T.A. Wilson Distinguished Lecture – Vilas Mujumdar, retired director of Engineering Research Centers at NSF


Date(s) - 10 Nov 2014 until 10 Nov 2014
4:10 PM - 5:00 PM


Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering hosts Dr. Vilas Mujumdar, a consulting engineer and retired program director for the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Centers and Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Programs.

In this talk, Dr. Mujumdar will present a total complex community system approach to developing resilience in infrastructure systems to natural hazards. By the very definition, community resiliency is multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder dependent, thus making it a challenging concept. Although it is possible to quantify resiliency of technical systems, quantifying overall community resiliency is difficult. To minimize the impact of a damaging natural hazard on a community, actions by several levels of decision-makers are necessary. Some actions are immediate as a response to the hazard, and other actions are taken for long-term solutions. On a long-term basis, a community is interested in minimizing the loss of daily functionality due to a damaging natural hazard, thus an integrated approach by all stakeholders is important. Dr. Mujumdar will provide some details on the framework and pose some basic challenges to be addressed.

This talk is a T. A. Wilson Distinguished Lecture within the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.

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