StEER builds societal resilience by generating new knowledge on the performance of the built environment through impactful post-disaster reconnaissance disseminated to affected communities.
promoting community-driven standards, best practices, and training for field reconnaissance
coordinating early, efficient and impactful event responses
broadly engaging communities of research, practice and policy to accelerate learning from disasters
StEER deepens the structural natural hazards engineering (NHE) community’s capacity for reliable post-event reconnaissance through:
StEER broadly serves any and all stakeholders invested in or affected by the performance of buildings and other infrastructure, including academia, public and private sectors, government, non-profit, and public-at-large. While StEER directly funds only US academic researchers on our Field Assessment Structural Teams (FASTs), we engage the broader community through our Virtual Assessment Structural Teams (VASTs), unfunded collaborations and dissemination of data and findings to a wide range of individuals and organizations responding to and affected by disasters.
Under the banner of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) CONVERGE node, StEER works closely with the wider Extreme Events Reconnaissance consortium to promote interdisciplinary disaster reconnaissance and research. The consortium includes the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association and the networks for Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEEER), Nearshore Extreme Event Reconnaissance (NEER), Operations and Systems Engineering Extreme Events Research (OSEEER), Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER), Sustainable Material Management Extreme Events Reconnaissance (SUMMEER), and Public Health Extreme Events Research (PHEER), as well as the NHERI RAPID equipment facility, the NHERI Network Coordination Office (NCO), and NHERI DesignSafe CI, curation site for all StEER products.
Note that StEER does not conduct hypothesis-driven research or support the research agenda of any specific researcher. StEER’s mandate is to collect perishable data swiftly and systematically in order to inform the community's continued study of a disaster through subsequent in-depth data collection that addresses specific research questions (see FAQs for details).
StEER focuses on natural hazards causing structural damage to the built environment, including:
Collectively, StEER's leadership brings experience in responding to a wide range of disasters both domestically and internationally. Associate Directors respectively liaise with the earthquake, wind and coastal hazard communities, as well as advancing the cross-cutting theme of data standards to deliver support for the diverse needs of the structural engineering reconnaissance community.
StEER’s Hazard Advisory Boards liaise with their respective Associate Directors to ensure that StEER’s operations are aligned with the needs and interest of that hazard community. StEER is also selecting additional Regional Nodes across the US to locally support event responses domestically. International nodes will soon follow. These Regional Nodes and Hazard Advisory Boards appoint members to the StEERing Committee, which guides activation decisions of the network and approves products for release. The StEERing committee also includes representatives from StEER’s working groups and at-large representatives drawn from its members.
DIRECTORS & RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
Coastal Advisory Body
Earthquake Advisory Body
Wind Advisory Body
StEER has members and regional nodes around the world. Currently our regional nodes reside at the institutions of our five founding universities: University of Notre Dame, University of Florida, Auburn University, University of California, Berkeley and University of Hawai'i at Manoa, but will soon expand globally. Explore the map below and click on the pins to learn about our members.