ABOUT StEER

StEER builds societal resilience by generating new knowledge on the performance of the built environment through impactful post-disaster reconnaissance disseminated to affected communities.

VISION

CAPACITY

promoting community-driven standards, best practices, and training for field reconnaissance

COORDINATION

coordinating early, efficient and impactful event responses

COLLABORATION

broadly engaging communities of research, practice and policy to accelerate learning from disasters

MISSION

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 NHERI's CONVERGE node, StEER works closely with the wider Extreme Events Reconnaissance consortium including the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association and the networks for Nearshore Extreme Events Reconnaissance (NEER), Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEEER) and Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER), as well as the NHERI RAPID equipment facility and NHERI DesignSafe CI, long-term home to all StEER data and reports.

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).

 
HAZARDS

StEER focuses on natural hazards causing structural damage to the built environment, including:

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HURRICANES

TORNADOES

EARTHQUAKES

TSUNAMIS

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. 

OUR
LEADERSHIP
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Tracy 
Kijewski-Correa

 

Director

University of Notre Dame

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David Prevatt

Associate Director for Wind Hazards 

University of Florida

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Khalid Mosalam

 

Associate Director for Seismic Hazards

University of California, Berkeley

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Ian Robertson

 

Associate Director for Coastal Hazards University of Hawaii, Manoa

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David Roueche

 

Associate Director for Data Standards

Auburn University 

 

HAZARD ADVISORY BOARDS 

These 5-person Advisory Boards are established separately for Coastal, Wind, and earthquake and coastal communities of research and practice, convened by the Associate Directors for their respective hazard and have the primary charge of representing that hazard’s needs and interests in the governance, operations, and scope of StEER’s efforts.

 
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COASTAL HAZARD ADVISORY BOARDS 

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Denis Istrati

Assistant

Research

Professor

University

of Nevada

Reno

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Fritz Hermann

Professor

Georgia Tech

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Tori Tomiczek

Assistant Professor

US Naval Academy

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James Kaihatu

Profesor

Texas A&M University

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Andrew Kennedy

Professor

University of Notre Dame

 
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WIND HAZARD ADVISORY BOARDS 

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Kurt Gurley

Professor & ESSIE Associate Director

University of Florida

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Assistant Professor

UNC Charlotte

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Frank Lombardo

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois

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Civil Engineer at AECOM

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Leighton Cochran

Senior Engineer Director

Consultant

Stephanie Pilkington

Samantha Krautwurst

 
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EARTHQUAKE HAZARD ADVISORY BOARDS  

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Carlos A. Arteta

Assistant Professor

University del Norte

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Erica Fischer

Assistant Professor Oregon St. University 

Halil Sezen

Professor

Ohio State University 

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Janise Rodgers

Chief Operating Officer

GeoHazards Intl. 

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Selim Gunay

Research Scientist University California Berkeley SJS/SFSU

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RESEARCH ASSOCIATES 

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Mohammad Alam

Postdoctoral Research AssociateUniversity of Notre Dame

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Dinah Lawan

StEER Student Administrator 

University of Notre Dame

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Amir Safiey

Postdoctoral associate

Auburn University 

 

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 as we grow our membership. Explore the map below and click on the pins to learn about each member's participation in various Field Assessment Structural Teams (VASTs) and Virtual Assessment Structural Teams (VASTs) for different events.  

OUR
MEMBERS