April 20, 2017
April 20, 2017
April 22, 2017
Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section
Earthquake has posed a great danger for the human society. Future earthquake disaster prevention and preparation require that young professional civil engineers are trained and recruited into the next generation workforce for the purpose of public safety. With support from the US Department of Education through the Hispanic-Serving Institution Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI STEM) program, four community college engineering students participated in a ten-week summer research internship program at XXXXX in summer 2016. This paper presents a summer intern project that prepares community college students for future earthquake engineering research. Real Time Hybrid Simulation (RTHS) provides a viable alternative to evaluate the structural response under the earthquakes in size limited laboratories. The explicitness of the unconditionally stable CR and KR-α algorithms makes RTHS of large civil engineering structures possible. However, it is impossible to know the exact mass, damping, and stiffness of the experimental and analytical substructures. During the internship, the four community college students utilized MATLAB and Simulink to explore how the variation of the parameters affects the stability and accuracy of RTHS using these two integration algorithms. This research internship program integrates state-of-the-art earthquake engineering research with the development of project management, time management and teamwork skills, thus helping strengthen students’ knowledge in earthquake engineering and preparing them for successful academic and professional careers. The internship program therefore provides valuable mentorship for community college students during their transition to a four-year institution.
Chen, C., & Shahnasser, H., & Pong, W., & Zhang, X., & Jiang, Z., & Teh, K. S., & Mahmoodi, H., & Enriquez, A. G., & Granados, O., & Khan, M. I., & Ramirez, M. A., & Oyama, M., & Carlson, N. (2017, April), Preparing Community College Students for Earthquake Engineering Research through State-of-the-Art Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Paper presented at 2017 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, Tempe, Arizona. https://peer.asee.org/29230
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