Cornell Seismic Design

Advancing Earthquake Resilience

What We Do

Design

Construction

Architecture

Seismology

What is Cornell Seismic Design

Cornell Seismic Design is an undergraduate project team that designs, builds, and tests a scaled multi-story balsa wood tower for an international undergraduate competition held every spring at the annual meeting hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

Our team offers a great opportunity for students interested in all engineering disciplines, especially those focused in construction, structures, architecture, seismology and more, to experience the process of bringing a project from an abstract thought to a tangible product. All members experience hands-on construction, learn several different applicable softwares, use a laser cutter, acquire leadership positions, and above all make a substantial impact on the final building for competition!