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Hajjar Receives Multi-Organization Funding for Steel Building Research

April 14, 2017

CEE Professor and Chair Jerome Hajjar, along with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University and Virginia Tech, has been awarded a five-year grant from five steel industry organizations. The organizations include the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, the Steel Deck Institute, and the Steel Joist Institute. The project, entitled the Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative (SDII), was established to advance the seismic performance of steel floor and roof diaphragms used in steel buildings through better understanding of diaphragm-structure interaction, new design approaches, and new three-dimensional modeling tools that provide enhanced capabilities to designers using steel and composite steel/concrete diaphragms in their buildings.

Hajjar is also among the Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative (SDII) researchers who received a three-year grant to advance innovation in performance of building diaphragms. The project “Transforming Building Structural Resilience through Innovation in Steel Diaphragms” was awarded from the National Science Foundation.