This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
NSF Awards Grants to Assess Damage at Terrorist-Attack Sites
By TIM SWARTZENDRUBER
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
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
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
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;