Rima Taher, university lecturer in the College of Architecture & Design, has been invited to attend the Local Leadership Conference organized by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 12 and 13. Taher is the Chair of the Structural Technical Group of ASCE (North Jersey Branch) and will be representing the group at this conference, which will discuss the SEI strategic visions and activities. It will also include a full day post-disaster safety evaluation training in cooperation with the California Emergency Management Agency and the Applied Technology Council. By attending this workshop, Taher will get registered as a Safety Assessment Program Evaluator. These evaluators get deployed to help local governments in safety evaluations in the aftermath of a disaster.