For almost 30 years, UB has been a leader in earthquake
Recently, Emeritus professors George Lee, Tsu T. Soong and
Andrei Reinhorn came back to campus, where they met with the most
recent Nathan M. Newmark medalist, Michael Constantinou, in the
Structural and Earthquake Engineering Simulation Laboratory.
The four have all been recognized by the American Society of
Civil Engineers (ASCE) with the prestigious medal for their
significant contributions to structural engineering and mechanics.
UB is the only institution in the country where four medalists have
been named within 15 years: Lee (2000), Soong (2002), Reinhorn
(2011) and Constantinou (2015).
All four are affiliated with the Department of Civil, Structural
and Environmental Engineering. Lee and Soong were instrumental in
securing National Science Foundation funding for the first National
Center for Earthquake Engineering Research in 1986, and all four
have conducted ground-breaking research in the field of earthquake