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

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

XianBiao (X.B.) Hu

Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Smart transportation systems, big data analytics, transportation system modeling and analytics

Grace Yan

Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Wind hazard mitigation and computational fluid dynamics, Structural health monitoring and condition assessment,Resilient civil space structures and bridges in multi-hazard environments, Nonlinear system identification and damage detection

Stephen Gao

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Geophysical exploration of the Earth’s interior, earthquake seismology, crustal and mantle deformation

Dr. Jeremy Maurer

Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Geodesy, earthquake and fault mechanics, induced seismicity, inverse problems and modeling, uncertainty quantification, crustal deformation, and geophysical methods.

For more information regarding Dr. Maurer's research, please visit his website, or select here for publications.

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