User Forum Committee
2020 Ballot Form


Each year the natural hazards community is asked to vote for new members to the User Forum Committee, to represent the needs of hazards researchers within the governance of the NHERI program. Committee members are drawn from institutions which do not operate a NHERI network experimental facility or administrative office, to provide independence from the other governing bodies of NHERI.

This year three members of the current committee will be reaching the end of their terms: Elaina J. Sutley, Nina Stark, and Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos. Six nominations (presented in alphabetic order) have been made for new membership. Please vote for three candidates (selecting more than three will invalidate your vote). Only the first ballot cast from each IP address will be accepted.

The deadline to vote is June 5, 2020.

Specializes in reliable characterization of wind impact on the built environment, and innovative mitigation strategies, including design aspects for residential homes, offshore structures, bridges, transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure (wind turbines, solar panels, and petrochemical structures).

Specializes in multi-scale granular material behavior, advanced laboratory testing, experimentally validated discrete element method models, additive manufacturing processes and applications in civil engineering, and applications of engineering in historic preservation.

Specializes in applying geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and emerging technology to interdisciplinary research in multi-hazard vulnerability and recovery studies for communities and physical infrastructure.

Research area primarily focuses on community resilience to natural hazards, including topics such as: infrastructure damage, impact and recovery modeling, socio-technical interactions, infrastructure networks, societal use of infrastructure systems, applications in AI, and creating smart and resilient cities.

Specializes in structural dynamics and structural condition assessment, including reduction of structural response under natural hazards, dynamic testing techniques, infrastructure monitoring and evaluation, and cyber-physical systems promoting community resilience.

Specializes in understanding wave and storm surge effects in coastal communities through field reconnaissance and physical model experiments, as well as leveraging natural and nature-based features for improving community resilience.