborative environment.
Abrams has been on the faculty of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois since 1985. He is also Director of the Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center, which focuses on the infrequent but high consequence seismic events that are typical in the eastern and central United States.