EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute)

  • NYU’s Seismic Design Competition Team

Seismic graph with purple background and NYU Tandon logo

Goals :

  • Promote the study of earthquake engineering among undergraduate students
  • Provide civil engineering undergraduate students with an opportunity to work on a hands-on project designing and constructing a cost-effective frame building to resist seismic loading
  • Promote EERI activities among civil engineering students as well as the general public, and to encourage international participation in these activities
  • Survive all given ground motions in competition

The team will research/address the following tasks:

  • Solve a problem statement of building a tall building to withstand seismic loads
  • Design and construct a complex tall building model from balsa wood to be tested on a shaking table
  • Create an architectural rendering of the building
  • Follow specific design criteria and constraints
  • Designing the protocol for the hybrid learning mode that the in-person and virtual students can join and interact during the live lecture
  • Providing the tool that the instructor can use to design the AR models for the lectures.


  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Architectural Rendering
  • Construction

Methods and Technologies

  • AutoCAD
  • Twinmotion
  • SAP2000 (Structural Analysis Program)
  • Revit
  • Excel

Majors/Areas of Interest

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE)
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling)

Related Grand Challenges

  • Earthquake Risks

Primary Instructors