PEER Business and Industry Partnership (BIP)
Industry and government partners are an integral part of the research program at PEER. For an annual membership fee, the PEER Business and Industry Partnership (BIP) involves members in PEER research and education programs and provides access to PEER researchers and products. Researchers share individual research plans and findings with partners having similar interests. Business and Industry Partners are invited to present recent projects and technological needs at student-organized seminars, where they also have the opportunity to interact with PEER students and faculty. PEER holds frequent meetings to summarize research progress and seek input on the PEER research program. PEER also runs state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice workshops on selected topics related to the PEER mission, and invites Business and Industry Partners to attend free of charge. Selected representatives of the Business and Industry Partnership plus representatives of key government agencies providing funding for PEER are members of an Implementation Advisory Board (IAB), which advises PEER on its strategic plan, its research projects, implementation of research results, and new opportunities for funding.
PEER works with industry and government partners to develop and manage long-term major practical research programs using leveraged funding. User-driven research projects are frequently formulated and jointly managed by PEER, agencies of the State of California, and private industry. An example success story is the Next Generation Attenuation Models (NGA) project, jointly funded by California Department of Transportation, California Energy Commission, and Pacific Gas & Electric Company. NGA has had a major practical impact on seismic hazard of the western United States.
If you are interested in becoming a BIP member, please contact Dr. Yousef Bozorgnia, PEER Associate Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.