Hanna Endale, 2019, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Natural and man-made disasters can have catastrophic impacts on densly populated cities. Making our cities prepared for and resilient to emergencies requires multi-hazard analyses, interdisciplinary communication, and cooperation between academia and policymakers. I worked in the microfilm archives at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections collecting structural notes on buildings in Downtown Seattle. The structural notes contain information such as the structural system, design-code level and design-load level that can be used to generate fragility curves for buildings and understand how they might behave during an earthquake. My partner and I also collected structural plans of new high rises for the University of Washington’s M9 Project. On the policy side, we met with the Seattle Fire Department to talk about the type of information that would be useful in their work, and we attended a disaster-management committee meeting at the Seattle Office of Emergency Management to see some of the emergency-response plans in place.

* This internship is connected to the PEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Princeton University Resilient-City Lab.