A/Prof Geoff Rodgers has received the prestigious Cooper Award

11 October 2017

Geoff was awarded for developing new technology for earthquake-safe buildings less likely to require repair after large earthquakes.

Geoff Rodgers Cooper award

The Cooper Award ̶ the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Technology, Applied Science and Engineering ̶ acknowledges the significant impact of Associate Professor Rodgers’ work.

The Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Technology, Applied Sciences, and Engineering (Cooper Award) is awarded annually for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for research in New Zealand.

Congratulations to A/Prof Geoff Rodgers for being awarded the Cooper Award on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 for his extensive body of work related to low-damage seismic structural design and novel energy dissipation devices, and for his full research pathway from an initial science concept to field deployment

“We can’t influence the way the ground shakes, but we can modify the ways of how structures respond to that shaking”.

A/Prof Geoff Rodgers talks about conventional earthquake design wisdom, the need for a new approach, and some of the innovative systems that are being used within the Christchurch rebuild. As the city is rebuilt and rises following the Canterbury earthquakes, it is good to know that the low-damage systems being used in the new construction, will enable Christchurch to be more resilient the next time the ground shakes beneath us.

Listen to the full interview here.