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Mission and Goal

The Natural Hazards Risk and Resiliency Research Center (NHR3) is a multidisciplinary and multi-university research center with the goal of reducing the risk of natural hazards from becoming natural disasters. Research at NHR3 focuses on improving resiliency of communities and reduction of risks to infrastructures against natural hazards.

Participating Universities and Leadership

Currently the following research universities are members of the NHR3, as listed (alphabetically):

  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Southern California

*Communications with other universities are underway to join NHR3

The NHR3 headquarters is at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under The B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences (GIRS). The representatives of the participating universities from NHR3 Board of Directors, as shown in the Center organization chart below. The election process is underway to fill other leadership positions of the Center.

 
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Center Activities

NHR3 addresses multidisciplinary topic areas of natural hazards including:

  • Earthquake engineering and science
  • Fire engineering, including wildfires
  • Tsunami engineering
  • Drought: Causes, and socio-economical impacts
  • Floods: Causes and impacts
  • Wind, tornados, storms, hurricanes
  • Volcanic eruptions & their impacts
  • Landslides

These challenging multidisciplinary topics will be addressed by the NHR3 researchers with the following diverse areas of expertise:

  • Civil engineering: Geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation systems, hydraulics and hydrology, environmental engineering and science, water and wastewater engineering
  • Earth sciences: Geology and seismology
  • Mechanical engineering: Computational fluid dynamics, heat & mass transfer, dynamical systems
  • Electrical engineering & computer science: Communications, transportation systems, big data analytics
  • Risk and reliability engineering & science
  • Financial and business: financial loss modeling of natural hazards, business disruption
  • Public policy and social issues of natural disasters
  • Legal issues of natural disasters
  • Environmental impacts of natural hazards

Announcements

  • Openings in NHR3 : We are always seeking highly motivated and talented researchers to join our multidisciplinary group. Contact us if you are interested.

Faculty Members Affiliated with NHR3

*Click on each image for a detailed profile.

Caltech

  Domniki Asimaki   PROFESSOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Domniki Asimaki

PROFESSOR
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

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UC Irvine

  Anne Lemnitzer   ASSOCIATE Professor EARTHQUAKE eNGINEERING

Anne Lemnitzer

ASSOCIATE Professor
EARTHQUAKE eNGINEERING

  Farzad Naeim   ADJUNCT Professor STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

Farzad Naeim

ADJUNCT Professor
STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

  Soroosh Sorooshian   Professor hydrometerology

Soroosh Sorooshian

Professor
hydrometerology

  Farzin Zareian   Associate Professor STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

Farzin Zareian

Associate Professor
STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

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UCLA

  Yousef Bozorgnia   Professor EARTHQUAKE Engineering

Yousef Bozorgnia

Professor
EARTHQUAKE Engineering

  Scott J. Brandenberg   Professor, Associate Dean GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

Scott J. Brandenberg

Professor, Associate Dean GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

  Henry V. Burton   Assistant Professor STRUCTURAL Engineering

Henry V. Burton

Assistant Professor
STRUCTURAL Engineering

  Timu W. Gallien   AsSISTANT Professor COASTAL ENGINEERING

Timu W. Gallien

AsSISTANT Professor
COASTAL ENGINEERING

  Mekonnen Gebremichael   Associate Professor ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

Mekonnen Gebremichael

Associate Professor
ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

  David Jassby   Associate Professor ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

David Jassby

Associate Professor
ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

  Jennifer A. Jay   Professor Environmental Engineering

Jennifer A. Jay

Professor
Environmental Engineering

  Jiann-Wen “Woody” Ju   Professor Structural Engineering

Jiann-Wen “Woody” Ju

Professor
Structural Engineering

  Robert E. Kayen   aDJUNCT Professor Engineering Geomatics

Robert E. Kayen

aDJUNCT Professor
Engineering Geomatics

  Ali Mosleh   Professor RELIABILITY ENGINEERING

Ali Mosleh

Professor
RELIABILITY ENGINEERING

  George Mylonakis   ADJUNCT Professor geotechnical engineering

George Mylonakis

ADJUNCT Professor
geotechnical engineering

  Thomas A. Sabol   aDJUNCT Professor STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Thomas A. Sabol

aDJUNCT Professor
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

  Gaurav N. Sant   Associate Professor Civil Engineering materials

Gaurav N. Sant

Associate Professor
Civil Engineering materials

  Jonathan P. Stewart   Professor GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

Jonathan P. Stewart

Professor
GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

  Ertugrul Taciroglu   Professor and Chair STRUCTURAL Engineering

Ertugrul Taciroglu

Professor and Chair
STRUCTURAL Engineering

  Mladen Vucetic   Professor GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Mladen Vucetic

Professor
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

  John W. Wallace   Professor STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

John W. Wallace

Professor
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

  Wei Wang   Professor computer science

Wei Wang

Professor
computer science

  Jian Zhang   ASSOCIATE rofessor STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Jian Zhang

ASSOCIATE rofessor
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

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UC San Diego

  Joel P. Conte   Professor STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Joel P. Conte

Professor
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

  Ahmed-Waeil Elgamal   Professor, Associate dean EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

Ahmed-Waeil Elgamal

Professor, Associate dean
EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

  Patrick J. Fox   adjunct Professor geotechnical ENGINEERING

Patrick J. Fox

adjunct Professor
geotechnical ENGINEERING

  Tara C. Hutchinson   Professor earthquake ENGINEERING

Tara C. Hutchinson

Professor
earthquake ENGINEERING

  Jose I. Restrepo   Professor earthquake ENGINEERING

Jose I. Restrepo

Professor
earthquake ENGINEERING

  Frieder Seible   Professor EMERITUS earthquake ENGINEERING

Frieder Seible

Professor EMERITUS
earthquake ENGINEERING

  Pui-Shum Shing   Professor EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

Pui-Shum Shing

Professor
EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

  Chia-Ming Uang   Professor EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

Chia-Ming Uang

Professor
EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

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USC

  Christine Goulet   RESEARCH SCIENTIST EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

Christine Goulet

RESEARCH SCIENTIST
EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

  Erik A Johnson   professor structural ENGINEERING

Erik A Johnson

professor
structural ENGINEERING

  Patrick Joseph Lynett   professor COASTAL ENGINEERING

Patrick Joseph Lynett

professor
COASTAL ENGINEERING

  Naj Meshkati   professor systems ENGINEERING

Naj Meshkati

professor
systems ENGINEERING

  John Vidale   Professor EARTH SCIENCES

John Vidale

Professor
EARTH SCIENCES

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