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Clark Doctoral Fellows Distinguished Speaker: Seth Guikema--Risk, Resilience & Sustainability
Friday, October 4, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Zupnik Forum, 1101 Clark Hall
For More Information:
Nicholas Slaughter
nslaugh1@umd.edu

Risk, Resilience, and Sustainability—The Need for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Abstract
Community risk, resilience, and sustainability have become key foci in both research and practice. But what do these terms really mean? Can we truly achieve a sustainable community without addressing the risks that community faces and its resilience to future events? This talk uses a series of examples from research projects to discuss these concepts, suggest that they are inseparable if we are to truly achieve sustainability, and argue that we need truly interdisciplinary approaches to develop stronger frameworks, methods, and models for achieving truly sustainable communities. The includes lessons learned from a multiple-year interdisciplinary research project focused on the sustainability and vulnerability of hazard-prone communities. It closes with recommendations for students, young professionals, and junior faculty for how to develop the types of strong interdisciplinary collaborations needed to make substantial contributions in this area while negotiating the realities of academic job markets and tenure.

Biography
Dr. Seth Guikema is a Professor in the Industrial and Operations Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments at the University of Michigan. He is also a Professor II (adjunct) in the department of Risk Management and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger (Norway), and a Data Science Research Fellow at One Concern, Inc., a start-up focused on data analytics for community resilience. He is the President-Elect of the Society for Risk Analysis and the area editor for Mathematical Modeling in the journal Risk Analysis.

About the series
The Clark Doctoral Fellows Distinguished Speaker Series is a student-driven seminar series funded by through the Clark Doctoral Fellows program and the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. This series focuses on grand themes in engineering that reach across multiple research areas in the Clark School.

 

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