Mid-America Earthquake Center


The Mid-America Earthquake Center is one of three national earthquake engineering research centers established by the National Science Foundation and its partner institutions.

The MAE Center, headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, consists of a consortium of nine core institutions, and is funded by NSF and each core university as well as through joint collaborative projects with industry and other affiliations.

Core research is separated into four thrust areas. The four thrust areas are (a) Consequence-based Risk Management Framework (b) Engineering Engines, (c) Social and Economic Sciences, and (d) Information Technology. A thrust leader for each of these four programs is responsible for the planning and execution of research and implementation projects.

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  • Lin, Sheng-Lin (MAE Center, 2011-05-01)
    This report presents a methodology for the refined, reliable, integrated and versatile assessment of the impact of earthquakes on civil infrastructure systems by using free-field and structural instrumentation as well as ...


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  • Gencturk, Bora; Elnashai, Amr S. (MAE Center, 2011-07-01)
    Although seismic safety remains a major concern of society--and unfortunately this observation has been underpinned by recent earthquakes--economy and sustainability in seismic design are growing issues that the engineering ...


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  • Elnashai, Amr S.; Gencturk, B.; Kwon, O.S.; Al-Qadi, Imad L.; Hashash, Y.; Roesler, Jeffery R.; Kim, S.J.; Jeong, Seong-Hoon; Dukes, J.; Valdivia, A. (2010-12-31)
    On February 27, 2010 at 03:34 am local time, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.8 struck central Chile. The epicenter of the earthquake was approximately 8 km off the central region of the Chilean coast. With an ...


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  • Chang, Liang (2010-07)
    Transportation networks constitute one class of major civil infrastructure systems that is a critical backbone of modern society. Physical damage and functional loss to transportation infrastructure systems not only hinder ...


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  • Kim, Jun Hee; Ghaboussi, J.; Elnashai, Amr S. (2010-04-30)
    The analysis of steel and composite frames has traditionally been carried out by idealizing beam-to-column connections as either rigid or pinned. Although some advanced analysis methods have been proposed to account for ...


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