The Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) provides practicing engineers and students the skills and knowledge to advance the nation's bridge infrastructure enterprise. Active researchers within IBE have tackled some of the nation's most pressing issues facing bridge and infrastructure engineers: fires in tunnels, modeling the the impact of different wind events on bridges, various impacts artificial intelligence has on bridges and structural health monitoring, and other aspects of the discipline.
In addition to the active researcher happening at the Institute, IBE also works closely with the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering to prepare the next generation of bridge engineers with its Advanced Certificate in Bridge Engineering. Designed specifically for practicing engineers who want to boost their educational credentials, the certificate program trains students in new construction methods and components, improving seismic resiliency and how to address problems with aging infrastructure.
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Volume 174, Pages 50-60 (March 2018)
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Volume 23, Issue 5 (May 2018)
Published online: February 16, 2018
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Volume 29, Issue 12 (December 2017)
Published online: October 11, 2017
Established in 1986 as the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER), the Center became the priemere earthquake engineering research center throughout the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. The National Science Foundation-funded center was renamed to the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER).
For decades, MCEER was the most influential earthquake engineering and multidiciplinary center in the U.S. MCEER investigators have been developing design procedures and seismic evaluation and rehabilitation strategies for facilities and systems that society expects to be operational following an earthquake or other disaster. Investigators primarily focus on electric power systems, bridges and highways, sustainable and resilient buildings and innovative protective technologies. Additionally, there are emerging areas in fire and wind engineering and seismic protection of nuclear power plants our researchers are investigating.
The Electronic Packaging Laboratory (EPL) is an interdisciplinary research center aimed at developing the computational and experimental tools needed to develop the next generation of nanoelectronics and nanophotonics devices.
As data have become largely available in the fields of engineering and applied sciences, there is a need for advanced analysis methods, in order to identify ties between problems, phenomena, and potential explanatory factors. With this in mind, the Engineering Statistics and Econometrics Application (E-SEA) research lab was established to support decision making for Engineers and Scientists in problems involving applied statistical and econometric methods and modeling.
The geotechnical testing facilities include automated computer controlled apparatus (GeoComp loadtrac/flowtrac, ELE, Geotest) for consolidation, hydraulic conductivity, residual shear, and stress or strain path controlled monotonic and cyclic triaxail testing; HP network analyzers for material characterization/non-destructive testing; calibration chamber and model test facility for static and dynamic penetration testing, model pile studies, and a laminar box in the UB-SEESL laboratory.
The Great Lakes Program was established in 1985 to support efforts designed to protect and preserve the Great Lakes Ecosystem. This ecologically and economically important ecosystem is home to more than 40 million people in the United States and Canada. The mission of the Great lakes Program is to coordinate the development, evaluation, and synthesis of scientific and technical knowledge on the Great Lakes Ecosystem in support of public education and policy formation.
SS ISTL adapts a trans-disciplinary approach which integrates analytical and engineering problem-solving skills with managerial principles and creative adaptation.
RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute is university-wide and interdisciplinary, focusing on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic ramifications. It helps develop and coordinate innovative research, education and outreach programs.
The University at Buffalo's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) provides research services for MCEER, the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and R&D services for industry.
The Transportation Informatics University Transportation Center (TransInfo) utilizes a wealth of Big Data (real time traffic data, travel data, remote sensing data, etc.) by employing a wide variety of methods, tools and models, including methods from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Statistics, and Database Systems.
The Transportation Systems Engineering (TSE) Laboratory at UB has several computers, multiple large-format computer monitors, and high-speed network connections to UB’s IT network as well as the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) traffic data network. The network connection with NITTEC allows the lab to receive, in real-time, travel-related information collected by NITTEC’s extensive monitoring and surveillance equipment.