Recent News

Call for Participation: NSF/OSEEER Early Career Mentoring Program
posted 05-07-20
The NSF EAGER award Operations and Systems Engineering Extreme Event Research (OSEEER) network — an affiliate of the NHERI CONVERGE project — is calling for particpation in a new Early Career Mentoring (ECM) program. Applications are due by Monday, May 18th.

NHERI User Forum Update: 2020 User Satisfaction Survey, Member Elections
posted 05-05-20
The NHERI User Forum committee is hard at work preparing their annual survey to the natural hazards community and election for new committee members. These processes give the community a chance to be heard and have an impact within tthe governance of NHERI.


Updates on the NHERI REU and Summer Institute
posted 05-05-20
Given NHERI site closures and travel bans due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the in-person NHERI REU and the Summer Institute for Early Career Faculty have been postponed. The NHERI ECO is preparing details for how both of these programs will continue virtually later this summer.

StEER Reconnaissance Work in the News
posted 05-05-20
The Structural Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) network affiliated with the NHERI CONVERGE program was recently featured on the FOX television station of Nashville, Tennessee, to highlight their work on preparing a report of recent tornado damage in the Nashville area.

SimCenter Seeks Feedback on State-of-Art Computational Simulation Report
posted 05-05-20
The NHERI SimCenter is updating an important 2019 report on the state of computational simulation and needs vital feedback from the natural hazards community in shaping the 2020 report to better guide the community in how computational simulation can help meet the NHERI Five-Year Science Plan objectives.


A Special Issue in MSSP Dedicated to the RTHS Benchmark Problem
posted 05-05-20
The February volume of the Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing journal specially features the study of benchmark problems in Real-Time Hybrid Simulation (RTHS) with guest editors for the special issue from the NHERI MECHS (Multi-Hazard Engineering Collaboratory for Hybrid Simulation) program.

SimCenter: New Software, Application Updates
posted 05-05-20
The NHERI SimCenter is hard at work developing new software and updating existing applications to advance the field of natural hazards computation simulation. The SimCenter has released two new educational applications as well as two new tools for artificial intelligence modeling.

Kareem Wins Best Paper for 2019 in ASCE's Journal of Structural Engineering (Structural Hazards)
posted 05-05-20
Ahsan Kareem, professor of engineering at Notre Dame and co-PI of the NHERI SimCenter, has won best paper for 2019 in Structural Hazards within the prestigious ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

Data Papers and Data Reuse Magnify Research Impact
posted 04-15-20
One way the DesignSafe team measures impact is by tracking research papers that cite DesignSafe and the data published on the site. In a recent article, “The Impact of Data Reuse,” the DesignSafe team details useful and creative ways that researchers are reusing DesignSafe data.

NHERI's Oregon State University EF Hosts Prestigious CERB Group
posted 03-30-20
Oregon State University recently hosted the executive session meeting for the Coastal Engineering Research Board, known as CERB, including a reception at the NHERI experimental facility to highlight cutting edge coastal engineering and science research.

Waves Meet Wind at Florida International University
posted 03-30-20
In March 2020, faculty and students from the NHERI at OSU experimental facility traveled to Miami for a first-hand look at the NHERI Wall of Wind (WoW) to better understand operations and research capabilities at the FIU facility.

NHERI Science Plan Now Published with DOIs
posted 03-30-20
The NHERI Science Plan has now been published to the DesignSafe Data Depot with DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) allowing researchers to include references to the plan in their writings with proper citations.

NSF-Funded CONVERGE Offers Award for COVID-19 Social Science Research
posted 03-30-20
Based on the outpouring of interest from the social science research community and the facility's mission to advance convergence science for the benefit of humanity, CONVERGE is offering $1,000 awards to those who wish to launch COVID-19 Working Groups for Public Health and Social Sciences Research.

NSF ECI Program Description Incorporates NHERI Resources
posted 03-09-20
The National Science Foundation has revised the description of the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) program to directly encourage researchers to include NHERI resources in their proposals and experiments. ECI is an umbrella program for all NSF awards concerning natural hazards damage.

Reconnaissance Mission Aids a Community in Need
posted 02-25-20
The Structural Extreme Engineering Reconnaissance (StEER) Network deployed two teams of field researchers to the Bahamas to assess and report on the damage of Hurricane Dorian last September. The teams have reported their findings with the aid of innovative online mapping visualization.

FEMA Report on Hurricane Michael Now Available
posted 02-24-20
In late 2018 and early 2019, FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration's Building Science Branch deployed a team of assessors to the areas affected by Hurricane Michael. A report of the damage has been released with 69 recommendations of actions to take ahead of future hurricane events.

NHERI's Vielma Joins Faculty at the UTSA College of Engineering
posted 02-14-20
Karina Vielma of the NHERI Education and Community Outreach (ECO) office has joined the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio in a first-of-its-kind position as assistance professor of engineering education, a position created in a new partnership by both the College of Engineering and the College of Education & Human Development.

Harish Joins SimCenter
posted 02-14-20
Dr. Ajay Harish has joined the software development team of the NHERI SimCenter to help their mission of combining interdisciplinary ideas from engineering, mathematics, and computer science to build simulation tools for the natural hazards research community.

Salna Inducted into Meteorologist Hall of Fame
posted 02-14-20
Meteorologist Erik Salna who helped construct the NHERI Wall of Wind experimental facility and is key to many hazards research programs at Florida International University has been inducted into the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Meteorologist Hall of Fame.

NSF-funded Science Plan for natural hazards mitigation released by NHERI
posted 01-13-20
The 2020 edition of the Five-Year Science Plan, spearheaded by NSF's Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI), calls researchers across disciplines to solve the pressing problems that natural hazards present to communities in the U.S. and around the world.

posted 12-11-19
The NHERI RAPID facility team spent a week in October collecting coastal data as part of the large-scale DUring Nearshore EXperiment (DUNEX) pilot, a multi-agency collaborative field campaign to study nearshore coastal processes during coastal storms.

2020 NHERI REU Applications Now Open
posted 12-09-19
The NSF-funded NHERI network is preparing their annual summer research opportunities for undergraduate students at NHERI experimental facilities (EFs) located across the country to take place once again from May through August 2020 at the facilities throughout the United States.

Peek Co-authors Articles on Research Ethics for Nature
posted 12-06-19
Lori Peek, principal investigator of the NHERI CONVERGE initiative, co-authored an article in the November 2019 issue of Nature to urge researchers studying natural hazards to do so with sensitivity to the ethical dilemmas and power imbalances of the communities impacted.

The FIU Wall of Wind Featured in the News
posted 12-06-19
Connecticut local FOX Channel 61 recently aired a feature story about Florida International University's Wall of Wind NHERI facility, showcasing the capabilities for simulating a category 5 hurricane while interviewing researchers Ioannis Zisis and Eric Salna.

Roueche Presents Findings on Devastating March 2019 Alabama Tornadoes
posted 12-06-19
Auburn University researcher and associate professor David Roueche recently presented findings on the March 2019 tornado that devastated Beauregard, Alabama, to a meteorology class at Columbus State University.

NSF-funded CONVERGE Releases Social Vulnerability Training for Extreme Events Researchers
posted 11-13-19
The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder has released the CONVERGE Social Vulnerability and Disasters Training Module, the first in a series of online trainings that can assist natural hazards researchers.

NSF-supported Natural Hazards Cyberinfrastructure Provides Tools, Data, Education
posted 11-11-19
DesignSafe, the cyberinfrastructure component of NSF’s NHERI, provides a robust platform for over 4000 researchers to build new ideas via a cloud strategy for managing the mountains of information generated by natural hazards engineering and social science researchers.

posted 11-04-19
Dan Zehner, NHERI NCO facility scheduling and operations coordinator, and Seungwook Seok, research assistant at Purdue University, attended the Tornado Hazard Wind Assessment and Reduction Symposium (THWARTS), October 14 and 15, to promote NHERI network capabilities.

University of Florida Wind Engineers: On a Mission
posted 10-29-19
As Hurricane Dorian began bearing down on the Bahamas, University of Florida's Forrest Masters and his team of wind engineers were looking for the perfect place to park mobile weather stations during landfall along U.S. east coast.

Tokyo Metropolitan Resilience Project E-Defense Test, December 2019
posted 10-28-19
The University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Instititute (ERI) is pleased to announce a blind prediction competition for an E-defense test to be performed in December 2019 as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Resilience Project.

NSF Workshop on Strengthening Large Facility Cyberinfrastructure
posted 10-09-19
In September the National Science Foundation held a workshop for the purpose of promoting collaboration within the CI community of NSF projects like NHERI, and several representatives from NHERI facilities were present.

Wired Magazine Features Fritz, OSU Experimental Facility
posted 09-30-19
Professor Hermann Fritz of Georgia Tech is featured in the October issue of Wired magazine for his work at the Oregon State University wave laboratory with fellow tsunami researcher Costas Synolakis.

StEER Activates Dorian Recon Mission
posted 09-25-19
StEER activated its first Field Assessment Structural Team (FAST) to survey impacts of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, through a joint mission with NHERI RAPID to measure building performance with a mixture of door-to-door surveys and aerial imaging.

Slab STRESS Research Project Underway at ELSA
posted 09-16-19
At the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA), a blind contest for the prediction of the response of flat-slab structures under seismic and quasi-static cyclic loads is underway.

Small Grants, Big Impact: Mitigation Matters Call for Proposals Open
posted 09-09-19
The Natural Hazards Center is excited to announce a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Science Foundation to create the Mitigation Matters Research Program.

NHERI REU Students Present Posters, Network at the Natural Hazards Workshop
posted 08-09-19
This summer, sixteen of the students working with the NHERI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) had the chance to attend the 44th annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado, to present posters on their research.

NHERI at the 2019 Natural Hazards Workshop and Researchers Meeting
posted 08-02-19
For 44 years, the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder has hosted the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. This year, the meeting focused on the theme of Convergence, and staff from NHERI attended to make presentations about the program.

MECHS 2019: Research Agenda and Workshop Update
posted 07-29-19
The Multi-hazard Engineering Collaboratory on Hybrid Simulation (MECHS) virtual community recently held a joint workshop with ETH Zurich in Switzerland to discuss the agenda for bringing more hybrid simulation techniques to natural hazards research.

SimCenter Releases New Research Tool: WE-UQ
posted 07-15-19
The NHERI SimCenter has released a new tool to help researchers calculate the response, including uncertainty quantification, of a structure to wind loading, and the DesignSafe platform allows researchers to execute these simulations online through the website.

Postdoctoral Position Available: Software Development for Scientific Workflows
posted 07-12-19
UC Berkeley’s NHERI SimCenter has an immediate opening in software development for a postdoctoral researcher through the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure program.

After Ridgecrest Earthquakes, NSF-funded Researchers Spearhead Reconnaissance, Data Collection
posted 07-10-19
Natural hazards engineers and other researchers funded by the National Science Foundation through NHERI and other programs are responding to the recent Searles Valley M6.4 and M7.1 earthquakes in Southern California.

2019 NHERI REU Cohort from Rice University
posted 07-03-19
Rice University is hosting two civil engineering students this summer for the NHERI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Both students will be working on projects to help hazard researchers process and analyze hurricane debris datasets.

2019 REU Students at the NHERI-FIU Wall of Wind Facility
posted 07-03-19
Following a successful first summer REU program in 2018, the NHERI Wall of Wind Experimental Facility is hosting three REU students at FIU this summer. Over ten weeks the students will be involved in a variety of projects inside a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at all levels.

2019 REU Cohort at the University of Texas, Austin
posted 06-28-19
The University of Texas in Austin is hosting four students for this summer's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, a ten-week internship placing students at NHERI facilities within natural hazards research teams from the community.

2019 NHERI REU Students at Lehigh University
posted 06-28-19
NHERI Lehigh is hosting three students this summer as part of NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which promotes education and research through internships in active research.

2019 REU Cohort at the NHERI UC San Diego Facility
posted 06-28-19
This summer, the NHERI@UC San Diego Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table facility is privileged to host five students as part of the NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

NHERI at the 44th Annual Natural Hazards Center Conference
posted 06-20-19
Members of the NHERI community will be presenting at the 44th annual Natural Hazards Center conference held July 14-18 in Broomfield, Colorado. The theme for this year is "Convergence."

Buildings that Withstand Tsunami Wave Inundation
posted 06-17-19
For World Oceans Day, NSF promoted one of the exciting projects underway at the NHERI OSU experimental facility testing the structural vulnerabilities of buildings in coastal areas that are prone to wave inundations from tsunamis.

SimCenter Welcomes 2019 Summer REUs
posted 06-17-19
The NHERI SimCenter is hosting four REU students at UC Berkeley this summer for an intensive ten-week internship where they complete independent research projects mentored by domain experts.

In Memoriam: Jon Peterka, 1941–2019
posted 06-14-19
Jon Peterka—honored wind engineer, emeritus professor of Colorado State University, and active figure within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)—has passed away at the age of 77.

2019 Hurricane Season: NSF-Funded Natural Hazards Experts Available for Comment
posted 06-01-19
For the 2019 hurricane season, experts from the NSF-supported Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) are available to discuss hurricane-related topics.

New NSF-funded Wind Research Center Aims to Reduce Property Damage, Protect Communities
posted 05-22-19
NHERI wind researchers and facilities are part of a new, NSF-funded Industry–University Cooperative Research Center. The Wind Hazard and Infrastructure Performance Center (WHIP) is the first of its kind under the NSF IUCRC program.

SimCenter Collaborates on $4.9M PEER Research Project
posted 05-17-19
The NHERI SimCenter is a collaborator on a $4.9 million, 2.5-year research project led by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and awarded by the California Energy Commission.

SimCenter's Deierlein Named ASCE Distinguished Member
posted 05-07-19
Greg Deierlein, co-director of the NHERI SimCenter, has been honored with inclusion in the American Society of Civil Engineer's 2019 class of Distinguished Members for major contributions to the field of structural engineering.

At NSF's Large Facility Worskhop, A New Focus on Communications
posted 05-06-19
At this year's meeting of the annual NSF Large Facility Workshop, a new track with a focus upon helping NSF projects building public awareness was launched for Education, Public Outreach (EPO), Branding and Communications.

StEER Launches Website, Membership Drive
posted 05-02-19
The Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance network (StEER) has recently launched its website full of information about the group's vision, event responses, products, and a formal invitation for members of the NHERI community and DesignSafe website to join StEER.

David Roueche Talks Tornadoes on NPR
posted 05-02-19
Auburn University engineering professor and StEER Associate Director for Data Standards David Roueche spoke with National Public Radio (NPR) about simple fixes that can help reduce the loss of life when tornadoes strike.

UC Davis Team Takes Part in Geotechnics Workshop in Osaka, Japan
posted 04-26-19
A crew from the Center for Geotechnical Modeling at UC Davis took part in the LEAP-ASIA 2019 workshop held in Osaka, Japan. The collaborative effort is a step forward for creating a database on DesignSafe of numerical models.

NHERI's International Workshop, March 2019
posted 04-26-19
At NHERI's spring international workshop, participants gathered in interdisciplinary teams, discussed disruptive technologies, and developed research campaigns to advance the NHERI 5-Year Science Plan.

User Forum Welcomes New Members and Officers for 2019
posted 03-22-19
The NHERI User Forum welcomes two new members to serve on the committee from the recent public election process and has internally elected new officers for 2019. The User Forum is composed of members from non-awardee institutions as an additional governance voice for the NHERI community.

New Report on Essential Simulations Advances Natural Hazards Mitigation
posted 03-14-19
The UC Berkeley-based NHERI SimCenter recently released a comprehensive report on simulation requirements and software tools for natural hazards engineering of the built environment.

NHERI Network Social Media Roster Now Online
posted 03-04-19
More and more of the NHERI experimental facilities are embracing social media! Find the roster on the DesignSafe website, under the NHERI Community menu.

Large Facilities Workshop in Austin, TX, April 2-4
posted 03-04-19
Mark your calendars for the annual NSF Large Facilities Workshop, this year sponsored by the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, TACC.

U.S. and Japan Collaborate on Shake Tests of Three-Level Housing
posted 03-04-19
The NHERI NCO sponsored a February 7-8 trip to Japan’s Earthquake Defense, or E-Defense, facility for the second meeting of the research collaboration between NHERI and NIED/E-Defense where U.S. attendees observed and participated in two large-scale tests on the E-Defense shake table.

Advancing the NHERI Science Plan
posted 03-01-19
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.

SimCenter at 2019 USACM Conference
posted 02-18-19
Sanjay Govindjee of the NHERI SimCenter and graduate student Fei Ding participated at the recent USACM Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Solid and Structural Materials Modeling Workshop at Johns Hopkins University.

SimCenter at Two Upcoming Conferences – Plan to Attend!
posted 02-18-19
The NHERI SimCenter will participate in two conferences this summer. Plan to attend EMI 2019 or USNCCM 15 to hear how the SimCenter’s computational framework is being applied.

SimCenter Early Career Research Webinars – A Call for Candidates
posted 02-18-19
The NHERI SimCenter is seeking graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty who would like to share their simulation-based natural hazard engineering research with their peers. Webinars are anticipated to be 45 minutes in length followed by 15-30 minutes of Q&A.

NHERI Researcher David Prevatt on the Phenomenon of Wind
posted 01-31-19
Wind researcher and University of Florida faculty member David Prevatt was recently interviewed by UF News about the challenges and future of building for wind resilience.

NHERI Researchers at E-Defense Japan, February 2019
posted 01-31-19
The NHERI NCO is sponsoring a February 7-8 trip to Japan’s E-Defense facility for the second meeting of the research collaboration between NHERI and NIED/E-Defense.

posted 01-22-19
Jake Dafni and Jeff Berman of the NHERI RAPID experimental facility appeared on Seattle's KOMO News for a story on how they are offering field equipment to natural hazards researchers.

Feb. 1 Deadline Nears for NHERI REU
posted 01-15-19
NHERI faculty and staff: now is the time to nudge promising undergraduates to apply for outstanding, NSF-funded summer research program in natural hazards engineering.

Lori Peek on DesignSafe Radio
posted 01-15-19
Find out what’s in store for NHERI’s new CONVERGE center, based at Colorado University Boulder. CONVERGE principal investigator Lori Peek appears on the latest episode of DesignSafe Radio podcast, hosted by Dan Zehner.

ASCE Honors for Jonathan Bray
posted 01-15-19
ASCE has honored NHERI researcher Jonathan D. Bray with the 2019 Karl Terzaghi Award for his effective leadership and contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession, and for following in the footsteps of Karl Terzaghi in expanding the state of the art of that profession.

Honors for Boulanger
posted 01-15-19
Ross Boulanger, director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling at UC Davis, received the prestigious Indian Society of Earthquake Technology’s (ISET) Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering.

NHERI-Lehigh Takes to Social Media
posted 01-15-19
Did you know? The Lehigh experimental facility is now sharing site updates and natural hazards info on Facebook and Twitter.