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OpenSees Cafe

Selamawit Dires

I am very grateful to come to know Silvia's Brainery and the ample opportunity I get to expedite my learning experience. Not only am I benefiting from the co...

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I am very grateful to come to know Silvia's Brainery and the ample opportunity I get to expedite my learning experience. Not only am I benefiting from the courses and live discussions @ OpenSees Cafe, but also I am introduced to a community that engages in Earthquake Engineering research and projects; I get to learn from other peers' experiences. Dr. Silvia Mazzoni, Dr. Micheal Scott, and the participants are amiable and very supportive. Since I started attending OpenSees Cafe, I have learned how to address many subtle issues while running OpenSees simulations and useful resources. Most importantly, anyone can bring their OpenSees models to the table and get assistance from the well-versed experts. Undoubtedly It is the best investment one can make, and I highly recommend it to anyone working with OpenSees without any reservations.

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Very useful course

Lorenzo Amico

The lessons are well structured to favour learning of OpenSees' basic notions. It might be even more useful to supplement the lessons with the deepening of ...

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The lessons are well structured to favour learning of OpenSees' basic notions. It might be even more useful to supplement the lessons with the deepening of some examples of the OpenSees Wiki. Anyway, good job

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OpenSees Materials course

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Instructor(s)

Founder, Executive Director, & Senior Instructor

Silvia Mazzoni

Dr. Silvia Mazzoni has been training OpenSees users for over 20 years. She developed the first OpenSees Days workshops held at UC Berkeley as part of the OpenSees Development Team. In the OpenSees Wiki she wrote the OpenSees User and Examples Manual. As an independent consultant, she now works with Engineering firms in adopting OpenSees into their practice through training and element development. Silvia Mazzoni has opened an On-Line academy for earthquake engineering, Silvia’s Brainery! Silvia is currently also a Project Scientist and Lecturer at UCLA. Currently, she teaches the graduate course on Structural Dynamics in the Fall.

Engineering-Applications Instructor

Marios Panagiotou

Dr. Marios Panagiotou (PhD, PE) is a Senior Consultant for Nabih Youssef Associates in Los Angeles. His background and experience includes high-end research, teaching, and engineering practice work in earthquake structural engineering with specialization in earthquake resilient design, advanced seismic analysis and design of RC structures as well as on engineering characterization of earthquake ground motions. He has 23 journal publications and numerous conference papers and reports. He is member of the NIST-FEMA Functional Recovery Project Review Panel. His engineering practice work focuses on the advanced seismic analysis and design of large, complex, and earthquake resilient structures including high-rise buildings, stadiums, and structures that use seismic isolation as well as on the advanced seismic assessment using nonlinear response history analysis of existing RC and steel structures. Between 2008 and 2015 he was an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at University of California, Berkeley (UCB) conducting extensive research on the seismic analysis, design, and experimental testing of RC structures, as well as on earthquake-resilient buildings and bridges that use isolation, rocking components and high-performance materials. As a PhD researcher, he was responsible for the seismic design, analysis, and shake-table testing of a full-scale 7-story building slice at the NEES@UCSD equipment site; this is the tallest structure ever tested on a shake table in U.S. In 2012, he received the ASCE Alfred Noble prize for his journal paper related to the 7-story building slice project. During his academic career he conducted as principal investigator large-scale shake table soil-structure interaction tests of rocking foundations as part of a major research project funded by Caltrans. His research record also includes three full- and large-scale experimental programs on the seismic response of RC components and on earthquake-resilient bridge columns. He has taught graduate courses on seismic analysis and design of RC structures and seismic protective systems at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and University of Southern California. https://www.linkedin.com/in/marios-panagiotou-phd-730557b1/

Applications Instructor

Haitham Abdelmalek

Haitham Abdelmalek is a structural engineer working at the Housing and Building National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt with over 10 years of experience in the construction sector. He is a master's candidate in the structural engineering department, Ain Shams University, focusing in nonlinear structural analysis; Performance-Based Design of medium to high-rise buildings. He has an experience in the nonlinear modeling and analysis techniques using Perform 3D software. Also, he is a co-author of a journal article still under review in "Engineering Structures".

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