Matthew Eatherton, Ph.D. candidate in Structural Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has won a 2007 Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship from the University of Illinois. The Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship awards a student with an outstanding record who is interested in pursuing a career in academia. Matthew is currently working on the NEESR-SG project entitled "NEESR-SG: Controlled Rocking of Steel-Framed Buildings with Replaceable Energy Dissipating Devices," in which he will be conducting large-scale experiments of a new type of self-centering structural system that has replacable fuses for energy dissipation. Matthew obtained his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1997 and 1999. He then practiced structural engineer for seven years, predominantly in California, where he designed new building structures subjected to high seismic loading. Matthew has also shown commitment to service through his membership in several professional societies and for his volunteer work with the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, where he led a subcommittee to investigate important problems in seismic design of buildings that had received little attention to date. In addition, he led a team that of engineers to design a housing system for Indonesia in the wake of the 2004 tsunami that uses indigenous materials and simple construction techniques to design and build houses in the areas devastated by the event. Congratulations to Matthew for this award.
March 14, 2007