We conduct research that provides interdisciplinary but engineering-centric solutions to enhance resilience and sustainability of a community built environment, including building portfolios, transportation systems and utility networks. Our research studies, from earthquake damage assessment to flood modeling that serves community resilience planning, from individual structural response analysis to building portfolios and roadway networks performance quantification, from pre-hazard mitigation planning to post-event recovery optimization, share a common overarching theme – providing decision support towards a resilient and sustainable built environment, emphasizing a system perspective, and the need to embrace uncertainty and to communicate risk between different disciplines. We focus our research on the following aspects:

  • Developing science-based measurement tools to evaluate performance and resilience of built environment at community scales;
  • Establishing risk-informed decision frameworks to support optimal life-cycle engineering aimed at enhancing community resilience to natural hazards;
  • Interfacing hazard modeling at a community or regional scale with damage and functionality loss assessment of the community built environment;
  • Propagating uncertainties from spatial and temporal modeling of hazard demands to resilience quantification of community built environment, and then to decision formulation to inform risked-based community resilience planning.

Naiyu Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering and Environmental Science

The University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK 73019

Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning

Phone: 405-325-3600; Email: naiyu.wang@ou.edu

Curriculum Vitae: PDF