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Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
MCEER is a national center of excellence dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events. MCEER accomplishes this through a system of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research, in tandem with complimentary education and outreach initiatives.
Headquartered at UB, MCEER was originally established by the National Science Foundation in 1986 as the first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER). In 1998, it became known as the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), from which the current name, MCEER, evolved.
Comprising a consortium of researchers and industry partners from numerous disciplines and institutions throughout the United States, MCEER's mission has expanded from its original focus on earthquake engineering to one that addresses the technical and socio-economic impacts of a variety of hazards, both natural and manmade, on critical infrastructure, facilities, and society.
The Center derives support from several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency, New York State, other state governments, academic institutions, foreign governments and private industry.