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Engaging Community College Students in Earthquake Engineering Research with Smart Wearable Devices

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2017 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting

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Tempe, Arizona

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April 20, 2017

Start Date

April 20, 2017

End Date

April 22, 2017

Conference Session

Technical Session 5a

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Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section

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14

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https://peer.asee.org/29215

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38

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Alexander Sebastian Furlanic San Francisco State University

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Alex Furlanic is currently a junior at San Francisco State University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His research interest include modeling and design, controls and instrumentation, robotics, and mechatronics. He hopes to pursue a career in robotic design.

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Philip A. Thomas California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7428-9175

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Philip is an undergraduate student pursuing his BS in Civil Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He transferred from community college to Cal Poly in Fall 2016 and is considering continuing to complete a MS degree at Cal Poly in Civil and Environmental Engineering with specialization in Water Resources.

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Panfilo Jesus Armas SFSU

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Panfilo Armas is a student in his junior year at San Francisco State University, pursuing a Bachelors in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering. He has interest in working with structural design and construction management of Civil Engineering after he is done with school. He currently continues to do research at the University working with smartwatch sensors for post analyzing seismic activity in which he hopes to help set in a new way of collecting seismic data.

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Rene Parra Medina San Jose State University

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Rene Parra Medina is currently a Junior at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, majoring in Civil Engineering. His research interests include Transportation Engineering and Structural Engineering practices, and hopes to one day open his own Civil Engineering firm where he can focus on the construction of freeways and roads.

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Jackie Lok

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Amelito G Enriquez Canada College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1259-0680

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA. He received a BS in Geodetic Engineering from the University of the Philippines, his MS in Geodetic Science from the Ohio State University, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Wenshen Pong P.E. San Francisco State University

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Wenshen Pong received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University in 1998. He teaches courses in Civil/Structural Engineering.

Dr. Pong is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of California. He has published over fifty technical papers in the areas of Structural Control and Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Pong has been the Director of the School of Engineering at SFSU with 20 full-time faculty and over 25 part-time faculty since 2009.

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Cheng Chen San Francisco State University

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Dr. Cheng Chen is currently associate professor of civil engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include earthquake engineering, structural reliability fire structural engineering and engineering education.

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Kwok Siong Teh San Francisco State University

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Kwok Siong Teh received his B.S., M.S., Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and University of California at Berkeley in 1997, 2001, and 2004, respectively. He is currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering, as well as the Associate Director of the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. His primary research interests are in the direct synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanocomposites and nanostructures for energy generation and storage.

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Xiaorong Zhang San Francisco State University

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Xiaorong Zhang received the B.S. degree in computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2006, the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from University of Rhode Island, Kingston, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include embedded systems, wearable technologies, neural-machine interface, and cyber-physical systems.

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Hamid Mahmoodi San Francisco State University

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Hamid Mahmoodi received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2005. He is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include low-power, reliable, and high-performance circuit design in nano-electronic technologies. He has published more than one hundred technical papers in journals and conferences and holds five U.S. patents. He was a co-recipient of the 2008 SRC Inventor Recognition Award, the 2006 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society VLSI Transactions Best Paper Award, 2005 SRC Technical Excellence Award, and the Best Paper Award of the 2004 International Conference on Computer Design. He has served on technical program committees of Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, International Symposium on Low Power Electronics Design, and International Symposium on Quality Electronics Design.

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Zhaoshuo Jiang P.E. San Francisco State University

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Prof. Jiang graduated from the University of Connecticut in with a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining San Francisco State University as an assistant professor, he worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) LLP. As a licensed professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and California, Dr. Jiang has been involved in the design of a variety of low-rise and high-rise projects. His current research interests mainly focus on Smart Structures Technology, Structural Control and Health Monitoring and Innovative Engineering Education.

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Abstract

Human beings live on the surface of earth. The motionless earth surface, in truth, is made up of enormous pieces of rock plates that are slowly but constantly moving. Those pieces continually collide with and rub against one another, and, at some point in time, their edges abruptly crack or slip to release the unbearable stored energy, creating earthquakes. History frequently reminds us how destructive earthquake can be. It is essential to better prepare before the next big one arrives. With the advancement of wearable technologies and internet-of-things (IoT), more and more powerful sensors are embedded into wearable devices, which provides the opportunities to use these emerging technologies to capture the earthquake ground motions for better designs of future structures and also for use in post-earthquake rescue. The California Community College System, with its enrollment of approximately 2.5 million students, is in a prime position to grow the future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Through a U.S. Department of Education funded Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program: Accelerated STEM Pathways through Internships, Research, Engagement, and Support (ASPIRES) cooperative program between Cañada College, a Hispanic-Serving community college and San Francisco State University (SFSU), a public comprehensive university, a 10-week summer program is set up to provide opportunity for community college students to experience the excitement of the state-of-the-art research. As one of the Civil Engineering projects in this summer program, the community college students are working closely with graduate students at SFSU to evaluate the reliability and accuracy of the wearable device sensors comparing to traditional high-fidelity sensors, and to resolve the time synchronization challenge, a fundamental question on using the smart wearable device as seismic sensors. Systematic seminars and trainings are prepared as supplemental tools to help participating students get ready for upcoming challenges and provide them a meaningful research experience. The feedback from students shows that the ASPIRES program offers an effective way to engage students from community college in engineering research.

Furlanic, A. S., & Thomas, P. A., & Armas, P. J., & Parra Medina, R., & Lok, J., & Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Chen, C., & Teh, K. S., & Zhang, X., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, Z. (2017, April), Engaging Community College Students in Earthquake Engineering Research with Smart Wearable Devices Paper presented at 2017 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, Tempe, Arizona. https://peer.asee.org/29215

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