Maha Kenawy, a recent postdoctoral scholar working with Professor David McCallen in the University’s Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research (CCEER), has received the Younger Member Award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). This early career award — one of two bestowed by EERI this year — was presented by David Cocke, EERI president, at the National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, June 27 to July 1 in Salt Lake City.
Kenaway currently works at Exponent, a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, but left an impression at the University.
“Dr. Kenawy spent two years at UNR performing some exceptionally good research on regional-scale earthquake simulations,” McCallen, CCEER director and Simon Wong Faculty Scholar, said.
At the recent earthquake engineering conference, she presented the paper “Seismic Risk to Buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area Predicted by Broadband Physics-based M7.0 Hayward Fault Rupture Simulations.” Co-written with McCallen, ArbenPitarka and Arthur Rodgers, both of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the paper shows the complex distribution of building damage for a Hayward fault event and that the response of building structures is sensitive to underlying soil representation, especially west of the Hayward Fault.