CONVERGE Leadership Corps

Leadership Corps for Natural Hazards Research

Graphic of GEER, SSEER, StEER, NEER, OSEEER, SUMMEER, and ISEEER with spokes to Network Coordination Office, DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure, and Natural Hazards Reconnaissance FacilityOne of the tasks of the CONVERGE initiative is to create and support the first-ever Leadership Corps for natural hazards research.

The Leadership Corps includes the principal investigators of the National Science Foundation-supported EER networks (GEER, SSEER, StEER, NEER, OSEEER, SUMMEER, and ISEEER) and the leaders of National Science Foundation-Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NSF-NHERI) Network Coordination Office, RAPID Reconnaissance Facility, DesignSafe, and CONVERGE.

There are many well-established networks doing important work in the natural hazards reconnaissance space. The CONVERGE Leadership Corps, however, is dedicated to linking the National Science Foundation-supported EERs and the NSF-NHERI components that facilitate and advance the work of the natural hazards reconnaissance and research communities.

The CONVERGE Leadership Corps is working together to:

  • Develop an internal operations manual to clarify how the principal investigators of the various NSF-supported EERs and NHERI components will work together during a major disaster.
  • Develop an outward-facing research response plan to support the coordination of research teams and clarify the ways that researchers can effectively interface with local, state, and federal authorities; industry partners; and the non-profit sector.
  • Develop best practice guidance for rapid response disaster research by publishing the CONVERGE Briefing Sheets series, in partnership with the Natural Hazards Review.
  • Write a science plan to inform future rapid response disaster research investigations.
  • Assume shared responsibility for internal and external messaging and communications during rapid response disaster research missions involving large numbers of engineers and social scientists.

Leadership Corps Members

Photo Juyeong Choi

Juyeong Choi

PI, SUstainable Material Management Extreme Events Reconnaissance (SUMMEER)
Florida A&M University and Florida State University College of Engineering
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Tim Cockerill

Co-PI, DesignSafe
University of Texas at Austin
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David Frost

PI, Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER)
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Tracy Kijewski-Correa

PI, Structural Engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER)
University of Notre Dame
David Mendonça

David Mendonça

PI, Operations and Systems Engineering Extreme Events Research (OSEEER)
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
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Lori Peek

PI, CONVERGE, Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER), and Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEEER)
University of Colorado Boulder
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Julio Ramirez

PI, NHERI Network Coordination Office
Purdue University
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Ellen Rathje

PI, NHERI DesignSafe
University of Texas at Austin
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Britt Raubenheimer

PI, Nearshore Extreme Events Reconnaissance (NEER)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Joseph Wartman

PI, NHERI RAPID Facility
University of Washington