A Well-kept Secret in Structural Design!

While teaching my graduate students in the Advanced Concrete Structures class, last year, I asked them, “How many of you know what a moment-curvature curve is, and what it can be used for?” Just one out of forty students raised hand. Considering that these students had already obtained the bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from…

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Is the understanding of Member’s Cross-sectional Behavior, key to understand the Overall Structural Response?

Structural Cross-sections: Analysis and Design The cross-sections of structural members and their properties are a basic component in almost all aspects of analysis and design of structures. In fact, the primary objective of an efficient design process is to proportion the cross-sections of all structural elements to safely resist the applied load effects and actions.…

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Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught and Nurtured in Students?

23 August 2016, Thailand Entrepreneurship is not an inherent characteristic but can be taught and nurtured within students according to keynote speakers Mr. Kjell Hakan, VINNOVA-Swedish Innovation Agency, Dr. Mats Lundqvist, Chalmers University of Technology, and Mr. Paolo Borella (Aalto University) who shared their experiences in nurturing and successfully establishing an entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem…

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Do we really need big shocks to wake us up?

Last week, Thailand experienced a 6.0+ magnitude earthquake. The earthquake was located near Chiang Rai, the northern part of the country straddling Myanmar and Laos, and is definitively one of the largest to have occurred with its epicenter located within the Thailand boundaries. This was a big and (literally!) shocking news. It was everywhere, on…

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