Center for Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience is established to respond to the increasing disasters under the climate change.
We envision a world that humans will still live in harmony with nature under extreme weather due to climate change by involving all stakeholders to work together, while keeping an eye on the “north star” of Missouri S&T.
Through transdisciplinary research and education, we are dedicated to mitigating the harm from hazards and building resilient civil infrastructure (e.g., buildings, bridges, roads, railways, and electric power transmission lines) and social infrastructure (e.g., extreme weather warning communication, risk awareness and funding for community resilience). Hazards include, but not limit to, extreme winds and storms (e.g. tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surge and downbursts), floods, earthquakes, extreme heat, wild fire, and man-made hazards. We will fulfill this mission through:
- Conducting research to slow down global warming from different perspectives.
- Advance the understanding of the interaction between hazards with civil structures and infrastructure and develop mitigation strategies.
- Enhance community resilience through convergence research by involving all stakeholders, such as researchers, building owners, private sector professionals, policy makers, local, state, and federal officials, non-profit organizations, and the media.
- Address the funding problem for community resilience, with social equality considered, such as providing guidance for the government to issue resilience bonds.
- Facilitate technology transfer and influence the building industry by creating a Resilience Consortium, including design firms, construction companies, building envelop providers (e.g., glass vendors and composite wood vendors), and so on.
- Educate, train and mentor the diverse next generation of hazards and disaster professionals, including design engineers, resilient construction technicians, and general contractors and subcontractors. This will build a recruiting pipeline of engineers and workers for the Resilience Consortium member corporates.