This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wednesday, October 3, 2001


NSF Awards Grants to Assess Damage at Terrorist-Attack Sites






  The National Science Foundation awarded eight grants on Monday

  for researchers to collect data on structural engineering and

  damage assessment while debris is being removed from the

  terrorist attack sites in New York and Washington.


  The data will be used in engineering studies to help improve

  the structural integrity of buildings and other infrastructure

  during explosions, fires, and other hazards.


  A list of the recipients, their research, and grant amounts:


1. Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, of the University of California at

Berkeley, will collect data on the mechanical and structural

properties of the World Trade Center towers; $15,000.



2. David Bloomquist, of the University of Florida, will lead a

  team using a land-based laser system to produce 3-D "maps" of

  the interior and exterior of damaged buildings at the attack

  sites; $45,000.



3.  J. David Frost, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will

  collect data on structural damage at the World Trade Center;




4.  John Harrald, of George Washington University, will study the

  coordinating and communications of emergency, medical, and

  law-enforcement personnel; $25,000.



5.  George Lee, of the State University of New York at Buffalo,

  will work with other researchers to assess the damage to

  buildings surrounding the World Trade Center and to study the

  response of hospitals and other emergency services; $100,000.



6.  Dennis Mileti, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, will

  coordinate the travel of quick-response teams from the Natural

  Hazards Research Application and Information Center, in

  Boulder; $10,000.



7.  Frederick W. Mowrer, of the University of Maryland at College

  Park, will study the performance of fire-protection materials

  and systems during the collapse of the World Trade Center

  towers; $15,000.



  William A. Wallace, of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,

  will lead a team studying infrastructure interdependence, such

  as how the loss of electricity affects control systems;