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Early-Career Researcher Alia Amer Is All About Resilience – in Large-Scale Structures, and in the Engineering Profession
Postdoctoral researcher Alia Amer shares in her own words the path she took to the NHERI community from Cairo, Egypt, to Lehigh University. Now a vital contributor to the NHERI Tallwood project, Alia reflects on her exciting career so far and gives advice for future hazards engineers.
NHERI Science Plan: A Guide for Future Research in Natural Hazards Engineering
The Network Coordination Office (NCO) has released the much anticipated third edition of the NHERI Science Plan to help guide natural hazards researchers with best practices and tackling the grand questions of the community.
Planning Underway for New, National Extreme Winds Simulation Facility
An Iowa State University-led research team has secured a $14 million grant from NSF to design and plan NEWRITE, a National Testing Facility for Enhancing Wind Resiliency of Infrastructure in Tornado-Downburst-Gust Front Events.
NHERI Grad Student Council Celebrates Two Years!
For two years the NHERI Graduate Student Council (GSC) has provided a voice and helped organize over 450 students into the natural hazards community.
NHERI CONVERGE Defines Perishable Data in Extreme Events Research
When CONVERGE training module developer Rachel Adams and her team discovered there was no clear definition of "perisable data," they were determined to solve that for the EER community.
NHERI's SimCenter PBE Application Now Integrates Functional Recovery Simulations
NHERI SimCenter PBE software now leverages Arup’s open-source REDi Seismic Downtime Model, expanding PBE earthquake simulations to include functional recovery computations.
Disaster Researcher Natalie Coleman Uses Big Data to Understand Disproportionate Infrastructure Impacts of Natural Hazards
PhD candidate Natalie Coleman answers questions about her research at the Texas A&M Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, working with big data to analyze the intersection of natural hazards, equity, and infrastructure.
NHERI Research Leads to Technology-Transfer Successes
NHERI researchers have published five papers in a Frontiers in Built Environment special Research Topic issue, illustrating a rich variety of approaches to technology transfer that demonstrate the difficult transition from research findings into real-world practice.
NHERI Computational Academy — Wrap Up
THe NHERI Computational Academy, hosted by DesignSafe and SimCenter, was held at TACC within the University of Texas at Austin over three and a half days of intense workshop and presentation.
NHERI at UTexas REUs conduct research on the Big Island
This year, three fortunate REU students accompanied their mentors Ken Stokoe and Diane Moug with the NHERI@Texas mobile shaker team to perform a range of tests around Kawaihae Harbor in Hawai'i.
NHERI at Lehigh REU students: immersed in hybrid simulation, multi-directional experiments
The NHERI Real-Time Multi-Directional (RTMD) Experimental Facility (EF) at Lehigh University is excited to host three REU students this summer.
2023 NHERI Summer Institute connects new researchers to NSF resources
In June, early career researchers gathered in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2023 NHERI Summer Institute, a three-day immersive experience with the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI.
NHERI Lehigh testing shows effectiveness of rolling pendulum isolation systems in EQ damage mitigation
Tests of a rolling-pendulum base-isolation system for mission critical buildings were performed as part of an NSF CAREER award utilizing the multi-directional real-time simulation capabilities at the NHERI Lehigh facility.
DesignSafe Radio Podcast: Hurricane-Proofing Low-Rise Roofs
In this two-part series: it's low-rise roofs versus hurricanes. Wind engineer Pedro Fernádez-Cában deploys the NHERI-University of Florida wind tunnel to determine specific ways roofs can be altered to redirect wind flow and reduce suction pressure.
NHERI SimCente welcomes 2023 REU students
Undergraduate researchers Geri Lynch and Christina Bocirnea join the SimCenter for an intensive ten-week internship. They tackle independent research projects, mentored by domain experts on the software development team.
Community Resilience from Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Built, natural, and social environmental dataset wins 2023 DesignSafe Dataset award
Wall of Wind Challenge is Launching Pad for High School Students, Hub for Alumni
Thanks to an FIU program, local high school students got a taste of the work engineers do to ensure safety and create rooftops that will resist hurricane-force winds at the Wall of Wind (WOW) Mitigation Challenge. (Republished from FIU News, by Erik Salna)
NHERI's Network Independent Advisory Committee, NIAC, Meets in San Diego
NHERI's Network Independent Advisory Committee, NIAC, met at the NHERI UC San Diego facility in May to tour the facility and witness the Tallwood project in action during their latest in-person committee meeting.
California Flooding from the ARkStorm
Climate-induced storm flood data wins 2023 DesignSafe Dataset awards.
Public Health in Extreme Events
NHERI CONVERGE is proud to introduce the Public Health Extreme Events Research (PHEER) network, a federally funded effort for rapid response to public health crises.
Weather Sentinels Hit the Beach(opens a new window)
Researchers at University of Florida have developed a fleet of ten-foot tall mobile weather monitoring stations called "Sentinels" for deployment in the field following tests at the Oregon State University wave laboratory.
NHERI Undergraduate Research Inspires Budding Eengineer to Pursue a Career in Natural Hazards
Civil engineering major Daleen Torres-Burgos from Puerto Rico has participated in two NHERI REU programs, and in the fall of 2023, she will begin her PhD in wind engineering at the University of Florida.
NHERI Tallwood Project Media Day Photo Gallery
The NHERI Tallwood team held a press conference at the UC San Diego facility. Reporters and visitors toured the shake table and the 10-story Tallwood building — and watched it undergo two simulated earthquakes.
Media Advisory: May 9 Seismic Test of NHERI Tallwood at UC San Diego
NHERI researchers will shake a 10-story mass timber building — the tallest full-scale building to be tested on an earthquake simulator — at the UC San Diego facility and are inviting media to observe and cover the event.
An Experimental Platform to Study Wind, Hydrodynamic, and Biochemical Conditions in the Littoral Zone During Extreme Coastal Storms(opens a new window)
Addressing a longstanding need to collect data in areas where storms severely damage civil and coastal infrastructure, researchers have developed a state-of-the-art monitoring station called a "Sentinel." Post-event data sets will be made publicly available through NSF's DesignSafe Data Depot.
DesignSafe Radio: UNC Engineer Stephanie Pilkington on Natural Hazards Data Reconnaissance
In a two-part series, UNC professor Stephanie Pilkington joins NHERI's DesignSafe Radio podcast to introduce the Structural Engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance group, known as StEER.
Excitement builds for seismic test of NHERI Tallwood at UC San Diego
The NHERI Tallwood project will be using the UC San Diego shake table to simulate earthquake motions recorded during prior earthquakes and will cover a range of earthquake magnitudes on the Richter scale from magnitude 4 to magnitude 8.
Mini-Conference and Interdisciplinary Research Challenge from the NHERI GSC(opens a new window)
The NHERI Graduate Student Council is pleased to host its first Mini-Conference and Collaborative Research Challenge on May 26th, organized by several of the GSC's committee chairs.
NHERI CONVERGE Releases New Training Module: Positionality in Hazards and Disaster Research and Practice(opens a new window)
The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) CONVERGE facility is excited to announce the release of its eleventh training module: Positionality in Hazards and Disaster Research and Practice.
The NHERI Graduate Student Council Highlights Interdisciplinary Research(opens a new window)
With the NHERI Graduate Student Council now more than 300 members strong, it's no surprise it has had great success in promoting a focus on interdisciplinary interactions and research.
From Medellín to Washington DC, Claudia Marin Blazes a Trail in Earthquake Engineering(opens a new window)
Professor Claudia Marin of Howard University shares the path her career has taken in passive seismic protection, computational mechanics, experimental evaluation of large-scale structural and non-structural components, and structural health monitoring.
GEER-EERI reconnaissance team performs initial damage assessment after deadly quakes in Turkey(opens a new window)
Purdue Engineering Professor Ayhan Irfanoglu joined three other U.S. experts as part of a GEER-EERI advance team dispatched to Turkey to review destruction from the quake and make first-hand observations to inform U.S. teams that may travel to the region in the coming weeks. The team made 20 stops along the quake's disaster zone spanning some 280 miles to determine what needs to be done when larger teams of structural engineers from the U.S. and across the globe begin arriving in March.
DesignSafe Data Depot Repository Announces CoreTrustSeal Certification(opens a new window)
Maria Esteva, Research Scientist at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and DesignSafe's Data Curator, led the certification process along with the team responsible for managing and maintaining the DesignSafe Data Depot. DesignSafe is a comprehensive research environment that provides cloud-based tools to manage, analyze, understand, and publish natural hazards data. Esteva graciously shares the CoreTrustSeal certification process in a series of questions to help us understand what it took and what the certification means for DesignSafe.
Making Roofs More Hurricane-Proof Through Better Geometry(opens a new window)
A new National Science Foundation (NSF) study by FAMU-FSU researchers and faculty may offer new options for better, stormproof resilient roofs in the future.
NHERI Tallwood: Advancing EQ resilience, sustainability(opens a new window)
At NHERI UC San Diego, a full-scale, ten-story, mass-timber building rests on the platen of the world's largest outdoor shake table. It is the NSF-funded NHERI Tallwood project.
Smart Structural Health Monitoring(opens a new window)
Pioneering researchers are using artificial intelligence to develop a more accurate, cost effective tool for monitoring the strucutral health of civil infrastructure
Frontier Precision Unmanned Aids Drone-Based 3-D Mapping of Hurricane Ian Damage(opens a new window)
With the help of Frontier Precision, the NHERI RAPID facility was able to collect valuable data on Hurricane Ian damage in Ft. Myers Beach and Sanibel Island, Florida.