In early January, I attend the National Council for Science and the Environment Annual Conference in Washington, DC. This year, the conference theme was “Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure” – a topic that is right up my research alley. Although many of the conversations throughout the conference focused on a topic currently outside the scope of … Continue reading “there has to be a tremendous amount of courage”
summer workin’, happened so fast.
This week, many of my friends (students and faculty) are heading back to school, and while at CU, classes don't start until next week, I'm reflecting on this summer and what I accomplished. Like most others with lofty summer work goals, I fell a bit short of what all I wanted to achieve, but that … Continue reading summer workin’, happened so fast.
building codes and IO.
This week I attended the 2018 Natural Hazards Workshop hosted by the Natural Hazards Center in Broomfield, CO. The workshop brought together researchers, practitioners, and government employees from (mostly) around the US and the world. Discussions focused on twenty big questions and sought answers for reducing disaster risk. While I attended great panels that questioned … Continue reading building codes and IO.
let’s go (to) hrvatska.
During the last week of June, I attended the 2018 Engineering Project Organization Conference in Brijuni, Croatia. (As far as conference locations go, this was hard to beat!). Throughout the conference, I learned from scholars studying engineering projects around the world and presented my paper titled "Built Back Better? An Analysis of Perceived Performance of … Continue reading let’s go (to) hrvatska.
taking it busy in the big easy.
Last week I attended the 2018 Construction Research Congress (CRC) in New Orleans. CRC is the first academic conference at which I have presented my research. I shared my paper titled "Community Participation in Post-Disaster Shelter Programs: Examining the Evolution of Participation in Planning, Design, and Construction," which I co-wrote with my former colleague Aaron … Continue reading taking it busy in the big easy.
i’ve got a new face.
Last week was Engineers Week (hell yea for engineers!), and during the week the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announced their Top 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering, of which I am one. ASCE is THE professional society for civil engineers in the US (both in academia and industry) and am incredibly honored to … Continue reading i’ve got a new face.
new places. old friends. continued studies.
It's been a week now since I returned from a data gathering trip to the Philippines, and as one might discern from the title of this post, this was my first time in the Philippines. In fact it was my first time across the Pacific. While it was quite the whirlwind of a visit (and … Continue reading new places. old friends. continued studies.
all good things must end.
well, it is upon us. the end of my practicum and summer fieldwork in Ecuador. while at times I didn't think I'd ever get to this point, it's now crazy to believe that my return to the US is happening. it's been quite the adventure: I've been to the coast and back, twice over. I've … Continue reading all good things must end.
a reflection on a summer nearly-gone
while my summer in Ecuador is not over quite yet, and the time for the sentimental reflections has not yet come (particularly because there is still much work to be done), I still want to offer a reflection on what has happened thus far. this summer I have been working with IFRC and working on … Continue reading a reflection on a summer nearly-gone
from 10,000 feet to sea level.
this week I started a new part of my work with IFRC and my own research: fieldwork. to do this, I had to travel the four hours across Ecuador from Quito to the city of Pedernales. this included a beautiful, but harrowing, descent from Quito’s 9,350’ elevation to the coast of the Pacific Ocean (trust … Continue reading from 10,000 feet to sea level.