Natural Hazard Mitigation and Response

Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tornadoes and flooding can have devastating effects on the community. By developing ways to mitigate the effects of these hazards and improve the post-event response, our researchers are working to help save lives, protect our infrastructure and minimize the economic impact of these events.

Meet the experts

Genda Chen

Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Structural health monitoring; interface mechanics and deterioration of composite structures; adaptive passive dampers and systems; multi-hazards assessment and mitigation; forensic study, seismic analysis and retrofit; soil-structure interaction; bridge engineering

Wen Deng

Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Multiphase flow, chemcial and thermal transport, microbial growth in porous and fractured media, areas of geo-energy recovery, waste sequestration, environmental remediation

Mohamed ElGawady

Benavides Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Seismic behavior of unreinforced masonry (URM) structures; application of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in strengthening and repair of masonry/reinforced concrete structures; seismic behavior of reinforced concrete bridges; damage-free bridge columns; segmental construction; rocking mechanics and the use of sustainable materials in seismic prone regions

Lesley Sneed

Stirrat Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Reinforced and prestressed concrete structural members and systems, structural models and experimental methods, innovative methods of repair and strengthening of structures subjected to seismic loading or other extreme hazards, evaluation of existing structures, design codes for structural concrete