Public lecture to talk about how risks are managed for natural disasters

Nov 29th, 2016

By Jackey Locke

Dr. Bilal Ayyub
Public lecture to talk about how risks are managed for natural disasters

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building, rm. EN2006 on Memorial University's St. John's campus, Dr. Bilal Ayyub, director, Center for Technology and Systems Management, University of Maryland, will present on how risks are managed for natural disasters as part of the faculty's Speaking of Engineering Lecture Series.

Natural disasters in 2011 alone resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars in direct damages and about 30,000 fatalities worldwide. Storms and floods accounted for up to 70 per cent of about 300 natural disasters worldwide, with earthquakes producing the greatest number of fatalities.

Managing these risks rationally requires an appropriate definition of resilience and associated metrics.

In this presentation, Dr. Ayyub provides a resilience definition that meets a set of requirements with clear relationships to reliability and risk as key relevant metrics. Such metrics provide a sound basis for the development of effective decision-making tools for multi-hazard environments.

The presentation also examines recovery, with its classifications based on level, spatial, and temporal considerations.

Three developed case studies will be used to gain insights to help define recovery profiles.

Dr. Ayyub teaches civil and environmental engineering, risk analysis in engineering and economics, and engineering and applied mathematics and scientific computation at the University of Maryland, College Park. His main research interests are risk, uncertainty, decisions, resilience, sustainability and systems applied to civil, mechanical, infrastructure, energy, defense and maritime fields.

The Speaking of Engineering Public Lecture Series is hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This public lecture will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. on Memorial University's St. John's campus in the SJ Carew (Engineering) Building, rm. EN2006.

Admission is free. All are welcome. Free parking in lot 22. Reception to follow.

For more information, visit:




Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

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