Natural Hazards Research Summit 2022

October 6-7, 2022   |   Washington, DC

Program


Day 1 is the "big tent" event at the National Academies of Sciences, designed to bring people together to discuss national research needs and future directions. The program starts with a Keynote address, followed by an expert panel discussion and TED-style talks from leading researchers and ends with a town-hall style visioning session for our collective voices to be heard.

Day 2 is focused on the needs of academic researchers. The day starts with a mini-workshop stemming from the Day 1 Visioning Session to develop prioritized needs of the research community. A hosted lunch with poster session will facilitate networking among researchers, program managers, and NHERI representatives. The second half of the day will be devoted to an early career panel, opportunities for involvement in hazards research, and focused discussion on modeling, data reuse, shared-use equipment, hybrid simulation, and enabling convergence in disaster research.

What can we do to advance hazards research and promote resilient communities?


Summit Schedule

NOTE: Session descriptions are available below the schedule.

Day 1 — October 6, 2022

National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC.

Venue opens at 8:00am ET.

8:00 AM

Great Hall Opens

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

8:40 AM

NSF Remarks

8:45 AM

Keynote Address:
Reginald DesRoches

9:15 AM

Panel Session: National Needs and Opportunities for Disaster Research

10:45 AM

Break

11:00 AM

Invited Presentation:
From Research to Impact, Collaborative Networks

11:30 AM

Invited Presentation: TBD

12:00 PM

Lunch at the NAS

1:00 PM

Invited Presentation:
Multi-Disciplinary Natural Hazards Research through Simulation

1:30 PM

Invited Presentation:
The Role of Data

2:00 PM

Invited Presentation:
Ecosystems for Next-Gen Workforce

2:30 PM

Invited Presentation:
Technological Trends Shaping the Future of Natural Hazards Engineering

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

Visioning Session: Future Research Needs and Priorities

4:45 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks

5:00 PM

Summit Reception

6:00 PM

Adjourn

Day 2 — October 7, 2022

Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Richmond Highway Arlington, Virginia.

Venue opens at 8:00am ET.

8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

8:35 AM

NSF Remarks

8:45 AM

Mini-Workshop: Visioning Session for Future Research Needs and Priorities

10:15 AM

Break

10:45 AM

Focused Discussion Sessions 1

1A –
NHERI Science Plan

1B –
TBD

1C –
TBD

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch and Poster Session

1:30 PM

Focused Discussion Sessions 2
(and NSF & NHERI Office Hours*)

2A –
Large-Scale Seismic & Windstorm Facilities

2B –
Early Career Panel

2C –
Disaster Reconnaissance Panel

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

Focused Discussion Sessions 3
(and NSF & NHERI Office Hours*)

3A –
Nonlinear Real-Time Hybrid Simulation

3B –
Engineering Inclusive Elements into Research

3C –
Community-driven Open Panel

4:45 PM

Day 2 Closing Remarks

5:00 PM

Adjourn

* 30-minute Office Hour meetings will be available with NSF Program Managers and NHERI Personnel during Focused Discussion periods 2 & 3. Sign-up details will be forthcoming shortly.


Day 1 Sessions

8:00AM – Great Hall Opens

Attendees may begin entering the Great Hall at the National Academy of Sciences building.


8:30AM – Opening Remarks

 

Julio Ramirez
Summit Co-chair
Professor, Purdue University. Lead PI and DIrector, NHERI NCO


8:40AM – NSF Remarks

Joy M. Pauschke
NSF CMMI Program Director

Programs:

  • Engineering for Civil Infrastructure
  • Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure-2
  • Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

8:45AM – Keynote Address

The keynote address will underscore the critical role that university research must play in addressing the country’s failing infrastructure and enhancing the nation’s resilience to natural hazards.

Reginald DesRoches
President, Rice University

A fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the society's Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), DesRoches served as the key technical leader in the United States’ response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, taking a team of 28 engineers, architects, city planners and social scientists to study the impact of the earthquake. He also has participated in numerous congressional briefings to underscore the critical role that university research must play in addressing the country’s failing infrastructure and enhancing the nation’s resilience to natural hazards.  DesRoches chairs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee (NCST) and is on the advisory board for the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Simulation Center. He previously served on the National Academies Resilient America Roundtable (RAR), the Global Earthquake Modeling Scientific Board and the National Science Foundation Engineering Advisory Council. He has testified before U.S. House and Senate subcommittees on the science of earthquake resilience, and he has participated in Washington, D.C., roundtables for media and congressional staffers on topics ranging from disaster preparedness to challenges for African American men in STEM fields.


9:15AM – Expert Panel:
National Need, Priorities, and Opportunities in Disaster Research

Federal agency experts join the keynote speaker for a panel discussing the national needs related to hazard and disaster research and the role of universities and diverse, collaborative networks in addressing future challenges, including infrastructure renewal, disaster equity, climate change, and resilient communities.

Eric Letvin
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Mitigation Division, FEMA
Mr. Letvin directs FEMA’s pre- and post-disaster mitigation programs that support sustainable, disaster-resilient communities, to avoid or reduce the loss of life, property, and financial impacts of natural hazards. These programs include the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the Flood Mitigation Assistance grants, the Floodplain Management component of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and the Community Rating System under the NFIP.
https://www.fema.gov/profile/eric-letvin

Jacqueline Meszaros
Science & Technology Advisor for Hazards, Disasters and Resilience, NSF
Jacqueline “Jack” Meszaros coordinates disaster-relevant interagency and cross-directorate activities as well as coordinating with academic partners. From 2015-2019, she served as the senior policy advisor and assistant director for natural hazards resilience at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She has provided science advice to the National Academy of Sciences and NASA, among others.
https://hazards.colorado.edu/workshop/2020/speaker/jacqueline-meszaros

Judy Mitrani-Reiser
Associate Chief, Materials and Structural Systems Division, NIST
Mitrani-Reiser provides leadership in the development and coordination of statutory processes for making buildings safer as authorized by various statutes, including the NCST, NWIR, and NEHR Acts. She manages and provides oversight on building failure investigations and coordinates work with other Federal agencies to reduce losses in the United States from disasters and failures of our built environment.
https://www.nist.gov/people/judith-mitrani-reiser

Scott Weaver
Executive Director, Interagency Meteorological Coordination Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
The IMCO is the headquarters for the Interagency Council for Advancing Meteorological Services (ICAMS) – the formal mechanism by which all relevant federal departments and agencies coordinate implementation of policy and practices to ensure U.S. global leadership in the meteorological services enterprise. Dr. Weaver served as the Director of the interagency National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and as the Senior Climate Scientist for Environmental Defense Fund, where he was engaged in scientific research and outreach at the intersection of meteorology, climate science, and international climate policy goals.
https://www.icams-portal.gov

 

Moderated By:

Jamie Padgett
Stanley C. Moore Professor in Engineering, Rice University

Padgett’s research focuses on the application of probabilistic methods for risk assessment of infrastructure, including the subsequent quantification of resilience and sustainability. Her work emphasizes structural portfolios such as regional portfolios of bridges or oil storage tanks exposed to multiple hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, or aging and deterioration.
https://profiles.rice.edu/faculty/jamie-padgett


10:45AM – Break

The hosted break will be held in the Great Room.


11:00AM – Invited Presentation:
From Research to Impact: How Collaborative Networks Are Changing Hazards Research

This session will showcase vignettes of research that has translated into policies that protect critical infrastructure and reduce the risk of hazards for our communities.

Tracy Kijewski-Correa
Professor, University of Notre Dame
Director, Structural Engineering Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) network


11:30AM – Invited Presentation

Lori Peek
Director, Natural Hazards Center and Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder


12:00PM – Lunch

A catered lunch is provided with your registration. Lunch will be held in the Great Hall and will provide opportunities for networking with colleagues and presenters.


1:00PM – Invited Presentation:
Promoting Multi-Disciplinary Natural Hazards Research through High-Resolution Regional Simulations

Advancements in high-performance computing and information technologies are making it possible to integrate detailed performance-based analyses of buildings, lifeline systems and other assets with regional-scale earthquake simulations. When combined with high-resolution parcel level building inventories, socioeconomic demographic data, and urban planning concepts, this convergence of modeling capabilities offers unprecedented opportunities for multi-disciplinary research on resilience of communities to earthquakes, hurricanes, and other hazards. A cloud-enabled computational framework for high-resolution regional performance-based simulations is described, along with a few illustrative examples of how comprehensive detailed simulations can inform the planning, design, and deployment of mitigation strategies of more resilient communities.

Gregory G. Deierlein, PhD, PE, NAE
John A. Blume Professor of Engineering, Stanford University


1:30PM – Invited Presentation:
The Role of Data in Transforming Hazard and Disaster Research

How close are we to realizing a vision where hazard forecasting is as commonplace as weather forecasting?  The key to realizing this vision is real-time data collection, integration, and analysis coupled with hazard impact visualization.   At the core of this work are data-driven models that predict hazard impacts, which can only be developed if large volumes of data are available regarding all dimensions of natural hazards.  This talk will explore the current research efforts and future research needs required to achieving this vision.

Ellen Rathje
Professor and Janet S. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas – Austin


2:00PM – Invited Presentation:
How Convergence, Networks, and Long-term Programs Create an Ecosystem for the Next-generation Workforce in Natural Hazards and Disasters

This talk emphasizes the necessity of large, collaborative networks to leverage research and education to develop the next generation workforce to conduct natural hazards engineering research.

Barbara Simpson
Assistant Professor, Stanford University (Fall 2022)


2:30PM – Invited Presentation:
Living at the hinge of history: technological trends shaping the future of natural hazards engineering

The fourth industrial revolution is revolutionizing the study of natural hazards. Research designs that harness ML/AI and high throughput experimentation are replacing trial-and-error methods. Robotics, IoT devices, and human-centered computing tools are nearing ubiquity. Access to research infrastructure, curated data, and open software architectures is growing. Public access policies drive sharing of findings, lowering barriers to explore the knowledgebase. Educational practices are evolving to support short-term, skills-based programs for credentialling, upskilling, and job recruitment/placement. Access to student talent is also growing as delivery of curricula becomes more flexible and as higher education reaches more people globally.

These trends are reshaping our technical core competencies and creating pathways for diverse technical perspectives to inform the study of vexing problems old and new. This presentation will explore the far horizon, with the goal of fostering long-term thinking and activating discussion on long-range opportunities from which medium- and short-term plans may be built.

Forrest J. Masters
Associate Dean for Research and Facilities in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida


3:00PM – Break

The hosted break will be held in the Great Hall.


3:15PM – Visioning Session:
Future Research Needs and Priorities

This is your chance to be heard! This ‘town hall’ style interactive session will invite ideas and discussion among attendees to define university research needs, opportunities, and priorities. The ideas from this session will inform the mini-workshop on Day 2 as a conceptual roadmap for future research directions.

Tracy Kijewski-Correa
Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Director, Structural Engineering Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) network


4:45PM – Day 1 Closing Remarks

Daniel Cox
Summit Co-chair
Professor, Oregon State University
Lead PI, NHERI EF at OSU


5:00PM – Reception

This 1-hour reception will be held in the Great Room. Great chance for follow up discussion and meeting friends and colleagues.

 

 


Day 2 Sessions

8:00AM – Breakfast

Breakfast at hotel is included for all registrants.


8:30AM – Opening Remarks

Day 2 plenary session with opening remarks.

 

Julio Ramirez
Summit Co-chair
Professor, Purdue University. Lead PI and DIrector, NHERI NCO


8:35AM – NSF Remarks

Joy M. Pauschke
NSF CMMI Program Director

Programs:

  • Engineering for Civil Infrastructure
  • Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure-2
  • Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

8:45PM – Visioning Session:
Future Research Needs and Priorities

This 90 min mini-workshop will enable a deeper discussion into research needs and priorities from Day 1 Vision Session.  Round-table format used to develop a strategic roadmap to guide disaster research for the next decade, including focused discussions on modeling and data, reconnaissance, social science and convergence, hybrid testing, and current and future testing capabilities.

Jennifer Bridge
Summit Co-chair
Associate Professor, University of Florida
Lead PI, NHERI EF at UF


10:15AM – Break

30 min break with coffee and light snacks.


10:45AM – Focused Discussions, Block 1

A block of breakout sessions allowing attendees to join the converstion for a deeper dive into topics of interest.

(1A) Outcomes of NSF Workshop on NHERI Science Plan

This 75-min session will be an overview of the discussion and outcomes of the NSF NHERI Science Plan workshop held in June. Topics include how climate change effects will be addressed in future hazards research, equity issues in disasters, and inclusion of engineering practice in formulating research teams.

Hosted By:

Ian Robertson
Chair and Arthur N.L. Chiu Distinguished Professor, University of Hawaii
Member, NHERI Network Coordination Office and Co-organizer, NHERI Science Plan Workshop

(1B) TBD

Details for this breakout discussion coming soon.

 

(1C) TBD

Details for this breakout discussion coming soon.

 


12:00PM – Lunch and Poster Session

This 90 min working lunch enables researches to share ideas and recent advances through informal discussion via a poster session.  NSF program managers are encouraged to attend.

Poster instructions are in the registration tab.  Contact dan.cox@oregonstate.edu for questions.


1:30PM – Focused Discussions, Block 2

A block of breakout sessions allowing attendees to join the converstion for a deeper dive into topics of interest.

(2A) Recent Investments in Large-scale Testing Facilities for Seismic and Windstorm Hazards

This session focuses on two recent NSF investments: The Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table at the UC San Diego for seismic research, and the National Full-Scale Testing Infrastructure for Community Hardening in Extreme Wind, Surge, and Wave Events (NICHE).

Hosted By:

Joel Conte
Professor of Structural Engineering, University of California -- San Diego
PI, NHERI Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table Experimental Facility
Director, Englekirk Structural Engineering Center Laboratory

Arindam Chowdhury
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida International University
PI and Director, NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility

(2B) Panel Session: Early Career Panel

This 90-min panel session is designed to provide peer advice on developing successful research programs and proposal development in the area of hazards and disasters, including leveraging NSF investments in hazards research.

Hosted By:

Barbara Simpson
Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Erica Fischer
John and Jean Loosley Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

(2C) Panel Session: Disaster Reconnaissance for Built-Human Environments

Description coming soon.

Hosted By:

Joseph Wartman
Professor, University of washing and Director, Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance Facility (RAPID)

(2D) Office Hours: Meetings with NSF Program Managers, NHERI personnel, Senior Faculty

Summit organizers will coordinate a series of 30-minute meetings with NSF program managers, NHERI personnel, and Faculty Mentors. Attendees can discuss proposal ideas, learn how to leverage NHERI investments for proposal, and seek advice from faculty mentors.

 


3:00PM – Break

15 min break with coffee and light snacks.


3:15PM – Focused Discussions, Block 3

A block of breakout sessions allowing attendees to join the converstion for a deeper dive into topics of interest.

(3A)  Nonlinear Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Problem Using a Versatile Small-Scale Testing Facility

This session focuses on future research needs in Real-Time Hybrid Simulation (RTHS) within the context of a benchmark problem based around a small-scale testing facility for nonlinear specimens in the Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Laboratory (IISL) at Purdue University. A complete RTHS package will be provided beforehand to the participants. Participants will have the opportunity to highlight their different strategies to enforce tracking of the commanded displacements by the physical specimen through short presentations. While the focus is on control, the participants will be encouraged to develop other relevant innovative solutions.

Hosted By:

Shirley Dyke
Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Civil Engineering, Purdue University
Director, Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats Institute
Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Lab
Editor in Chief, Engineering Structures


Ingrid Elizabeth Madera Sierra
Professor of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, Columbia

(3B) Engineering Inclusive Elements into Research

How are rich and inclusive experiences purposefully designed in research environments? And why is it important to create inclusive spaces in engineering? Join the conversation that helps answer these questions. And beware! One size does not fit all. This session will provide practical ways to think about incorporating diversity equity and inclusion in your research work and mentoring experiences that have worked for others.

Hosted By:

Joann Browning
Dean College of Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio

(3C) Open Panel Session / Focused Discussion

This is an open session for the community to organize and lead.  Plans forthcoming.
 

(3D) Office Hours: Meetings with NSF Program Managers, NHERI personnel, Senior Faculty

Summit organizers will coordinate a series of 30-minute meetings with NSF program managers, NHERI personnel, and Faculty Mentors. Attendees can discuss proposal ideas, learn how to leverage NHERI investments for proposal, and seek advice from faculty mentors.

 


4:45PM – Closing

15 min closing

 

Julio Ramirez
Summit Co-chair
Professor, Purdue University. Lead PI and DIrector, NHERI NCO