Natural Hazards Risk and Resiliency Research Center (NHR3)

Mission and Goal

The Natural Hazards Risk and Resiliency Research Center (NHR3) is a multidisciplinary and multi-university research center with the goal of reducing the risk of natural hazards from becoming natural disasters. Research at NHR3 focuses on improving resiliency of communities and reduction of risks to infrastructures against natural hazards.

Participating Universities and Leadership

Currently the following research universities are members of the NHR3, as listed (alphabetically):

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Southern California Earthquake Center
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Southern California

*Communications with other universities are underway to join NHR3

The NHR3 headquarters is at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under The B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences (GIRS). The representatives of the participating universities from NHR3 Board of Directors, as shown in the Center organization chart below. The election process is underway to fill other leadership positions of the Center.

 
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Center Activities

NHR3 addresses multidisciplinary topic areas of natural hazards including:

  • Earthquake engineering and science
  • Fire engineering, including wildfires
  • Tsunami engineering
  • Drought: Causes, and socio-economical impacts
  • Floods: Causes and impacts
  • Wind, tornados, storms, hurricanes
  • Volcanic eruptions & their impacts
  • Landslides

These challenging multidisciplinary topics will be addressed by the NHR3 researchers with the following diverse areas of expertise:

  • Civil engineering: Geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation systems, hydraulics and hydrology, environmental engineering and science, water and wastewater engineering
  • Earth sciences: Geology and seismology
  • Mechanical engineering: Computational fluid dynamics, heat & mass transfer, dynamical systems
  • Electrical engineering & computer science: Communications, transportation systems, big data analytics
  • Risk and reliability engineering & science
  • Financial and business: financial loss modeling of natural hazards, business disruption
  • Public policy and social issues of natural disasters
  • Legal issues of natural disasters
  • Environmental impacts of natural hazards

Contact Us

Please contact us via email at: nhr3@risksciences.ucla.edu

Announcements

  • Openings in NHR3 : We are always seeking highly motivated and talented researchers to join our multidisciplinary group. Contact us if you are interested.

Faculty Members Affiliated with NHR3

*Click on each image for a detailed profile.

Amir AghaKouchak   Associate professor Civil and environmental engineering

Amir AghaKouchak

Associate professor
Civil and environmental engineering

Ilkay Altintas   professor  computer science and eng

Ilkay Altintas

professor
computer science and eng

Domniki Asimaki   PROFESSOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Domniki Asimaki

PROFESSOR
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Yousef Bozorgnia   Professor EARTHQUAKE Engineering

Yousef Bozorgnia

Professor
EARTHQUAKE Engineering

SCOTT J. BRANDENBERG   Professor, ASSOCIATE DEAN GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

SCOTT J. BRANDENBERG

Professor, ASSOCIATE DEAN
GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

Henry V. Burton   Assistant Professor STRUCTURAL Engineering

Henry V. Burton

Assistant Professor
STRUCTURAL Engineering

Jean Carlson   Professor Physics

Jean Carlson

Professor
Physics

Ofodike Ezekoye   professor  Mechanical engineering

Ofodike Ezekoye

professor
Mechanical engineering

Timu W. Gallien   AsSISTANT Professor COASTAL ENGINEERING

Timu W. Gallien

AsSISTANT Professor
COASTAL ENGINEERING

Mekonnen Gebremichael   Associate Professor ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

Mekonnen Gebremichael

Associate Professor
ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

Christine Goulet   Executive science director Applied science & engineering

Christine Goulet

Executive science director
Applied science & engineering

Alex hall   Professor atmos and oceanic sciences

Alex hall

Professor
atmos and oceanic sciences

David Jassby   Associate Professor ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

David Jassby

Associate Professor
ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

Jennifer A. Jay   Professor Environmental Engineering

Jennifer A. Jay

Professor
Environmental Engineering

Erik A Johnson   professor structural ENGINEERING

Erik A Johnson

professor
structural ENGINEERING

Jiann-Wen “Woody” Ju   Professor Structural Engineering

Jiann-Wen “Woody” Ju

Professor
Structural Engineering

Robert E. Kayen   aDJUNCT Professor Engineering Geomatics

Robert E. Kayen

aDJUNCT Professor
Engineering Geomatics

Jon Keeley   Adjunct professor Eco and enviro Biology

Jon Keeley

Adjunct professor
Eco and enviro Biology

Anne Lemnitzer   ASSOCIATE Professor EARTHQUAKE eNGINEERING

Anne Lemnitzer

ASSOCIATE Professor
EARTHQUAKE eNGINEERING

Patrick Joseph Lynett   professor COASTAL ENGINEERING

Patrick Joseph Lynett

professor
COASTAL ENGINEERING

Naj Meshkati   professor systems ENGINEERING

Naj Meshkati

professor
systems ENGINEERING

Ali Mosleh   Professor RELIABILITY ENGINEERING

Ali Mosleh

Professor
RELIABILITY ENGINEERING

George Mylonakis   ADJUNCT Professor geotechnical engineering

George Mylonakis

ADJUNCT Professor
geotechnical engineering

Farzad Naeim   ADJUNCT Professor STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

Farzad Naeim

ADJUNCT Professor
STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

Thomas A. Sabol   aDJUNCT Professor STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Thomas A. Sabol

aDJUNCT Professor
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

M. "SAIID" SAIIDI   Professor  Civil and environmental eng

M. "SAIID" SAIIDI

Professor
Civil and environmental eng

Gaurav N. Sant   Associate Professor Civil Engineering materials

Gaurav N. Sant

Associate Professor
Civil Engineering materials

Frederic Schoenberg   professor statistics

Frederic Schoenberg

professor
statistics

Soroosh Sorooshian   Professor hydrometerology

Soroosh Sorooshian

Professor
hydrometerology

Jonathan P. Stewart   Professor GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

Jonathan P. Stewart

Professor
GEOTECHNICAL Engineering

Ertugrul Taciroglu   Professor and Chair STRUCTURAL Engineering

Ertugrul Taciroglu

Professor and Chair
STRUCTURAL Engineering

John Vidale   Professor EARTH SCIENCES

John Vidale

Professor
EARTH SCIENCES

Mladen Vucetic   Professor GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Mladen Vucetic

Professor
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Roger wakimoto   Vice Chancellor for research Atmospheric scientist

Roger wakimoto

Vice Chancellor for research Atmospheric scientist

John W. Wallace   Professor STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

John W. Wallace

Professor
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Wei Wang   Professor computer science

Wei Wang

Professor
computer science

Farzin Zareian   Associate Professor STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

Farzin Zareian

Associate Professor
STRUCTURAL eNGINEERING

Jian Zhang   ASSOCIATE Professor STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Jian Zhang

ASSOCIATE Professor
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Yongkang Xue   Professor Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

Yongkang Xue

Professor
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences