Advancing the NHERI Science Plan

Published on March 1, 2019


(Wikimedia/NOAA: Hurricanes Katia, Irma and José, Sept. 8, 2017)

On March 18-19, the NHERI network is hosting a special workshop in Alexandria, VA, to advance the NHERI Science Plan. A multidisciplinary, international group of invited experts will discuss ways to use traditional and disruptive technologies for building a more sustainable civil and social infrastructure.

A key workshop goal is to develop research campaigns that incorporate both traditional and non-traditional engineering modes together with social science considerations for solving problems involving windstorms, earthquakes and landslides, and tsunamis and storm surge.

Among the speakers are six early-career researchers sharing their visions for resilience:

  • Data-driven disaster science: an artificial-intelligence approach to performance-based engineering, Stephanie Paal, assistant professor, Texas A&M University.
  • Bio-mediated geotechnical technologies for natural hazards engineering, Mike Gomez, assistant professor, University of Washington.
  • Coastal mitigation parks against tsunamis: how effective are they? Simone Marras, assistant professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
  • Convergence research for integrating societal dimensions into engineering and planning of resilient infrastructure systems, Ali Mostafavi, assistant professor, Texas A&M University.
  • Incentivizing community-level disaster preparedness by amending the Stafford Act, Allison Reilly, assistant professor, University of Maryland.
  • Biomimetic resilience: What can we learn from nature? Will Srubar, assistant professor, University of Colorado Boulder.

Workshop keynotes will be from some of the field’s most notable researchers where successful approaches in astronomy, science of team-science and bio-inspired concepts have led to success:

  • “Leveraging NSF ERC Funding with NHERI Facilities,” Edward Kavazanjian Jr., Regents’ Professor and director of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, Arizona State University.
  • “Science of Team Science - Best Practices and Future Directions for Interdisciplinary Teams,” Edward T. Palazzolo, Army Research Office, program manager for Social and Cognitive Networks.
  • “Patience and Stewardship over Generations: LIGO's Detector Facilities and Recent Discoveries,” Joseph A. Giaime, professor of physics and astronomy, Louisiana State University and head of LIGO Livingston Observatory, Caltech.