Education and Outreach

The nees@berkeley equipment site has hosted workshops on Hybrid Simulation that have attracted researchers from around the world interested in learning about and participating in this exciting technology. Educational activities aimed at K–12 students include developing a program of tours for local middle schools and high schools that will enhance the classroom curriculum. We have hosted tours for visiting researchers and the general public. Our faculty participants teach undergraduate and graduate courses in earthquake engineering through the Civil Engineering Department at UC Berkeley. The nees@berkeley participants have provided numerous presentations since its October 2004 inception.

The National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering is located nearby, and provides an outstanding resource for nees@berkeley researchers and visitors. In addition to its 52,000-volume, on-site library on the subject of earthquake engineering, NISEE develops and hosts several world-renowned, on-line resources including Earthquake Engineering Abstracts (now licensed worldwide through Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) and Earthquake Engineering Online Archive (permitting access to thousands of text, image, video, data, and software entries). Access to other literature related to earthquake engineering and seismology is facilitated by access to the California Digital Library.


The nees@berkeley Lab hosts semiannual NEES workshops that provide information about equipment and tools available in the lab and about conducting experiments at the lab.

Completed Workshops
Hybrid Simulation Workshop

Higher Education

The nees@berkeley Lab has provided lab tours to occassional higher education groups.

Completed Higher Education Activities

  • Lab Tour Group: Undergraduate civil engineering majors attending the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
    Instructor: Robert L Day
    Lab Tour Date: January 08, 2009

  • Lab Tour Group: Undergraduate class “Introduction to Structural Engineering” (ARCD 360) in the Architecture and Community Design program at the University of San Francisco
    Instructor: Hana Mori Morrison
    Lab Tour Date: April 24, 2008

K–12 Education

The nees@berkeley lab has led or participated in activities targeting K–12 groups.

Current and Upcoming K–12 Activities

  • K–12 Classroom Presentations and Field Trips to the Lab: This program started in 2007 and is ongoing now. For more information about how to participate during the 2012-2013 school year, visit the program's scheduling web page at the PEER website, and sign-up for email notifications about this program.

  • Webpages for previous academic years are filed in the “Completed Activities” below.

Completed K–12 Activities

Tours and Open House Events

Tours for K–12 education and higher education groups are shown in the categories for K–12 activities and for higher education activities. So the activities listed here involve mostly either professional groups or the general public.

Completed Tours and Open House Events
8NCEE Field Trip

UC Berkeley Courses

Earthquake, structural and geotechnical engineering courses are taught through the Civil Engineering Department at U.C. Berkeley.

120    Structural Engineering
121    Advanced Structural Analysis
122    Design of Steel Structures
123    Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
124    Structural Design in Timber
133    Engineering Analysis Using Finite Element Method
175    Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
191    Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems Analysis
220    Structural Analysis Theory and Applications
221    Nonlinear Structural Analysis
222    Finite Element Methods
225    Dynamics of Structures
227    Earthquake Resistant Design
244    Reinforced Concrete Structures
246    Prestressed Concrete Structures
247    Design of Steel and Composite Structures
248    Behavior and Plastic Design of Steel
249    Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering
275    Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
290 I  Civil Systems: Control and Information Management


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