MCEER is a national center of excellence dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events. MCEER accomplishes this through a system of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research, in tandem with complimentary education and outreach initiatives.
Headquartered at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, MCEER was originally established by the National Science Foundation in 1986, as the first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER). In 1998, it became known as the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), from which the current name, MCEER, evolved.
Comprising a consortium of researchers and industry partners from numerous disciplines and institutions throughout the United States, MCEER's mission has expanded from its original focus on earthquake engineering to one which addresses the technical and socio-economic impacts of a variety of hazards, both natural and man-made, on critical infrastructure, facilities, and society.
The Center derives support from several Federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the State of New York, other state governments, academic institutions, foreign governments and private industry.
About the Center
MCEER research focuses on enhancing resilience against multiple hazards, such as the storm surge that sent a barge crashing into this building during Hurricane Katrina.
the 2004 South Asian Tsunami, MCEER researchers employed VIEWS™, a notebook-based
system that integrates GPS-registered digital video footage, digital
photographs and observations with high-resolution satellite imagery to