March 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Science Cafe | Preparing for the Big One: Protecting Critical Infrastructure, March 21

Science Café presents Dr. Ken Walsh on “Preparing for the Big One:  Protecting Critical Infrastructure” on Wednesday, March 21, at 5 p.m. in the Baker Center Front Room Coffeehouse.

Walsh, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, is part of a research community that is looking at ways to better protect civil infrastructure from the damaging effects of earthquakes.

Dr. Ken Walsh, portrait

Dr. Ken Walsh

“The challenges associated with mitigating the effects of earthquakes on civil engineering structures in the presence of strong earthquakes has forced engineers to think outside the box for innovative, technology-driven solutions,” Walsh said. Walsh and his students use a combination of small-scale experimentation and numerical simulation to explore new technologies for seismic protection.

Walsh will discuss the state-of-the-practice and state-of-the-art in seismic protection systems for reducing the vulnerability of buildings and bridges during earthquakes. He will highlight a few of the innovations that he and his students are working on to provide effective and reliable technologies to better protect structures, their contents, and most importantly, their occupants.

Sciencé Cafe events are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center. They are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Science Café is a venue for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting.

The Science Café is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi, and Roxanne Malé-Brune, Director of Grant Development and Projects in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity.

Science Café and Café Conversations are sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Research and Creativity and the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi.

Fall 2017 Science Café & Café Conversations

Sept. 20, Lisa Crockett, Professor, Biological Sciences | Watch on A&S TV

Café Conversation: Sept. 27: Colin Gabler, Assistant Professor, Marketing | Watch on A&S TV

Oct. 11, Julie Suhr, Professor, Psychology | Watch on A&S YV

Oct. 18, Paul Patton, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Food Studies | Watch on A&S TV

Nov. 11, Zach Meisel, Assistant Professor, Physics | Watch on A&S TV

Nov. 15, Srdjan Nesic, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director, Institute for Corrosion Multiphase Technology | Watch on A&S TV

Dec. 6, Nancy Stevens, Professor, Biomedical Sciences | Watch on A&S TV

Spring 2018

Jan. 24, Viorel Popescu, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences | Watch on A&S TV

Feb. 7, Kim Rios, Associate Professor, Psychology | Watch on A&S TV

Feb. 21 Jana Houser, Assistant Professor, Geography | Watch on A&S TV

March 7, Hans Kruse, Professor and Director, School of Information and Telecommunication Systems | Watch on A&S TV

March 21, Ken Walsh, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering | Watch on A&S TV

April 4, Morgan Vis, Professor and Chair, Environmental & Plant Biology

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