Cornell Seismic Design

Cornell Seismic Design EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) is one of Cornell University's undergraduate project teams. Cornell Seismic Design (CSD) designs, builds, and tests a scaled multi-story balsa wood tower for an international undergraduate competition hosted every spring at the annual meeting hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

At competition, the tower is scored on a number of categories including architecture, model predictions, building revenue and costs, team presentations, and most importantly whether the structure survives all three ground motions. Our team offers a great opportunity for students interested in all engineering disciplines, especially those focused in construction, structures, architecture, seismology and more, to experience the process of bringing a project from an abstract thought to a tangible product. On our cohesive team, students have ample opportunities to experience hands-on construction, learn several different applicable softwares, use a laser cutter, acquire leadership positions, and above all make a substantial impact on the final building!

Operating as usual

10/17/2019

Our team just received this year's competition guidelines and are super excited to start our design process! Get ready for design updates 😆✏️🏗

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo
10/17/2019

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo

Amrita Ramamurthy '19 is a senior who's been on the team all four years, two years of which she was Recruitment & Showca...
03/15/2019

Amrita Ramamurthy '19 is a senior who's been on the team all four years, two years of which she was Recruitment & Showcasing Lead. The Cornell Seismic Design team accepts all majors, not just Civil Engineering majors. Read below to hear what Amrita has to say about her experiences on the team.

"My favorite part of being on CSD has been working with people in so many different majors. As an OR major, in my classes myself and my peers like to approach problems in a similar ways. Working with civil, mechanical, computer science, architecture, and biomedical engineering majors has really widened my understanding of how many different ways you can tackle a single problem. "

It’s Cornell’s Giving Day and we need your support!! We have $345 and 23 donors so far with three hours left! We need funding for necessary team expenditures such as building materials and sending our building to competition, so we appreciate every donation we get.

Link to Give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design?fbclid=IwAR1OUuXEmXdEa8yXUp6A5vFefvf6cXpy1fF24evoCQQHK7iAiRpU_t4vqwA

Please like and share our website and consider giving to a great cause. We appreciate the opportunity to share our team project and goals with you, and we look forward to your generous participation in Cornell Giving Day 2019!

Isabella Animadu ’22 is one of our new members. She joined us in Vancouver for the competition last week. She says, “Tea...
03/14/2019

Isabella Animadu ’22 is one of our new members. She joined us in Vancouver for the competition last week. She says, “Team work makes the dream work, it can also build a pretty cool 5 foot tall balsa wood model too.”

Today’s the day! It’s Cornell’s Giving Day and we need your support!!

Link to Give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design?fbclid=IwAR1OUuXEmXdEa8yXUp6A5vFefvf6cXpy1fF24evoCQQHK7iAiRpU_t4vqwA

Please like and share our website and consider giving to a great cause. We appreciate the opportunity to share our team project and goals with you, and we look forward to your generous participation in Cornell Giving Day 2019!

Liv Morabito ’21 is our other construction lead. Read on to hear about what makes our team dynamic so special. Liv says:...
03/14/2019

Liv Morabito ’21 is our other construction lead. Read on to hear about what makes our team dynamic so special. Liv says:

“I joined the team first semester of my freshman year and it was an essential factor that guided me to what I want to pursue as a career. This team offers an opportunity to work with students from all years in an environment where all ideas are welcome and celebrated. As a smaller team, we are able to be more collaborative and work together on individual details of our project, which makes each team member feel like an integral part of making each decision. This project team has taught me that the best work comes from dedication, hours in Upson basement and communication with a few laughs."

Today’s the day! It’s Cornell’s Giving Day and we need your support!!

Link to Give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design?fbclid=IwAR1OUuXEmXdEa8yXUp6A5vFefvf6cXpy1fF24evoCQQHK7iAiRpU_t4vqwA

Please like and share our website and consider giving to a great cause. We appreciate the opportunity to share our team project and goals with you, and we look forward to your generous participation in Cornell Giving Day 2019!

Kevin Reyes ‘22 is another one of our new freshmen. Freshmen joined later than usual this year, so we held meetings spec...
03/14/2019

Kevin Reyes ‘22 is another one of our new freshmen. Freshmen joined later than usual this year, so we held meetings specifically to explain our progress on the design and get their ideas and feedback. Read below to see what Kevin has learned through our design process.

“Since joining Cornell Seismic Design, I have been challenged to think in ways I have not before. Coming onto the team during the end of the design phase, the new members were able to partake in the conversation of how to go about the competition design. Though I already knew that I wanted to major in Civil Engineering, the design process really helped peak my interest even more as the intellectual challenge was something I really enjoyed, and it made a clear connection with class concepts into applicable ideas. I look forward to my future years on the team as I take more classes and have more to contribute.”

It’s Cornell’s Giving Day and we need your support!! We have 15 donors and over $200 so far. Help us reach our goal of $2500!

Link to Give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design?fbclid=IwAR1OUuXEmXdEa8yXUp6A5vFefvf6cXpy1fF24evoCQQHK7iAiRpU_t4vqwA

Please like and share our website and consider giving to a great cause. We appreciate the opportunity to share our team project and goals with you, and we look forward to your generous participation in Cornell Giving Day 2019!

Franny Bard ’22 is one of our new freshmen. The relatively small size of our team allows all members to contribute to al...
03/14/2019

Franny Bard ’22 is one of our new freshmen. The relatively small size of our team allows all members to contribute to all aspects of the work we do. Read below to learn more about Franny’s experience so far.

“I really love being part of this team because it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with passionate and knowledgeable students, which means a lot to me especially as a freshman. The older members are always more than happy to answer any of the questions I have about the design process and programs we use. I learn about designing to withstand seismic waves, which isn't something I would be able to explore in freshmen classes. I also had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver to the international undergraduate competition and learn from other teams' designs as well. Being a member of this team has been by far my favorite part of freshman year.”

Today’s the day! It’s Cornell’s Giving Day and we need your support!!

Link to Give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design?fbclid=IwAR1OUuXEmXdEa8yXUp6A5vFefvf6cXpy1fF24evoCQQHK7iAiRpU_t4vqwA

Please like and share our website and consider giving to a great cause. We appreciate the opportunity to share our team project and goals with you, and we look forward to your generous participation in Cornell Giving Day 2019!

Dave Pineda ‘21 has been on the team for two years so far, and he looks forward to his next two! Read below to see what ...
03/14/2019

Dave Pineda ‘21 has been on the team for two years so far, and he looks forward to his next two! Read below to see what he has to say about his experiences on the team.

“Thanks to Cornell Seismic Design, not only have I gained practical knowledge in earthquake design that I would not have gained in a classroom setting, but I’ve forged strong bonds with the other members of the team. Later on, I hope to travel and apply knowledge I will have gained from CSD to projects around the world.”

Today’s the day! It’s Cornell’s Giving Day and we need your support!!

Link to Give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design?fbclid=IwAR1OUuXEmXdEa8yXUp6A5vFefvf6cXpy1fF24evoCQQHK7iAiRpU_t4vqwA

Please like and share our website and consider giving to a great cause. We appreciate the opportunity to share our team project and goals with you, and we look forward to your generous participation in Cornell Giving Day 2019!

Meet our Coordination Lead, Olivia Scott '19. Olivia has been on the team for four years, and we will miss her very much...
03/14/2019

Meet our Coordination Lead, Olivia Scott '19. Olivia has been on the team for four years, and we will miss her very much next year! See below to learn more about why this team is so special.

“This team has been my lifeline throughout my time at Cornell. Being able to explore a hands-on engineering application that I don't get in classes has fueled my passion for structural engineering and kept me going the past four years. On top of that, this team has become my family away from home, and they've supported me more than I could have ever hoped. Together we've learned a lot, grown a lot, and made innumerable precious memories. I love my team!”

Today’s the day! It’s Cornell’s Giving Day and we need your support!!

Link to give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design

Please like and share our website and consider giving to a great cause. We appreciate the opportunity to share our team project and goals with you, and we look forward to your generous participation in Cornell Giving Day 2019!

Today is the day! This year for Giving Day, the College of Engineering is giving away a $1000 bonus to the ten project t...
03/14/2019
Give to Cornell Seismic Design in #CornellGivingDay!

Today is the day! This year for Giving Day, the College of Engineering is giving away a $1000 bonus to the ten project teams that get the most donations per team member, so we need your help. Any amount helps and we need as many donors as possible, so please contribute what you can!

Link to give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design

I’m ready to support Cornell Seismic Design on March 14, 2019 during Cornell Giving Day 2019. Learn more about Cornell Seismic Design.

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-designMeet our fearless leader and team captain, Adarsh Subraman...
03/13/2019

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design

Meet our fearless leader and team captain, Adarsh Subramani '19. Scroll down to hear what Adarsh has to say about his experience on the team!

"Being on the Cornell Seismic Design team has been my favorite experience at Cornell and is a tremendous learning opportunity both in terms of technical knowledge and general teamwork and leadership skills. More importantly, CSD has given me the chance to meet some of my closest friends and share some special experiences with them, from late nights working on our building to taking cross-country trips together to attend competition. I’m proud of my four years on CSD and will miss it after graduating, but I look forward to seeing the team continue to do great things in the future!"

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-designWe'd like to introduce you to Yoon Jae Oh '21, one of our ...
03/12/2019

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design

We'd like to introduce you to Yoon Jae Oh '21, one of our new members this year. See what Yoon Jae has to say about her first semester on the team:

"What I enjoy about the team is that I can gain experience in a field that isn’t my major but still something I'm interested in. I've learned the different parts of the design and build process for a structure."

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-designAnita Zhang '21 is one of our two fabulous construction le...
03/12/2019

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design

Anita Zhang '21 is one of our two fabulous construction leads. See below to learn more about her experience on the team!

"Seismic Design has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at Cornell. Our work challenges me to apply my classroom knowledge to real world problems, while also giving me the opportunity to work on structural designs within rigorous given constraints and carefully analyze and evaluate structures’ performances under various loading conditions. The team has taught me so much about collaboration, communication, organization, and decision-making. Looking back at the past year and a half, I can safely say that Seismic Design is an integral part of my growth as an engineer and as a team worker. As one of the two construction leads this year, I also got to get very close to all my teammates. They are definitely some of the most intelligent, motivated, and creative people l know. Together, we innovate, take risks, overcome hardships, and celebrate successes. By supporting Seismic Design, you are supporting a group of engineers who are never complacent and who continuously work hard to be the best versions of themselves."

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-designMeet one of our amazing freshmen, Julia Trahan, from Nyack...
03/11/2019

https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design

Meet one of our amazing freshmen, Julia Trahan, from Nyack, NY!

Julia says, “Joining Seismic Design has taught me a lot about the process of designing and analyzing structures in a way none of my courses have. As a freshman planning to pursue Civil Engineering, it is great to work hands on with a team on a realistic project. Beyond all of this, Seismic Design has introduced me to many great new friends. This team is my favorite part of being a Cornell student.”

Giving Day is just 3 days away! This year, the College of Engineering is giving away a $1000 bonus to the ten project te...
03/11/2019
Give to Cornell Seismic Design in #CornellGivingDay!

Giving Day is just 3 days away! This year, the College of Engineering is giving away a $1000 bonus to the ten project teams that get the most donations per team member, so we need your help! Keep an eye out in the coming days for some posts featuring our members to get a sense of how valuable this team is to us, and to learn more about what we do and why it’s important.

Link to give: https://givingday.cornell.edu/campaigns/cu-eeri-seismic-design

I’m ready to support Cornell Seismic Design on March 14, 2019 during Cornell Giving Day 2019. Learn more about Cornell Seismic Design.

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo
03/11/2019

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo
03/11/2019

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo

03/06/2019
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Hi everyone! Hope you're as excited for shake day as we are! We are part of shake session 3 and our shake is sometime between 4 PM and 5:40 PM Eastern Time (link below). Adarsh and David gave a superb presentation yesterday and our building arrived in great shape with minimal damage thanks to Uncle Marty's Shipping Office! Tune in below to see how all the teams are performing!

We are a third of the way to reaching our goal! Please consider donating before December 1st to help us reach our goal o...
11/13/2018
Cornell Seismic Design-Engineering Project

We are a third of the way to reaching our goal! Please consider donating before December 1st to help us reach our goal of $10,000 to offset the costs of building materials and tools, and competition travel. A gift of any amount will be a big help. Click the link below to reach our page and we hope you consider donating!

https://crowdfunding.cornell.edu/project/11511?utm_source=scalefunder&utm_campaign=amb_share&utm_name=vfjx5rwdpw9yfb9u14kba29&utm_medium=plain&fbclid=IwAR1-1GQ-v1p33uP57ofTAlssfzowOhAo4qBIBrBzw2uBnIYbXqRiaF3MaeM

Help Cornell University raise $10,000 for the project: Cornell Seismic Design-Engineering Project. Your gift will make a difference!

Our team designs, builds, and tests a scaled multi-story balsa wood tower for an international undergraduate competition...
11/01/2018
Cornell Seismic Design-Engineering Project

Our team designs, builds, and tests a scaled multi-story balsa wood tower for an international undergraduate competition held each spring. We work with the broader purpose of creating safe structures for areas heavily impacted by seismic activity. Members have had the valuable opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned in the classroom to a real-world project. Through this team, we have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most dedicated, creative, and passionate people we know, and have developed friendships that will extend well beyond our time at Cornell.

Cornell Seismic Design is hoping to raise $10,000 in the next 30 days to offset the costs of building materials and tools, and competition travel. Please consider contributing to our goal! A gift of any amount will be a big help. Click the link below to reach our page and we hope you consider donating!

https://crowdfunding.cornell.edu/project/11511?utm_source=scalefunder&utm_campaign=amb_share&utm_name=vfjx5rwdpw9yfb9u14kba29&utm_medium=plain

Help Cornell University raise $10,000 for the project: Cornell Seismic Design-Engineering Project. Your gift will make a difference!

Come check us out, first info session is TOMORROW!
09/06/2018

Come check us out, first info session is TOMORROW!

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo
09/06/2018

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo
09/05/2018

Cornell Seismic Design's cover photo

07/01/2018

Congratulations to all 40 teams on a great week! Though we didn't place in the top three this year, we are immensely proud of all the work that each and every team member has done. As the 2018 SDC comes to a close, we plan to take everything we learned during this past week to help improve our performance next year. The 2019 SDC will take place in Vancouver, Canada next March, just eight short months from now. Thank you again to all our supporters and sponsors for making our participation at competition possible. We are so grateful for all the support we have received!

Wednesday (Day 3): Today our building was put to the test! We are thrilled to announce that Lautner Tower survived both ...
06/28/2018

Wednesday (Day 3): Today our building was put to the test! We are thrilled to announce that Lautner Tower survived both ground motions! Pictured here are team members Carolyn, Liv, and Meghna attaching dead load weights to the building before shaking. If you want to watch our building shake, check out minute 25 of the livestream below!

06/27/2018

Updated: We are the eighth team out of 10 in our session. We estimate our shake will start between 5:05-5:35 PDT / 8:05-8:35 EST. We will repost the livestream shortly!

Today is shake day! Check out the livestream on this page: EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) Our shaking will take place at an undisclosed time between 3:45-6:00pm PDT / 6:45-9:00pm EST. We will try to post an update when we know our precise shake time. Stay tuned and, in the meantime, make sure to check out some other teams' buildings on the livestream!

Tuesday (Day 2): After a morning of preliminary judging, we had the opportunity to present our structure to a panel of j...
06/27/2018

Tuesday (Day 2): After a morning of preliminary judging, we had the opportunity to present our structure to a panel of judges. Pictured below are Juan and David presenting our iconic building, Lautner Tower, to the panel. These two have worked tirelessly to perfect their presentation, and it definitely showed! Tomorrow we will get to see our structure on the shake table - fingers crossed that Lautner Tower will survive!

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