Professor Receives NSF Grant for Hurricane Study
June 29, 2010
Three professors will research the recovery time of communities from hurricanes.
A Texas Tech University professor has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation
to study the economic resilience of communities after hurricanes.
With an intended total amount of about $280,000, the project is under the direction
of Daan Liang, assistant professor of construction engineering. The award is effective
“In this research, we’ll focus on investigating the long-term impact of hurricane
damages on communities,” Liang said. “Specifically, we’ll examine key factors affecting
the speed and magnitude of disaster recovery with respect to local economy and built
environment. The result of this work could be used to facilitate policy changes for
making coastal communities more resilient in facing future disasters.”
The project is titled Development of a Quantitative Model for Measuring Regional Economic
Resilience to Hurricanes. The co-principal investigators are Bradley Ewing, area coordinator
for the Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Sciences in the Rawls College
of Business and Kishor Mehta, Horn Professor of Civil Engineering.
Liang has studied probability models to determine how the construction of buildings
affects their vulnerability against severe windstorms. Recently, his research has
focused on the advancement of remote sensing technology in documenting and assessing
wind damages to residential structures.
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