Reducing the impact of disasters on our communities requires a multifaceted methodology: prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. This constellation marries insight and research from environmental and legal disciplines with material sciences, information technology, and public health. Together, we will develop technologies, tools, and inform policies to mitigate disasters and increase the resilience and sustainability of communities.
Experts from around the country recently gathered at the University of Mississippi for a two-day conference on infrastructure resilience.
Hosted by UM and the UM School of Engineering, the Infrastructure Objective Resilience Workshop included university and federal experts in engineering, materials science, physical acoustics, geology, journalism, computer science, construction, psychology and hydroscience.
Keynote speakers included:
- Jason Averill, chief of the Materials and Structural Systems Division of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Amar Chaker, director of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
- Ryan Colker, vice president of the National Institute of Building Sciences
- Eric Letvin, deputy associate administrator, mitigation directorate, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration
- Norma Jean Mattei, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers
- David Pittman, director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
- David Wulf, deputy assistant secretary for infrastructure protection (acting), U.S. Department of Homeland Security