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Dr. Sharon Wood recognized for earthquake research

     Dr. Sharon L. Wood, associate professor of civil engineering, will receive the 1998 A.J. Boase Award from the Reinforced Concrete Research Council.

     The award is “in recognition of outstanding activities and achievements in the reinforced concrete field”. Dr. Wood was selected for the research she did on the behavior of reinforced concrete buildings during earthquakes.

     She studied buildings in the 1985 earthquake in Vina del Mar, Chile and the 1994 Northridge earthquake in California. She found that Chilean engineers tended to use more walls in buildings than buildings in the United States typically have, and the Chilean buildings performed well during the earthquake. In Northridge she studied two parking garages that collapsed, and others that were damaged. The problem with the garages was identified (the floor diaphragms were brittle) and recommendations were made to help prevent failure in the future.