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Peter Dusicka, CEE faculty, named MCECS Researcher of the Year
Author: CEE
Posted: May 18, 2019

Portland State University announced the recipients of the 2019 awards for excellence in research and graduate mentoring. The awards are among the university’s highest honors and are meant to recognize and incentivize the ongoing excellence of PSU faculty through research, including scholarship, artistry and dedication to PSU students. Recipients of the awards are some of the most dynamic faculty members at PSU. Nominations are made by colleagues and awardees are selected by a jury of peers based on the significance and quality of their research or creative achievements and extraordinary commitment to creating an environment supportive of student success.

Dusicka, Professor and director of the iSTAR lab, was selected as the Researcher of the Year for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Dusicka's work involves the study of materials and engineering practices that promote human and structural survivability during and after seismic events. He uses lab experimentation and computer modeling to assess the seismic vulnerability of critical infrastructure, including bridges and buildings. Dr. Duskica was honored during the university’s first Research Awards Dinner on May 3.  Dr. Dusicka is pictured with (from left to right, Dr Rich Corsi, Dean MCECS, Dr. Jim Hook, Associate Dean MCECS, Dr. Chris Monsere, Chair CEE, and Dr. Kelly Clifton, Associate Dean for Research, MCECS.  Research Week is a celebration of the researchers, including scholars and artists, that help make PSU great. This week-long series of events is intended to honor and call attention to the exceptional research of PSU faculty members and students.

A video showcasing Dr. Dusicka's work is posted here.