Seismic Design Competition

EERI's Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is a longstanding tradition at EERI's Annual Meetings and National Conferences. The competition provides civil engineering undergraduate students with an opportunity to work on a hands-on earthquake engineering project to design and construct a cost-effective frame building to resist seismic loading.

In 2022, over 40 teams from EERI Student Chapters at universities across the United States and around the world will be competing in the SDC. Each team has designed a complex tall building model made from balsa wood that will be tested on a shaking table. Student teams are judged on their oral design presentation, their summary poster, the model’s architectural design, their ability to fit within the design criteria and constraints, their analytical prediction of their model performance, and the response of their model during shaking table testing. All 12NCEE conference attendees will be able to observe the competition. Testing is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 29.

The competition is hosted and organized by graduate students in EERI's Student Leadership Council. More information about the completion can be found at the SLC website here.

Teams competing in the 2022 SDC include:

  • Ain Shams University
  • Brigham Young University
  • California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Cornell University
  • Istanbul Technical University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • McMaster University
  • New York University, Tandon
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
  • Portland State University
  • Purdue University
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest
  • Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE
  • Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Universitas Indonesia
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria

Special Thanks to the 2022 SDC Sponsors!





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