NHERI Lehigh Researcher Workshop: Developing Natural Hazards Mitigation Strategies Through Advanced Simulation

December 8-9, 2022 | 8:30am - 1:00pm EST

About the Workshop

The NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility will be hosting a Researcher Workshop on Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th. The event will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the facility by attending presentations on the capabilities and resources of the facility, taking part in a laboratory tour, and witnessing hands-on demonstrations of several large scale multi-directional real-time hybrid simulations of structural systems subjected to extreme natural hazard events that include wind and earthquakes.

Participants will learn how the facility can be used to tackle grand challenge problems, such as those discussed in the NHERI Science Plan. The portfolio of past and current projects will be presented to illustrate how researchers have used the facility to tackle some of these challenges. Attendees will come away from the workshop with valuable Information and insight that enables them to develop strategies for writing successful NSF research proposals that utilize the NHERI Lehigh EF. Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to attend office hours to discuss their interests and gain mentorship in preparing research proposals through face-to-face meetings with the PI and facility staff.

The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Disseminate information on the use of the NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility (EF) to conduct state-of-the-art research and recent advances in simulation to mitigate the effects of natural hazards on the civil infrastructure;
  • Showcase the newly expanded capabilities for structural testing and simulation, including the Real-time Cyber-Physical Structural Systems Testing Facility, that enables state-of-the-art computational simulations and experiments to be performed for developing resilient solutions to natural hazards mitigation that negates the effects of wind and earthquake, accounting for the effects of soil structure interaction;
  • Identify challenges, including those documented in the NHERI Science Plan, and the role of the NHERI program in addressing these challenges;
  • Facilitate sharing of ideas and research collaboration among workshop participants;
  • Provide guidance for preparing competitive NHERI research proposals; and,
  • Identify and develop opportunities for researchers to utilize the NHERI Lehigh EF.

For planning purposes, the workshop is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am EST on Thursday, December 8th, 2022 and will conclude by 1:00 pm EST on Friday, December 9th.

Participant support funds for travel and lodging, up to a maximum of $900 per registrant, are available for travel and lodging. Junior faculty and post-doctoral researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Requested travel support will be confirmed to the registrant by November 18th. Participant support funds will be reimbursed following the workshop upon the submittal of an expense summary and valid receipts to NHERI Lehigh by registrant.

Questions can be addressed to NHERI Lehigh Operations Manager Chad Kusko at chk205@lehigh.edu or 610-758-5299.

Workshop Registration