The second annual NHERI Summer Institute was held on June 4-6, 2018, at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown Campus. K-12 educators, engineers, and researchers interested in learning more about the Natural Hazards Engineering Research (NHERI) community were invited to apply.
Topics of the three-day event included:
All interested in participating this annual event are welcome to attend. Early career faculty (i.e., non-tenured professors) and early career professionals can apply for travel funding available to the program. Local K-12 educators who are interested can also apply for a stipend to cover participation in the program. Details for the 2019 Summer Institute including the event dates have not yet been revealed. These funding applications, along with the general registration for all attendees, will be opened closer to the workshop.
There is no fee for attending the NHERI Summer Institute. Everyone attending the event is asked to register so organizers can plan event spaces, accommodations, and meals for the week. Registration for the 2019 Summer Institute will be opened in the future once details of the event have been announced.
The preferred hotel of the 2018 Summer Institute is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, San Antonio Downtown, located directly across the street from the Downtown Campus of UTSA in the heart of San Antonio, a city full of attractions and opportunities for visitors. A preferred hotel for the 2019 Summer Institute has not yet been selected.
At the Summer Institute, attendees saw presentations about the NHERI program, the NHERI Experimental Facilities, and the processes researchers can follow to make use of NHERI resources. These presentations are available (as PDFs) as a publication in the DesignSafe Data Depot:
The NHERI grant has funding to cover a limited number of early career faculty members (i.e., non-tenured professors) and early career professionals for travel assistance to the Summer Institute program as well as senior-level graduate students. K-12 educators will also be able to apply for a stipend for participating. International travel assistance will be evaulated on a case-by-case basis as the grant funds allow. Details on how to apply for the 2019 Summer Institute travel funding and stipends will be released here closer to the event.
Attendees of the 2018 Summer Insittute experienced three days filled with events on a wide range of topics about the NHERI program. The general topics for each day included:
As the seventh most populous city in the United States and the second largest city in Texas, San Antonio has much to offer the adventurous visitor. Be sure to explore famous sites like the Alamo or stroll the Riverwalk for many excellent dining choices.
For those unable to join us in San Antonio, the Summer Institute sessions were streamed live over the Zoom conferencing service. DesignSafe uses the Zoom service for all NHERI daily web conferencing needs, including events like the Summer Institute.
Sessions were recorded and will be made available soon.