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SIT-Summer Institute in Taiwan
Academic Exchange & Cultural Experience in Taiwan
I am very pleased to have joined the SIT program and hosted Ms. Patricia Clayton and Ms. Chelsea Griffith during their stay in Taiwan. They get along very well with my graduate students and colleagues in the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE). I think they have come provide good opportunities for my students and colleagues to discuss and exchange thoughts and ideas on research work. Chelsea’s research topic is on the pseudo dynamic test (PDT) techniques. She has presented us the key results on the PDTs of wood shear walls she had in her home university. During her stay in NTU/NCREE, Chelsea has learned the architecture of the computer programs for pseudo dynamic testing in NCREE. These computer programs are developed and maintained by Dr. Kung-Juin Wang. Therefore, Chelsea communicates with Dr. Wang frequently and they has planned with Dr. Wang to seek possible use of the software architecture in doing distributed PDTs linking tests in Chelsea’s home university and NCREE. Patricia’s research topic is on the self-centering steel plate shear wall (SPSW) system. She has worked very closely with Mr. Li, Chao-Hsien of NCREE and my graduate student Mr. Hwang, Tung to prepare a full-scale two-story SPSW and conduct the PDTs on August 4. She has worked so hard and impressed us very much in the preparation and testing of the specimen. In this work, she has discussed the issues of the test program, such as the test setup, instrumentations, earthquake selection, scaling, and response predictions with Mr. Li and Dr. Wang. Some problems were found and resolved during the preparation of the test. The PDTs were completed successfully. Patricia made a presentation for all the students and staffs participated in the tests. She introduced various ideas on the self-centering mechanism of SPSW frame, key test results and analytical modeling techniques for the speticmen. We all enjoyed the presentation very much. The contents of the presentation have allowed myself, the graduate students and colleagues in understanding the design and analysis techniques of the post-tensioned SPSWs.
Patricia and Chelsea have learned speaking some Chinese words from the culture experience courses in SIT program. This seems to help them well blend into the group activities with others during the office hours and enjoy the life style and culture of Taiwanese citizens after the work. They have worked with my students and staffs, gone out for food and done outing in the weekend together. This clearly indicates the positive interactions among the guests, my NCREE colleagues and NTU students. I believe that this SIT program has provided a good opportunity for the guest, my students and colleagues to build the foundation for future connections, communications and collaborations.
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