NHERI User Forum Update: 2020 User Satisfaction Survey, Member Elections

Published on May 5, 2020

User Forum members
(left to right):

Outgoing Chair and Secretary
Elaina J. Sutley, PhD
University of Kansas

Outgoing Vice Chair
Nina Stark, PhD
Virginia Tech

Outgoing Member
Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, PhD
University of Michigan

As the community voice within the governance of NHERI, the User Forum is responsible for conducting the annual community user satisfaction survey for NHERI users and publish a subsequent Annual Community Report.

This year, users of the NHERI experimental facilities will receive a survey link via email in mid-May or early June. The User Forum encourages users to complete the survey and forward the survey link to other NHERI users in their network, such as graduate students and co-PIs. Past user satisfaction survey reports can be found on the User Forum page on DesignSafe.

Measuring user satisfaction and providing this feedback to the NHERI Council is critical to supporting the long-term sustainability of NHERI and its mission as a multidisciplinary and multi-hazard network.

Elections. Member elections are also ongoing as member terms expire for three User Forum Committee Members. Our governing body represents your voice within NHERI, so please cast your ballot to elect new members (a link will be sent to your email by mid-May). The User Forum is grateful for outgoing leaders Elaina Sutley (past Chair and Secretary), Nina Stark (past Vice Chair), and Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos (Member) for their three years of service.

About the User Forum. The User Forum is a NHERI-wide group focused on providing the NHERI Council with independent advice on community user satisfaction, priorities, and needs relating to the use and capabilities of NHERI. Members on the User Forum represent the scientific and engineering communities who use NHERI’s resources and services for research and/or educational purposes, but who are not directly affiliated with NHERI awardee institutions. User Forum membership spans academia and industry, the full breadth of civil engineering disciplines, the social sciences, and widespread hazard expertise including earthquakes, windstorms, and water events.

Questions about the User Forum? Email us at: userforum-feedback@designsafe-ci.org.