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Strategic Goals

The center's specific strategic goals are:

  • Explore and develop novel and innovative materials as well as design methods/tools for resilient civil structures in challenging man-made and natural hazard environment.
  • Develop new sensors and testing capabilities at the center to perform full scale to model testing of civil infrastructure at simulated hazard environment.
  • Investigate effects of extreme weather changes on civil infrastructure in problematic soil conditions.
  • Study sustainability issues including life cycle costs, energy reuse with geothermal foundations and societal benefits.
  • Disseminate findings in reputable major conferences and high quality journal publications.

Research Advances

Several research advances were made in recent years that resulted in resilient and sustainable infrastructure, including:

  • new and durable composite materials;
  • sensors, equipment, and technologies that can provide better characterization of geo and construction materials;
  • design models that incorporate reliability and constitutive behaviors of materials;
  • innovative construction practices.
Institutes & Organized Research Centers of Excellence