Our research provides interdisciplinary but engineering-centric solutions to enhance the resilience and sustainability of a community’s built environment, including building portfolios, transportation systems and utility networks. Our projects support community resilience planning through a variety of studies at different scales: natural hazard modeling, response estimation of individual structures and engineered facilities, performance quantification of building portfolios and lifeline networks, pre-hazard event mitigation planning and post-event recovery optimization. We emphasize 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 the built environment at community scales;
  • Interfacing hazard modeling at community or regional scales 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, to inform risked-based decisions and community resilience planning;
  • Establishing risk-informed decision frameworks to support optimal life-cycle engineering aimed at enhancing community resilience to natural hazards.

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

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