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NEHRP Office

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NIST is designated by Congress as the Lead Agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This Office supports the NEHRP Secretariat Office, which coordinates the NEHRP research and implementation activities for the four NEHRP agencies – the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the US Geological Survey (USGS). 

The four NEHRP agencies work in close coordination to improve the Nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects. The missions of the four agencies are complementary, and the agencies work together to improve our understanding, characterization, and assessment of hazards and vulnerabilities; improve model building codes and land use practices; reduce risks through post-earthquake investigations and education; improve design and construction techniques; improve the capacity of government at all levels and the private sector to reduce and manage earthquake risk; and accelerate the application of research results. All four agencies are responsible for coordinating program activities with similar activities in other countries.

For more information on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, go to http://www.nehrp.gov/.

Programs/Projects

Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings and Infrastructure Program—The objective of the Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings and Infrastructure Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science related to earthquake engineering, including …

National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Coordination Project—NIST is designated by Congress as the Lead Agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This NIST project supports coordination of  the NEHRP research and implementation …

Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) for New Buildings Project—Structural collapse demand and capacity are not clearly defined or directly simulated in current Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) methodology, resulting in a critical gap in structural …

Lateral Force-Resisting Structural Elements and Systems Project—This project supports the refinement by 2015 of key seismic provisions in U.S. model building codes and standards that are used for modeling and designing lateral force-resisting elements. There …

Seismic Analysis and Design Procedures in Existing Standards Project—This project provides proposed refinement of key prescriptive seismic provisions in U.S. model building codes and standards concerning: approximate structural period relationships; lateral force …

TechBrief Guidance for Evaluated Technologies Project—To develop a TechBrief (a topical, tightly written, and well-illustrated discussion of a practical problem faced by engineering design and construction practitioners) on each of two …

Assessment of Design Methods in Existing PBSD Standards Project—The project involves critical problem-focused studies in Performance Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) concerning the applicability and accuracy of adopting first-generation PBSE analysis methods …

Seismic Response of Reinforced Concrete Walls Project—This project includes two critical problem-focused tasks in Performance Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE): (1) the evaluation of reinforced concrete wall models used in high-fidelity nonlinear …

Highlights

Student Job Announcement

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Engineering Laboratory (EL) seeks a graduate student interested in earthquake engineering for a student appointment in support of its role in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The student will conduct research supervised by a research structural engineer within the NEHRP group at NIST.  The student must hold an undergraduate degree in Civil, Architectural or Structural Engineering, which included courses in steel and concrete design and must have completed a graduate course in structural dynamics. Topics to be studied may include: (1) refinement of approximate structural period relationship for use in determining design-level lateral earthquake forces, (2) critical investigation of the rules for distributing design-level lateral forces that consider vertical irregularities in the structural lateral system, and (3) analysis of collapse for performance-based seismic engineering.

Applications should be submitted through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV. Further details for this job can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/362994400. Unless otherwise posted, the job posting closes at 11:59PM Eastern Time March 21, 2014. 

This is a paid position with competitive compensation based on the student’s qualifications. The student will work at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD for approximately 10-12 weeks. This position is for the summer of 2014. Additional information about the NEHRP group at NIST can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/el/nehrp.

Contact Dr. Matthew Speicher (speicher@nist.gov) if you have questions about the projects that are the subject of the student appointment.

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Contact

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John R. Hayes, Jr., Director
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)
john.hayes@nist.gov