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Cornell Seismic Design-Engineering Project

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
169 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 01, at 12:00 AM EST
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Cornell Seismic Design-Engineering Project

Why we are Fundraising

The Cornell Seismic Design Team designs, builds, and tests a scaled multi-story balsa wood tower for an international undergraduate competition hosted every spring at the annual meeting sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). We are immensely grateful for the generosity of donors who have helped our team be successful in the past, and are hoping to expand our budget for the future in order to diversify the work we can do and bring more team members to the competition. Among the expenses that we need your help to cover are a new shake table, which we will use to run earthquake simulations and improve our analysis, balsa wood and building materials to construct our tower, and funds to support our travel to competition to represent Cornell in Vancouver this coming March.

About Us

We work with the greater purpose of creating safer structures for regions impacted by seismic activity. At competition, the tower is scored on a number of categories including architecture, model predictions, building revenue and costs, team presentations, and most importantly whether the structure survives all three ground motions. In 2017, our team ranked 1st out of 33 teams at competition in Portland, Oregon and we need your help to continue our success!

Above: Team members work to complete final repairs at the 2018 Competition in Los Angeles, California.

Our team offers a unique opportunity for students interested in all engineering disciplines, especially those focused in construction, structures, architecture, and seismology, to experience the process of bringing a project from an abstract thought to a tangible product. On our cohesive team, students have ample opportunities to 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!

Above: The 2018 test building is prepared for shake testing.


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Allows the team to purchase tools, such as exacto-knives, that are used to construct our building.



Allows us to print our poster for competition.



Allows the team to purchase advertising materials such as a banner and quarter cards to help recruit new members.


Competition Registration

The team can register an additional member for the competition.



We can purchase enough balsa wood to build one model structure.


Hotel Room

We can cover the cost of one night at a hotel at competition.



The team can fly one more member to the competition.


Shipping Building

We can ship our building to and from the competition using shipping vendors that ensure minimal damage to our building.