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Risk & Resilient Systems

Faculty in Duke's Risk & Resilient Systems group focus on finding new and better ways to model, estimate and quantify the dynamics, uncertainty and risks prevalent in diverse engineered and natural systemswith the ultimate goals of reducing risk, informing decisions and developing more resilient systems.

Our research methods include dynamic systems analysis, numerical modeling, uncertainty quantification and parallel computing. Our work has applications in diverse areas, such as environmental and population health; energy and climate systems; insurance risk assessment and financial engineering; and hazard mitigation and resilient infrastructure.

Research Areas

  • Bayesian decision theory and environmental risk assessment
  • Modeling, identification, and control for natural hazard mitigation
  • Uncertainty quantification in computational mechanics 
  • Data analytics and numerical modeling
  • System dynamics, nonlinear dynamics and optimization
  • Engineering economics
  • Resilience engineering and sustainability

MAJOR CENTERS & INITIATIVES

Duke's externally funded research centers and training programs in risk and resilient systems include:

Related Study Opportunities

PhD and MS

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Undergraduate Research

Duke underdergraduates have opportunities to study and conduct independent research in risk and resilience engineering as part of our BSE degree programs:

Duke Engineering also offers summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) for students enrolled at other institutions.

Primary Faculty

Ana P. Barros

Ana P. Barros

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Physics of water cycle processes in mountainous regions with a focus on cloud formation and precipitation; remote sensing of the environment using microwave and infrared sensors; long– range predictability and risk analysis of natural hazards; computational environmental fluid...

Mark Edward Borsuk

Mark Edward Borsuk

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Mathematical models for integrating scientific information on natural, technical, and social systems; Bayesian network modeling with regular application to environmental and human health regulation and decision making; novel approaches to climate change assessment, combining...

Andrew Bragg

Andrew Bragg

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Fundamental and applied problems in fluid dynamics, especially turbulence, and its role in environmental systems.

David Carlson

David Carlson

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Machine learning, predictive modeling, health data science, statistical neuroscience

Henri P. Gavin

Henri P. Gavin

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, nonlinear dynamics, system identification, optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping.

Johann Guilleminot

Johann Guilleminot

Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Computational mechanics, mechanics of heterogeneous materials, molecular dynamics simulations and atomistic-to-continuum coupling, stochastic solvers, statistical inverse problem and model validation, stochastic analysis, uncertainty quantification in science and engineering

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.

Mark Wiesner

Mark Wiesner

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Membrane processes, nanostructured materials, transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, colloidal and interfacial processes, and environmental systems analysis

Secondary Faculty

Wilkins Aquino

Wilkins Aquino

Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Computational mechanics, finite element methods, computational inverse problems and their applications in engineering and biomedicine, scientific computing, computational acoustics and acoustics-structure interaction, coupled chemo-mechanics (e.g., electrochemistry-mechanics).

Marc A. Jeuland

Marc A. Jeuland

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Research Faculty

Lisa L Satterwhite

Lisa L Satterwhite

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Satterwhite studies the genomics and epigenetics of environmental exposures in populations with clear health disparity. Her group identified the first genomic signature for pesticide exposure and is developing simple blood tests to diagnose early stage asymptomatic...

Adjunct Faculty

Christine Ogilvie Hendren

Christine Ogilvie Hendren

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lyesse Laloui

Lyesse Laloui

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Natural and man-made systems with coupled phenomena. Environmental Geomechanics, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering, Mechanics of Multiphase Porous Materials. Area of activities at Duke University: Thermo-mechanical behavior of soils, soil desiccation and shrinkage.

Daniel Vallero

Daniel Vallero

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Measurement and modeling research in environmental systems, including high throughput risk screening, tracer studies, development of pollution collection devices, and biosystem engineering. Life cycle analysis and sustainable design.

Emeritus Faculty

Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski

Aleksandar S. Vesic Distinguished Professor

Research Interests: Structural engineering; design; interrelationship between success and failure in design; nature of invention; history of engineering and technology.