NHERI Summer

June 4-6, 2018

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:

  • The mission of the NHERI program
  • Writing a grant proposal
  • NHERI network facility capabilities
  • Requesting research resources within the NHERI network
  • The NHERI Science Plan
  • Hands-on computational research and data management

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.


The 2018 NHERI Summer Institute was held on the Downtown Campus of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and was hosted by the Education and Community Outreach (ECO) team.  The 2017 Summer Insittute was held at the UTSA central campus, also in San Antonio.


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.


Lodging in San Antonio

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.

Hotels near UTSA Downtown Campus (PDF)

2018 Presentations

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:

Summer Institute 2018 Presentations


Travel Stipend Application

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:


NHERI Science Plan

Research grant proposal writing

San Antonio excursion


NHERI network research sites

Design of current and potential research projects at NHERI sites

Networking event


Education and community outreach design

NHERI leadership meetings

Networking event


A full schedule of events is available:  Summer Institute 2018 Schedule (PDF)

Welcome to San Antonio, TX!

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.

San Antonio Attractions and Restaurants

Attending Remotely

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.