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EERI Seismic Design Competition

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EERI Seismic Design Competition

The Iowa State University student chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute will travel to San Francisco April 5-8 to compete in the 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. This is an international event, where teams construct model buildings tested to failure on a shake table using earthquake motions. Iowa State's undergraduate seismic design team consists of “Kelvin” Kai Hin Chu (ENSCI), Jacob Eull (CE, Team Captain), Jacob Verry (CE), Phuong Vo (CE), “Jason” Xu Yan (ECON), and Chao Zhou (CE).

To be invited to the competition, the Iowa State team first wrote a winning design proposal consisting of architectural details, a structural analysis, a geotechnical analysis, an economic analysis, and predicted structural behavior. Iowa State’s proposal finished among the top 9 out of 33 university teams, which originate from the U.S. and several countries around the globe. Actual proposal rankings will be revealed on April 5 at the start of the competition.

The Iowa State student team must raise funds to travel to the competition in San Francisco. Your donation will help the team cover costs associated with airfare, lodging, registration, construction materials, and shipping of the completed structure to San Francisco.

Thanks for your support, and Go Cyclones!

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This donation will help support the team's daily expenses for meals and transportation.


Primary Wave

Your donation goes a long way towards travel expenses & lodging for a team member!


Secondary Wave

Your generous donation will help us reach our overall goal of sending 6 team members to the competition to gain real world knowledge of the effects of earthquakes on structures!


Rayleigh Wave

Your selfless donation will be used to help purchases the wood and supplies needed to construct the building. With a gift of $250 or more, you will receive a handwritten thank-you letter and photo of the team at the competition, as well as a video of the structure being tested at the competition!



This gracious donation will help enable the entire team to stay in San Francisco for the duration of the competition! With a donation of $1000 or more, you will receive a video of the team at the competition in San Francisco, as well as a video of the structure being tested at the competition!

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