Dissertation Fellowships in Hazards, Risk, and Disasters
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2006/7 Fellows

We are extremely pleased to present the 2006/7 PERISHIP Fellows in Hazards, Risk, and Disasters!!

Jong-Wha Bai
"Seismic Fragility Analysis and Loss Estimation for Concrete Structures."
Civil Engineering
Texas A&M

Professor Jong-Wha Bai received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Yonsei University in 2000. He earned his M.S. degree from Texas A&M University in 2004, and he is expected to receive his Ph.D. degree at Texas A&M University in May 2011, specializing in structural engineering with a focus on seismic fragility analysis and damage assessment for concrete building structures.

Professor Bai joined CBU in the fall of 2010, after three years of teaching experience at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Since August 2007, he has been a full-time visiting faculty at SMU while completing his Ph.D. studies. Professor Bai has taught most structure-related courses for undergraduate students, including statics, mechanics of deformable bodies, mechanics of materials lab, structural analysis, and design of concrete structures. He has also taught two graduate-level courses -- matrix structural analysis and introduction to finite element methods, and advanced concrete design. He was recognized by student groups with two awards: He received the outstanding faculty award in 2010 by the Student Engineers' Joint Council (SEJC) at the SMU Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering as well as the H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our Professors' Excellence) Award in 2009 by the department of Residence Life and Student Housing at SMU. Professor Bai has also taken an interest in outreach activities for engineering education. For example, he participated in educational programs at Texas A&M University designed to foster high school students' interest in engineering in 2005 and 2006. Professor Bai's research interests lie in the general areas of earthquake engineering and structural reliability including performance evaluation and retrofit of structures under extreme loading, design and analysis of structural systems, and seismic vulnerability assessment through seismic fragility curves. In research achievements, he has been participating in developing fragility curves for several types of buildings and a probabilistic framework for structural damage assessment that have been successfully implemented into MAEViz, a regional seismic loss estimation tool developed by the Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center. He also carried out research funded through the PERIShip fellowship in 2007 by utilizing a scenario-based assessment for seismic losses due to future earthquakes in the Central United States. Professor Bai was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. He is married to Namhee Kim and they have two children. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys playing music, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Kapil Khandelwal
"Progressive Collapse Mitigation in Steel Structures"
Structural Engineering
University of Michigan

Anuradha Mukherji Ph.D
"Negotiating Housing Recovery in Post-Earthquake Urban Kutch, India."
Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Geography
East Carolina University

Anuradha Mukherji's research focuses on housing, institutions and policy, and hazard mitigation and recovery with an emphasis on social and sustainability issues in planning. She is interested in policy and planning solutions that are appropriate for the housing needs of low-income communities. She is currently collaborating on an NSF funded research project that documents and assesses the mobilization and use of community capacities for post-earthquake housing recovery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

JiYoung Park, Ph.D
"Essays on Economic Modeling: Spatial-Temporal Extensions and Verification"
Urban and Regional Planning
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Dr. JiYoung Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He earned a Ph.D. in Planning at School of Policy, Planning, and Development, USC and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), University of Southern California. Dr.Park has written two applied econometrics textbooks and published (or to be published) more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He developed National Interstate Economic Model (NIEMO), a spatially disaggregated operational MRIO (Multiregional Input-Output) model of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NIEMO is used to analyze economic impacts resulting from natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and hypothetical terrorist attacks. Further, it is expanding to (1) transportation and multi-modal systems, (2) international countries, (3) temporal extension, (4) demand price elasticity model, (5) HAZUS software, (6) game theory and (7) environmental model estimating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission effects. His vision is to observe dynamic changes in urban/regional/international systemactic structures. The models Dr.Park has developed provide simulated results stemming from the changes and the predicted futures for planners in urban, regional, national and international levels.

Scott Somers
"Building Organizational Resilience Potential: An Adaptive Strategy for Operational Continuity in Crises"
Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University

Scott Somers currently serves in the Special Operations Division of the Phoenix Fire Department and is a Hazardous Materials Specialist for the FEMA USAR team Arizona Task Force One. In 2006, he was elected to serve on the City Council in Mesa, Arizona, the nation's 38th largest city. Scott Somers is the recipient of the 2009 Louis Brownlow Award from the American Society for Public Administration for the best Public Administration Review essay authored by a practitioner for my article "Assessing and Managing Environmental Risk: Connecting Local Government Management with Emergency Management" (with James H. Svara).

Anna Versluis
"We All Live Downstream: Disaster, Land Change and Reciprocity in a Haitian Watershed" Geography Department
Gustavus Adolphus College

Currently an assistant professor of Geography at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Sarah Vogel
"Uncertainty and risk in the plastics age: a history of the science and politics of bisphenol A."
History of Public Health in the Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University

Tamara Wall
"Resident's Homeowners' Responses To Wildfire Risks And Hazards In Southwestern Montana."
Interdisciplinary Studies in Geography
University of Montana

Since the completion of her dissertation in 2007, she has focused on writing articles for publication and teaching for the Department of Geography at the University of Montana. Over the past three years she has taught courses in human geography, natural hazards, demographics, and cartography. She has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Geography, " Wildfire Research in an Environmental Hazards Course: An Active Learning Approach."